Current Washington State Legislative Status

 

GOAL Post                                                                                         2017-15

 

Legislative Update from Olympia                                                14 April 2017

 

 

     SECOND CHAMBER CUT-OFF PASSES

 

     TWO WEEKS LEFT IN REGULAR SESSION

 

     BILLS PASS HOUSE, SENATE

 

     HB 1501 GAMES

 

     KOSTER AMENDMENTS RULED OUT OF ORDER

 

     CONCURRENCE VOTE(S)

 

 

For most bills, the legislative session effectively ended Wednesday at 5 p.m.  The remaining two weeks focus  on budgets and reconciliation between differences in bills as passed by each chamber (e.g. House bill amended in the Senate or vice versa). 

 

HB 1612 passed out of the Senate and SB 5268 passed the House.

 

And then there is HB 1501, reporting of NICS denials.  The bill died in the Senate on Wednesday, but apparently the plan is to amend it into one of the budget bills, which are still open to amendment.  Under Washington law, bills must be limited to a single subject and amendments outside the scope of the bill cannot be made.  This is the excuse they used to block the CPL transfer amendment to SB 5552.  So I don’t see how HB 1501 fits a budget bill.  We’ll know in a week or so.

 

(Let me throw in here what happened to the Koster Amendments to SB 5552, that would have added CPL holders to the exemptions in I-594..  The amendments were offered on the floor, but ruled out of order by House Democrat leadership.  In no way were the amendments out of order.  But “leadership” makes the final decision.  The House Democrat leaders weren’t about to allow us to make a mediocre bill into a solid pro-gun bill.)

 

We are essentially down to four bills at this point:  HB 1100 or SB 5268, the CPL renewal notice bills.  Both bills were amended in the second chamber so one of the two must gain concurrence vote) in its original chamber before it goes to the Governor. 

 

HB 1612, suicide prevention, was amended in the Senate, so we’re awaiting a House concurrence vote.

 

SB 5552 was amended in the House, so must pass a concurrence vote in the Senate.

 

 

BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:

 

SHB 1100  CPL renewal notice                                         Blake (D-19)       Passed  SUPPORT

HB 1501     Illegal purchase of firearms                            Hansen (D-23)    Died     SUPPORT

2SHB 1612  Suicide prevention                                         Orwall (D-33)     Passed   SUPPORT

 

SB 5268     CPL renewal notice                                          Takko (D-19)      Passed SUPPORT

SB 5552     Certain exemptions to I-594                             Pedersen (D-43)  Passed  SUPPORT

 

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS 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).  Each bill’s web page contains a link to any public hearing at the bottom of the page.

 

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):

 

                Puyallup            29-30 April

                Monroe                6-7 May

 

 

"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

 

 

Copyright 2017 Gun Owners Action League of WA

 

 

GOAL Alert                                                                                          2017-1

 

Legislative Update from Olympia                                                6 April 2017

 

 

     PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO SB 5552

 

 

Rep. John Koster (R-39) has proposed a floor amendment to Senate Bill 5552 that would waive I-594 background check requirements for transfers of firearms if both transferor and transferee hold a valid Washington concealed pistol license (CPL).

 

This is a common sense amendment that fully complies with the stated intent of I-594, that the buyers of firearms are subjected to a comprehensive background check.  In fact, the background check conducted to issue a CPL is more comprehensive than that conducted by an FFL per I-594 requirements.  This common sense measure more than satisfies the I-594 background check requirement.

 

PLEASE CALL YOUR TWO REPRESENTATIVES ASAP AND ASK THEM TO SUPPORT THE KOSTER AMENDMENT, EITHER NUMBER 438 OR 439 (BOTH ARE MIRROR-IMAGE AMENDMENTS).

 

Contact information for your Representatives may be found at http://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder or at http://leg.wa.gov/House/Pages/MembersByDistrict.aspx.  Or you can call the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000   TDD 1-800-635-9993

 

SB 5552 may be called up for a floor vote at any time.  Please act quickly.

