Goal Post 2014-3

GOAL Post                                                                                             2014-3
Legislative Update from Olympia                                                               23 January 2014







OPPOSE HB 2459/SB 6039

Public hearings will be conducted on Initiatives 591 (pro-gun) and 594 (anti-gun) on 28 January (House Judiciary) and 29 January (Senate Law & Justice).  It is critical that as many individuals turn out as possible to attend BOTH of these hearings.  A strong turnout sends a strong signal to both the legislature and to the media present of the support for, or opposition to, each of the initiatives.

Signs and posters are not allowed inside the buildings, but we will be distributing “Guns Save Lives” stickers to participants.  Parking in the vicinity of the Campus is tight, and Olympia loves to give tickets for illegal parking, so car pools are strongly encouraged.  http://www.leg.wa.gov/legislature/Pages/Parking.aspx

The House Judiciary Committee will conduct it’s hearing on both initiatives at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, in House Hearing Room “A” in the John L. Obrien (House) Office Building.  The Senate Law & Justice Committee will hear both initiatives at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Senate Hearing Room “1” in the John A. Cherberg Senate Office Building.  Sign-up sheets will likely be posted outside the hearing rooms.  Please come early and sign in FOR I-591 and AGAINST I-594.

(And just before I sent this, House Judiciary chair Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-27) announced she would also hear HB 1561 — legalizing short-barreled rifles under state law — in conjunction with her hearing on the initiatives Tuesday afternoon.)

The Secretary of State announced on Wednesday that the count of signatures for I-=594 was completed, and the initiative has sufficient signatures to move forward.  The count on I-591 is underway as you read this.

And here is where I alienate some of you on the list.  Carry is legal on the Capitol Campus.  But both committee chairs have asked that no one OPEN carry in deference to the victims the other side is expected to bring in.  I know, and for the most part agree with, the arguments for open carry.  But occasionally discretion is the better part of valor.  This is NOT the time to push the issue.  In fact, the most likely reaction to such activity is a change in the law banning ALL firearms on the Campus.  That does no one any good.  Please be discrete.

I’ve merged the “Bill Status” and “GOAL Position” segments to make for easier linking of the two.  The GOAL position on a given bill will appear immediately below the bill information.

One new firearm-related bill was filed this week.  SB 6245, by Sen. Brian Dansel (R-7) makes technical fixes to the existing law requiring surrender of a CPL held by anyone convicted of certain offenses.

A public hearing will be conducted on SB 6199, a bill restricting the use of incendiary or tracer ammunition and incendiary devices.

I have taken a position to oppose HB 2459 and SB 6039, bills dealing with hunter education training.  I support the intent of hunter education training.  I was first certified by the State of California as a Hunter Safety instructor in 1973.  Hunter education training was developed by the NRA in the 1930s.  Hunter Ed instruction is currently conducted by volunteer instructors.  But this bill allows the Department of Fish and Wildlife to set a registration fee “of not more than $20” to take the course.  Revenues collected shall be used to reimburse volunteer instructors for out-of-pocket expenses and other purposes.  I oppose the bills as written because I believe $20 is too high and will evolve into a cash cow for DFW.  Instructors deserve to be reimbursed, but a $20 fee for the course may act as a bar to certifying young hunters.

