The deadline for bills to pass both houses of the Washington State Legislature is tomorrow, Wed., April 17, 2019. We've been making calls to our legislators over the past week asking them to pass (or in one case, reject) bills currently in work. If you haven't already called your legislators about these bills, this is the time to call them. If you already have, call them again.
ACTION: Ask your legislators to act on these bills in advance of April 17 deadline
Call the Washington State Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 (TTY for Hearing Impaired 800.833.6388). They will ask for your address, and leave a message for your state senator and legislators
Call your legislators' offices directly. You can find their phone numbers at https://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/.
We've gathered a list of bills that have already passed one of two houses of the State Legislature; pick one or more of these that you support and call about them!
BILLS THAT STILL NEED TO PASS HOUSE
(Tip: you can click on any bill's link to view the current status of that bill.)
SB 5602: Reproductive Health Care Access for All: This bill that would dramatically expand access to reproductive health care and family planning services.
SB 5822: Pathway to Universal Care Work Group: This bill would establish a working group that would explore creating a state level single-payer health care system.
SB 5078: Presidential Tax Returns: This bill would require candidates for president and vice-president to disclose eight years of tax returns in order to appear on the Presidential ballot.
ASK THE HOUSE TO REJECT THIS BILL
SB 5376: Protecting consumer data: This bill does not provide for real data privacy, and should be rejected. It allows for the development of facial surveillance systems, and does not require companies to delete your data when you ask them.
A more detailed ask is available from the ACLU of Washington: https://action.aclu.org/send-message/demand-real-data-privacy
BILLS THAT STILL NEED TO PASS SENATE
HB 1224: Rx drug pricing transparency
This bill would improve the transparency of prescription drug pricing by requiring pharmaceutical companies, pharmacy benefit managers, and insurance carriers to begin disclosing costs, rebates received, and the impact of prescription drug price increases on premiums.
HB 1087: Long-Term Care Trust Act
This bill would create a public long-term care benefit that Washington workers would pay into, and eventually be able to claim benefits from for services like skilled nursing care, meal preparation, and home health services.
State legislatures are taking the leadership all over the country to move important issues forward. Thanks for taking the time to let our state lawmakers know what's important!
Also: SEATTLE INDIVISIBLE MEETING TODAY
Tuesday, Apr. 16, 7:00 pm (1st & 3rd Tuesdays):
At the Washington State Labor Council in the Central District, 321 16th Avenue. This meeting venue is wheelchair-accessible, and can be reached by King County Metro buses 7, 14, 27, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.