Advocacy

Welcome to NPI’s Advocacy page. Here, you can find our advocacy campaigns, legislative priorities, and 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.

2022 Ballot Measure Endorsements

Washington State

  • Statewide — Tim Eyman’s propaganda items
  • King County
    • Charter Amendment 1 (Even-Year Elections): Vote Yes
    • Proposition 1 (Conservation Futures Levy): Vote Yes
  • Seattle
    • Proposition 1A & 1B, Part 1: Vote Yes
    • Proposition 1A vs. 1B, Part 2: Vote for Proposition 1B (ranked choice voting)

Oregon

  • Measure 111 (making healthcare a right): Yes
  • Measure 112 (ending modern day slavery): Yes
  • Measure 113 (end right wing walkouts): Yes
  • Measure 114 (gun safety): Yes

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

House Bill 1590 (School Enrollment Stabilization)

Official Description: Concerning enrollment stabilization funding to address enrollment declines due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Current Status: (March 23, 2022) Effective date 3/23/2022.
Prime Sponsor: Dolan
Cosponsors: Callan, Pollet, Bateman, Ramel, Wicks, Johnson, J., Senn, Ryu, Duerr, Walen, Goehner, Valdez, Davis, Fey, Ramos, Santos, Simmons, Wylie, Slatter, Kloba, Stonier, Riccelli, Hackney, Frame
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill (which is the House version) would allow schools to maintain staffing levels, which provides stability for when enrollment starts to be restored. Given the pandemic, enrollment is down across the state, but reducing funding because of the drop in enrollment will strain already struggling schools and limit staffing even further. Currently, the amount of funding public school districts receive are proportional to their enrollment. This bill would allow schools to receive funding based on their 2019-2020 enrollment numbers, instead of post-pandemic enrollment numbers.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1876 (Fiscal Impact Disclosure Statements for Initiatives)

Official Description: Concerning public investment impact disclosures for certain ballot measures that repeal, levy, or modify any tax or fee and have a fiscal impact statement that shows that adoption of the measure would cause a net change in state revenue.
Current Status: (March 23, 2022) Effective date 6/9/2022.
Prime Sponsor: Gregerson
Cosponsors: Valdez, Fitzgibbon, Simmons, Chopp, Ramel, Pollet
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: Voters should have access to objective information that would help them make informed decisions when voting on state laws that would impact taxes, fees, or state revenue. In Washington, voters have the ability to enact or reject state laws via ballot measure. For measures that impact state revenue, it is critically important for voters to have the facts and information to make sound decisions, and not base their decision-making solely on well-funded campaigns that have the means to reach them. This bill would improve ballot transparency and voter engagement by adding neutral descriptions of initiatives' projected fiscal impact to their ballot titles. NPI strongly supports this legislation.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5933 (School Seismic Safety Grants)

Official Description: Establishing a school seismic safety grant program.
Current Status: (March 23, 2022) Effective date 6/9/2022.
Prime Sponsor: Frockt
Cosponsors: Schoesler, Conway, Honeyford, Keiser, Lovelett, Mullet, Pedersen, Rolfes, Wilson, J.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: One of the Northwest Progressive Institute's top priorities for the 2022 session is protecting youth, teachers, and school staff from geologic hazards by providing state funding to replace or repair seismically vulnerable buildings. This bill seeks to do exactly that. It would create a grant program "to help school districts and state tribal education compact schools cover the cost of retrofitting or relocating school facilities located in high seismic areas or tsunami zones." Grants must be awarded "in an amount equal to at least two-thirds of the total project cost." To fund the program, the state would issue general obligation bonds in the amount of $500 million. Voter approval would be required to authorize the bonds in a statewide vote held this November. NPI strongly supports this bipartisan legislation. This is the Senate version; the House companion is 2095.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1630 (Prohibiting Guns at Public Meeting Facilities & Election Sites)

Official Description: Establishing restrictions on the possession of weapons in certain locations.
Current Status: (March 23, 2022) Effective date 6/9/2022.
Prime Sponsor: Senn
Cosponsors: Berg, Ryu, Berry, Wicks, Bateman, Ramel, Fitzgibbon, Sells, Walen, Valdez, Callan, Cody, Davis, Goodman, Taylor, Macri, Peterson, Ramos, Santos, Slatter, Bergquist, Tharinger, Kloba, Pollet, Harris-Talley, Hackney, Frame
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: During a time when elections are increasingly contested and fraught, this bill would increase safety at local government meeting facilities, as well as election-related locations and facilities. If passed, the bill will prohibit carrying or possessing firearms and other weapons at school board meetings, city council meetings, county council meetings, ballot counting centers, voting centers, and voter registration offices, among others. Other locations, such as schools, child care centers, and courthouses, already have similar restrictions.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5583 (Prohibiting Prison Gerrymandering)

