- 45th LD 2023 Legislative Action Accomplishments
HB 1240: RESTRICT ACCESS TO ASSAULT WEAPONS
Semi-automatic assault weapons have been used in the deadliest mass shootings in the last 10 years. This bill ensures that Washington became the 10th state to ban the sale of these military-grade firearms across all of our communities. This is a victory years in the making and one that will ensure that assault weapons are not sold in Washington state.
HB 1143: IMPLEMENTING A 10-DAY WAITING PERIOD AND MANDATED SAFETY TRAINING FOR THE PURCHASE OF ALL FIREARMS
This bill requires safety training and a 10-day waiting period to purchase any firearm in Washington. States with similar precautions have lower rates of firearm-related death, fewer guns diverted to criminals shortly after retail sale, and lower rates of guns exported to other states.
SB 5078: ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS
For too long, federal law has prevented gun violence victims and survivors from holding gun dealers and manufacturers accountable for dangerous and irresponsible practices. This means that the gun industry has been able to engage in reckless and dangerous practices without fear of consequences. SB 5078 ensures a pathway for victims and survivors of gun violence to hold industry leaders accountable for wrongful and dangerous business practices, and ensure that victims have a method to seek justice.
- Alliance for Gun Responsibility, (2023, April 26), 2023 LEGISLATIVE VICTORIES – Alliance for Gun Responsibility
- Legislative Action Updates – 2023 Session
The 45th LD Democrats Legislative Action Committee is tracking the bills listed below. The first table contains the bills that are currently active, followed by the table of bills that did not pass the house of origin. For full, up-to-the-minute status, click on the bill ID.
The Legislative Session Ends on April 23rd
The House is voting on bills that the Senate has passed. Once they are passed by the house, they will become law.
The status column will inform you when a bill has passed or failed. It will be updated daily until the end of the session. For a more immediate status, click on the bill’s link.
Keep an eye out for 45thLD tweets for more updates as these bills pass of fail.
the Following Bills Passed Their House of Origin
Pass/Fail Category ID Title Passed Affordable Housing HB 1046 Expanding housing supply by supporting the ability of public housing authorities to finance affordable housing developments by rebenchmarking area median income limits. Passed Climate and Environmental Protection HB 1176 Developing opportunities for service and workforce programs to support climate-ready communities Passed Climate and Environmental Protection HB 1181 Improving the state’s response to climate change by updating the state’s planning framework. Passed Behavioral Health SB 5189 Establishing behavioral health support specialists. Passed Economic Equity HB 1477 Making changes to the working families’ tax credit. Fiscal Responsibility and Revenue Reform SB 5303 Creating the public works assistance revolving account. Climate and Environmental Protection HB 1012 Addressing the response to extreme weather events. Passed Climate and Environmental Protection HB 1085 Reducing plastic pollution. Passed Climate and Environmental Protection HB 1117 Addressing the extent to which Washington residents are at risk of rolling blackouts and power supply inadequacy events. Passed Climate and Environmental Protection HB 1170 Improving climate resilience through updates to the state’s integrated climate response strategy. Passed Climate and Environmental Protection HB 1216 Concerning clean energy siting Climate and Environmental Protection HB 1391 Concerning energy in buildings Climate and Environmental Protection HB 1433 Concerning energy labeling of residential buildings Climate and Environmental Protection HB 1589 Supporting Washington’s clean energy economy and transitioning to a clean, affordable, and reliable energy future. Climate and Environmental Protection SB 5094 Adding a climate resilience element to water system plans. Passed Climate and Environmental Protection SB 5104 Surveying Puget Sound marine shoreline habitat. Passed Climate and Environmental Protection SB 5143 Changing the name and membership of the commission on pesticide registration. Passed Climate and Environmental Protection SB 5144 Providing for responsible environmental management of batteries. Passed Behavioral Health HB 1069 Adopting the mental health counselor compact. Behavioral Health HB 1109 Providing funding for school districts for special education. Passed Behavioral Health HB 1134 Implementing the 988 behavioral health crisis response and suicide prevention system. Passed Behavioral Health SB 5120 Establishing 23-hour crisis relief centers in Washington state. Passed Behavioral Health SB 5228 Providing occupational therapy services for persons with behavioral health disorders. Passed Health Care & Wellness SB 5300 Concerning continuity of coverage for prescription drugs prescribed for the treatment of behavioral health conditions. Passed Affordable Housing HB 1110 Increasing middle housing in areas traditionally dedicated to single-family detached housing Affordable Housing SB 5466 Promoting transit-oriented development. Passed Affordable Housing SB 5197 Addressing landlord-tenant relations by providing technical changes to eviction notice forms and modifying certain eviction processes. Affordable Housing SB 5334 Providing a local government option for the funding of essential affordable housing programs. Passed Advisory Votes SB 5082 Encouraging electoral participation and making ballots more meaningful by abolishing advisory votes. Passed Firearms Safety HB 1240 Establishing firearms-related safety measures to increase public safety. Passed Reproductive Freedom HB 1155 Addressing the collection, sharing, and selling of consumer health data. Passed Reproductive Freedom HB 1469 Concerning access to reproductive health care services and gender-affirming treatment in Washington state.
