“The power under the constitution will always be in the people. It is entrusted for certain defined purposes, and for a certain limited period, to representatives of their own choosing; and whenever it is executed contrary to their interest, or not agreeable to their wishes, their servants can and undoubtedly will, be recalled.”

~ George Washington (1787)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

GOAL Report #6

GOAL Post, #2013-6

Legislative Update from Olympia, 22 February 2013


Two additional firearm-related bills were filed over the past week.  SB 5739, by Sen. Ed Murray (D-43), would allow counties or cities to ban firearms in public parks and other recreation areas.  SB 5831, by Sen. Ann Rivers (R-18), would prohibit double taxation of clay pigeons bought by non-profit gun clubs who collect sales tax when selling rounds of trap/skeet.  SB 5739 was NOT scheduled for a public hearing.  SB 5831 will be heard in Senate Ways & Means next Tuesday (2/26).

Today is the first major culling of bills filed   To date, more than 2,800 bills have been filed for this legislative biennium (2013-14).  Bills that did not make it out of their original policy committee by the end of business today are theoretically considered dead for the remainder of the session.  They may be reconsidered during any special session or in the 2014 session.  I say theoretically because the cut-offs are an arbitrary date adopted at the beginning of a session.  If sufficient pressure is brought to bear, a bill may be resurrected.

The 2013 session sets a record: more than 30 firearm-related bills have been filed.  This is a first in the 20 years I have been lobbying in Olympia.  Eleven of the 30 are good bills, most of the rest are either overtly bad or containing sections that do not protect the rights of gun owners.

At this time it appears at least 18 bills failed to make the cut-off and should be considered dead for the session.  These include most of the pro-gun bills and some of the bad ones as well.  Again, a committee chair has full discretion as to which bills he or she moves or lets die.

Ten firearm-related bills remain under consideration.  In this issue of GOAL Post I have listed ALL of the bills and their current status.  Next week I will delete those bills that died in committee.

Bills that have a fiscal impact on the state require a second hearing in one of the legislative fiscal committees (House Appropriations or Fiscal or Senate Ways & Means).  This is to allow the legislature to identify where the funding will come from to fund the bill's requirements.  Or that's the way it's supposed to work!  The last opportunity for these bills to be heard in their original chamber (House or Senate) is next Friday, 1 March.

Bills in the House or Senate Rules Committees sit there until leadership decides they want to bring them to the floor for a full vote.  In many cases, they're waiting on drafting of floor amendments.

While SB 5660, the bill that would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop a firearms safety education program along the lines of the NRA's "Eddie Eagle" program failed to pass out of committee, a similar Senate Joint Memorial (SJM 8006) did pass.  Unfortunately, a Memorial can only recommend a course of action, not require it.

BILL STATUS: [below the fold]

House Bill numbering begins with 1000; Senate Bills with 5000.  The following bills have been filed so far in the 2013-14 biennium:

[WWTPP note:  bills still alive have been emphasized.]

Bill #        Subject                                           Sponsor                       Status
HB 1096   Juvi illegal firearm possession         Hurst (D-31)             H. Approp
HB 1147   1st degree juvi unlawful possess.   Goodman (D-45)      DIED H. Jud
HB 1184   Range protection                           Takko (D-19)           DIED H. Jud
HB 1318   CPL renewal notice                       Taylor (-15)            DIED H. Jud
HB 1371   WA Firearms Freedom Act           Taylor (R-15)          DIED H. Jud
HB 1383   Stalking protection orders             Goodman (D-45)     H. Rules
HB 1561   Short barreled rifles                       Blake (D-19)         DIED H. Jud
SHB 1588  Background checks                     Pedersen (D-43)     H. Approp

HB 1612   Firearm offender registry              Hope (R-44)          H. Rules
HB 1676   Mandatory safe storage                 Kagi (D-32)              DIED H. Jud
HB 1703   Gun "safety" training and tax        Jinkins (D-27)        DIED H. Jud
HB 1729   Street gangs                                   Warnick (R-13)     DIED H. Jud
HB 1788   Firearms/school employees           Pike (R-18)            DIED H. Jud
SHB 1839   Background checks                      Goodman (D-45)   H. Rules

HB 1840   Firearms/restraining orders            Goodman (D-45)   H. Rules
HB 1908   Firearms on school property             Scott (R-39)            DIED H. Jud

SB 5282   DSHS/WSP info exchange               Carrell (R-28)       S. Rules

SB 5376   Juvi illegal firearm possession         Kline (D-37)         S. W&M

SSB 5452   Stalking protection orders               Conway (D-           S. Rules
SB 5478   Firearms/mental health court           Keiser (D-33)       DIED S. L&J
SB 5479   Safekeeping of firearms                   Keiser (D-33)        DIED S. L&J
SB 5485   Mandatory safe storage                    Kline (D-37)         DIED S. L&J
SB 5604   NRA license plates                           Hatfield (D-19)     DIED S. Trans
HB 5625   Background checks                          Kline (D-37)         DIED S. L&J
SB 5635   Restoration of firearm rights             Kline (D-37)        DIED S. L&J
SB 5660   Firearm safety education                   Chase (D-3)         DIED S. Early Learn
SB 5710   Mandatory safe storage          Kohl-Welles (D-46)       DIED S. L&J
SB 5711   Background checks                           Kline (D-37)        DIED S. L&J
SB 5737   Ban on sale of "assault weapons"     Murray (D-43)      DIED S. L&J
SB 5739   Ban on guns in parks                         Murray (D-43)     DIED S. L&J
SB 5831   Bans double tax on clay pigeons        Rivers (R-18)       S. W&M

Key to abbreviations:  SB = Senate Bill, HB = House Bill, Jud = Judiciary, L&J = Law & Justice, HS&C = Human Services & Corrections, Trans = Transportation, Approp = Appropriations, Early Learn = Early Learning and K-12 Education, W&M = Ways & Means


HB 1096      CONCERNS
HB 1383     CONCERNS
HB 1612     CONCERNS
HB 1839     SUPPORT
HB 1840     OPPOSE

SB 5282     SUPPORT
SB 5376     CONCERNS
SB 5452     CONCERNS
SB 5831     SUPPORT


LEGISLATIVE HOT LINE:  You may reach your Representatives and Senator by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000.  Toll free!!!  The hearing impaired may obtain TDD access at 1-800-635-9993.  Also toll free!!!

            1-800-562-6000   TDD 1-800-635-9993

OTHER DATA:  Copies of pending legislation (bills), legislative schedules and other information are available on the legislature's web site at "www.leg.wa.gov".  Bills are available in Acrobat (.pdf) format.  You may download a free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader from Adobe's web site (http://www.adobe.com).  You may also obtain hard copy bills, initiatives, etc, in the mail from the Legislative Bill Room FREE OF CHARGE by calling 1-360-786-7573.  Copies of bills may also be ordered toll free by calling the Legislative Hotline at (800) 562-6000.  You may also hear floor and committee hearing action live at http://www.tvw.org/ (you need "RealAudio" to do this, available free at the TVW web site).

By reading the House and Senate "bill reports" (hbr, sbr) for each bill, you can see how individual committee members voted.  By reading the "roll call" for each bill, you can see how the entire House or Senate voted on any bill.  The beauty of the web site is that ALL this information is available, on line, to any citizen.

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