Disabilities Committee

The newly formed King County Democrats Committee on Disabilities is seeking interested disabled persons and allies to staff the Committee, which helps people obtain their accommodations within the Democratic Party, educates on ableism, and works on legislation pertinent to disabilities. One does not have to attend the full County meetings to participate. Committee meetings will be four times a year. Our first meeting will be March 23rd at 7:00PM. Please call 206-632-2868 between noon and 11:00PM for more information. This will be a fragrance free event.

March 24 Executive Board Meeting

The agenda for our March 24 Executive Board meeting (7pm, Renton Carpenters’ Hall) will include the following items:

2015 New Precinct Boundaries

The draft reprecincting ordinance for this year is now available for public comment. The comment deadline is Friday March 6, after which the ordinance will go to the County Council for approval. The following chart lists the affected precincts — the list of changes for this year is relatively small. Click on the name in the “Corresponding New Precincts” column to get to the maps.

LD Old Precinct Corresponding
New Precincts
PCOs affected
5 SNQ 05-3513 SNQ 05-3513
SNQ 05-3703
VALENCIA VALENCIA
RNT 05-3698
11 BRIAR BRIAR Dick Gidner
RNT 11-3287
RNT 11-3287  
HONEY HONEY
RNT 11-2816
RNT 11-2816  
SEA 11-1597 SEA 11-1597 Roger Pence
SEA 11-1947
SEA 11-1947   Robert Fulmer
33 SET 33-1031 SET 33-1031
SET 33-3704
STACY STACY
LAKE FENWICK
34 SEA 34-1455 SEA 34-1455
SEA 34-3702
36 SEA 36-1318 SEA 36-1318
SEA 36-3699
SEA 36-1801 SEA 36-1801
SEA 36-3705 Evan Clifthorne
41 ISS 41-2602 ISS 41-2602
OVERDALE  
43 SEA 43-2544 SEA 43-2544
SEA 43-3700
SEA 43-3701
SEA 43-3570  
SEA 43-3570 Diane Bedwell
45 ADAIR ADAIR Priscilla O’Leary
BIG LEAF

February 24 Executive Board Meeting

The agenda for our February 24 Executive Board meeting (7pm, Renton Carpenters’ Hall) will include the following items:

Status of Bills for the 2015 Legislative Agenda

Printable version

Updated 3/23/2015
Call your legislators and the Gov. at 1-800-562-6000 and urge them to support your bill.

