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Rep. Gerry Pollet (Seattle), District 46. (360) 786-7886. gerry.pollet@leg.wa.gov
Rep. Javier Valdez (Seattle), District 46. (360) 786 - 7818 . javier.valdez@leg.wa.gov
Sen. David Frockt (Seattle), District 46. (360) 786-7690. david.frockt@leg.wa.gov

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House Bill 2311: Amending state greenhouse gas emission limits for consistency with the most recent assessment of climate change science. Passed the House on February 16, 2020 by a vote of 55-41 (two members excused). on February 16, 2020
This bill would, among other provisions, require state agencies to set a goal of net-zero carbon emissions by the year 2050. Current law sets greenhouse gas emission limits for state agencies by 2050 at 57.5 percent below 2005 levels, or 70 percent below emissions expected for that year. Greenhouse gas emissions from state agencies represent about one percent of total carbon emissions statewide. Supporters of the bill said that the state greenhouse gas emission limits established in 2008 have never been updated and that, according to the latest research, quicker and deeper emission cuts are critical. Opponents said that the 95 percent emission reduction goals proposed by the bill are unrealistic and much more stringent than the regulatory limits in surrounding states. This, they said, would place Washington businesses at a “monumental competitive disadvantage.” The bill is currently before the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee for further consideration.
Rep. Gerry Pollet (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. Javier Valdez (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 6113: Creating a central insulin purchasing program. Passed the Senate on February 18, 2020 by a vote of 28-20 (one member excused). on February 18, 2020
Current law provides that state-purchased health care programs must purchase prescription drugs through the Northwest Prescription Drug Consortium established by the state Health Care Authority. Under this bill, a work group would be established to design a purchasing strategy that would allow the state to act as the single purchaser of insulin. The work group must submit a detailed plan to the Legislature by December 1, 2020. The consortium would then be authorized to implement the plan without further legislative direction. Proponents said this bill is part of a national effort to reduce drug prices by leveraging the buying power of all insulin purchases in the state. Opponents expressed concerns about implementing a state single-purchaser plan, and pointed to other legislative efforts to lower the total cost of insulin for patients. For example, HB 2662, to cap the out-of pocket cost of insulin for patients at $100 for a 30-day supply, passed the House on February 19th by a 97-1 vote. SB 6113 is now before the House Health and Wellness Committee for further consideration. HB 2662 is before the Senate Health and Long-Term Care Committee.
Sen. David Frockt (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 1694: Allowing tenants to pay certain sums in installments. Passed the House on February 17, 2020 by a vote of 54-44. on February 17, 2020
This bill would restrict landlord-tenant arrangements by requiring landlords to allow tenants to pay customary first- and last-month rental deposits and other fees in installments. Proponents of the bill said that the amounts required of tenants for up-front deposits and fees can be prohibitive, contributing to the state’s affordable housing crisis. Opponents said that while tenants should be assisted, putting the burden on landlords is not the way. When landlords have tried installment plans, they said, it has not worked, because tenants were unable to continue to pay the installments. The bill is now before the Senate Financial Institutions, Economic Development and Trade Committee for further consideration.
Rep. Gerry Pollet (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 6288: Creating the Washington office of firearm violence prevention. Passed the Senate on February 18, 2020 by a vote of 25-23 (one member excused). on February 18, 2020
This bill would create an Office of Firearm Safety and Violence Prevention within the state Department of Commerce. The bill would authorize the new office to contract for and fund a variety of programs, including a statewide helpline and referral service for gun violence victims and their professional services providers, and for a best practices guide for therapy to gun violence victims. Proponents of the bill said that gun violence is a public health crisis, but there is currently no direct budget allocation to fund gun violence prevention. This bill would fund such programs, they said. Opponents argued that there is no real accountability in the bill, providing for open-ended programs that will likely be funded by raising taxes and fees on law-abiding gun owners. The bill was sent to the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee for further consideration.
Sen. David Frockt (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 1590: Allowing the local sales and use tax for affordable housing to be imposed by a councilmanic authority. Passed the House on February 19, 2020 by a vote of 52-46. on February 19, 2020
This bill would authorize county or city legislative authorities to impose the local sales and use tax for housing and related services and eliminates the requirement that the imposition of the tax be subject to the approval of a majority of county or city voters at a general or special election. Proponents of the bill said that there is currently a housing and homelessness crisis, and local council members need as many tools as possible to deal with the crisis. Opponents said that if the state wants to provide funding for affordable housing, a tax should be imposed statewide rather than requiring a councilmanic vote. This type of tax would lead to inequitable access to affordable housing, because certain counties would be able to generate much more revenue than others, they said. The bill was sent to the Senate Local Government Committee of further consideration.
