Next week, the State Legislature will hear two bills to protect renters from eviction. HB1656/SB5733 will provide Just Cause Eviction Protections, and HB1453/SB5600 will provide Eviction Reform. The Tenants Union of Washington State is organizing people to advocate in favor of these bills, and can use your help. They've provided five actions. You can do as many as them as you have time for.
Action: Advocate in Support of Just Cause Eviction Protections and Eviction Reform
The following text courtesy of the Tenants Union of Washington State:
5 Ways to Advocate:
1. Call or email your representatives (5-10 minutes). Not sure who they are? Search your address to find your district here: https://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder
2. Register a comment on each of the bills (5-20 minutes) - instructions here: https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/
House Bill 1656 - Just Cause - Click Here to Comment
Senate Bill 5733 - Just Cause - Click Here to Comment
House Bill 1453 - Eviction Reform - Click Here to Comment
Senate Bill 5600 - Eviction Reform - Click Here to Comment
3. Call the Legislative Hotline - 1-800-562-6000 (TTY for Hearing Impaired 1-800-635-9993). During the Legislative session, the Hotline is open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. (5-10 minutes)
4. Meet your representatives at their local offices! Call or email for an appointment, and reach out to Tenants Union if you'd like support. (15 - 60 minutes)
5. Come to Olympia to testify! (2+ hours) Email TerriA@tenantsunion.org or DinahB@tenantsunion.org or call 206.722.6848 x106
Tuesday, February 5th - 10:00am - Eviction Reform Bill #1453 - come in person or email the House Committee on Civil Rights and Judiciary members - see list here.
Wednesday, February 6th 8am - Just Cause Bill #1656 - come in person or email the House Committee on Civil Rights and Judiciary members - see list here.
Thursday, February 7th 8am - Just Cause Bill #5733 - come in person or email the Senate Financial Institutions, Economic Development & Trade Committee members - see list here.
More information is available at https://mailchi.mp/tenantsunion/renter-action-alert-contact-your-representatives-now
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Vote on the School Levy and Remind Others
Please turn in your ballot for the special election on Seattle School levies. They are due by February 12th! If you have not received your ballot yet, you can find out what's going on and request a replacement from https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/elections/how-to-vote/ballots/replacing-a-ballot-or-envelope.aspx
If you have already voted, please remind a friend and/or post on social media.
Our next Seattle Indivisible general meeting is Tuesday, February 5th at 7:00 p.m. at the Washington State Labor Council. The meetings are on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Are you planning on coming to the meeting and have an agenda item you’d like to discuss? Feel free to reply to us at firstname.lastname@example.org