FROM: Joe Waldron (GOAL [email@example.com])
SENT: Fri 6/21/2013 4:19 PM
SUBJECT: GOAL Post 2013-SPECIAL 6
Legislative Update from Olympia, 21 June 2013
- SECOND SPECIAL SESSION STARTS
- DEMOCRATS THREATEN GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN
- PRO-GUN COALITION FORMS
- BIDEN BLUSTERS
- BUNDESAMT fur VERFASSUNGSSCHUTZ (BfV)
Ten days into the second special session, same as the first. Still basically the same deadlock on the budget. The Democrat-controlled House demanding more taxes, the Majority Coalition-led Senate (23 Republicans, two Democrats) sticking with its balanced budget. Some Democrat officials (Governor Inslee?) have hinted at the possibility of a government shutdown on June 30th, the end of the current fiscal biennium. Given that emergency services should remain (my understanding), a shutdown might not be a bad thing.
No action on firearms. At least, in the legislature.
Back in 1997, when we were threatened with anti-gun Initiative 676 -- I-676 -- a coalition was formed to oppose the initiative, opposition that resulted in a resounding success when the initiative failed with a 71-29% vote of the people. The WeCARE (Washington Citizens Against Regulatory Excess) coalition consisted of national gun rights groups (National Rifle Association and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms) and state groups (Washington Arms Collectors, the Washington State Rifle & Pistol Association and the Gun Owners Action League of Washington).
Protect Our Gun Rights (POGR) is the new coalition formed to support pro-gun Initiative 591 to offer it as a reasonable alternative to I-594, the extremist anti-gun initiative filed by the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility (WAGR). Current POGR members are CCRKBA, WAC and GOAL. Other organizations are expected to join.
The Protect Our Gun Rights web site is at http://protectourgunrights.net/
Here's a link to both initiatives:
The ballot title and description for I-594 have yet to be issued.
On Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden held a gun control dog-and-pony show in the White House while the President was in Europe schmoozing with Vladimir Putin and missing the adoring crowd in Berlin. Biden bragged about the progress made with President Obama's "23 executive actions" on guns (most purely administrative), blustered about alleged forward motion in the Senate on the various gun bills and amendments offered two months ago (but notice Majority Leader Reid hasn't scheduled another vote) and threatened Senators who paid more attention to their constituents than to the Obama gun agenda.
(WARNING: More Waldron editorializing, non-partisan in nature.)
In my previous life I had the privilege of working with several allied organizations and agencies with a similar mission of counterterrorism (before terrorism was cool, just individual assassinations, kidnappings, rocker attacks, bombings, etc). Among them was the BfV, the Bundesamt fur Verfassungsschutz, West Germany's national counterintelligence organization. Bundesamt fur Verfassungsschutz translates to "Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution.
Think about that title for a minute: Office for the Protection of the Constitution. What a novel concept! I don't know how faithful the BfV is to its title, but maybe some organizations in this country might want to look at the concept.
BILL STATUS: All bills filed in during the regular session are available and may be acted upon. At this time there are no new gun bills, nor has there been any action on bills previously filed.
GOAL POSITION ON BILLS: No active gun bills at this time
HEARING(S) SCHEDULED: None
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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