Tuesday, January 21, 2014

GOAL Post 2014-2

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Legislative Update from Olympia 20 January 2014

One of the first orders of business for the legislature is adopting internal controls called “cut-off dates.”  These cut-offs force action on bills or allow them to die for the session.  If a bill fails to pass the specified cut-off, it is nominally dead for the session (subject to revival if the chamber – House or Senate – want it).  The cut-off dates for the 2013 session:
·         February 7         Bills must pass original policy committee
·         February 11        Bills with fiscal impact must pass first chamber fiscal committee
·         February 18        Bills must pass original chamber (House bills out of House, Senate bills out of Senate)
·         February 29        Bills must pass second chamber policy committee
·         March 3             Bills with fiscal impact must pass second chamber fiscal committee
·         March 7             Bills must pass second chamber (except initiatives and alternate bills)
·         March 13           Legislature adjourns

Five new gun-related bills have been filed for this session.  HB 2324, by Rep, Matt Shea (R-4) codifies Washington's "stand your ground" law and provides both criminal and civil immunity for individuals exercising their rights under the law, up to and including the use of lethal force if the situation warrants.  HB 2502, by Rep. Brad Klippert (R-8), waives the waiting period for handgun purchase for commissioned, full-time peace officers, just as the period is waived for CPL holders.

SB 6025, by Sen. Steve O'Ban (R-28), makes it a separate offense to use body armor during the commission of certain felonies.  SB 6066, by Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-15), provides for restoration of rights in some domestic violence misdemeanor cases.  SB 6198, by Sen. Pam Roach (R-31), provides immunity to established shooting ranges from nuisance noise-related lawsuits.

The Legislature has created a new means of input on bills directly to your legislators.  On the "Bill Information page at www.leg.wa.gov, type the bill number into the "search by bill number" block.  That will take you to the information about that particular bill... a link to the bill itself, a list of sponsors, a bill analysis when available, and the current status of the bill.  There is a new, dark green block just to the right of the bill number that reads "Comment on this bill."  Clicking on that box takes you to a format page that allows you to identify your district's legislators, state a position on the bill (support, oppose or neutral), and leave comments.  This can be a very useful tool in communicating directly with your elected officials.

Moms Demand Action, a gun control groups founded after the Newtown, CT, school shooting, held a rally in Olympia on Friday, 17 January.  Approximately 50 individuals participated.  The group claims statewide membership of about 1,200.  Washington Ceasefire, our state's longtime gun control advocacy group, claims 5,000+ members.  On Sunday, approximately 200 individuals fell out for a pro-gun rally on the Capitol Campus.  Washington has more than 400,000 CPL holders, NRA membership approaches (or surpasses -- I don't have current figures) 100,000, and the Washington Arms Collectors alone boasts 20,000 members.

Although next week's schedule has not been published yet, we have been informed Initiatives 591 and 594 will be the subject of public hearings in the House Judiciary and Senate Law & Justice Committees on Tuesday, 28 January and Wednesday, 29 January, respectively.  More information on this as it becomes available.  If you can make it to Olympia on either or both of these days, please plan to do so.  In 2007, when SB 5197 (a "gun show loophole" bill) was heard in Senate Labor & Commerce, about 60 supporters of the bill showed up -- versus more than 350 opponents.  We forced them to open three overflow rooms to accommodate the participants.