Rep. Gerry Pollet (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 6212: Concerning the authority of counties, cities, and towns to exceed statutory property tax limitations (to fund affordable housing programs). Passed the Senate on February 19, 2020 by a vote of 35-13 (one member excused). on February 19, 2020
This bill would expand the use of the affordable housing property tax levy to include affordable homeownership, owner-occupied home repair, and foreclosure prevention programs for low-income households with income at or below 80 percent of median income. Proponents of the bill said that local governments need more tools to help low-income families in their community, and the changes in the bill would allow for assistance with home repair and foreclosure prevention. There was no opposing testimony on the proposed bill in committee hearings. The bill is now before the House Finance Committee for further consideration.
Sen. David Frockt (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 2567: Concerning open courts. (Banning civil arrests in and around court houses). Passed the House on February 17, 2020 by a vote of 55-43. on February 17, 2020
This bill would essentially prohibit arrests by immigration enforcement authorities, which are defined as “civil” or warrantless arrests, inside or near state court facilities. It would also prohibit judges, court staff, court security personnel, and prosecutor's office staff from inquiring into or collecting immigration or citizenship status information. Proponents said the bill is necessary to protect the rights and dignity of Washington residents. They said that plainclothes immigration enforcement agents are making civil arrests in and around courthouse grounds, creating an environment of fear and deterring people from coming to court. Opponents said that the bill would constrain judicial officers, personnel staff, and operations. They also pointed out that the bill’s definition of and ban on civil arrest in the one-mile range surrounding a courthouse may prevent a simple traffic stop. The bill was sent to the Senate Law and Justice Committee for further consideration
Rep. Gerry Pollet (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 2638: Authorizing sports wagering subject to the terms of tribal-state gaming compacts. Passed the House on February 13, 2020 by a vote of 83-14 (one member excused.) on February 13, 2020
This bill would authorize sports betting at casinos operated by federally recognized Indian tribes on their lands. “Sports betting” is defined as the business of accepting wagers on sporting or athletic events including professional sports, collegiate sports, Olympic and international competitions, and electronic sports games. A last-minute amendment added an emergency clause to the bill, meaning it would take effect immediately and block a statewide referendum vote on the measure. Opponents argued that expansion of gambling does not warrant an emergency clause, and that the clause would likely be challenged in court. The bill is headed to the Senate for further consideration.
Rep. Gerry Pollet (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 6313: Increasing opportunities for young voters. Passed the Senate on February 13, 2020 by a vote of 28-19 (two member excused.) on February 13, 2020
This bill would allow persons to vote in a primary election if they are 17 years old, but will be 18 by the general election. It would also require the Department of Licensing to provide an automated process for 16 and 17 year olds to sign up to register to vote. Public universities, including branch campuses, would also be required to open student engagement hubs to provide ballots, if requested by student governments. Proponents said student engagement hubs will remove barriers students face around transportation, moving frequently, and a lack of culture around voting. This will increase participation and create a voting culture, making more consistent voters, they said. They also argued that 17-year olds deserve a voice in primary elections, because they will be eligible to vote in the general election. Opponents countered that the winners in many races are actually determined in the primary election, given the political make-up in areas around the state. They pointed to the constitutional requirement that voters must be at least 18-years old to be recognized as electors. The bill is headed to the House for further consideration.
Sen. David Frockt (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 6455: Requiring restaurants to offer default beverages for children's meals. Passed the Senate on February 13, 2020 by a vote of 25-22 (two members excused.) on February 13, 2020
This bill would require restaurants offering a children's meal that includes a drink to offer water, milk, or a nondairy milk alternative as the default beverage. A children's meal is defined as a combination of food items and a beverage sold together at a single price, primarily intended for consumption by a child. The beverages listed on the menu or offered by employees must be one of the default beverages, but the restaurant may sell an alternative beverage if requested by the purchaser. Amendments to include chocolate milk and 100% juice, such as apple juice, in the list of default beverages were voted down. Proponents said there is a link between sugary beverages and numerous health problems. This policy is disease prevention and will reinforce health choices. Opponents argued that mandating choices is expensive and restaurants should be allowed to set their own menus. Parents do not need the government to help them parent, they said. The bill is headed to the House for further consideration.
