GOAL Post 2013-10

GOAL Post2013-10

Legislative Update from Olympia22 March 2013





This has been a relatively slow week in the legislature.A public hearing
was held on SSB 5282, with no surprises in testimony.It is scheduled for
a committee vote onMarch 27th.

Three public hearings are scheduled next week:SHB 1840 in Senate Law &
Justice on 25 March, SHB 1382 in Senate Human Services & Corrections and
SSB 5452 in House Judiciary, both on 28 March.

Wednesday, 3 April is the second chamber policy committee cut-off,The
five bills we are tracking must all come out of committee by that date
or die for this session.

Again, I normally don’t address the “other” Washington in GOAL Post, but
we’ve had some interesting developments in the past week.Senator
Feinstein’s (D-CA) “assault weapon” and magazine ban bill passed out of
U. S. Senate Judiciary on a straight 10-8 party line vote, as did
Senator Schumer’s (D-NY) universal background check bill.Senate majority
Leader Harry Reid then had a meeting with Senator Feinstein, where he
told her he did not have the votes necessary to pass the gun/magazine
ban bills out of the Senate.

Reid is currently working to draft a bill that stands a chance of
passage.The consolidated bill will likely include the anti-gun
trafficking bill passed out of committee two weeks ago, along with
Schumer’s background check language and likely some addressal of mental
health records as part of the background check.Feinstein will be allowed
to offer the gun and magazine bans as separate amendments when the full
Senate votes on the final; version of a Senate gun bill.That vote will
likely come in the second week of April.

The problem for Senate Democrats is the 2014 4l4ction.Of the 33 Senate
seats up for election/reelection, 20 are held by Democrats.Of those 20,
13 are in states with a strong pro-gun culture, and 10 voted for Romney
in the past presidential election.Those senators don’t want to go
anywhere near a controversial gun vote.

How any Senate gun bill will fare in the House remains to be seen as
well.Speaker Boehner recently stated he would prefer to see better
enforcement of existing law.The House is unlikely to take any action
until late April or early May.

Recent polling has indicated a decline in support for gun bans, although
a majority appear to continue to support universal background
checks.(Unfortunately the polling data does not reveal the link between
universal background checks and gun registration.)


The following bills remain under consideration in the 2013 session

Bill # Subject Sponsor District Status Goal Position
SHB 1383 Stalking protection orders Goodman (D-45) S. HS&C Concerns
SHB 1612 Firearm offender registry Hope (R-44) S. L&J Concerns
SHB 1840 Firearms/restraining orders Goodman (D-45) S. L&J Oppose
SSB 5282 DSHS/WSP info exchange Carrell (R-28) H. Jud Support
SSB 5452 Stalking protection orders Conway (D-29) H. Jud Concerns

Key to abbreviations:SB = Senate Bill, HB = House Bill, Jud = Judiciary,
L&J = Law & Justice, HS&C = Human Services & Corrections, Trans =
Transportation, Approp = Appropriations, Early Learn = Early Learning
and K-12 Education, W&M = Ways & Means


SHB 1840Senate Law & Justice Senate Hearing Room “1”

25 Mar 1:30 p.m. John A. Cherberg Building

SHB 1383 Senate Human Svcs & Corr Senate Hearing Room “1”

28 Mar  10:00 a.m. John A. Cherberg Building

SSB 5452 House Judiciary House Hearing Room “A”

28 Mar 1:30 p.m. John L. O’Brien Building

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!!!

1-800-562-6000TDD 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 <http://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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Puyallup23-24 March

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“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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