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GOAL Post 2012-7
Legislative Update from Olympia 17 February 2012
· CHAMBER CUT-OFF PASSES
· NEXT CUT-OFF FRIDAY 24 FEBRUARY
· 4 BILLS OF INTEREST REMAIN
· C OMMITTEE HEARING PROCESS BEGINS ALL OVER AGAIN
· PUBLIC HEARING ON ESSB 5697
· NO ADDITIONAL PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED AT THIS TIME
Tuesday, 14 February was the last day to consider bills in their chamber of origin (NOT Friday, 17 February as incorrectly reported last week). Friday, 24 February (next Friday) is the next critical cut-off date: all bills must one again pass out of the policy committee of the second chamber (House bills out of the Senate and vice versa).
Four bills of direct interest to gun owners remain alive and under consideration. They are ESHB 1508 (range protection), HB 2471 (firearm purchase/NICS waiver), ESSB 5697 (state agency gun security devices) and SSB 6123 (NRA license plate). ESHB 1508was stripped of most of its real benefit to ranges when it left the House Judiciary Committee. It was further amended on the House floor to keep its very narrow, limited effect. HB 2471 passed the House in its original form. If enacted, this would allow individuals who hold a WA CPL issued after 22 July 2011 to purchase handguns without a NICS background check. A public hearing was held in House Judiciary on SSB 5697 today. SSB 6123 sits in House Transportation awaiting action.
Once again, bills must first undergo a public hearing, this time in the policy committee of the second chamber (House or Senate). Without a public hearing, no action is likely to be taken on any of the bills. At this time, no public hearings are scheduled for ESHB 1508, HB 2471 or SSB 6123. Next week's hearing schedule has already been published. Unless the schedule is amended, those bills will die in committee.
(More after the jump)
The following are only the bills remaining under consideration during the 2012 regular session.
Firearm purchase/NICS waiver
State agency gun security devices
NRA license plate
Key to abbreviations: ESHB = Engrossed Substitute House Bill, ESSB = Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill, Jud. = Judiciary, Trans = Transportation,
GOAL POSITION ON BILLS (dead bills deleted)
SHB 1508 OPPOSE UNLESS ORIGINAL LANGUAGE RESTORED
HB 2471 SUPPORT
SSB 5697 NEUTRAL
SSB 6123 NEUTRAL
HEARING(S) SCHEDULED: None at this time
LEGISLATIVE HOT LINE: You may reach your Representatives and Senator by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000. Toll free!!! The hearing impaired may obtain TDD access at 1-800-635-9993. Also toll free!!!
1-800-562-6000 TDD 1-800-635-9993
OTHER DATA: Copies of pending legislation (bills), legislative schedules and other information are available on the legislature's web site at "www.leg.wa.gov". Bills are available in Acrobat (.pdf) format. You may download a free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader from Adobe's web site (http://www.adobe.com). You may also obtain hard copy bills, initiatives, etc, in the mail from the Legislative Bill Room FREE OF CHARGE by calling 1-360-786-7573. Copies of bills may also be ordered toll free by calling the Legislative Hotline at (800) 562-6000. You may also hear floor and committee hearing action live at http://www.tvw.org/ (you need "RealAudio" to do this, available free at the TVW web site).
By reading the House and Senate "bill reports" (hbr, sbr) for each bill, you can see how individual committee members voted. By reading the "roll call" for each bill, you can see how the entire House or Senate voted on any bill. The beauty of the web site is that ALL this information is available, on line, to any citizen.
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