Sen. David Frockt (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 1551: Modernizing the control of certain communicable diseases. Passed the House on February 12, 2020 by a vote of 57-40 (one member excused.) on February 12, 2020
This bill would repeal statutes related to counseling for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing and requirements that agencies establish rules requiring acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) training for certain professions and employees. The bill would also allow a minor of 14 years of age or older to give consent to treatment to avoid HIV infection without a parent’s or guardian's consent. It also changes designation of crimes related to transmission of HIV and repeals prohibitions on an individual who has a sexually transmitted disease, other than HIV, from having sexual intercourse if the partner is unaware of the disease. Proponents of the bill said that people are now living long, healthy lives with HIV, and that current laws relating HIV and AIDS control are obsolete and need changing. Opponents expressed concerns about lowering penalties in cases where people who transmit HIV by misrepresenting their HIV status. In those extreme cases where someone knows the dangers of transmitting HIV and intends to transmit HIV, there should be a higher penalty than a gross misdemeanor, they said. The bill was sent to the Senate Health and Long-term Care Committee for further consideration.
Rep. Gerry Pollet (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 2602: Concerning hair discrimination. Passed the House on February 12, 2020 by a vote of 87-10 (one member excused.) on February 12, 2020
This bill would amend the Washington Law Against Discrimination so the term "race" includes traits historically associated with or perceived to be associated with race. Specifically, the bill would prohibit discrimination on the basis of hairstyle or texture, including hairstyles such as afros, braids, locks, and twists. Supporters of the bill pointed out that hair discrimination remains a source of racial injustice with serious emotional and economic consequences. Traditional African American styles have been described as unprofessional and unsanitary, they said, and this bill will help to correct these racial injustices by making hair discrimination illegal in Washington. A proposed amendment to allow employers to require “uniform, professional grooming standards” for all employees was voted down. The bill was sent to the Senate Law and Justice Committee for further consideration.
Rep. Gerry Pollet (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 6492: Addressing workforce education investment funding through business and occupation tax reform. Passed the House on February 6, 2020 by a vote of 52-45 (one member excused.) on February 6, 2020
This bill would replace the Business and Occupation (B&O) tax surcharge to fund aid for college students that was enacted last year. Instead of surcharges, it proposes an increase in the general service business and occupation tax rate from 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent for businesses with gross annual income in excess of $1 million. It would also impose a separate 1.22 percent surcharge on large advanced computing businesses. The new tax would be collected starting in April of this year. Proponents of the bill said that last year’s enactment of B&O tax surcharges was intended to make a dramatic investment in higher education, but that the program is too complicated to administer and doesn’t generate enough money. This bill, they said, would provide critical funding for state financial aid programs, ensure educational opportunities for students across the state, and encourage expansion of high-demand programs. Opponents said the bill is not a practical model for most businesses and could increase healthcare costs, because independent health care practitioners are not exempt from the proposed increases. They also said that not all higher education institutions would receive benefits under this bill. The bill is now headed to the Governor’s desk for his signature.
Rep. Gerry Pollet (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 5339: Reducing criminal justice expenses by eliminating the death penalty and instead requiring life imprisonment without possibility of release or parole. Passed the Senate on January 31, 2020 by a vote of 28-18 (three members excused.) on January 31, 2020
This bill would remove capital punishment as a sentencing option and instead mandate a life sentence without possibility of parole for the crime of aggravated murder. It is the third time in as many years that a measure to repeal the death penalty has passed the Senate. Each time, the bill has stalled in the House, but this year, the new Democratic Speaker, Rep. Laurie Jinkins, has said that she supports the measure. A moratorium imposed by Governor Inslee in 2014 has blocked imposition of the death sentence, and a 2018 state Supreme Court ruling stated that capital punishment, as applied under current Washington law, is unconstitutional. The court, however, also said that the legislature could pass a law to impose the death sentence in a way that meets constitutional requirements. Opponents of repealing the death sentence have argued that abolishing the death penalty denies victims and their families justice, and removes a tool that prosecutors and law enforcement need to gain information about other victims. Proponents say that it is time to abolish capital punishment in our state once and for all. The bill was sent to the House Public Safety Committee for further consideration.
Sen. David Frockt (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 1521: Providing for accountability and transparency in government contracting. Passed the House on February 5, 2020 by a vote of 65-32 (one member excused.) on February 5, 2020
This bill would narrow contracting-out requirements under statute to apply only to contracts for services that have been customarily and historically provided by classified employees on or after July 1, 2005. It also creates additional criteria, with exemptions, for contracting out, including a comprehensive impact assessment, maintenance of certain records, and additional terms in agreements to contract out. Proponents of the bill said it would require management to make more thoughtful decisions about when and what to contract out. Opponents argued that the problem that this bill is trying to fix would be solved by bringing contractors back to fix their work in cases where they did not meet the expectations of the contract. Current law already requires agencies to address management issues, they said. The bill was sent to the Senate State Government, Tribal Relations and Elections Committee of further consideration.
