Legislative Action Committee Meeting, Sunday January 15

Please join us Sunday, January 15th 2:00pm – 4:00pm for our first Legislative Action Committee meeting of 2017
at the Capitol Hill Seattle Public Library, 425 Harvard Ave E, Seattle

Guest Speakers will be

  • Rep. Nicole Macri (43rd LD) discussion of Housing priorities
  • Members of the Joint Legislative Task Force on the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing

We look forward to seeing you Sunday!

Sara Franklin and Bob Rosenberger (co-Chairs), Sarajane Siegfriedt (Vice Chair).

2017 Legislative Agenda

Below is the final version of the King County Democrats 2017 Legislative Agenda as adopted by the King County Democratic Central Committee at its Nov 22nd Executive Board meeting at 7 PM in Renton.

King County Democrats 2017 Legislative Agenda

(printable version)

  1. Revenue & Tax Reform:
    • Pass a capital gains tax and other progressive new revenue to fulfill the state’s paramount duty to amply fund
      Basic Education in compliance with the McCleary decision (Budget)
    • Close corporate & special interest tax exemptions that lack accountable performance objectives and results
    • Oppose raising the state sales tax; repeal Tim Eyman’s 1% lid on property tax increases
    • Require Legislature to adopt a Tax Expenditure Budget as part of the biennial budget appropriation process
    • Create an ongoing bipartisan Washington State Tax Structure Advisory Commission
  2. Education:
    • Increase school construction funding to lower class sizes (Capital Budget)
    • Fully fund affordable access to higher education (Budget)
    • Eliminate high-stakes testing as a high school graduation requirement; reduce required testing to the
      minimum required by federal law
    • Restore a fair and accessible nonprofit GED test
    • Oppose any revenue-neutral “levy swap” until significant progressive revenue is raised
    • Eliminate the school funding “levy cliff” so school districts can hire fall 2017 staff
  3. Election Reform:
    • Pass the Voting Rights Act
    • Require campaign disclosure of “dark money” and “grey money”
    • Automatically register U.S. citizens to vote when they apply for a WA driver’s license or ID (opt out)
    • Adequately Fund the Public Disclosure Commission; require lobbyists to file online
  4. Environment:
    • Support a meaningful price on carbon pollution in WA State based on economic and racial justice
    • Defend renewable energy standards and solar production initiatives
    • Oppose fossil fuel export facilities and improve fossil fuel transportation safety
    • Support cleaning up Puget Sound waters and habitat, especially polluted runoff
  5. Labor:
    • Pass wage theft bills
    • Strengthen Equal Pay Act and include pay equity provisions
  6. Housing and Human Services:
    • Increase the social safety net, especially mental health/substance abuse treatment services
    • Increase homeless and low-income housing trust fund to $200 million (Capital Budget)
    • Disallow rental discrimination based on Sec. 8, government or other sources of income
    • Restore local authority over ability to regulate rents
  7. Criminal Justice:
    • Address police lethal use of force by removing “malice” and “in good faith” criteria for prosecution
    • Pass criminal and juvenile justice reform, including restorative justice, Legal Financial Obligations, Ban the
      Box on applications and Racial Impact Statements
    • Create a civilian review board for all sentences over 15 years to decide if safe to return to the community
    • Support earning state higher ed and vocational tech credentials in prisons
    • Ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines; prevent unsafe child access to guns
  8. Health Care:
    • Pass the Reproductive Health Act
    • Support Healthcare for All Washington by 2020 legislation
    • Pass workable medical cannabis legislation that respects the needs of patients

Adopted November 22, 2016 King County Democrats, www.kcdems.org

Draft King County Democrats 2017 Legislative Agenda

The King County Democrats Legislative Action Committee will meet Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 from 2-4 PM at the Renton Highlands Library, 2801 NE 10th St, Renton, WA to discuss and adopt a draft 2017 Legislative Agenda (presented below) which will then be presented and voted on at the November 22, 2016 KCDCC meeting at the Renton Carpenters Hall in Renton.

