Legislative Action Update

Steve Zemke and Sarajane Siegfriedt have been appointed as co-chairs of the Legislative Action Committee. Steve and Sarajane are two of our most experienced advocates, and have co-chaired this committee in the past. They are committed to greatly increasing opportunities for our PCOs and members to advocate for a better King County and Washington state during the legislative session.

Our annual Lobby Day in Olympia will be held this year on Presidents Day, Monday, February 16th, prior to the State Party’s Crab Feed, which starts at 5 PM.

We are also offering a list of 2015 Lobby Days events sponsored by kindred organizations, consistent with both our platform and our Draft Legislative Agenda, the first of which will be the Martin Luther King Lobby Day, this Monday (register here)

Recommended Olympia Lobby Days

The 2015 legislative session begins January 15 and ends 105 days later on April 27th.  Each of the following organizations sponsors a lobby day that includes training on their legislative agenda issues, inspirational speakers including people directly affected by the issues, and appointments with your legislator.

These organizations are consistent with our KCDCC platform and offer in-depth training and policy papers in their areas of excellence.  We urge your support and participation.  Even if you can’t go to Olympia, sign up for one or two mailing lists in your areas of interest.

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February

March

Recommended Issue Organizations

2015 Legislative Agenda

printable version

  1. Revenue & Tax Reform:
    • Pass a capital gains tax on the wealthy to raise additional revenue to fund Basic Education and meet McCleary obligations
    • Close corporate tax exemptions that lack accountable performance objectives and results in terms of living-wage jobs and other measurable community benefits
    • Require the Legislature to adopt a Tax Expenditure Budget as part of the state biennial budget appropriations process
  2. Transportation:
    • Authorize sustainable local, regional and state funding for transit
    • Move people and freight safely and efficiently while minimizing carbon pollution
  3. Election Finance Reform:
    • Send a resolution to Congress calling for a constitutional amendment that corporations are not people and money is not speech
    • Require campaign disclosure of “dark money” spending by nonprofits
    • Support initiative reform
  4. Education:
    • Fully fund K-12 Basic Education consistent with the McCleary order
    • Restore 70% state share of higher ed funding (2002) vs. students’ share 30%
    • Support school construction in the state capital budget
    • Support funding for two free years of college or technical school
  5. Environment:
    • Pass a carbon pollution cap and trade system to make polluters pay
    • Pass the Oil Transportation Safety Act
  6. Labor:
    • Pass a capital budget focused on repairing infrastructure to create jobs
    • Raise the minimum wage statewide towards a goal of a living wage
    • Provide paid sick leave for workers statewide
    • Pass wage theft bills
  7. Housing and Human Services:
    • Maintain the social safety net: Homeless, hungry, sick children can’t learn.
    • Fund low-income housing in the capital budget at the highest level possible, with $100 million recommended
    • Create a Medicaid Supportive Housing Services benefit
  8. Criminal Justice:
    • Pass sentencing and juvenile justice system reform
    • Pass a workable medical cannabis regulation that respects the needs of patients.
    • Repeal the death penalty
  9. Reproductive Rights:
    • Pass the Reproductive Health Act
    • Oppose parental notification requirements for reproductive health services

(approved 1/27/2015 by the KCDCC Executive Board)

December 15 Healthcare Enrollment Deadline

(From our friends at HealthCare.gov)

3 days left until the deadline

Attention:  Time is running out. You only have 3 days left to enroll for coverage starting on January 1.

Find out if you’re eligible for a premium tax credit – it’s like cash back to help you pay for health coverage. 

You can’t afford to wait.  Last year, 8 out of 10 people who signed up for health insurance through HealthCare.gov got financial assistance.

Go to HealthCare.gov and start your application today.

We want to help.  Visit LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov if you want help with your application.

2015 Legislative District Reorganizations

The remaining reorganization meetings for the 2015-2016 term for the legislative district organizations of King County are scheduled as follows.

Go here for proposed agenda and rules for these meetings.

LD When Where
5th Wednesday, January 21, 2015
7:00PM
King County Library Services Center 960 Newport Way NW
Issaquah
11th Tuesday, January 20, 2015
7:00PM
Renton Carpenters Hall 231 Burnett Avenue North
Renton
33rd Monday, January 19, 2015
7:00PM
Normandy Park Congregational Church 19247 1st Avenue South
Normandy Park
36th Wednesday, January 21, 2015
7:00PM
Phinney Neighborhood Center (lower building) 6615 Dayton Ave N
Seattle
41st Wednesday, January 21, 2015
7:00PM
Tyee Middle School 13630 SE Allen Rd
Bellevue
43rd Tuesday, January 20, 2015
7:00PM
University Heights Community Center 5031 University Way NE
Seattle

Saturday, December 6, 2014 Reorganization Meeting

The organization meeting for the 2015-2016 term of the King County Democratic Central Committee will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at

IAM Machinists Hall (in South Park)
9125 15th Pl S, Seattle

Call to order will be at 9:00 am (sign-in will open by 8:30am).  This meeting is for PCOs elected in the August 2014 primary election, who will choose the leadership of the King County Democrats for the next two years, holding elections for all officer positions (Chair, 1st-4th Vice-Chairs, State Committee representatives, Secretary, Treasurer)

Go here for the full Proposed Agenda and Rules

Go here to view the list of elected PCOs for each Legislative District

Update (11/22/2014): The original agenda+rules posting inadvertently omitted clause 6d (an amendment providing for a forum, approved at the 10/28 Executive Board meeting); the correct version is now posted.