 

 

 

GOAL Post                                                                                         2017-14

 

Legislative Update from Olympia                                                7 April 2017

 

 

     HB 1100 PASSES SENATE

 

     SB 5552 PASSES HOUSE

 

     SB 5268 PASSES TO HOUSE RULES

 

     HBs 1501 AND 1612 PASS TO SENATE RULES

 

     TWO DOWN, THREE TO GO

 

     GENERAL CUT-OFF 12 APRIL

 

     SPECIAL SESSION?

 

 

Two bills passed out of their respective chamber this week.  HB 1100 passed out of the Senate.  We’re waiting to see if the counterpart bill (duplicate) passes out of the House.  One way or another, unless the governor vetoes either bill, you can expect a postcard or e-mail renewal notice 90 days before your CPL expires.

 

SB 5552 passed out of the House but must go back to the Senate to have them concur (or non-concur) in the House amendment.  The bill slightly relaxes a few of the I-594 background check requirements.  We tried to amend the bill to authorize direct transfers between CPL holders, both of whom have passed a more stringent background check than that required by I-594.  The amendment was blocked in the Democrat House.

 

HBs 1501 (NICS denial reporting) and 1612 (suicide prevention) and SB 5268 sit in their respective Rules Committees awaiting a floor vote.  They must pass by next Wednesday, 12 April.

 

After next Wednesday,  the focus shift to bills that approve and implement the budget.  The only non-budget bills that may be voted on are those that were amended in the second chamber and need to be sent to a conference committee (both House and Senate members) to reconcile and then get an up-or-down vote.

 

The long session years (odd-numbered years) are general budget adoption years.  If a budget has not been adopted by the constitutional end of the session (midnight, 23 April this cycle), a special session of up to 30 days must be called.  While the principal focus of the special session may be the budget, ALL bills not passed during the regular session may be reconsidered.  So special sessions can be sneaky and dangerous. 

 

And, as we have seen in the last two budget years (2013, 2015), with split control of the legislature, it may take more than one special session to agree on a budget.  Two special sessions may be necessary, possibly three.  The whole idea with the Inslee administration is to squeeze as much tax money blood out of the productive population base rock as they can to fund their pet  projects (like sanctuary state support of illegal aliens).

 

 

BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:

 

SHB 1100  CPL renewal notice                                         Blake (D-19)       Passed  SUPPORT

HB 1501     Illegal purchase of firearms                            Hansen (D-23)    S. Rules  SUPPORT

2SHB 1612  Suicide prevention                                         Orwall (D-33)     S. Rules   SUPPORT

 

SB 5268     CPL renewal notice                                          Takko (D-19)      H. Rules SUPPORT

SB 5552     Certain exemptions to I-594                             Pedersen (D-43)  Passed  SUPPORT

 

L&J = Law & Justice, Jud = Judiciary, HumSer = Human Services, Aprop = Appropriations, Fin = Finance, W&M = Ways & Means  “S” before a bill number indicates Substitute (amended).

 

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS 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).  Each bill’s web page contains a link to any public hearing at the bottom of the page.

 

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.

 

 

GET THE WORD OUT:  If you want to subscribe to the GOAL Post by e-mail, send a message to " This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ".  Please pass GOAL Post on to anyone you believe may have an interest in protecting our rights.  Better yet, make a couple of copies of this message, post it on your gun club’s bulletin board, and leave copies with your local gun shop(s).  PERMISSION IS HEREBY GRANTED TO DUPLICATE OR REDISTRIBUTE GOAL POST PROVIDED IT IS REPRODUCED IN ITS ENTIRETY WITHOUT TEXTUAL MODIFICATION AND CREDIT IS GIVEN TO GOAL. I can be reached at " This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. " or by telephone at (425) 985-4867.  Unfortunately, I am unable to mail hard copy GOAL Post to individuals.  Limited numbers of hard copies MAY be available at the Second Amendment Foundation book table at WAC gun shows.

 

If you believe you have received this e-mail in error, please e-mail me at " This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. " with the words "Unsubscribe GOAL Post" in the subject line.  I will remove your name immediately.  Keep in mind GOAL Post is also published on several gun lists.  If you received GP via a list, you must contact that list's admin to unsubscribe.

 

Upcoming WAC gun show(s):

 

                Puyallup            29-30 April

                Monroe                6-7 May

 

 

"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

 

 

Copyright 2017 Gun Owners Action League of WA