Tuesday, January 31, 2012

GOAL Post 2012-4

GOAL Post 2012-4

Legislative Update from Olympia                          27 January 2012





(Once again, distribution of GOAL Post is late.  My excuse this time was the annual meeting of the Florida Sport Shooting Association, in Orlando, where I gave a presentation on legislative matters.  GOAL Post 2012-5 SHOULD be distributed this coming Friday, 3 February.)

The House passed the proposed cut-off calendar shortly after convening, but the Senate only acted on Friday, 27 January.  They amended the proposed calendar, so it must go back to the House for concurrence.  What is a cut-off calendar?  Bills under consideration must pass certain hurdles to continue in play for the session.  Bills must clear their policy committee by a certain date, then pass out of the chamber (House or Senate) of origin before moving to the other chamber, where they go through the process again.  A bill that fails to pass a cutoff date is supposed to be considered dead for the session.  Supposed.  However, exceptions can be made.

The first cut-off date for this session is Friday, 3 February.  All bills must pass out of their policy committee by the end of business Friday or be considered dead for the session.  Some bills must also pass out of a fiscal committee to continue in play.  Most gun-related bills do not require fiscal action.

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The proposed cut-off dates for the 2012 session are:

    3 February    Policy committee cut-off (original chamber)
    14 February    Chamber cut-off (House bills must pass out of the House, and Senate bills from the Senate)
    24 February    Second chamber policy committee cut-off  (House bills out of Senate policy committee, Senate bills out of House policy committee)
    2 March    All bills must have passed the second chamber

No new gun-related bills were filed this past week.

Public testimony was taken on five bills this past week.  House Bills 2471 (firearm purchase), 2347 (spring-blade knives) and 2589 (unlawful firearm possession) were heard in House Judiciary, while Senate Judiciary heard testimony on Senate Bill 6179 (spring-blade knives) and Senate Judiciary heard SB 6123 (NRA license plate).

After a bill receives a public hearing, the committee chair may schedule that bill for executive action (i.e. a vote out of committee).  Several bills are scheduled for executive action (session) this week.  On Monday, 30 January, House Judiciary will consider voting on HBs 1508, 2471, 2589 and 2347.  This is the only meeting of House Judiciary scheduled before the 3 February policy committee cut-off.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has four meetings scheduled where executive action may be taken on bills, but at this time, none of the bills under consideration are listed.  The same is true of Senate Transportation.

After discussions with various legislators and legislative staff members, GOAL has changed its position on two bills:  Senate Bill 6179 from OPPOSE to SUPPORT.  While SB 6179 does not go as far as House Bill 2347 in expanding access to spring-bladed knives, it's still an improvement in the status quo.  Changes were made to HB 2589, and the version of the bill as filed acknowledges our concerns.  GOAL now SUPPORTS HB 2589.


The following are ALL of the gun-related bills filed during the current 2012 regular session.

Bill #        Subject                Sponsor        Status
HB 1006  Knife ban                              Appleton (D-23) H. Jud.
HB 1508  Range protection                       Takko (D-19)    H. Jud.
HB 2067  Repeal of self defense restitution     Hunter (D-48)   H. W&M
HB 2098  Short barreled rifles                  Blake (D-19)    H. Jud.
HB 2099  Short-barreled rifles and shotguns     Blake (D-19)    H. Jud.
HB 2137  Guns in vehicles                       Blake (D-19)    H. Jud.
HB 2202  NRA license plate                      Takko (D-19)    H. Trans.
HB 2347  Spring-blade knives                    Dammeier (R-25) H. Jud.
HB 2471  Firearm purchase                       Goodman (D-45)  H. Jud.
HB 2481  CPL reciprocity                        Goodman (D-45)  H. Jud.
HB 2589  Unlawful firearm possession            Goodman (D-45)  H. Jud.

SB 5697  State agency gun security devices      Hargrove (D-24) S. Jud.
SB 6123  NRA license plate                      Hatfield (D-19) S. Trans.
SB 6179  Anti-switchblade knives                Kastama (D-25)  S. Jud.
SB 6272  Right to self-defense                  Stevens (R-39)  S. Jud.

Key to abbreviations:  HB = House Bill, SB = Senate Bill, Jud. = Judiciary, Trans = Transportation, W&M = Ways & Means

GOAL POSITION ON BILLS  (see note in narrative)

HB 1006    OPPOSE
HB 1508    SUPPORT
HB 2067    OPPOSE
HB 2098    SUPPORT
HB 2099    SUPPORT
HB 2137    SUPPORT
HB 2347    SUPPORT
HB 2471    SUPPORT
HB 2481    SUPPORT
HB2589    SUPPORT       (change from OPPOSE)

SB 5697    NEUTRAL
SB 6179    SUPPORT    (change from OPPOSE)
SB 6272    SUPPORT


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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                Article 1, Section 24
       Constitution of the State of Washington

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