As we enter the third week of the legislative session, we need to continue to have due diligence in watching over what is happening in state committees. There are a lot of bills that are being pushed forward that not only attempting to further reduce our ability to defend ourselves, how much say we have in our children’s education, and limiting what goes before the voters but raising taxes, reducing how much authority a landlord has over his property and ever-increasing rates.
Rather than focusing on correcting bad bills that have been moved forward, it seems out of balance legislative representatives have tilted even further left. Without some form of oversight and voice from the people they serve, people will continue to be forced out of their homes after decades simply because they live on a fixed income and can’t afford the rising property taxes. Isn’t it time we defended our rights to keep our homes and our families intact? Should the government be allowed to punish people living on a fixed income by raising rates so that they must choose between keeping the heat on and eating vs paying their taxes to stay in their homes? When will we say enough?
Keep informed about what is going on in our communities and in our state legislation. Let your voice be heard! We need to not only speak out against bad laws that are affecting our lives but on behalf of those who are on fixed incomes whose voices are being drowned out by the constant barrage of burden being placed on them.
Assault on our 2A Rights
Washington state has a number of various anti-gun/2A bills in the legislature this session. Jay Inslee and Bob Ferguson are working hard to pass an “assault weapons” ban in the House and Senate as well as several other equally egregious bills.
On Tuesday January 17th at 10:30AM 5 bills were heard in 2 committees:
- House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee – HB 1178, HB 1143, HB 1144, HB 1240
- Senate Law & Justice – SB 5078
On January 27th at 10:30AM these bills will move to an Executive Session in the CIvil Rights & Judiciary Committee. There is NO public comment/testimony in Executive Session. This is where the committee members will discuss, debate and offer amendments on these bills.
We have been alerted that every Republican representative on the committee is a NO vote on all 4 bills. We need to flood the democrats with emails asking them to vote NO on advancing these bills. You may copy/paste the message below or create your own. Send it to the Democrat representative.