Status of Bills for the 2015 Legislative Agenda

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Updated 3/23/2015
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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.
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.
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 (

Lobby Day, Monday, February 16

Please register now for the King County Democrats’ Legislative Action Day in Olympia, on Presidents Day, Monday,  February 16, 2015, from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM. (You can schedule appointments with Legislators in the afternoon from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM)

The  Lobby Day Briefing will be held in Senate Hearing Room 3 of the John L Cherberg Building on the Capitol Campus, 304 15th Ave SW in Olympia.  We will hear from experts on our key issues, discuss our lobbying strategy and enjoy a box lunch while we hear from our Legislators about what they are working on. From 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. you will make appointments with your legislators and ask for their support for our Legislative Agenda. At 5 p.m., many of us will be in Lacey for the WSDCC Crab Feed, a great event for Democrats and our electeds across the state.

Registration is $20 and includes a sack lunch. If  this is not in your budget, you can register without lunch (bring your own) and still come to the event.

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.




Recommended Issue Organizations

2015 Legislative Agenda

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  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 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)