GOAL Post 2018-5, Legislative Update from Olympia 2 February 2018

GOAL Post 2018-5
Legislative Update from Olympia 2 February 2018


Today, 2 February, is the first chamber policy committee cut-off date. All bills that have not passed out of their original policy committee this session (for most gun bills Senate Law & Justice, House Judiciary and Public Safety) are considered dead for the remainder of the session. Theoretically – exceptions can be made — but those exceptions are rare.

Next Tuesday, 6 February, is the cut-off for bills that require major appropriations for the year. At this point, SB 5444 (a/w regulation) was sent to Senate Ways & Means because the original version of the bill had significant fiscal impact. The current version does not. I expect it will move right out of W&M to Senate Rules. The chamber cut-off – House bills out of the House, Senate bills out of the Senate – occurs on Wednesday, 14 February. “Normal procedures” aside, nothing is safe until the legislature adjourns in March.

SB 6476, by Sen. Wagoner (R-39), a bill that would exempt background checks for transfers between two CPL holders was introduced and sent to Senate Law & Justice. Too late for consideration in this session, unfortunately.

The version of SB 5444 that passed out of committee this week is significantly different from the original. Essentially, the amended version treats “assault weapons” like handguns, limiting sale to those 21 and over, and requiring the same dealer paperwork as handguns. The requirement for an “assault weapon license” is deleted, as are fees associated with the license. As watered down as it is, it is still unacceptable, as it adds so-called “assault weapons” to the state pistol registry.

Now that the policy committee deadline has passed, only a few of the 40+ gun bills introduced this year and last remain under consideration. I’ll change the status of the “dead” bills at chamber cut-off. The bills that are in their chamber Rules Committee are awaiting a floor vote. The following bills are still officially in play:

HB 1122 Safe storage (Kagi), in House Rules awaiting a House floor vote
HB 1270 Encouraging use of trigger locks (Harmsworth), likely frozen in House Fiscal
HB 1483 Destruction of forfeited firearms (Lovick), awaiting a House floor vote
HB 2363 Drone delivery of firearms (Pellicotti), in Senate Law & Justice
HB 2519 Return of seized CPLs (Lovick), in House Rules awaiting a floor vote
SB 5073 Use of force (McCoy), in Senate Ways & Means, likely stalled
SB 5441 Involuntary freeze on firearm possession (Kuderer), in Senate Rules
SB 5444 B/g check on “assault weapons” (Frockt), in Senate Ways & Means
SB 5553 Potential suicide, waiver of rights (Pedersen), in House Judiciary
SB 5992 Trigger device ban (Van de Wege), in House Judiciaryj
SB 6297 Firearm possession/history of violence (Dhingra), in Senate Rules
SB 6298 DV harassment firearm ban (Dhingra), in Senate Rules

On Wednesday, Senate Law & Justice will hold a public hearing on HB 2363 (delivery of contraband by drone). The hearing is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. On Friday, 9 February, the House Judiciary Committee will hold public hearings on two gun bills that passed out of the Senate already. The bills are Substitute Senate Bill 5553 (suicide prevention/voluntary waiver of firearm rights) and Engrossed Senate Bill 5992 (bump stock ban). “Substitute” means a bill was amended in committee, Engrossed means it was amended on the chamber floor.