The following 28 bills filed in 2013 remain under consideration in the 2014 session:
Bill #
HB 1096
Juvenile illegal firearm possession
Hurst (D-31)
H. Jud
HB 1147
1st degree juvenile unlawful possess.
Goodman (D-45)
 H. Jud
HB 1184
Range protection
Takko (D-19)
H. Jud
HB 1318
CPL renewal notice
Taylor (R-15)
H. Jud
HB 1371
WA Firearms Freedom Act
Taylor (R-15)
H. Jud
HB 1561
Short barreled rifles
Blake (D-19)
H. Jud
SHB 1588
Background checks
Pedersen (D-43)
 H. Jud
HB 1676
Mandatory safe storage
Kagi (D-32)
H. Jud
HB 1703
Gun "safety" training and tax
Jinkins (D-27)
H. Jud
HB 1729
Street gangs
Warnick (R-13)
H. Jud
HB 1788
Firearms/school employees
Pike (R-18)
H. Jud
SHB 1839
Background checks
Goodman (D-45)
 H. Jud
HB 1840
Firearms/restraining orders
Goodman (D-45)
H. Rules
HB 1908
Firearms on school property
Scott (R-39)
 H. Jud
HB 2020
Firearms-related jobs
Shea (R-4)
H. Jud
HB 2164
Juvenile firearm possession
Orwall (D-33)
 H. Jud
HB 2324
Use of force
Shea (R-4)
 H, Jud
HB 2502
Delivery to peace officers
Klippert (R-8)
 H. Jud
SB 5376
Juvenile illegal firearm possession
Kline (D-37)
 S. W&M
SSB 5452
Stalking protection orders
Conway (D-29)
S. Rules
SB 5478
Firearms/mental health court
Keiser (D-33)
S. L&J
SB 5479
Safekeeping of firearms
Keiser (D-33)
 S. L&J
SB 5485
Mandatory safe storage
Kline (D-37)
 S. L&J
SB 5604
NRA license plates
Hatfield (D-19)
 S. Trans
HB 5625
Background checks
Kline (D-37)
 S. L&J
SB 5635
Restoration of firearm rights
Darneille (D-27)
 S. L&J
SB 5660
Firearm safety education
Chase (D-32)
S. K-12
SB 5710
Mandatory safe storage
Kohl-Welles (D-46)
S. L&J
SB 5711
Background checks
Kline (D-37)
 S. L&J
SB 5737
Ban on sale of "assault weapons"
Murray (D-43)
S. L&J
SB 5739
Ban on guns in parks
Murray (D-43)
 S. L&J
SB 5831
Prohibits double tax on clay pigeons
 Rivers (R-18)
S. Rules
SB 5956
Short-barreled rifles
Hatfield (D-19)
S. L&J
SB 6025
Use of body armor
O’Ban (R-28)
S. L&J
SB 6066
Restoration of rights
Honeyford (R-15)
S. L&J
SB 6198
Range protection
Roach (R-31)
 S. L&J

Key to abbreviations:  S. = Senate, H. = House, Jud = Judiciary, K-12 = Education, L&J = Law & Justice, Trans = Transportation, W&M = Ways and Means

HB 1096                CONCERNS
HB 1147                CONCERNS
HB 1184                SUPPORT
HB 1318                SUPPORT
HB 1371                SUPPORT
HB 1561                SUPPORT
HB 1588                OPPOSE
HB 1612                CONCERNS
HB 1676                OPPOSE
HB 1703                OPPOSE
HB 1729                SUPPORT
HB 1788                SUPPORT
HB 1839                SUPPORT
HB 1840                OPPOSE
HB 1908                SUPPORT
HB 2020                SUPPORT
HB 2164                EVALUATING
HB 2324                SUPPORT
HB 2502                SUPPORT
SB 5376                 CONCERNS
SB 5452                 CONCERNS
SB 5478                 CONCERNS
SB 5479                 OPPOSE
SB 5485                 OPPOSE
SB 5604                 NEUTRAL
SB 5625                 OPPOSE
SB 5635                 OPPOSE
SB 5660                 SUPPORT
SB 5710                 OPPOSE
SB 5711                 OPPOSE
SB 5737                 OPPOSE
SB 5739                 OPPOSE
SB 5831                 SUPPORT
SB 5956                 SUPPORT
SB 6025                 NEUTRAL
SB 6066                 SUPPORT
SB 6198                 SUPPORT

HEARING(S) SCHEDULED: None scheduled

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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Upcoming WAC gun show(s):
Monroe               15-16 February
Puyallup               22-23 February

"The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men."
Article 1, Section 24
Constitution of the State of Washington

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