GOAL Post, 2013-13
Legislative Update from Olympia, 12 April 2013
SSB 5282 PASSES HOUSE IN AMENDED FORM
SB 5465 DIES
SECOND CHAMBER CUT-OFF NEXT WEDNESDAY
17 DAYS LEFT IN SESSION
MISSOURI CPL FIASCO
POLICE-ONE SURVEY -- COPS ARE PRO-GUN
GRASSROOTS TRAINING EVENT 30 APRIL
SSB 5282 (State Patrol mental health data base) has passed out of the Senate, but it was amended while there.If the House concurs in the Senate amendment, it goes to Governor Inslee for his signature.If the House does NOT concur, it goes to a conference committee for resolution of differences.
SB 5465 (use tax exemption for non-profits) died in the Senate Ways & Means Committee.
The remaining bills (HBs 1383, 1612, 1840 and SB 5452) must pass out of their second chamber by next Wednesday.All four are awaiting a floor vote.
There are 17 days left in the 2013 regular legislative session.By the State Constitution, the legislature must adjourn no later than midnight, Sunday 28 April.If necessary, the Governor may call a special session to last no more than 30 days to resolve major issues.
At least one pro-gun initiative has been filed with the Secretary of State.A second anti-gun initiative may be filed as well.More on these at the end of the session.
Gun owners in Missouri report a very disturbing development.In 2011 and again in January of this year, the Social Security Administration asked the state of Missouri to turn over to them the complete listing of individuals with a Missouri concealed carry license.The reason?To compare with lists of individuals drawing Social Security Disability payments because of mental illness.One report claims they also asked for and received biometric identifying data of the licensees.(Missouri does not issue a separate concealed pistol license, it places an "endorsement" (code) on the driver's license, although those who don't want this "mark of Cain" on their d/l's can get a separate state ID with the endorsement.)
Our own Dave Workman checked with the Department of Licensing in Olympia, who say no such request has been received by Washington.Maybe not, but it appears Big Brother is spreading his tentacles even further.
I have been told some individuals whose unemployment benefits are running out are applying for SS disability payments due to PTSD related to failed job searches.That might not be such a smart move if you want to keep your guns!
In the other Washington, an attempt was mounted by Senator Rand Paul (R-TN) and more than a dozen other Republicans to filibuster S. 649 and kill the bill from the outset.That filibuster failed when 16 Republicans sided with Democrats on a cloture vote (to allow the bill to proceed to debate and amendment).Two Democrats voted with the remaining 29 Republicans to block the bill.(I'm sure it's just a coincidence that both are from rural states and both up for reelection next year.)In all honesty, the likelihood of a successful filibuster on this bill was slim at best.
From the time of its release in late March, it was clear that S. 649 as filed was in trouble.NRA-A-rated West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin and A-rated Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey to the rescue!They reportedly got together on Manchin's yacht, over drinks, to come up with "acceptable" compromise.
While the "compromise language" has yet to be released, rumors and alleged leaks abound.One section would contain a specific prohibition against using the data collected in background checks for any form of gun registry, but Schumer is reportedly demanding all transfers be processed through a federally-licensed firearms dealer (FFL), and current law requires ALL transfers to be recorded by the dealer.When dealers go out of business, their records are required to be turned over to the ATF.Dealer records (ATF Form 4473 and the dealer's "bound book") contain a full description of the buyer AND the firearm.Another section is supposed to require states to recognize ALL other states' concealed carry licenses (passed last year by the Republican House but ignored by Harry Reid in the Senate), a provision that has gun control advocates and senior law enforcement officials screaming bloody murder.
The cloture vote took place on 11 April, and full debate on the bill will begin on 16 April.The final Senate vote on S. 649 should come by the end of April.It's future in the House is uncertain, but if several Republicans join Democrats to pass it out of the Senate, passage of some form of the bill in the House is likely.
A recent survey of 15,000 active and retired police officersby PoliceOne.com revealed rank and file law enforcement officers nationwide overwhelmingly SUPPORT licensed concealed carry by private citizens.But bureaucrats with badges who "lead" police agencies historically bow to their political masters and oppose most pro-gun measures.
The Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and the Gun Owners Action League are joining with the Leadership Institute to conduct a grassroots training program at the Pierce County Library in Tacoma on Tuesday, 30 April.The evening event will focus on several topics to include the legislative process, persuasive communications, traditional citizen (grassroots) lobbying and "new generation lobbying" -- employing social media and other new methods of outreach.
Cost to attend is $10 and additional information may be obtained from Phil Watson, Special Projects Director at the Second Amendment Foundation, (425) 454-7012. You may also register directly at https://www.leadershipinstitute.org/Training/register.cfm?ID=22877
The following firearm-related bills remain under consideration in the 2013 session
Bill # Subject Sponsor Status
SHB 1383 Stalking protection orders Goodman (D-45) S. Rules
SHB 1612 Firearm offender registry Hope (R-44) S. Rules
SHB 1840 Firearms/restraining orders Goodman (D-45) S. Rules
SSB 5282 DSHS/WSP info exchange Carrell (R-28) Passed House
SSB 5452 Stalking protection orders Conway (D-29) H.Rules
SB 5865 Use tax exemption for non-profits Roach (R-31) Died 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
GOAL POSITION ON BILLS
HB 1383 NEUTRAL
HB 1612 CONCERNS
HB 1840 SUPPORT
SB 5282 SUPPORT
SB 5452 NEUTRAL
SB 5865 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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