Rep. Gerry Pollet (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 6492: Addressing workforce education investment funding through business and occupation tax reform. Passed the Senate on January 30, 2020 by a vote of 28-21. on January 30, 2020
This bill would replace the Business and Occupation (B&O) tax surcharge to fund aid for college students that was enacted last year. Instead of surcharges, it proposes an increase in the general service business and occupation tax rate from 1.5 percent to 1.8 percent for businesses with gross income in excess of $1 million. It would also impose a separate additional 1.22 percent surcharge on large advanced computing businesses. The effect of the bill would be to replace surcharges on about 80,000 businesses in the state with a larger tax increase on about 16,000 businesses. The new tax would be collected starting in April of this year. Proponents of the bill said that last year’s enactment of B&O tax surcharges was intended to make a dramatic investment in higher education, but that the program is too complicated to administer and doesn’t generate enough money. This bill, they said, would provide critical funding for state financial aid programs, ensure educational opportunities for students across the state, and encourage expansion of high demand programs. Opponents said the bill is not a practical model for most businesses and could increase healthcare costs, because independent health care practitioners are not exempt from the proposed increases. They also said that not all higher education institutions would receive benefits under this bill. The bill was sent to the House Finance Committee for further consideration.
Sen. David Frockt (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 1110: Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions associated with transportation fuels. Passed the House on January 29, 2020 by a vote of 52-44 (two members excused.) on January 29, 2020
This bill would direct the state Department of Ecology to impose low-carbon fuel limits on gasoline and other transportation related fuels with a “clean fuels” program. Under the bill, carbon emissions of transportation fuels would have to be reduced to 10 percent below 2017 levels by 2028 and 20 percent below 2017 levels by 2035. The mandatory program would begin Jan. 1, 2021. Proponents said low-carbon fuels benefit air quality by reducing particulate matter emissions, preventing unnecessary deaths and protecting the vulnerable.Clean fuel standards provide incentive for electric vehicle infrastructure that is otherwise expensive and difficult to build out, they said. Opponents argued that the bill would harm Washington residents by raising gas prices, which are already among the highest in the nation, and raising other costs, including food prices, while not really helping the environment. The bill which also passed last year n the House but did not move in the Senate, was sent to the Senate Environment, Energy, and Technology Committee.
Rep. Gerry Pollet (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 6037: Concerning business corporations. (Requiring gender-diverse boards of directors.) Passed the Senate on January 24, 2020 by a vote of 32-14 (three members excused.) on January 24, 2020
This bill would require that public companies in Washington state must have gender-diverse boards of directors by January 1, 2022. The requirement would be met if individuals who self-identify as women comprise at least twenty-five percent of the directors. If a public company does not meet the requirement it would have to prepare a discussion and analysis of its plans to attain gender diversity and deliver that information to its shareholders. The bill would also makes other changes to align the Washington Business Corporations Act with the American Bar Association's 2016 Model Corporation Act. Proponents during committee testimony argued that lack of diversity remains a problem and there are complex and consistent barriers for women to join corporate boards. They said this bill will encourage boards to look more broadly to fill board vacancies. Opponents did not testify. The bill was sent to the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee for further consideration.
Sen. David Frockt (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 1793: Establishing additional uses for automated traffic safety cameras for traffic congestion reduction and increased safety. Passed the House on January 30, 2020 by a vote of 56-40 (two members excused.) on January 30, 2020
This bill would establish a pilot program through the end of 2021 to expand the use of automated traffic safety cameras in or near downtown areas of cities with populations greater than 500,000. Violations to be recorded by the cameras would include: Stopping when traffic is obstructed; stopping in intersections or crosswalks; stopping or traveling in a restricted lane; and stopping or parking at locations restricted for emergency response vehicle entry or exit. Proponents said this bill would help manage busy, congested streets. Opponents pointed out that another bill is moving through the Legislature right now that would allow cameras to be used for general law enforcement purposes, including traffic management. The bill, also passed last year, but did not advance in the Senate, has not been referred to the Senate as yet.