Bill #




GOAL Position

HB 1096 Juvi illegal firearm possession Hurst (D-31) H. Rules Concerns
HB 1147 1st degree juvenile unlawful possession Goodman (D-45) H. Jud Concerns
HB 1184 Range protection Takko (D-19) H. Jud Support
HB 1318 CPL renewal notice Taylor (R-15) H. Jud Support
HB 1371 WA Firearms Freedom Act Taylor (R-15) H.Jud Support
HB 1561 Short barreled rifles Blake (D-19) H. Jud Support
SHB 1588 Background checks Pedersen (D-43) H. Rules Oppose
HB 1676 Mandatory safe storage Kagi (D-32) H. Jud Oppose
HB 1703 Gun “safety” training and tax Jinkins (D-27) H. Jud Oppose
HB 1729 Street gangs Warnick (R-13) H. Jud Support
HB 1788 Firearms/school employees Pike (R-18) H. Jud Support
SHB 1839 Background checks Goodman (D-45) H. Rules Support
HB 1840 Firearms/restraining orders Goodman (D-45) H. Rules Oppose
HB 1908 Firearms on school property Scott (R-39) H. Jud Support
HB 2020 Firearms-related jobs Shea (R-4) H. Jud Support
HB 2164 Juvenile firearm possession Orwall (D-33) H. Jud Evaluating
HB 2324 Use of Force. Shea (R-4) H. Jud Support
HB 2459 Ensuring Hunter Safety Blake (D-19) H. Agricultural & Natural Resources Oppose as written.
HB 2475 Making state law consistent with federal law regarding short-barreled shotguns and
short-barreled rifles.
Overstreet (R-42) H. Jud. Support
HB 2502 Delivery to Peace Officers. Klippert (R-8) H. Jud Support
HB 2529 Concerning a sales tax exemption for firearms and firearm ammunition to encourage
the purchase within the borders of Washington state.
Overstreet (R-42) H. Finance. Support
SB 5376 Juvenile illegal firearm possession Kline (D-37) S. W&M Concerns
SSB 5452 Stalking protection orders Conway (D-29) S. Rules Concerns
SB 5478 Firearms/mental health court Keiser (D-33) S. L&J Concerns
SB 5479 Safekeeping of firearms Keiser (D-33) S. L&J Oppose
SB 5485 Mandatory safe storage Kline (D-37) S. L&J Oppose
SB 5604 NRA license plates Hatfield (D-19) S. Trans Neutral
SB 5625 Background checks Kline (D-37) S. L&J Oppose
SB 5635 Restoration of firearm rights Kline (D-37) S. L&J Oppose
SB 5660 Firearm safety education Chase (D-32) S. K-12 Support
SB 5710 Mandatory safe storage Kohl-Welles (D-46) S. L&J Oppose
SB 5711 Background checks Kline (D-37) S. L&J Oppose
SB 5737 Ban on sale of “assault weapons” Murray (D-43) S. L&J Oppose
SB 5739 Ban on guns in parks Murray (D-43) S. L&J Oppose
SB 5831 Prohibits double tax on clay pigeons Rivers (R-18) S. Rules Support
SB 5956 Short-barreled rifles Hatfield (D-19) S. L&J Support
SB 6025 Use of Body Armor O’ban (R-28) S. L&J Neutral
SB 6039 Ensuring Hunter Safety Pearson (R-39) S. Natural Resources & Parks Oppose as written
SB 6066 Restoration of Rights Honeyford (R-15) S. L&J Support
SB 6198 Protecting Sport Shooting Ranges. Roach (R-31)
S. L&J Support
SB 6199 Addressing wildfires caused by incendiary devices. Braun (R-20)
Hargrove (D-24)
S. Nat Resources & Parks Evaluating
SB 6245 Surrender of CPL. Dansel (R-7)
Hargrove (D-24)
S. L&J Evaluating
SB 6281 Ensuring an effective hunter education program Roach (R-31)
Pedersen (D-43)
S. Natural Resources & Parks Evaluating

Key to abbreviations:  S. = Senate, H. = House, Ag/NatRes = Agriculture/Natural Resources, Fin = Finance, Jud = Judiciary, K-12 = Education, L&J = Law & Justice, NatRes = Natural Resources & Parks, Trans = Transportation, W&M = Ways and Means


28 January
1:30 p.m.

I-591/I-594 House Judiciary Committee House Hearing Room A
John L. O’Brien Bldg (JLOB)
28 January
1:30 p.m.
SB 6199 Senate Natural Resources & Parks Committee Senate Hearing Room 1
John A. Cherberg Bldg (JAC)
29 January
1:30 p.m.
I-591/I-594 Senate Law & Justice Committee Senate Hearing Room 1
John A. Cherberg Bldg (JAC)

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).

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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Monroe                  15-16 February

Puyallup                 22-23 February

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