HB 1000 Use of deadly force Doglio (D-22) H. PubSaf OPPOSE
HB 1004 Possession of firearms/state of emergency Shea (R-4) H. Jud. SUPPORT
HB 1015 Limiting restrictions on concealed carry Shea (R-4) H. Jud. SUPPORT
HB 1122 Safe storage of firearms Kagi (D-32) H. Rules OPPOSE
HB 1134 Assault weapon ban Peterson (D-21)H. Jud. OPPOSE
HB 1174 Firearm safety education in schools Muri (R-28) H. Edu SUPPORT
HB 1181 Prohibiting handgun sales registry Blake (D-19) H. Jud. SUPPORT
HB 1190 Prohibiting handgun sales registry Taylor (R-15) H. Jud. SUPPORT
HB 1270 Encouraging voluntary use of locking devices Harmsworth (R-44) H. Fin. SUPPORT
HB 1380 Repeals I-594 Shea (R-4) H. Jud. SUPPORT
HB 1381 Universal recognition of all state CPLs Blake (D-19) H. Jud. SUPPORT
HB 1387 Assault weapons background check Jinkins (D-27) H. Jud. OPPOSE
HB 1483 Allows destruction of forfeited firearms Lovick (D-44) H. Rules OPPOSE
HB 1529 Use of force Ryu (D-32) H. PubSaf. OPPOSE
HB 1592 Delivery of firearms to LEOs Klippert (R) H. Jud. SUPPORT
HB 1725 I-594 check exemption for CPL holders Koster (R-44) H. Jud. SUPPORT
HB 1731 Certain exemptions to I-594 Jinkins (D27) H. Jud. SUPPORT
HB 1900 Hunter ed funding/NRA license plates Griffey (R-35) H. Trans. NEUTRAL
HB 1933 Transfer of firearms at non-profit events Walsh (R-19) H. Jud. SUPPORT
HB 2136 Profits from seized firearms go to education fund Taylor (R-15) H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 2293 Bans firearms in daycare facilities (exception) Kagi (D-32) H. Jud OPPOSE
HB 2306 Allows licensed veterans to carry at Comm Coll Van Werven (R) H. Jud. SUPPORT
HB 2329 Strengthens law making CPL data private Walsh (R-19)H. Jud SUPPORT
HB 2363 Drone delivery of firearms to offenders Pellicciotti (D-30) S. L&J SUPPORT
HB 2422 Bans “high capacity” magazines Peterson (D-21) H. Jud. OPPOSE
HB 2519 Return of seized CPLs Lovick (D-44) H. Rules NEUTRAL
HB 2666 Repeals state preemption of gun laws Macri (D-43) H. Jud. OPPOSE
HB 2738 Permission to carry in a residence Doglio (D-22) H. Jud. OPPOSE

SB 5000 Use of deadly force McCoy (D-38) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 5050 Assault weapon ban Frockt (D-3) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 5073 Use of force McCoy (D-38) S. W&M OPPOSE
SB 5216 Firearm safety education in schools O’Ban (R-28) S. K-12 SUPPORT
SB 5441 Involuntary freeze on firearm possession Kuderer (D) S.Rules OPPOSE
SB 5444 Background check for “assault weapons” Frockt (D-46) S. W&M OPPOSE
SB 5463 Mandatory safe storage of firearms Palumbo (D) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 5506 Transfer of firearms at non-profit events Zeiger (R-25) S. Rules SUPPORT
SB 5553 Suicidal, waiver of rights Pedersen (D-43) H. Jud. NEUTRAL
SB 5795 Mandatory firearm liability insurance Chase (D-32) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 5992 Bans certain “trigger devices” Van De Wege (D-24) H. Jud. OPPOSE
SB 6049 Bans “high capacity” magazines Frockt (D-3) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6146 Repeals state preemption of gun laws Saldana (D-37) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6173 Strengthens law making CPL data private Takko (R-19) S. L&J SUPPORT
SB 6297 Firearm possession with history of violence Dhingra (D-45) S. Rules NEUTRAL
SB 6298 DV harassment firearm ban Dhingra (D-45) S. Rules OPPOSE
SB 6415 Permission to carry in a residence Hunt (D-22) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6476 Exempts background checks between CPL Wagoner (R-39) S. L&J SUPPORT

HB = House bill, SB = Senate bill. L&J = Law & Justice, Jud = Judiciary, PubSaf = Public Safety, HC = Health Care, H. K-12 = House Early education, Aprop = Appropriations, Fin = Finance, W&M = Ways &Means “S” before a bill number indicates Substitute, “E” means Engrosssed (both mean amended).


7 Feb
Senate Law & Justice Senate hearing Room 4, John A. Cherberg Bldg
10:00 a.m. HB 2362

9 Feb
House Judiciary Hearing Room A, John L. O’Brien Bldg
08:00 a.m. SBs 5554, 5992

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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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