Rep. Gerry Pollet (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 1847: Addressing aircraft noise abatement. Passed the House on January 30, 2020 by a vote of 58-37 (three members excused.) on January 30, 2020
This bill would expand the dimensions of noise impact areas for the purpose of abating aircraft noise in areas surrounding an airport. It would extend these areas to 10 miles (instead of 6 miles) beyond the paved north end and 13 miles (instead of 6 miles) beyond the paved south end of any runway. In committee testimony, proponents said that since air traffic has become concentrated in various zones around the country, the FAA will soon be expanding their own mitigation zones. This bill would ensure that the state does not have mitigation zones that are smaller than what the enhanced federal FAA zones will be. No opponents testified. The bill has not yet been sent to the Senate for further consideration.
Rep. Gerry Pollet (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 5395: Concerning comprehensive sexual health education. Passed the Senate on January 22, 2020 by a vote of 28-21. on January 22, 2020
This bill would mandate comprehensive sex education in every public school and for every grade as an integral part of the curriculum. This requirement would be phased in beginning with students in grades six through twelve by September 1, 2020, and then for students in grades kindergarten through five by September 1, 2021. Under the bill, the curriculum must be evidence-informed, inclusive for all students regardless of their protected class status, skills-based, encourage healthy relationships based on mutual respect that are free from violence, coercion, and intimidation. It would teach children how to identify and respond to attitudes and behaviors contributing to sexual violence and would emphasize the importance of conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity. Current state law only requires schools to teach students about HIV and AIDS prevention, starting in fifth grade. The bill was sent to the House Education Committee for further consideration. The bill also passed the Senate last year, but did not advance in the House before the session ended.
Sen. David Frockt (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 5165: Concerning discrimination based on citizenship or immigration status. Passed the Senate on January 17, 2020 by a vote of 26-20 (three members excused.) on January 17, 2020
This bill would prohibit discrimination based on citizenship or immigration status by employers, potential employers, labor organizations, or employment agencies unless a state or federal law, regulation, or government contract requires a distinction or differential treatment. It would also prohibit discrimination in real estate transactions and overcharging or impairing access to public accommodations based on citizenship or immigration status. The bill was sent to the House Civl Rights and Judiciary Committee for further consideration. The bill also passed the Senate last year, but did not advance in the House before the session ended.
Sen. David Frockt (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 5740: Creating the secure choice retirement savings program. Passed the Senate on January 17, 2020 by a vote of 26-20, (three members excused.) on January 17, 2020
This bill would require employers to automatically enroll their employees into an individual retirement account under a new Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program created in the state Department of Commerce. Under the bill, an employer would be required to offer its employees an opportunity to contribute to an IRA established under the program. Employers would be required to provide their employees with information on the program, and deliver and facilitate information regarding the program, disclosures, and necessary forms. Proponents of the bill said it would provide a reasonable way to help employers assist their employees save for retirement. Some small companies cannot afford to administer a savings plan and are at a competitive disadvantage to larger employers who have the ability to offer retirement benefits, they said. Opponents said this proposal is a dramatic departure from the voluntary marketplace, and that of 40 states considering a mandatory enrollment program 35 rejected it. They also said that an automatic IRA enrollment plan would add more requirements of small businesses. The bill was sent to the House Consumer Protection and Business Committee for further consideration. The bill also passed the Senate last year, but did not advance in the House before the session ended.
Sen. David Frockt (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 1010: Concerning the disposition of forfeited firearms by the Washington State Patrol. Passed the House on January 23, 2020 by a vote of 56-42. on January 23, 2020
This bill provides that forfeited firearms in the possession of the Washington State Patrol (WSP) which are not retained for agency use may be auctioned or traded to licensed dealers or destroyed. It would require that within six months after the effective date of the act, the WSP must develop and put in place policies addressing criteria for determining when firearms should be destroyed. Proponents said that the bill would bring equality to the different law enforcement agencies in Washington. The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is currently the only agency that may not destroy forfeited firearms. The WSP should not be an arms dealer or be in the chain of possession of a weapon that later gets used in a crime, they said. Opponent of the measure said that he number of firearms sold or traded by agencies that are used in subsequent crimes is very small, and the money that can be made selling forfeited firearms can be used to help domestic violence victims, or people who are in marginalized communities or need protection from hate crimes. The bill has not yet been referred to the Senate.
