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Faith Action Network - Washington Legislature, Week 15 Update

Last Week's Legislative Highlights

Monday through Wednesday (April 10-12) were the last three days for the ‘running and passing’ of bills; Wednesday was the final cut off for passage of bills except for those designated Necessary to Implement the Budget (NTIB). The Governor will probably announce a special session either this coming week or right after the final, 105th day of the regular session, April 23. During the special session, bills introduced but not passed will officially return to their chamber of origin.

FAN celebrates the passage of several bills, which are now awaiting the signature of the Governor:

  • HB 1079 - Orwall creates a ‘no contact order’ system to protect victims of human trafficking from their traffickers.
  • SB 5030 - Darneille extends the statute of limitations for the crime of human trafficking from 3 to 10 years.
  • SB 5272 - Saldana vacates convictions arising from offenses committed as a result of being a victim of trafficking.
  • SB 5069 - Walsh allows the State Board of Community & Technical Colleges to do workforce-type classes in our state prison system that could lead to an Associate's Degree.
  • SB 5347 - Walsh allows TANF recipients to have a second year of vocational education.
  • HB 1713 - Senn implements recommendations from the children's mental health work group.

Week 15 (4/17 - 4/21)

This is the last week of the regular session! It should be very quiet as there will be very few committee hearings, except for a handful of bills that are Necessary to Implement the Budget that could be brought up for debate and vote. The biggest news of this final week of the regular session will be the possible announcement of a special session by the Governor.

Take Action

SHB 1570, the Washington Opportunities Act, will make the $40 local document recording surcharge that funds housing and homeless services permanent. Without implementing the changes in this bill, Washington State will stand to lose $70.5 million that would go towards homelessness in the 2019-2021 biennium. It is projected that this loss of funds would cause 37,000 people to return to homelessness. The changes in this bill could prevent the loss of funding and support for homeless adults and children in our state.

Over 200 service providers, faith communities, advocacy organizations, municipalities and others from across the state joined together to sign on to a statement of support for SHB 1570. Click here to see that statement. If your faith community would like to sign on, click here.

Take action by telling your State Representatives that you also support this effort to combat homelessness. You can click here or on the button below, call the Legislative Hotline: 1-800-562-6000, or use the email formula: firstname.lastname@leg.wa.gov.


Doctrine of Discovery

Aligned with the work of Interfaith Network for Indigenous Communities (INIC), we are pleased to highlight the work that Rev. David Hacker from the Yakima area is doing. David serves the community as a Regional Missioner at St. Michael’s Episcopal Mission in Yakima, Christ Episcopal Church in Zillah, Noah’s Ark Shelter in Wapato, and Between the Ridges. With a grant from the Roanridge Foundation and through the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane, he is gathering people and providing a series of workshops about Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery. The next workshop will be in Wenatchee on April 29 at St Luke's Episcopal Church. Please download the flyer and spread the word. Let David know if you can attend at davidhacker916@gmail.com. All are welcome!

Spring Summits

FAN’s advocating faith communities across Washington State come together during our annual Spring Summits to talk about the issues we care about and to discuss our advocacy plans for the future. This year, there will be opportunity to meet in issue work groups and connect with people in your district. Together, we look for new ways to be more effective at creating lasting change. Come network with others from your area at the summit!

Registration for Spring Summits is now open! See locations and links to register on our website.

Events & Opportunities

FAN Healthcare Working Group Phone Conference April 17, 7-8:30 PM RSVP to Chasity for conference call access.

Tax Day Action for Peace April 18, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, 915 2nd Ave, Seattle Download a flyer.

Race and Equity Workshop: Equity 101 with Maketa Wilborn April 19, 1-4:30 PM, UW Student Union Building, Rm 334, University of Washington, Seattle Learn more.

Homeless Advocacy 101: Federal Edition April 19, 6-8 PM, Skyway Library, 12601 76th Ave S, Seattle Learn more and register.

[POSTPONED] Help Us Fight for Sanctuary in Kent New Date TBD

Earth Day Celebrations and Actions across the State April 20-22
See our calendar.

Beyond Outrage to Outreach: Some Practical Solutions April 22, Fauntleroy UCC Church, 9140 California Ave, Seattle Western Washington FOR’s 19th Annual Spring Assembly. Learn more.

Promises to Keep: Environmental Racism April 22, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM, Everett Community College, Henry M. Jackson Conference Center, 2000 Tower St, Everett Learn more and register.

Do-It-Yourself Activism April 23, 6:30-8:30 PM, Woodland Park Presbyterian Church, 225 North 70th Street, Seattle Learn more.

Bread for the World Workshop: Hunger and Advocacy April 26, 7-8:45 PM, University Congregational UCC, 4515 16th Avenue N.E., Seattle Learn more.

Find other events and opportunities on our website calendar.
Please send your events for posting to FAN@fanwa.org. We especially welcome your events outside the Puget Sound area!

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Beekman, R. (2017). Faith Action Network - Washington Legislature, Week 15 Update. Retrieved from http://www.nwuujn.org/view/article/58f567ac0cf2204d222dbbac


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