Saturday, March 12, 2016

GOAL Post 2016-10

 Oh, look! Shenanigans in Olympia! Our whacky Democrat governor is being a petulant child! Who'd'a thunk it?!

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Legislative Update from Olympia 11 March 2016


Per the state constitution, the legislative session in the second year of the biennium (two year cycle) is limited to 60 days.  Yesterday was Day 60, however…  The legislature failed to agree on a supplemental budget, so Governor Inslee called an immediate special session.  They’re still in Olympia!

In the end, only four gun bills passed the legislature, out of 69 filed over the biennium.  The four now sit on the governor’s desk awaiting his action:  sign into law, veto, or take no action and allow to become law without his signature.

The four are HBs 2410, 2793 and 2908, and 6165.  2410 and 2908 are more “cop” bills, but with potential to spill over onto law-abiding gun owners, especially 2908.  The “task force” formed by HB 2908 to review law enforcement use of force may recommend tightening existing law.  While the legislature acknowledges that citizens’ authority for legal use of force is broader than that given to law enforcement officers, if they tighten one end, they may go after all.  Washington has among the most liberal (in the true, “liberal” sense) use of force laws in the country.  Let’s keep it that way.

The House and Senate failed to agree on a supplemental operating budget.  Once again, the Republican Senate passed a balanced budget, but the Democrat House wants more programs, and more of YOUR money to run them.  This is the sixth year out of seven when a special session had to be called to finish the work.

On Tuesday, Governor Inslee threatened to veto bills sent to him until/unless the legislature reached agreement on a supplemental budget.  Thursday night, he carried through with the threat, vetoing 37 bills in what one Senator called a “temper tantrum.”  Maybe if the governor would discipline his party, we wouldn’t need special sessions.  Jay Inslee is the one who promised “no new taxes” when he was running for governor.

(Wasn’t Texas Governor Rick Perry slapped with a felony indictment for threatening the something similar two years ago?  Politically-motivated vetoes?  The indictment was eventually dismissed, but not before it put a damper on Perry’s presidential aspirations.)

In any event, GOAL Post will continue to be published through the special session.

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


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