Category: Legislative Action Opportunities

45th District Democrats Call for Eastside Plastic Bag Ban

Resolution Inspired by 5th Grader’s Earth Month Experiment Redmond, Wash.—May 12, 2018—On Wednesday, May 2, the membership of the 45th District Democrats adopted a resolution in support of expanding Kirkland’s plastic bag ban to the Eastside cities of Duvall, Redmond, Sammamish, and Woodinville. Shawn Roland and his 10-year-old son, Jeremiah, presented the resolution. The pair were inspired to take action by an Earth Month challenge at Jeremiah’s school, Horace Mann Elementary. The challenge? Refusing to use single-use plastics for 30 days. The Rolands shared that the challenge was tough, but important. According to the Earth Day Network, each year, 4...

Legislative Action Tools

Kate Dunn with our Legislative Action Committee has developed a new bill tracking tool to help you follow where the bills we care about most currently stand in the Washington State Legislature. Our bill tracker also includes bills tracked by the League of Women Voters, for a well-rounded view of what the Legislature is up to. With our bill tracker, you can filter by issue and subcategory or search by bill number. Click through on any bill to get more detailed information and a link to the state’s GovTrack site, where you can read the bill text, view roll calls, contact...

45th District Democrats of Washington State: Open Letter

An Open Letter to Senator Dino Rossi

The Washington State Senate passed a budget late at night this past Thursday, March 23, on a straight party line vote of Republicans that is terrible public policy. The budget writer is our State Senator Dino Rossi.  Now is the time to let him know that we are watching and don’t approve. Below is my letter to him.  Feel free to use as  much of it as you wish. Send it to dino.rossi@leg.wa.gov. Ken Albinger Chair 45th Democrats Senator Rossi, I am writing to express my extreme displeasure at the Senate budget you “authored line by line” and passed with...

WAmend Update: I-735 is going to make it!

Exciting news to share. Initiative 735, WAmend’s initiative to get big money out of elections and call for a federal constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United, is on the verge of qualifying as an initiative to the Legislature! 314,000 signatures had been collected as of this afternoon, and more were submitted to the campaign tonight. The big turn-in is tomorrow afternoon in Olympia, and any residual signatures will be submitted in a final run on Thursday afternoon. If you have an I-735 petition with *any* signatures on it — even just one! — please let the campaign know right away...

Which one will you choose? Upcoming Lobby Days!

On this day when we honor one of our country’s greatest activists and community organizers, I wanted to share a roundup of some of the many upcoming lobbying opportunities in Olympia. If you plan on attending a lobby day, don’t hesitate to invite others in your neighborhood and across the 45th! These events are a great way to learn more about issues affecting our communities, communicate voter priorities to our legislators, and connect with other activists. American Association of University Women (AAUW) Lobby Day Monday, January 27 Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day Tuesday, January 28 Reproductive Health and Rights Lobby...