and so once again it begins.be informed, beware, and hopefully become involved. those who sit on the curb may get run over.
have a good evening.
----- Original Message -----
From: Joe Waldron
Saturday, January 26, 2008 7:24 PM
GOAL Post 2008-2
GOAL Post 2008-2
Legislative Update from Olympia 25 January 2008
SESSION CALENDAR ADOPTED, CUT-OFF DATES SET
PUBLIC TESTIMONY TUTORIAL
NEW BILLS INTRODUCED
PUBLIC HEARINGS HELD, SCHEDULED
DEMOCRATS’ DISINTEREST IN GUN CONTROL MAY BE OVER
At the beginning of each session, a session calendar is adopted,
establishing certain “cut-off” dates by which certain actions must be
taken on bills or they will be considered “dead” for the remainder of
the session. The cut-off dates for the 2008 session are:
14 January Session convenes
8 February Committee cut-off (bills must pass their original committee)
12 February Fiscal committee cut-off (those bills with fiscal impact)
19 February Chamber cut-off (House bills out of House, Senate bills out
29 February Committee cut-off in opposite chamber (House bills out of
Senate committee, etc)
3 March Opposite chamber fiscal committee cut-off
7 March Last day to consider opposite chamber bills (unless a conference
report is being drafted)
13 March Legislature adjourns no later than midnight
Reminder: The session calendar is a creation of the legislature, not a
constitutional requirement. The legislature can choose to ignore the
adopted dates and move bills previously considered to be “dead” under
the calendar. As the saying goes, “It ain’t over ‘til the fat lady
sings,” and she doesn’t sing until the session actually comes to a close
at midnight on March 13^th .
If you have an interest in providing public testimony on a bill (ANY
member of the public may sign up to deliver testimony at public
hearings, although the committee chair is not obligated to allow
everyone to speak). Public testimony is usually limited to three minutes
maximum. First, you have to be in the hearing room at the beginning of
the hearing and sign in on the sign-in sheet for that bill. Indicate
“yes” or “no” as to whether you wish to testify. If called, begin by
stating your name, any organization you represent – IF you are the
designated representative of an organization, and where you live (city
or county is close enough). Make your points as short and sweet as
possible. Attacking another person is not allowed, although you can
disagree with other positions/opinions. If your point(s) have/has
already been made by someone else, don’t repeat it, there isn’t enough
time (especially true on gun bills!). End your testimony with a request
to the committee to support or oppose a bill, depending on your
position. It’s also a good idea to have a written copy of your testimony
to leave with staff. That way, even if you don’t have a chance to speak,
your position is put on the record.
Several new bills were introduced this past week, again good and bad. SB
6686 (Roach, R-31) treats service members stationed in Washington like
residents for purposes of applying for a WA concealed pistol license.
That gives the issuing authority 30 days to process the application vice
60 under current law. SB 6763 (Tom, D-48) directs various state agencies
to gather disqualifying information on certain individuals to be
reported into the NICS system – and this make the state eligible for
federal funds under H.R. 2640 signed into law by President Bush earlier
this month. HB 3095 (Lantz, D-26) expands the list of mental health
conditions that would prohibit firearm possession by certain
individuals. HB 3131 (Lantz, D-26) expands the list of “weapons”
prohibited on K-12 school grounds. HB 3148 (Moeller, D-49) is an amended
version of HB 1011. It eases requirements to obtain an alien firearms
license and breaks the current deadlock in issuing AFLs. HB 3225
(Orcutt, R-18) limits restrictions of firearms on land regulated by the
WA Dept of Fish & Wildlife. HB 3229 (Warnick, R-13) amends the current
list of “weapons” restricted in certain areas of courthouses. GOAL’s
position on these bills (and all others) is reported below.
Public hearings are scheduled for at least three bills this week. The
schedule has been changed several times, and is subject to change on an
almost daily basis (despite the nominal five-days notice required).
Public hearings are listed below.
The volume of new gun bills being filed, and the public hearings being
held on SOME of these bills indicates the Democrats’ lack of interest in
pursuing gun control measures MAY have ended. In part, they’re using
last April’s Virginia Tech shooting as their excuse to push bills,
despite the fact that the Virginia legislature just KILLED several
anti-gun bills driven by that same incident. After leaving office in
1994, California Democrat Congressman Tony Beilenson observed that “gun
control is the third rail of Democrat politics.” It’s obvious that many
– not all – Washington Democrats have not learned that lesson. Democrats
in safe liberal districts still push gun control, putting their more
rural members at risk.