Rep. Gerry Pollet (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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House Bill 1783: Creating the Washington state office of equity. Passed the House on January 21, 2020 by a vote of 56-41 (one member excused.) on January 20, 2020
This bill would establish the Washington State Office of Equity (Equity Office) within the Governor’s Office to promote access to equitable opportunities and resources that reduce disparities and improve outcomes statewide across state government. Its primary duty would be to develop policies and provide technical assistance and training for agencies on maintaining a diverse, inclusive, and culturally sensitive workforce. The bill was sent to the Senate State Government, Tribal Relations and Elections Committee for further consideration.
Rep. Gerry Pollet (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 5323: Reducing pollution from plastic bags by establishing minimum state standards for the use of bags at retail establishments. Passed the Senate on January 15, 2020 by a vote of 30-19. on January 15, 2020
This bill would ban stores from giving single-use plastic carryout bags to their customers. The ban includes paper and recycled plastic bags unless they meet stringent recycled content requirements. Under the bill, retailers would also be required to collect an 8-cent per bag tax for each recycled content large paper or plastic carryout bag provided. These provisions would supersede local bag ordinances, except for ordinances establishing a 10-cent per bag charge in effect as of January 1, 2019. The bill was sent to the House Environment and Energy Committee for further consideration. SB 5323 passed the Senate by a 31-14 vote (4 members excused) last March, but did not advance in the House before the session ended. Majority Democrats brought the bill back up for a vote with less than 24 hours notice and no opportunity for additional public input. Re-passage of SB 5323 by the Senate is the furthest that statewide bag-ban proposals have advanced in the legislative process, since the idea of regulating and taxing shopping bags were first proposed in 2013.
Sen. David Frockt (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 5811: Reducing emissions by making changes to the clean car standards and clean car program. Passed the Senate on January 15, 2020 by a vote of 26-23. on January 15, 2020
This bill would impose California’s automobile emission rules on vehicle owners in Washington. Under the bill, car makers would be assigned credits based on the kind of fuel efficient cars they bring into the state. Those credits would then be used to set quotas for how many zero-emission vehicles manufacturers must ship into the state and for dealers to offer for sale, regardless of whether consumers want them or not. The stated goal of the bill is to have about 2.5 percent of all cars brought into Washington be the equivalent of zero-emission vehicles. The bill was sent the House Environment and Energy Committee for further consideration. SB 5811 passed the Senate by a 26-22 vote (one member excused) last March but did not advance in the House before the session ended. No opportunities for additional public input were provided ahead of this week’s vote.
Sen. David Frockt (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Bill 5947: Establishing the sustainable farms and fields grant program. Passed the Senate on January 15, 2020 by a vote of 32-17. on January 15, 2020
This bill would establish a grant program intended to help agriculture reduce its carbon output. Subject to funding, the Washington State Department of Agriculture would be required to develop a sustainable farms and fields grant program that would allow more producers to enroll in conservation programs, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel use, and to help reduce the overall carbon footprint of the state. Sustainable farms and fields grants could be applied towards down payments on equipment or other types of loans; blended use of fossil-fuel based pesticides and fertilizers and non-fossil-fuel based pesticides and fertilizers; or costs associated with installation of carbon farming practices or agroforestry practices. The bill was sent to the House Rural Development, Agriculture, & Natural Resources Committee for further consideration. SB 5947 also passed the Senate by a vote of 32-15 (two members excused) last year but did not advance further before the session ended. Again, no opportunities for additional public input was provided ahead of this week’s vote.
Sen. David Frockt (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Senate Joint Memorial 8014: Concerning logging and mining in the upper Skagit watershed. Passed the Senate on January 15, 2020 by a vote of 29-19 (one member excused). on January 15, 2020
This memorial would request that British Columbia work with the city of Seattle and the Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission to prevent logging and mining in the Upper Skagit watershed, in order to ensure the area's environmental and recreational resources are permanently protected. Proponents of the measure say it is important to let the British Columbia government know that Washington state is concerned about logging and mining operations in the Upper Skagit watershed. They say that proposed mining activities in this area pose a significant risk to the health of fish and wildlife species, and that waste from mining activities can be toxic to juvenile salmon. The Skagit river provides important habitat for the various species of salmon, including chinook, steelhead, and bull trout. The memorial was sent to the House Rural Development, Agriculture, & Natural Resources Committee for further consideration.
Sen. David Frockt (Seattle) (D) 'Voted Yes'
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Rep. Gerry Pollet (Seattle), District 46. (360) 786-7886. gerry.pollet@leg.wa.gov
Rep. Javier Valdez (Seattle), District 46. (360) 786 - 7818 . javier.valdez@leg.wa.gov
Sen. David Frockt (Seattle), District 46. (360) 786-7690. david.frockt@leg.wa.gov



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