The remaining bills did not pass the house of origin, so are assumed to be finished for this session. But it’s possible that some can still move based upon type of bill or leadership control.
Status Category ID Title Blocked by Rules committee Climate and Environmental Protection SB 5093 Improving climate resilience through updates to the state’s integrated climate response strategy. Blocked by Rules committee Climate and Environmental Protection SB 5057 Creating a work group to evaluate the costs of the state energy performance standard for covered commercial buildings. Blocked by Rules committee Reproductive Freedom SJR 8202 Amending the Constitution to address reproductive freedom. Blocked by Rules committee Reproductive Freedom SB 5489 Concerning access to reproductive health care services and gender-affirming treatment in Washington state. Under Rules review Affordable Housing HB 1351 Prohibiting the imposition of minimum parking requirements except under certain circumstances. Under Rules review Rent Stabilization HB 1124 Protecting tenants from excessive rent and related fees by providing at least six months’ notice for rent increases over a certain amount, allowing tenants the right to terminate a tenancy without penalty, and limiting late fees. Under Rules review Rent Stabilization HB 1389 Concerning residential rent increases under the residential landlord-tenant act and the manufactured/mobile home landlord-tenant act Did not pass fiscal review Climate and Environmental Protection SB 5562 Supporting Washington’s clean energy economy and transitioning to a clean, affordable, and reliable energy future. Did not pass fiscal review Climate and Environmental Protection SB 5651 Concerning equity and environmental justice in the growth management act In committee Climate and Environmental Protection HB 1076 Encouraging salmon recovery through voluntary stewardship. In committee Climate and Environmental Protection HB 1123 Supporting local and tribal control of clean energy facility siting by altering the authority of the energy facility site evaluation council In committee Climate and Environmental Protection HB 1190 Concerning environmental leadership through outdoor recreation and climate adaptation investments. In committee Climate and Environmental Protection SB 5431 Requiring and funding the purchase of zero emission school buses In committee Climate and Environmental Protection HB 1423 Authorizing the department of natural resources to create and manage a trust land transfer program In committee Climate and Environmental Protection HB 1723 Concerning equity and environmental justice in the growth management act In committee Climate and Environmental Protection SB 5037 Ensuring that the Washington state energy code may not prohibit the use of natural gas in buildings. In committee Climate and Environmental Protection SB 5146 Removing regulatory restrictions on hydropower. In committee Climate and Environmental Protection SB 5167 Eliminating expedited processing of alternative energy resource facilities fueled by solar or wind energy on certain designated lands before the energy facility site evaluation council. In committee Climate and Environmental Protection SB 5168 Modernizing the energy independence act to avoid regulatory duplication and overlap with other laws. In committee Behavioral Health HB 1041 Authorizing the prescriptive authority of psychologists. In committee Behavioral Health HB 1348 Establishing behavioral health support specialists. In committee Affordable Housing HB 1517 Promoting transit-oriented development. In committee Rent Stabilization SB 5435 Concerning residential rent increases under the residential landlord-tenant act and the manufactured/mobile home landlord-tenant act In committee Advisory Votes HB 1158 Encouraging electoral participation and making ballots more meaningful by abolishing advisory votes. In committee Advisory Votes HJR 4202 Proposing an amendment to the Constitution to provide for an automatic referendum on tax acts. In committee Firearms Safety HB 1180 Establishing firearms-related safety measures to increase public safety. In committee Firearms Safety SB 5193 Establishing firearms-related safety measures to increase public safety. In committee Firearms Safety SB 5265 Establishing firearms-related safety measures to increase public safety. In committee Reproductive Freedom SB 5351 Addressing the collection, sharing, and selling of consumer health data. Climate and Environmental Protection SB 5057 Creating a work group to evaluate the costs of the state energy performance standard for covered commercial buildings.
