Saturday, February 27, 2016

GOAL Post 2016-8

Good news on HB2908, based on changes I've heard about coming out of some jurisdictions  California regarding officer use-of-force. coincidentally (NOT!) there is currently a big to-do brewing in Seattle regarding an officer involved shooting. I haven't read the details, but I'm guessing that the shootee wasn't doin' nuthin', and was just turning his life around while minding his own business on a street corner. 

Those seem to be the most dangerous things an urban youth can do these days.

FROM: GOAL WA (Joe Waldron)
TO: undisclosed-recipients:
SENT: Fri 2/26/2016 7:11 PM
SUBJECT: GOAL Post 2016-8
Legislative Update from Olympia 26 February 2016
The second chamber (House bills in the Senate, Senate bill sin the House) policy committee cut-off was today.  All of the firearm-related bills we are tracking passed their respective committee.

HBs 1713 and 2793 passed out of Senate Human Services and were sent to Senate Ways & Means for approval of funding.  HBs 2410 and 2908 passed out of Senate Law & Justice and sent to Senate Rules for a floor vote.  HB 2908 was amended to add pro-law enforcement organizations to the working group making recommendations on law enforcement use of deadly force.  SB 6165 was amended in committee to clarify the language that assembling your own short-barreled rifle from separately purchased components is legal – provided you are using a legally registered (under the National Firearms Act) SBR receiver.  Good clarification.  SB 6267 passed to House Rules.  

HB 2908 was amended in the Senate Law & Justice Committee today.  Our position has changed from “oppose” to “neutral” now that rank-and-file law enforcement officers will be given a voice in the working group.  The recommendations of this working group could ultimately lead the legislature to change the rules regarding the use of lethal force by all citizens of Washington.

Monday, 29 February is the second chamber fiscal committee cut-off.  HBs 1713 and 2793 must pass Ways & Means Monday or die for the session.  Friday, 4 March is the last day for bills to pass out of the second chamber, with the exception of those bills amended in the second chamber which must go back to the first chamber for a concurrence vote.

Two weeks remain in the 2016 regular legislative session.  The session must end by midnight on Wednesday, 10 March.  

Bill #
Prime sponsor
GOAL position on bill
Current Status
3SHB 1713
Mental health/guns
Cody (D-34)
Passed S. HumSer
To S. W&M
SHB 2410
Felon gun registry
Hayes (R-10)
Passed S. L&J
To S. Rules
2SHB 2793
Suicide awareness and prevention
Orwall (D-33)
Passed S. HumSer
To S. W&M
HB 2908
Use of force by peace officers
Ryu (D-32)
Passed S. L&J
To S. Rules
SB 6165
Clarifies possession of short barreled rifles
Takko (D-19)
Passed H. Jud
To H. Rules
SB 6267
CPL renewal notice
Schoesler (R-9)
Passed H. Jud
To H. Rules
Key to abbreviations:  S. = Senate, H. = House, Jud = Judiciary, L&J = Law & Justice, HumSer = Human Services, Mental Health and Housing, W&M = Ways & Means

29 Feb
Senate W&M
Senate Hearing Room “4”
John A. Cherberg Bldg
1:30 p.m.
Possibly on HBs 1713 and 2973

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