Monday, February 13, 2012

GOAL Post 2012-6

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Subject: GOAL Post 2012-6GOAL Post 2012-6
Legislative Update from Olympia
10 February 2012


Tuesday, 7 February was the last day to consider bills in any of the fiscal committees.  House Bills 2067 (self defense reimbursement) and 2589 (unlawful firearm possession) died in House Ways & Means.  Just a reminder in the case of 2067 -- this doesn't mean the language repealing the self-defense reimbursement statute could be amended into some other budget-related bill.  Eternal vigilance...

Substitute House Bill (SHB) 2347 (spring-blade knives) was amended on the House floor and passed on a unanimous vote.  The House floor amendment was technical in nature and DID NOT reinsert the language allowing CPL holders to carry spring-blade knives.  At this point the bill does absolutely nothing for the private citizen and we will stop reporting on it.  In the Senate, Substitute Senate Bill (SSB) 6179 awaits a full vote of the Senate.  Like SHB 2347, it accomplishes NOTHING for private citizens and tracking will be deleted from future GOAL Posts.

Substitute Senate Bill (SSB) 5697 (state agency gun security devices) passed out of the Senate on a unanimous vote.  It now goes to the House where it will likely be assigned to the House Judiciary Committee for action.  As written, this bill has zero impact on private citizens in Washington.  It adopts the California standard for firearm safety devices (e.g. trigger locks, gun safes, etc) to be used with firearms issued by a state or local agency.

Four bills still await a vote by the full House or full Senate (floor votes):  SHB 1508 (range protection), HB 2471 (firearm purchase), SSB 6123 (NRA license plate) and SSB 6179 (switchblade knives).

Friday, 17 November is the last day to consider bills in their chamber of origin (House or Senate).  Bills that have not passed out of the original chamber (House bills out of the House, Senate bills out of the Senate) are considered dead for the session.

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We reported last week that HB 1508 (range protection) had been amended to significantly limit its protective effect.  An amendment has been prepared by the bill's prime sponsor, Rep. Dean Takko (D-19) that would restore most of the original language.  How that will fare on the House floor remains to be seen.  SHB 2471 (firearm purchase) follows last years SHB 1923 that requires successful completion of an FBI NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) check to receive a concealed pistol license.  The BATFE granted Washington a NICS waiver, meaning anyone who acquired a C{PL after the 22 July 2011 effective date of last year's bill would not have to undergo a NICS check when purchasing a firearm from a dealer.  SB 2471closes the loop on NICS alternative status by eliminating the NICS Check requirement under state law for new CPL holders.  Anti-gun Rep. Ross Hunter (D-48) is offering an amendment to HB 2471 that would negate the NICS waiver and would reinstate the requirement for a background check to be conducted on ALL firearm transfers by licensed dealers.  This, too, awaits a House floor vote.
The following are only the bills remaining under consideration during the 2012 regular session.

Bill #
SHB 1508
Range protection
Takko (D-19)
H. Rules
HB 2067
Repeal of self defense restitution
Hunter (D-48)
SHB 2347
Spring-blade knives
Dammeier (R-25)
Passed House
HB 2471
Firearm purchase
Goodman (D-45)
H. Rules
HB 2589
Unlawful firearm possession
Goodman (D-45)
SSB 5697
State agency gun security devices
Hargrove (D-24)
Passed Senate
SSB 6123
NRA license plate
Hatfield (D-19)
S. Rules
SSB 6179
Anti-switchblade knives
Kastama (D-25)
S. Rules
Key to abbreviations:  HB = House Bill, SB = Senate Bill, Jud. = Judiciary, Trans = Transportation, W&M = Ways & Means, Ener. = Energy, Natural Resources and Marine Waters, Rules = Rules Committee

GOAL POSITION ON BILLS  (dead bills deleted)
HB 2471          SUPPORT
SSB 5697         NEUTRAL
SSB 6179         NEUTRAL


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!!!
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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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