DRAFT King County Democrats 2017 Legislative Agenda

  1. Revenue & Tax Reform:
    • Pass a capital gains tax & other progressive new revenue to fulfill the state’s paramount duty to amply fund Basic Education in compliance with the McCleary decision (Budget)
    • Close corporate & special interest tax exemptions that lack accountable performance objectives & results
    • Require Legislature to pass a Tax Expenditure Budget as part of the biennial budget appropriation process
    • Create a new bipartisan Washington State Tax Structure Study Committee
  2. Education:
    • Act quickly to eliminate the school funding “levy cliff” so school districts can hire staff
    • Increase school construction funding to lower class sizes (Capital Budget)
    • Oppose any revenue-neutral “levy swap” when much more revenue is needed
    • Support free tuition for two years of public college and technical school (Budget)
    • Eliminate high-stakes testing as a high school graduation requirement; reduce required testing to the minimum required by federal law
    • Restore a fair and accessible nonprofit GED test
  3. Election Reform:
    • Pass the Voting Rights Act
    • Require campaign disclosure of “dark money” and “grey money” spending
    • Automatically register U.S. citizens to vote when they apply for a WA driver’s license or ID
  4. Environment:
    • Support a meaningful price on carbon pollution in WA State, with economic & racial justice
    • Defend renewable energy standards and solar production initiatives
  5. Labor:
    • Pass wage theft bills
  6. Housing and Human Services:
    • Increase the social safety net, especially mental health and substance abuse treatment services
    • Increase homeless & low-income housing trust fund to $200 million (Capital Budget)
    • Disallow rental discrimination based on Sec. 8, government or other sources of income
    • Restore local authority over ability to regulate rents
  7. Criminal Justice:
    • Address police lethal use of force by removing “malice” and “in good faith” criteria
    • Pass criminal and juvenile justice reform, including restorative justice, Legal Financial Obligations, Certificates of Restoration, Ban the Box and Racial Impact Statements
    • Create a civilian review board for all sentences over 15 years if safe to return to the community
    • Support earning state higher education and vocational tech credentials in prisons
    • Pass workable medical cannabis legislation that respects the needs of patients
    • Repeal the death penalty
    • Ban assault weapons
  8. Health Care:
    • Pass the Reproductive Health Act
    • Pass workable medical cannabis legislation that respects the needs of patients

draft Nov. 17, 2016

King County Democrats 2016 Legislative Agenda

11/24/15 Rev. 2.0 (PDF)

  1. Revenue & Tax Reform:
    • Progressive new revenue, including capital gains tax, to fulfill the state’s paramount duty to amply fund Basic Education in compliance with the McCleary decision (Budget)
    • Close corporate tax exemptions that lack accountable performance objectives and results
    • Require the Legislature to adopt a Tax Expenditure Budget (HB1239/SB5492)
    • Support Washington Investment Trust (i.e., state bank) (SB5553)
  2. Education:

    • Increase school construction funding as required by McCleary (Capital Budget)
    • Eliminate high stakes testing as a high school graduation requirement; reduce required testing to the minimum required by federal law
    • Restore a fair and accessible nonprofit GED test (SB5676;HB1743)
    • Significantly increase the state’s share of higher education costs
    • Support free tuition for two years of public college and technical school (Budget)
  3. Election Reform:

    • Support I-735 requesting the legislature to ask Congress to amend the U.S. Constitution to affirm that corporations are not people and money is not speech
    • Require campaign disclosure of “dark money” spending by nonprofits (SB5153)
    • Automatically register U.S. citizens to vote when they apply for a driver’s license or ID
  4. Environment:

    • Support the introduction of a meaningful price on carbon in WA State
    • Defend renewable energy standards & solar production initiatives
  5. Labor:

    • Raise the minimum wage statewide towards a goal of a living wage (HB 1355/SB5285)
    • Provide paid sick leave for workers statewide (HB1356)
    • Pass wage theft bills ( e.g., HB1354/SB5569)
  6. Housing and Human Services:

    • Increase the social safety net, especially for homeless children and families
    • Increase low-income housing in the capital budget
    • Reform and effectively fund the public mental health delivery system with a focus on preventive and supportive services (study bill)
    • Pass the Fair Tenant Screening Act—accurate, portable background checks (HB1257, SB5123)
    • Disallow rental discrimination based on Sec. 8, government or other sources of income (HB1565, SB5378)
    • Restore local authority over the ability to regulate rents
  7. Criminal Justice:

    • Pass criminal and juvenile justice reform, including Legal Financial Obligations (HB1390), Certificates of Restoration (HB1553), Ban the Box (HB1701) and Racial Impact Statements (SB5752)
    • Re-institute parole and support ex-prisoner re-entry programs
    • Pass a workable medical cannabis regulation that respects the needs of patients
    • Repeal the death penalty (HB1739/SB5639)
  8. Health Care:

    • Pass the Reproductive Health Act
    • Oppose parental notification requirements for reproductive health services (SB5289)
    • Support health care for all Washingtonians by 2020 (HB 1025/SB 5132 and HB 1321/SB5305)