GOAL Post 2020-2
Legislative Update from Olympia 17 January 2020
CUT-OFF DATES ADOPTED
NEW GUN BILLS FILED
FOUR PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED
Suppose they held a gun rights rally and everyone came? Well, almost everyone. According to the Seattle Times, about 500 gun owners showed up, much better than in previous years. But Dave Workman tells me the WSP – who has far more experience estimating crowd size than the Times – told him the number was closer to 1,000. Great going guys. Keep it up!
The following cut-off dates have been adopted for bills under consideration in the 2020 regular legislative session. As a general rule, if a bill fails to pass a hurdle, it is considered dead for the session. Exceptions can be made.
13 January Session begins
7 February Bills must pass out of policy committee (except fiscal bills)
11 February Bills must pass out of chamber fiscal committee (only bills with major fiscal impact)
19 February Bills must pass out of house of origin (House bills out of House, Senate bills out of Senate)
28 February Bills must pass out of policy committee in second chamber
2 March Bills with major fiscal impact must pass out of second chamber fiscal committee
6 March Bills must pass out of second chamber (House bills out of Senate, Senate bills out of
the House), except for bills in a conference committee to iron out differences in House/Senate versions, budget bills and initiatives.
12 March Sine die – close of regular legislative session.
The first critical cut-off date, when bills must pass out of their first policy committee (L&J or CR&J for gun bills), isn’t for three weeks.
Another handful of gun bills were introduced this week, and a few more resurrected from last year’s stack. In a departure from the past, I’m tracking both Washington and Florida legislative sessions (I’m VP of the Florida Sport Shooting Assn), so I’m just going to focus on bills that are actually being called into play.
HB 1365 (from last year) (Lovick D-44) mandates State Patrol approved training, to include range time, before a CPL may be issued or reissued (House CR&J, 21 Jan). HB 1374 (from last year) (Macri D-43) repeals state preemption (control) of firearms laws, opening the door to cities and counties to pass their own gun laws (House CR&J, 21 Jan). HB 2240 (Valdez D-46) bans sale and/or possession of magazines holding more than 10 rounds; existing possession is grandfathered, with restriction on where/when they may be used (House CR&J, 21 Jan). HB 2241 (Peterson D-21) bans sale or possession of semi-automatic “assault weapons” and large capacity magazines; existing possession is grandfathered, with restrictions (House CR&J, 21 Jan). HB 2519 (Walen D-48) requires a NICS (when available) background check on the retail sale of ammunition, with a report sent to the state; limited exceptions (House CR&J, 21 Jan). HB 2555 (Goodman D-45) closes the loophole for items federally-defined on a 4473 as “other” (receivers, certain shotguns or handguns) (House CR&J, 22 Jan).
SB 6077 (Kuderer D-48) same-old, same-old magazine ban over ten round capacity, grandfathered (Senate L&J, 20 Jan). SB 6163 (Dhingra D-45) bans possession of firearms BEFORE conviction for certain persons awaiting trial for felony DUI (Senate L&J, 21 Jan). SB 6288 (Dhingra D-45) creates an Office of Firearm Violence Prevention under the Department of COMMERCE to recommend measures to prevent violence (Senate L&J, 21 Jan). SB 6294 (Saloman D-32) more State Patrol-approved mandatory training for a CPL (Senate L&J, 20 Jan). SB 6347 (Wagoner R-39) extends the validity of a CPL acquired after mandatory training to SEVEN years – kind of a sugar coating on a bitter pill (Senate L&J, 20 Jan). SB 6402 (Rivers R-18) is a sentencing enhancement for use of a stolen firarm during the commission of a felony (Senate L&J, 20 Jan). SB 6406 (Wilson R-17) makes any theft of a firearm from a residence or retail outlet a felony (Senate L&J 20 Jan).
BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:
HB 1365 CPL training requirement Tharinger (D-24) H. CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1374 Repeals state preemption of gun laws Macri (D-43) H. CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1068 Magazine restrictions Valdez (D-43) H. CR&J OPPOSE
HB 1671 Confiscation of firearms Dolan (D-22) H. CR&J NEUTRAL
HB 2196 Raise standard for issue of a “red flag” order Walsh (R-19) HG. CR&J SUPPORT
HB 2202 Exempts law enforcement from a/w training Klippert (R-8) H.PubSaf OPPOSE
HB 2240 Bans high capacity magazines Valdez (D-43) H. CR&J OPPOSE
HB 2241 Bans assault weapons and magazines Peterson (D-21) H. CR&J OPPOSE
HB 2519 Ammunition background checks Walen (D-48) H. CR&J OPPOSE
HB 2555 Background checks for “other” firearms Goodman (D-45) H. CR&J OPPOSE
SB 5434 Expands gun free zones to parks and day cares Wilson, C (D-30) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6076 Bans assault weapons and hi cap magazines Kuderer (D-48) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6077 Bans high capacity magazines Kuderer (D-48) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6161 Excise tax on ammunition Dhingra (D-45) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6163 Unlawful possession BEFORE conviction Dhingra (D-45) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6288 Office of firearm violence prevention Dhingra (D-45) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6294 CPL training requirement Saloman (D-32) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6347 CPL validity seven years with training Wagoner (R-39) S. L&J OPPOSE
SB 6402 Use of a stolen firearm Rivers (R-18) S. L&J SUPPORT
SB 6406 Concerning firearms Wilson, L (R-17) S. L&J SUPPORT
HB = House bill, SB = Senate bill. L&J = Law & Justice, CR&J = Civil Rights & 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).
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED:
20 Jan Senate Law & Justice, Senate Hearing Room 4, JAC building
10:00am SBs 6077, 6274, 6347, 6402 and 6406
21 Jan Senate Law & Justice, Senate Hearing Room 4, JAC building
10:00am SBs 6163 and 6288
21 Jan House Civil Rights & Judiciary, House Hearing Room “A,” JLO building
10:00am HBs 2240, 2241, 2519, 1374 and 1315
22Jan House Civil Rights & Judiciary, House Hearing Room “A,” JLO building
8:00am HB 2555
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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