HOUSE BILLS STATUS COMMENTS & ACTION
SHB 1223 Financing Workforce Housing (Springer) (also SB 5208) Substitute bill passed House 63-35 (3/5); referred to Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing; no hearing scheduled Substitute bill makes corrections to specify the funding source for revenue bonds on the King County hotel-motel tax to finance workforce housing at 30% to 80% AMI. Needs your support in Senate. Ask Ctte. Chair Steve O’Ban to schedule a hearing.
SHB 1295 Breakfast After the Bell (Hudgins) (also SB 5437) Substitute bill passed House 63-35 (3/4); heard in Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education (3/16); no vote scheduled. Bipartisan support; companion bill passed Senate policy and Ways& Means committees, but died in Rules.
HB 1355 Increase Minimum Wage to $12 (Farrell) (also SB 5285) Passed House 51-46 (3/3); hearing in Senate Commerce & Labor (3/30, 1:30 p.m.) 41 Democratic sponsors; phases in over four years. Thank Chair Sen. Michael Baumgartner for hearing the bill and ask him to schedule a vote before the April 1 policy committee cutoff.
HB 1356 Paid Sick Leave (Jinkins) (also SB 5306) Passed House 51-46 (3/3); hearing in Senate Commerce & Labor (3/30, 1:30 p.m.) 43 Democratic sponsors. Thank Chair Sen. Michael Baumgartner for hearing the bill and ask him to schedule a vote before the April 1 policy committee cutoff.
HB 1436 Homeless Youth Prevention & Protection Act (Kagi) (also SB 5404) Second substitute bill passed House 62-36 (3/4); hearing in Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing (3/24 10:00 a.m.) 24 bipartisan sponsors; companion bill passed Senate 48-1, so House bill should sail through Senate. Both are heavily amended and must be reconciled in committee.
SHB 1449 Oil Transportation Safety (Farrell) (also SB 5087) Substitute bill passed House 60-38 (3/5); heard in Senate Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee (3/18); vote not scheduled Governor request. 36 House Democratic sponsors; requires railroads to do oil spill response planning & increases Oil Spill Tax on vessels to include pipelines. Ask Senate Ctte. Chair Doug Erickson and committee members to support. House bill includes sea transport safety.
HB 1647 Equity in contraceptive coverage (Cody) (also SB 5574) Passed House 51-46; referred to Senate Health Care (3/12); no hearing scheduled. 21 Democratic House sponsors; urge Committee Chair Randi Becker to schedule a fair and balanced hearing.
E2SHB 1682 Homeless Student Stability Act (Fey) (also SB 5065) Engrossed second substitute bill passed House 82-16 (3/6); heard in Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education 3/19) 27 bipartisan House sponsors; pilot grant program provides increased in-school guidance supports, housing referrals to homeless students; ask Sen. Steve O’Ban to schedule a vote before April 1 policy committee cutoff; ask your Senator to support.
HB 2055 Statements on ballot measures in voters’ pamphlets (Johnson) Passed House 97-1; hearing in Senate Government Operations & Security Committee (3/26, 10 a.m.) Bipartisan bill. Allows fiscal impact statements to be included in voters’ pamphlet for each ballot initiative or bill referendum or measure–voters need more information. Must pass policy committee by April 1 cutoff.
SENATE BILLS STATUS COMMENTS & ACTION
ESB 5153 Dark Money Campaign Disclosure (Billig) Engrossed bill passed Senate 49-0; hearing in House State Government Committee (3/24, 10 a.m.) Thank Senators; ask Committee Chair Sam Hunt and members to support this badly needed reform. Fix Democracy First! is lead organization.
2SSB 5404 Homeless Youth Prevention & Protection Act (O’Ban) (also HB 1436) Second substitute bill passed Senate 48-1; scheduled for vote in House Committee on Early Learning and Human Services (3/26, 10 a.m.) Governor request; funds stable housing, family reconciliation, permanent connections, education & employment opportunities. Companion bill passed House 62-36, so Senate bill should sail through House, with House attempting to reconcile differences.
2SSB 5564 Sealing juvenile records & fines (O’Ban) (also HB 1481) Second substitute bill passed Senate 48-1 (3/6); scheduled for vote in House Committee on Early Learning & Human Services (3/26, 10 a.m.) 15 bipartisan Senate sponsors; House bill also had bipartisan support, but ran out of time before a floor vote; support so that juvenile fines and penalties at 12% interest do not follow them into adulthood.
JOINT RESOLUTIONS STATUS COMMENTS & ACTIONS
OTHER BILLS STATUS COMMENTS & ACTIONS
SHB 1085 Lobbyist PDC Reports Filed Electronically (Moeller) Substitute bill passed House 85-13 (3/5); heard in Senate Government Operations & Security (3/16); no vote scheduled Ask Committee Chair Pam Roach & your Senator to support transparency in government. Current system is paper, not a searchable database.
2SHB 1390/SB5713 Legal Financial Obligations for Felons (Goodman/Kohl-Welles) 2nd Substitute House bill passed 94-4; referred to Senate Law & Justice (3/11); no hearing scheduled. House bill has six Democratic sponsors and no GOP sponsors. Tell Senators to lower 12% state interest from time of conviction to something reasonable and to address this unjust situation so felons can repair their credit. Bill appears stalled; ask Chair Mike Padden and Vice Chair Steve O’Ban to hear and pass the bill by the April 1 cutoff for policy committees.
ESHB 1745/SB 5668 Washington Voting Rights Act (Moscoso/Habib) Engrossed substitute House bill passed House 52-46 (3/5); hearing in Senate Government Operations & Security (which passed the Senate bill) (3/23, 10 a.m.). Senate bill placed in Rules “X” file (for 3/23) after passing committee. 24 House Democratic sponsors and 13 Democratic Senate sponsors. Washington Voting Rights Act (WVRA), will ensure all communities have a fair chance to elect candidates of their choice in local elections. Some election voting systems prevent all areas from being represented in local government, with a lack of accountability that leaves potholes, sidewalks, public safety and other critical issues unaddressed in those communities. Senate leadership is holding the Senate bill. Ask them to pass the House bill.
SSB 5715 Initiative Fiscal Note Impact Statements (Fain) Passed Senate 41-8 (3/9); heard in House Committee on State Government (3/18); no vote scheduled President Pro Tempore Pam Roach ruled that it required a 2/3 majority. Can’t penetrate her thinking. Bipartisan sponsors are Senators Joe Fain, Jamie Pedersen, John Braun and Jan Angel.
SSB 5748 Requiring test scores to be used as part of teacher evaluations (Litzow) Substitute bill passed Senate 26-23;referred to House Education (3/13); no hearing scheduled. Oppose. Tell Representatives how you feel about unvalidated high-stakes tests being used in teacher evaluations. The $40M federal NCLB waiver penalty is less than 1% of the state education budget amd most of it was restored after six months. WEA opposes.
ESSB 5899 Small consumer installment loans (Liias) Engrossed substitute bill passed Senate 30-18 after 2 hours of floor debate and 40 attempted amendments; referred to House Business & Financial Services, where it will get a friendly reception (3/24 8 a.m.) and vote (3/25) Oppose. Moneytree is behind this bill and has maxed out donations to the sponsor and many House Democrats, not just Republicans. Rep. Cindy Ryu needs our support. Tell all your Representatives that the current reform law, passed in 2009, is not broken and it is superior to Colorado’s law, according to Pew Research. The State Attorney General is opposed, as are dozens of advocacy groups. Write Committee Chair Steve Kirby, and Dem members Brian Blake, Chris Hurst, Derek Stanford and Sharon Tomiko Santos and tell them why you oppose predatory lending.
SB 5978 Changing the presidential primary (Roach) Passed Senate 36-12; heard in House Committee on State Government (3/12); no vote scheduled. Oppose. Secretary of State request bill; moves presidential primary to 2nd Tuesday in March; would require both major parties to use the results to allocate at least some delegates in order for the parties to receive the names of their voters; companion bill died in House committee. The Democratic Party has a First Amendment right to meet and make delegate allocation decisions without interference or pressure.

Compiled by: Sarajane Siegfriedt, King County Legislative Action Committee (sarajane3h@comcast.net).