The following bills have been filed for the 2007-08 biennium:
Bill # Subject Sponsor Status
HB 1011 Alien firearm licenses Moeller (D-49) H. Jud.
HB 1014 Mandatory safe storage Moeller (D-49) H. Jud.
HB 1026 Gun show loophole Williams (D-22) H. Jud.
HB 1126 CPL extension Morrell (D-25) H. Rules(X)
HB 1633 Prohibit confis. during emerg. Roach (R-31) H. Jud.
HB 1764 Prohibit stun guns for students Lantz (D-26) H. Jud.
HB 2036 Shooting range protection Van De Wege (D-24) H. Jud.
HB 2168 Gun safety education program Chase (D-32) H. Jud.
HB 2177 Weapon definition Moeller (D-49) H. Rules(X)
HB 2268 Weapons at schools Lantz (D-26) H. Rules
HB 2706 Notification – hunting land Blake (D-19) H. Ag/NR
HB 2956 Possession while hunting Haler (R-8) H. Ag/NR
HB 3095 Involuntary commitment Lantz (D-26) H. Jud
HB 3131 Weapons on school grounds Lantz (D-26) H. Jud.
HB 3148 Alien firearm licenses Moeller (D-49) H. Jud.
HB 3225 Possession on DFW reg. lands Orcutt (R-18) H. Ag/NR
HB 3229 Weapons in courthouses Warnick (R-13) H. Jud.
SB 5197 Gun show loophole Tom (D-48) S. Rules(X)
SB 5456 Alien firearm licenses Morton (R-7) S. Rules
SB 5465 Restoration of gun rights Schoesler (R-9) S. Rules
SB 5516 Prohibit confis. during emerg. Stevens (R-39) S. Jud.
SB 5791 School gun safety program Sheldon (D-35) S. K-12 Educ.
SB 6304 Firearm possession on campus Kohl-Welles (D-36) S. HiEd
SB 6322 Weapon definition-courthouses Kohl-Welles (D-36) S. Jud.
SB 6526 Involuntary commitment Kline (D-37) S. Jud.
SB 6686 CPLs for military members Roach (R-31) S. Jud.
SB 6763 NICS reporting Tom (D-48) S. Jud.
Key to abbreviations: S. = Senate, H. = House, Jud = Judiciary, Ag/NR =
Agriculture & Natural Resources, Educ = Education, HiEd = Higher
Education, K-12 = Education, Lab/Comm = Labor, Commerce, Research &
Development, (X) = X-files (supposedly dead for this session)
*GOAL POSITION ON BILLS:*
HB 1011 SUPPORT IF AMENDED
HB 1014 OPPOSE
HB 1026 OPPOSE
HB 1126 SUPPORT
HB 1633 SUPPORT
HB 1764 NEUTRAL
HB 2036 SUPPORT
HB 2168 SUPPORT
HB 2177 CONCERNS
HB 2268 OPPOSE
HB 2706 SUPPORT IF AMENDED
HB 2956 SUPPORT
HB 3095 OPPOSE UNLESS AMENDED
HB 3131 OPPOSE
HB 3148 SUPPORT
HB 3225 SUPPORT
HB 3229 NEUTRAL
SB 5197 OPPOSE
SB 5456 SUPPORT
SB 5465 SUPPORT
SB 5516 SUPPORT
SB 5791 SUPPORT
SB 6304 OPPOSE
SB 6322 OPPOSE
SB 6526 OPPOSE UNLESS AMENDED
SB 6686 SUPPORT
SB 6763 OPPOSE UNLESS AMENDED
What’s the difference between “Support if amended” and “Oppose unless
amended.” On “support if amended,” we would prefer to see the bill
improved, but will support it if necessary in its current form. “Oppose
unless amended” means that unless the bill is amended to be acceptable
to us, we oppose the bill.
29 Jan House Judiciary House Hearing Room A
10:00 a.m. HB 3148 John L. O’Brien Bldg
30 Jan House Ag/Nat Resources House Hearing Room
8:00 a.m. HB 2706 John L. O’Brien Bldg
1 Feb Senate Judiciary Senate Hearing Room 1
1:30 p.m. SB 6763 John A. Cherberg Bldg
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
". Bills are available in Acrobat (.pdf) format. You may
download a free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader from Adobe's web site
). 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
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"The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself,
or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall
be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize,
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Article 1, Section 24
Constitution of the State of Washington
Sorry 'bout the length