Get the Keep Washington Working Act to Inslee’s Desk

Great news: Thanks to your persistent calls and emails, the Keep Washington Working Act (SB 5497) passed the Washington State Senate last week! It now moves to the House, where we need to make sure it passes and reaches Governor Inslee’s desk to be signed into law.

Seattle Indivisible has endorsed the Keep Washington Working Act (SB-5497). The Act would acknowledge immigrant contributions to this state and prohibit WA agencies, law enforcement and schools from serving as federal immigration enforcement officers. This would be a hard-fought statewide victory for immigrant rights even as the national picture remains grim.

You can see how your senator voted by clicking this link and doing a CTRL-F search for “View Roll Calls.” https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5497&Year=2019&initiative=

Action:

Please call your state senator today and thank them for their vote if they voted yes, AND call your two House-side representatives to ask them to pass the Keep Washington Working Act and finish the job.

You can look up your representatives on the Legislative District Finder at https://app.leg.wa.gov/districtfinder/ OR, if you want to do it all in one call you can use the Legislative Hotline, 1-800-562-6000 (TTY for Hearing Impaired 800.833.6388). When you call the hotline, phone answerers will determine who your legislators are, take down your message, and ensure the message is transmitted to your legislator. Hotline staff can also answer questions about legislative process and committee assignments.

SAMPLE SCRIPT: "Hello my name is [NAME] I'm a constituent in [CITY]. I'm calling to reinforce that I am in favor of the Keep Washington Working Act. This legislation needs to be passed. I'd like to thank the MOC for representing me and my community."

Background:

https://twitter.com/WASenDemocrats/status/1103894482355777536

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5497&Year=2019&initiative=