Draft 2017 Legislative Agenda (Second Revision)

Below is the revised draft of the King County Democrats 2017 Legislative Agenda adopted by the King County Democrats Legislative Action Committee for final adoption by by the King County Democratic Central Committee at its Nov 22nd Executive Board meeting at 7 PM in Renton. Forty two Democrats attended the Legislative Action Committee meeting, reviewed all the proposed agenda items, also considered comments received via e-mail and voted unanimously to recommend this revised draft for adoption.

DRAFT King County Democrats 2017 Legislative Agenda

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 & solar production initiatives
  • · Oppose fossil fuel export facilities & 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, Certificates of Restoration of Opportunity, Ban the Box on applications, 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 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 legislation by 2020
  • · Pass workable medical cannabis legislation that respects the needs of patients

November 20, 2016 Draft Revision 2

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)

November LAC Meeting and 2016 Legislative Agenda

If you want to participate in forming the 2016 King County Legislative Action Committee Legislative Agenda, please plan on coming to our next meeting Sunday November 15, 2 to 4 p.m. at the Maple Valley Library, 21844 SE 248th St., Maple Valley.

Go here for directions and a map.

Our speaker is 47th District Rep. Pat Sullivan, Majority Leader of the House Democrats. Pat will comment on the 2015 session and the challenges for the 2016 session. Our program is a free-form dialog, an unusual opportunity to go deep on policy issues with a legislator.

Majority Leader Sullivan’s conversation will set the stage for our second hour, where we will shape our 2016 Legislative Agenda. We updated our 2015 agenda (see attachment) and brainstormed at our October meeting (see notes). If we can complete this work in November, it will be voted by the KCDCC at our November 24th meeting. Otherwise, it will be finalized by the LAC December 13th and confirmed by the KCDCC January 26th. The short legislative session starts January 11th and ends March 10th, 2016.

Good advocacy practice limits the Legislative Agenda to one page. It’s a handout for legislators. Only issues that will be viable in this short session will be considered. Since legislatures (like Congress) last two years, bills from last session are still viable. Budget items and tax reform are likely to be overshadowed by solving McCleary education funding.

Each LD should send at least one delegate. Finalizing our Legislative Agenda is the only time this committee votes. All Democrats are welcome, but only an official representative can vote.

Of course, as Democrats, we have many other issues. If you want to promote something that doesn’t fit in this agenda, please consider joining your LD or King County Platform Committee. Your LD Chair appoints one King County Platform Committee member. The committee starts meeting weekly about February 1st and finishes about March 31st, in time for a draft platform to be available to the March 26th Precinct Caucuses.

You can review here the current King County Democrats Platform and the latest draft agenda

King County Democrats 2015 Legislative Agenda Status Update

  1. Revenue & Tax Reform:
    • Pass a capital gains tax on the wealthy to raise additional revenue to fund Basic Education and meet McCleary obligations (Budget—No bill #)
    • 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 (HB1249/SB5492)
  2. Transportation:
    • Authorize sustainable local, regional and state funding for transit (HB1180, etc.) (Done)
    • Move people and freight safely and efficiently while minimizing carbon pollution (SB5087) (Part done—move to Environment)
  3. Election Reform:
    • Send a resolution to Congress calling for a constitutional amendment that corporations are not people and money is not speech (Senate Joint Memorial 8002) (Replaced by I-735)
    • Require campaign disclosure of “dark money” spending by nonprofits (SB5153)
  4. Education:
    • Fully fund K-12 Basic Education consistent with the McCleary order (Budget)
    • Restore 70% state share of higher ed funding (2002) vs. students’ share 30%
    • Support school construction in the state capital budget (Budget)
    • Support funding for two free years of college or technical school (Budget)
  5. Environment:
    • Pass a carbon pollution cap and trade system to make polluters pay (HB 1314/SB5083)
    • Pass the Oil Transportation Safety Act (HB 1449/SB5087)
  6. Labor:
    • Pass a capital budget focused on repairing infrastructure to create jobs (Budget) (Done)
    • 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 (HB1354/SB5569) (Also SB 5566, 5567, 5568, 5569)
  7. Housing and Human Services:
    • Maintain Increase the social safety net: Homeless, hungry, sick children can’t learn. (Budget, HB1295/SB5437, etc.)
    • Fund Increase low-income housing in the capital budget, at least $100 million recommended (Capital budget)
    • Create a Medicaid Supportive Housing Services benefit (Done)
  8. Criminal Justice:
    • Pass sentencing reform and juvenile justice reform (HB1481/SB5564) (HB1553)
    • Pass a workable medical cannabis regulation that respects the needs of patients.(SB5572)
    • Repeal the death penalty (HB1739/SB5639)
  9. Reproductive Rights:
    • Pass the Reproductive Health Act
    • Oppose parental notification requirements for reproductive health services (SB5289)