Advocacy

Welcome to NPI’s Advocacy page. Here, you can find our positions on pending ballot measures, our current legislative priorities, and our Statehouse Bill Tracker, a tool for keeping tabs on what is happening under the dome in the Washington State Capitol. Not familiar with our work? Learn more about NPI and what we do.

2020 Ballot Measure Positions

WASHINGTON STATE

  • Referendum 90: Vote APPROVED

Washington State Legislative Priorities for 2020

Our policy priorities for the session were:

  • End the practice of holding state-level elections in odd-numbered years
  • Abolish Tim Eyman’s push polls, erroneously called “advisory votes”
  • Advance the cause of abolition by repealing Washington’s death penalty statute
  • Require medically accurate, comprehensive sexual health education in our schools
  • Adopt a clean fuels standard to reduce pollution in our air and water
  • Ban single use plastic bags in grocery stores and retail establishments

Statehouse Bill Tracker

A tool for monitoring the Washington State Legislature

Introduction: The Statehouse Bill Tracker is an NPI project that makes tracking priority legislation simple and easy. The Tracker aggregates feeds for bills “with legs”, providing an up-to-date view of what’s moving in the statehouse at any given time during session. Bills are sorted by activity. The most recently active bills appear at the top and the least active bills appear at the bottom.

When something happens to a bill, we call that an action.

An action could be a bill’s introduction, public hearing in committee, vote on the floor, proposed amendment, or referral to another committee; all these are examples of steps in the legislative process. (See this page for a visual explanation of how a bill becomes a law). Actions affect the placement of bills in the tracker. Here’s a longer explanation:

  1. Bills are sorted in reverse chronological order. The most active bills will always appear at the top. Bills with little activity will sink to the bottom like a heavy stone settling at the bottom of a creek bed after being washed downstream by a flood.
  2. A green dot next to a bill number update indicates the bill reflects progressive values and enjoys our support. Conversely, red octagon (stop sign) indicates that we oppose the bill because it would implement policies that are contrary to progressive values. Finally, a yellow triangle means we have concerns about a bill, but are not working for its defeat.
  3. Assessments of bills are provided by NPI and organizations that we work with, such as the Washington State Labor Council or the Environmental Priorities Coalition. The person/entity that analyzed the bill and provided the wording is always listed to the left of the assessment.
  4. It is possible to view a bill’s full history without clicking away, as long as JavaScript is enabled. Simply click on the blue link that says “Click to view” and the bill history will slide out for easy viewing. (It can be hidden again using the same link, which will change to say “Click to hide”). If JavaScript is not enabled, the bill history may still be viewed, either by clicking the bill number to go to the Legislature’s website or by viewing the source of this page.

Now, let’s find out what’s moving in the statehouse!

Browse Active Legislation

Senate Bill 5188 (Authorizing A Publicly-Owned State Bank)

Official Description: Concerning the creation of the Washington state public bank.
Current Status: (January 28, 2021) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Business, Financial Services & Trade at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Kuderer
Cosponsors: Nguyen, Conway, Darneille, Das, Dhingra, Hasegawa, Hunt, Liias, Lovelett, Stanford, Van De Wege, Wellman, Wilson, C.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5188 would, according to its introductory text, create "a cooperative Washington state public bank to act as a financial conduit that, without creating state debt, can receive deposits from state, local, and tribal government entities, issue and make loans to those entities, and issue bonds, to help facilitate access to needed capital by state, local, and tribal government entities on reasonable terms and rates." NPI has long supported creating a state bank to bolster Washington's fiscal health and enable badly needed infrastructure to be built more quickly, like Sound Transit 3. Adoption of this legislation is a priority for NPI in the 2021 session.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5182 (Repealing Tim Eyman's Push Polls)

Official Description: Concerning advisory votes.
Current Status: (January 27, 2021) Scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on State Government & Elections at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Kuderer
Cosponsors: Hunt
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5182 would repeal part of an old Tim Eyman initiative that forces Washington's thirty-nine counties to waste precious resources on "advisory votes" -- fake ballot measures that falsely purport to give voters an opportunity to weigh in on revenue increases passed by the Legislature. Advisory votes -- which are really anti-tax messages written by Eyman and thus do not measure anything -- are costly, deceptive, and unconstitutional, and NPI strongly supports getting rid of them. The bill would also increase transparency of the Legislature by requiring more information about the Legislature's fiscal decisions to be published in the voter's pamphlet. Adoption of this legislation is a top NPI legislative priority for 2021.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1336 (Public Broadband Act)

Official Description: Creating and expanding unrestricted authority for public entities to provide telecommunications services to end users.
Current Status: (January 27, 2021) Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Community & Economic Development at 10:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Hansen
Cosponsors: Ybarra
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This important bill would remove restrictions that prevent public agencies from selling municipal or rural broadband to their constituents. Access to fast Internet is essential in the twenty-first century. NPI is proud to support this legislation to get Washington State closer to universal broadband.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5005 (Allow Corporations to Send Electronic Notices by Default)

Official Description: Concerning business corporations.
Current Status: (January 22, 2021) Placed on second reading consent calendar.
Prime Sponsor: Pedersen
Cosponsors: Padden
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill would allow corporations to skip the step of getting permission from their directors or shareholders to send them notices electronically, but it would allow shareholders to object if they still prefer physical mail notices. Adoption of this bill will simplify corporate governance in the twenty-first century.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1054 (Prohibiting Brutal Police Tactics)