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- How To Write A Resolution
A resolution addresses a current specific problem or opportunity. It should include a call for specific action aimed at identifiable public officials.
The resolution’s message should be consistent with the organization’s platform, or at least not inconsistent with it. Implementing or applying the platform is fine, but remember that a resolution must amount to more than a statement of a platform provision.
- Be selective, factual–and clear. Keep the one-page limit in mind, and include only on-point facts that will lead your audience to your desired conclusion.
- Do not include purported factual assertions that seem exaggerated or are readily questionable; these will suggest that your conclusions may be unsoundly based and thereby give the decision-makers an excuse to ignore your call for action.
- Fact-check all assertions in your “Whereas” clauses. Be clear throughout and avoid ambiguity; use correct punctuation and overt or implicit sub-paragraphing [e.g., (a), (b), etc.]
The accompanying sample resolution, “Constitutional Rights for People, not Corporations”, is presented here are an example of good form:
- It has a short, directly pointed title.
- It relies solely on undisputed facts.
- It demonstrates its consistency with the operative platform (county Democratic organization)
- It calls for specific action and accountability.
- It is easy to propagate: By using “we” in its text and being set up to specify the adopting body (and date) separately, at the bottom, its content may more readily be picked up and used by other Democratic bodies (with appropriate adjustments for platform references, if needed).(Note: Do not be deterred by the unavailability of a specific platform reference.
- Resolutions should be submitted in MS Word .doc (not .docx) format.
- Do not use line numbers.
- “Whereas” and “Therefore be it resolved” should be in caps/lower case (not all caps).
- “Whereas” and “Therefore be it resolved”should be in boldface with no trailing comma.
- In the case of multiple “Whereas” clauses, end all but the last with “; and”
- Indent sub-paragraphs
Constitutional Rights for People, not Corporations
WHEREAS the U.S. Constitution, as amended, prescribes rights and freedoms accorded to people but makes no mention of corporations; and
WHEREAS corporations are neither born nor naturalized in the United States and therefore are not entitled to the privileges or immunities accorded to U.S. citizens, and in many cases are owned in whole or in part by foreign interests that are not entitled to influence U.S. elections; and
WHEREAS a divided U. S. Supreme Court has, over the last three decades, misguidedly ruled that money is a form of speech, thus extending First Amendment protections to wealthy entities‟ efforts to evade and override election-campaign reforms; and
WHEREAS the corporate usurpation of free speech rights culminated recently in the Supreme Court‟s Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission decision, overturning longstanding precedents prohibiting corporations from spending their general treasury funds in elections and unleashing a torrent of corporate money into our political process, presenting a grave threat to our democracy and potentially to our national security; and
WHEREAS the current King County Democratic Platform, adopted April 10, 2010, declares that
“[c]orporations, as artificial entities, are not entitled to the Constitutional rights of people;” and that the “Constitution must be amended to establish that corporations shall not be considered as persons‟ for purposes of political activity, and to reverse the pernicious notion that money equals speech;”
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that we call on all our representatives in the U.S. Congress to
sponsor and secure passage of, and send to the states for ratification, a Constitutional
amendment to establish (1) that a corporation shall not be considered a person eligible for
rights accorded to human beings under the Constitution, as amended, and (2) that the use of
money to influence elections or the acts of public officials shall not be considered a protected
form of speech; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that our Senators and Congressmembers be queried as to their actions
and intended actions in furtherance of the above.
Adopted ____ by ____________________
Submitted by James Madison, (206) xxx-xxxx, [email protected]
Passed by 53rd District Democrats, mm/dd/2011