Saturday, January 24, 2015

GOAL Post 2015-3

Joe Waldron has transmitted another GOAL Post. This time, in addition to my usual minor formatting changes for the blog I made a couple of corrections to typos, and added bold text and hyperlinks to the gun bills introduced. The text in the tables of bills and hearings was made small so as to fit on the computer screen. Any weird formatting is the cat's fault. Drang

FROM”: GOAL WA (Joe Waldron)
TO: undisclosed-recipients:
SENT: Fri 1/23/2015 8:47 PM
SUBJECT: GOAL Post 2015-3

Legislative Update from Olympia 23 January 2015

  •        NEW BILLS FILED

The legislature adopted the cut-off calendar for the session, the dates by which bills must pass certain hurdles or be considered dead for the session (although no bill is ever truly dead if leadership wants to revive it).  The dates for the 2015 regular session are:
·         12 Jan     First day of 105-day session
·         20 Feb    First policy committee cut-off
·         27 Feb    First fiscal committee cut-off (if required)
·         11 Mar   Chamber (House or Senate) cut-off (5 p.m.)
·         1 Apr      Second chamber policy committee cut-off
·         7 Apr     Second chamber fiscal committee cut-off (if required)
·         15 Apr   Second chamber cut-off
·         26 Apr   Legislature adjourns sine die

Several new firearm-related bills have been filed.  HB 1324 (Shea, R-4) would put into statute the existing “castle doctrine” and “stand your ground/no duty to retreat” laws currently recognized by judicial decision; HB 1433 (Scott, R-38) modifies the state Gun Free School Zone law to more closely match federal law; HB1474 (Taylor, R-15) would add defense against animal attack to existing self defense law; HB 1506 (Kirby, D-29) would exempt firearm transfers between licensed security guards from the background check provision of I-594; HB1521 (Taylor, R-15) would restore the previous federal three day wait on a “delay” response from NICS from the 10 or more days imposed by I-594; and HB 1535 (Klippert, R-8) would waive the current three day waiting period on handgun deliveries for law enforcement officers.  (This is previous law, not I-594 related.)

SB 5381 (Billig, D-3) creates a procedure whereby firearms seized or otherwise taken from citizens by law enforcement could be returned, to include a mandatory three-day waiting period; SB 5476 (Dammeier, R-25) is the Senate counterpart to HB 1535; SB 5500 (Roach, R-31) allows retired law enforcement officer to carry firearms on school grounds; SB 5539, (Roach, R-31) also exempts law enforcement officers from the three day waiting period for handgun delivery; SB 5579 (Dammeier, R-25) also exempts licensed security guards from the background check provision of I-594; and SB 5615 (Benton, R-17) exempts military members from the background check provision of I-594.

As you can see, some of these bills are an attempt to nibble away around the edges of I-594.  How successful they will be remains to be seen.

Public hearings were held on four bills this past week, HBs 1119 (Blake D-19), 1131 (Pettigrew D-37), HB 1191 (Taylor R-15) and SB 5036 (O’Ban R-28).  I normally try to provide information on the hearing, but my travel schedule precludes it at this time.  Keep in mind you can listen to hearings and floor sessions streamed live on TVWashington (see details below) or listed to archive podcasts of the hearings.  

At this time, public hearings are scheduled for three bills next week:  a second hearing for HB 1131 (Pettigrew) D-37) in House Agriculture, a hearing for SB 5241 (Litzow R-41) in Senate Natural Resources, and a hearing for SB 5500 (Roach, R-31) in Senate Law & Justice.

Regarding hearings on bills, committee chairs choose which bills to hear and which to ignore, although sometimes heavy public input can force a hearing on a bill.  The next week’s schedule is published on Wednesday, so bills filed later in the current week aren’t even considered for a hearing at this time.  As you can see in the bill introduction schedule for this week, most new bills filed failed to make the scheduling cut-off.  We have four more weeks for bills to pass out of the first policy committee, plenty of time.   

Executive action (a committee vote) is expected on at least two bills next week: HBs 1119 and 1191.  As or when bills move out of committee, the “status” data will change in “Bill Status” below.

Given the fact that leadership controls which bills move and which bills die, and the fact that the liberal side of the Democratic Party controls the House, I am not optimistic that any bills repealing or limiting the impact of I-594 will move.  An exception might be an attempt to horse-trade minor fixes to 594 in return for pro-gunners’ support of or simply silence on additional “common sense” gun control bills.  The next time a Democrat tells you he or she simply wants “gun safety” legislation, ask him or her to show you their safety instructor certification or even just a gun safety course completion certificate.


Bill #
Prime sponsor
HB 1119
Hunter education issues
Blake (D-17)
H. Ag/NatRes
HB 1131
Prohibits sale/transfer of ivory
Pettigrew (D-37)
H. Ag/NatRes
HB 1191
CPL renewal notices
Taylor (R-15)
H. Jud.
HB 1193
Prohibiting gun owner data base
Taylor (R-15)
H. Jud.
HB 1245
Repeals I-594
Shea (R-4)
H. Jud.
HB 1324
Codifies castle doctrine and stand your ground
Shea (R-4)
H, Jud
HB 1433
Modifies Gun Free School Zone law
Scott (R-38)
H. Jud.
HB 1474
Defense against animal attack
Taylor (R-15)
H. Jud.
HB 1506
Exempts security guard transfers from I-594
Kirby (D-29)
H. Jud.
HB 1521
Returns NICS “delay” to three days (I-594)
Taylor (R-15)
H. Jud.
HB 1535
Exempts active LEOs from waiting period
Klippert (R-8)
H. Jud.
SB 5036
Penalizes criminal misuse of body armor
O'Ban (R-28)
S. L&J
SB 5241
Prohibits sale/transfer of ivory
Litzow (R-41)
S. NatRes/Parks
SB 5381
Return of firearms held by law enforcement
Billig (D-3)
S. L&J
SB 5476
Exempts active LEOs from waiting period
Dammeier (R-25)
S. L&J
SB 5500
Allows retired LEOs to carry on school grounds
Roach (R-31)
S. L&J
SB 5539
Exempts LEO’s from three day waiting period
Roach (R-31)
S. L&J
SB 5579
Exempts licensed scty guards from b/g checks
Dammeier (R-25)
SB 5615
Exempts military members from b/g checks
Benton (R-17
HB = House Bill, SB = Senate Bill, H. Jud. = House Judiciary, S. L&J = Senate Law & Justice, H. Ag/NatRes = House Agriculture & Natural Resources, S. NatRes/Parks = Senate Natural Resources & Parks


HB 1119          PENDING
HB 1131          OPPOSE
HB 1191          SUPPORT
HB 1193          SUPPORT
HB 1245          SUPPORT
HB 1324          SUPPORT
HB 1433          SUPPORT
HB 1474          SUPPORT
HB 1506          SUPPORT
HB 1521          SUPPORT
HB 1535          SUPPORT

SB 5036           NEUTRAL
SB 5241           OPPOSE
SB 5381           OPPOSE
SB 5476           SUPPORT
SB 5500           SUPPORT
SB 5539           SUPPORT
SB 5579           SUPPORT
SB 5615           SUPPORT

HB 1131
House Ag/Nat Res
HHR “B,” John L. O’Brien Building
27 Jan
10:00 a.m.
SB 5241
Senate Nat Res
SHR "B"    John A. Cherberg Building
28 Jan
2:00 p.m.
SB 5500
Senate L&J
SHR “1,” John A. Cherberg Building
29 Jan
8: a.m.

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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