Official Description: Establishing requirements for tactics and equipment used by peace officers.
Current Status: (January 22, 2021) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Public Safety at 10:00 AM in anticipation of other legislative action.
Prime Sponsor: Johnson
Cosponsors: J., Entenman, Dolan, Ryu, Berry, Simmons, Bateman, Kloba, Lekanoff, Duerr, Fitzgibbon
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill would prohibit brutal police tactics such as chokeholds and neck restraints. It would also bar police from setting unleashed police dogs loose on people. Additionally, among other provisions, the bill would prohibit police agencies from acquiring military grade equipment. NPI strongly supports this package of police accountability measures.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1053 (Delaying Implementation of Reusable Bag Bill)

Official Description: Delaying the implementation of restrictions on carryout bags.
Current Status: (January 22, 2021) Placed on second reading.
Prime Sponsor: Peterson
Cosponsors: Dye, Kloba, Ortiz-Self
Our Position: NPI has concerns about this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill would continue the pause in implementation of the Reusable Bag Bill which was one of NPI's 2020 Legislative Priorities. The pause was ordered by Governor Jay Inslee through a proclamation earlier in the pandemic. While NPI understands the rationale for this bill, pollution is a massive and growing problem and we have strong concerns with delaying implementation further.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1078 (Require Automatic Voting Rights Restoration)

Official Description: Restoring voter eligibility for all persons convicted of a felony offense who are not in total confinement under the jurisdiction of the department of corrections.
Current Status: (January 21, 2021) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations at 10:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Simmons
Cosponsors: Young, Dolan, Berry, Fitzgibbon, Johnson, J., Wicks
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill would make it easier for those who have been incarcerated to regain their voting rights by automatically putting them back on the voter rolls. Currently, those released from DOC custody must apply to get their voting rights back. By removing a barrier to voting, we are making it easier for people to participate. NPI strongly supports this bill.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1091 (Clean Fuel Standard)

Official Description: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuel.
Current Status: (January 21, 2021) Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Environment & Energy at 1:30 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Fitzgibbon
Cosponsors: Slatter, Berry, Dolan, Bateman, Ramos, Simmons, Ramel, Senn, Peterson, Duerr, Ryu, Valdez, Callan, Kloba, Chopp, Ormsby, Frame, Macri, Pollet, Goodman, Bergquist
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: "The transportation sector is responsible for nearly half of our climate and air pollution in Washington," notes the Environmental Priorities Coalition. "We need our transportation to be clean, affordable, and accessible. A Clean Fuel Standard will require fuel producers and importers to reduce pollution from the fuels that power our transportation system. It is a tested and effective policy that would clean our air, give us more options to fuel our vehicles (such as electricity and local renewable biofuels), create economic development, cut climate pollution, and move us beyond oil." NPI has made passage of a clean fuel standard one of its priorities for the 2021 legislative session, and strongly supports this legislation. This is the House version; there is also a Senate companion.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5231 (Clean Fuel Standard)

Official Description: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuel.
Current Status: (January 15, 2021) First reading, referred to Environment, Energy & Technology.
Prime Sponsor: Stanford
Cosponsors: Saldaña, Billig, Carlyle, Das, Frockt, Hunt, Keiser, Kuderer, Liias, Lovelett, Nguyen, Nobles, Pedersen, Robinson, Salomon, Wilson, C.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: "The transportation sector is responsible for nearly half of our climate and air pollution in Washington," notes the Environmental Priorities Coalition. "We need our transportation to be clean, affordable, and accessible. A Clean Fuel Standard will require fuel producers and importers to reduce pollution from the fuels that power our transportation system. It is a tested and effective policy that would clean our air, give us more options to fuel our vehicles (such as electricity and local renewable biofuels), create economic development, cut climate pollution, and move us beyond oil." NPI has made passage of a clean fuel standard one of its priorities for the 2021 legislative session, and strongly supports this legislation. This is the Senate version; there is also a House companion.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5096 (Levying a Capital Gains Tax)

Official Description: Concerning an excise tax on gains from the sale or exchange of certain capital assets.
Current Status: (January 14, 2021) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 4:00 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Robinson
Cosponsors:
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: SB 5096 is legislation requested by Governor Inslee that would levy a nine percent capital gains tax to reduce the regressivity of Washington State's upside down tax code. Retirement accounts, residences, farms, and timberlands would all be exempt from the tax, and a deduction would be available for small business owners. NPI supports this legislation.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1046 (Updating Community Solar Project Definitions)

Official Description: Concerning community solar programs.
Current Status: (January 12, 2021) Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Environment & Energy at 8:00 AM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Bateman
Cosponsors: Duerr, Leavitt, Shewmake, Kloba, Fitzgibbon, Dolan
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill would make it easier to build community solar projects.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5148 (Penalizing Harassment of Elections Officials)

Official Description: Concerning the harassment of election officials.
Current Status: (January 12, 2021) First reading, referred to Law & Justice.
Prime Sponsor: Frockt
Cosponsors: Hunt, Billig, Darneille, Das, Lovelett, Saldaña, Salomon, Hasegawa, Kuderer, Pedersen, Wilson, C.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This legislation would make harassment of elections officials a Class B felony. "Harassment" is defined as knowingly threatening to cause bodily injury of another person, physically damaging their property, or subjecting them to a malicious act which is intended to harm them. "Election official" is defined to mean any staff member working for the Secretary of State or a county auditor's office.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2021 Regular Session (Click to view)