GOAL Post 2019-8, Legislative Update from Olympia 1 March 2019

GOAL Post 2019-8
Legislative Update from Olympia 1 March 2019


Correction: Last week I said the chamber cut-off was March 3rd. I missed a “1.” It’s March 13th! Ten more days to pass bills that threaten the constitution, threaten your wallet, or both!.

20 of 33 county commissions in New Mexico and their sheriffs have publicly stated their opposition to proposed gun legislation, declaring the proposals unenforceable. Not surprisingly, NM’s Democrat governor has ridiculed the sheriffs. Apparently, it’s not just Washington sheriffs who have decided enough is enough.

Several years ago a number of sheriffs and other law enforcement officers got together and formed the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (cspoa.org). Their position is that the sheriff is the highest executive authority in any of our 3,000+ counties, and thus constitutionally empowered to override certain federal legislation. This concept has obviously evolved down to state legislation as well. This will be interesting to follow.

HB 2133, by Rep. Mike Steele (R-12), amends the state explosives act. The current act prohibits those convicted of violent felonies from working in the business or using explosives. This bill expands the prohibited list to include all those prohibited of owning firearms (certain misdemeanants, protective or restraining order subjects, etc). The bill continues the exemption for small arms ammunition and limited reloading supplies, so it has no practical effect unless you are an employee or major explosives user – but the expansion is simply overreaching and sets a bad example.

Note that almost all bills in the “support” category died last week. Don’t take any joy that the “assault weapon ban” bills died — that issue is tied up with I-1639 in the courts – but note the magazine ban bills ARE still moving.

I’ve listed the bills that died at last week’s committee cut-off as “died.” Next week I’ll leave them out entirely to reduce clutter and confusion. But keep in mind we have a two-year legislative biennium – all these bills spring back to life next January. Or in any special session between now and then. And the make-up of the legislature remains the same, with solid Democrat majorities in both the House and Senate. The process is theirs to control.

SB 5954, bump stock buyback funding, passed the Senate unanimously. The bill allocates $150,000 to fund last year’s unfunded buyback program at $150 per bump stock.

Nine more House bills and 13 Senate bills await a call to their respective chamber floor for a vote. Bills that pass out of their original chamber go to the second chamber to begin the process all over again: policy committee assignment, possible public hearing, a committee vote and then possibly a second chamber vote. We’re not quite halfway through the session, with most of the serious action still ahead.

Next week the floor action will be fast and furious, with several possible evening sessions on the schedule. Evening and even weekend sessions are always possible.


SHB 1010 Disposition of forfeited firearms by WSP
Senn (D-41) H.Rules OPPOSE

HB 1022 Prohibiting handgun sale database

HB 1024 Prohibiting gun owner database

HB 1038 Authorizing armed school personnel

SHB 1068 High capacity magazine ban
Valdez (D-46) H.Rules OPPOSE

HB 1073 Undetectable and/or untraceable firearms
Valdez (D-46) DIED OPPOSE

HB 1097 Repeals firearm confidentiality waivers

HB 1098 Repeals penalties/unsafe storage of firearms

HB 1203 Reporting lost or stolen firearms
Doglio (D-22) DIED OPPOSE

SHB 1225 Firearms/domestic violence
Jinkins (D-27) H.Rules OPPOSE

HB 1286 Assault weapon ban
Peterson (D-21) DIED OPPOSE

HB 1315 CPL training requirement
Lovick (D-44) DIED OPPOSE

HB 1319 Open carry prohibited at public meetings
Wylie (D-49) DIED OPPOSE

HB 1346 Lead ammo ban for “youth”
Pollett (D-46) DIED OPPOSE

HB 1374 Repeals state preemption of gun laws
Macri (D-43) DIED OPPOSE

HB 1381 Use of UAVs to deliver contraband
Pellicciotti (D-30) H.Rules NEUTRAL

HB 1439 Permission to carry in a private residence
Doglio (D-22) DIED OPPOSE

HB 1464 WSP background checks for CPLs
Goodman (D-45) DIED OPPOSE

HB 1465 Repeal delivery handgun with CPL
Goodman (D-45) H.Rules OPPOSE

HB 1530 New/expanded gun free zones
Davis (D-32) DIED OPPOSE

HB 1541 Expands the list of prohibited persons
Jinkins (D-27) DIED OPPOSE

HB 1649 Exempts CPL holders from b/g checks
Sutherland (R-39) DIED SUPPORT

SHB 1739 Undetectable/untraceable firearms
Valdez (D-43) H.Rules OPPOSE

HB 1763 Active shooters & armed school personnel

HB 1786 Seizure of firearms/re: protective orders
Jinkins (D-27) H.Rules OPPOSE

HB 1855 Intervention programs/juveniles in possession
Orwall (D-31) DIED NEUTRAL

HB 1934 CPL renewal online/mail military members
Caldier (R-25) H.Rules SUPPORT

HB 1949 Single POC for firearm b/g checks
Hansen (D-23) H.Rules NEUTRAL

HB 2103 Reversing much of I-1639

HB 2124 CPL restricted carry partial repeal
Dufault (R-15) DIED SUPPORT

HB 2133 Explosives act/expands prohibited persons
Steele (R-12) H.Labor OPPOSE

SB 5016 Authorizing armed animal control officers
Van De Wege S.Rules SUPPORT

SSB 5027 Extreme risk protection orders, under age 18
Frockt (D-46) S.Rules OPPOSE

SB 5050 Body armor use in a crime

SSB 5061 Undetectable and untraceable firearms
Dhingra (D-45) S.Rules OPPOSE

SSB 5062 High capacity magazine ban
Kuderer D-48) S.Rules OPPOSE

SB 5072 Extreme risk protection orders

SB 5099 Target shooting on DNR land
Sheldon (D-35) S.Rules SUPPORT

SSB 5143 Seizing firearms/DV incidents
Dhingra (D-45) S.Rules OPPOSE

SB 5150 College safety/officers weapons
Wilson (R-17) S.Rules SUPPORT

SB 5172 Firearm training/gun bill sponsors
Fortunato (R-39) DIED SUPPORT

SSB 5174 Training for CPL issue
Palumbo (D-1) S.Rules OPPOSE

SB 5181 Firearm possession/mental health
Kuderer (D-48) S.Rules OPPOSE

SB 5205 Firearm possession/incompetent for trial
Dhingra (D-45) S.Rules OPPOSE

SB 5340 Assault weapons ban
Kuderer (D-48) DIED OPPOSE

SB 5434 New/expanded gun free zones
Wilson (D-30) S.Rules OPPOSE

SB 5508 WSP background check for CPLs
Fortunato (R-31) S.Rules OPPOSE

SB 5782 Removes prohibition of spring-blade knives
Zeiger (R-25) S.Rules SUPPORT

SB 5954 Bump stock buyback

HB = House bill, SB = Senate bill. L&J = Law & Justice , CR&J = Civil Rights and 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 (amended).

No public hearings scheduled

LEGISLATIVE HOTLINE: 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, online 24/7, to any citizen.

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Article 1, Section 24
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