GOAL Post 2014-8

GOAL Post                                                                                             2014-8
Legislative Update from Olympia                                                               28 February 2014







Today marks the second chamber policy committee cut-off, the day when all bills must pass out of the policy committee in the opposite chamber or be considered dead for the session.   Of the five bills still under consideration at the beginning of the week, four moved on to the next step and one — SB 5956 (short-barreled rifles) — died in committee.   See “Bill Status” for the current location of each bill.

Next Friday is the second chamber cut-off, the day by which all House bills must come out of the Senate and Senate bills out of the House.  The final week of the legislature is devoted to reconciling conference bills (differing versions passed by the House and Senate) and initiatives.

The legislature has until the last day of the session to take action on any Initiatives to the Legislature presented at the beginning of the session.  Both I-591 and I-594 remain in their respective committees, where they will likely ride out the session.

2014 has a short legislative session — 60 days.  The session must end by midnight, Thursday, 13 March.

As tension in the Ukraine increases, this was posted on the home page of the Ukrainian Gun Owners Association late last week :

“Today every citizen of Ukraine understands why our country has hundreds of thousands of policemen.  Last illusions were crushed when riot police used rubber batons and boots at the Independence Square on peaceful citizens.

“After such actions we realize that it is not enough to only adopt the Gun Law.  As of today Ukrainian Gun Owners Association will start to work on the preparation of amendments to the Constitution, which will provide an unconditional right for Ukrainian citizens to bear arms.       People should have the right to bear arms, which will be put in written into the Constitution.

“Authorities should not and will not be stronger than its people!

“Armed people are treated with respect!”


And NOW you know why some people in this country would like to repeal the Second Amendment.  Obsolete?  Outdated?  An anachronism?    NEVER!

Bill #




GOAL Position

*HB 1840 Firearms/restraining orders Goodman (D-45) S. L&J Neutral
*HB 2164 Juvenile firearm possession Orwall (D-33) S. HS &C Support
SB 5956 Short-barreled rifles Hatfield (D-19) Died
H. Jud.
SB 6025 Use of Body Armor O’ban (R-28) H. Pub Safety Neutral
SB 6199 Addressing wildfires caused by incendiary devices. Braun (R-20)
Hargrove (D-24)
H. Ag. Support
I-591 Protect Gun Rights H. Jud & Senate L&J Support
I-594 Universal background checks/registration H. Jud & Senate L&J Oppose


Key to abbreviations:  S. = Senate, H. = House, Ag/NatRes = Agriculture/Natural Resources,  HS&C = Human Services & Corrections, Jud = Judiciary, L&J = Law & Justice, , W&M = Ways and Means

* = status change this past week



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

You can also use the direct link available on each bill’s web page to contact your legislators by clicking on “Comment on this bill.”

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.

GET THE WORD OUT:  If you want to subscribe to the GOAL Post by e-mail, send a message to “[email protected]” or to [email protected].  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 “[email protected]” 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.

Upcoming WAC gun show(s):

Puyallup                22-23 March

Monroe                   5-6 April

“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 2014 Gun Owners Action League of WA

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