Official Description: Requiring the adjustment of census data for local redistricting to reflect the last known place of residence for incarcerated persons.
Current Status: (March 11, 2022) Effective date 6/9/2022*.
Prime Sponsor: Trudeau
Cosponsors: Hunt, Das, Dhingra, Hasegawa, Keiser, Kuderer, Lovelett, Mullet, Nguyen, Nobles, Randall, Rivers, Saldaña, Stanford, Wellman, Wilson, C.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: People who are incarcerated should be counted using their last known place of residence rather than the location of the jail, prison, or other institution for local redistricting. This method is already used in state redistricting, so this bill would apply the same rules to the local process. Public testimony was summarized by the Senate's nonpartisan staff in the bill report as follows: “The use of census data currently over-represents areas with prisons, incentivizing building more prisons and mass incarceration. Communities disproportionately impacted by mass incarceration shouldn't also have less representation.”
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1099 (Requiring Climate Resilience in Comprehensive Planning)

Official Description: Improving the state's climate response through updates to the state's comprehensive planning framework.
Current Status: (March 10, 2022) Returned to House Rules 3.
Prime Sponsor: Duerr
Cosponsors: Fitzgibbon, Dolan, Bateman, Ramel, Gregerson, Goodman, Ryu, Kloba, Chopp, Ormsby, Pollet, Fey, Santos, Davis
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill would add the goal of climate damage mitigation to the Growth Management Act and require climate resilience to be an element of the planning that local governments must undertake to comply with the Growth Management Act. NPI supports an amendment to the bill to mention trees, urban forest, and green space as a part of the bill's environmental definition.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5560 (Transparency in Redistricting)

Official Description: Concerning procedures for approval and submission of the redistricting plan.
Current Status: (March 10, 2022) By resolution, returned to Senate Rules Committee for third reading.
Prime Sponsor: Pedersen
Cosponsors: Wilson, J.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This legislation would require future Washington State Redistricting Commissions to make a redistricting plan publicly available at least seventy-two hours before voting to approve the plan. It would also require any amendments to the plan to be debated and voted on in open session rather than behind closed doors. The 2021 Redistricting Commission did most of its work out of public view and, in our view, violated Washington's open meetings laws. Passage of redistricting reform is a top NPI legislative priority for 2022.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5597 (Strengthening the Washington Voting Rights Act)

Official Description: Concerning the Washington voting rights act.
Current Status: (March 10, 2022) By resolution, returned to Senate Rules Committee for third reading.
Prime Sponsor: Saldaña
Cosponsors: Hunt
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This legislation would expand and clarify several provisions in the Washington Voting Rights Act, thus making it easier for residents of the Evergreen State to secure equitable representation for themselves and their neighbors. SB 5997 would explicitly bar methods of electing officeholders that constitute vote dilution and explicitly allow organizations to bring actions under the VRA.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5563 (School Enrollment Stabilization)

Official Description: Concerning enrollment stabilization funding to address enrollment declines due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Current Status: (February 17, 2022) Senate Rules "X" file.
Prime Sponsor: Wellman
Cosponsors: Hasegawa, Cleveland, Conway, Dhingra, Kuderer, Nguyen, Pedersen, Randall, Stanford, Wilson, C.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill (which is the House version) would allow schools to maintain staffing levels, which provides stability for when enrollment starts to be restored. Given the pandemic, enrollment is down across the state, but reducing funding because of the drop in enrollment will strain already struggling schools and limit staffing even further. Currently, the amount of funding public school districts receive are proportional to their enrollment. This bill would allow schools to receive funding based on their 2019-2020 enrollment numbers, instead of post-pandemic enrollment numbers.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5426 (Levying A Wealth Tax)

Official Description: Improving the equity of Washington state's tax code by creating the Washington state wealth tax and taxing extraordinary financial intangible assets.
Current Status: (February 1, 2022) Scheduled for public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means at 4:00 PM (Subject to change).
Prime Sponsor: Hunt
Cosponsors: Conway, Das, Dhingra, Hasegawa, Keiser, Kuderer, Lovelett, Nguyen, Saldaña, Stanford, Wilson, C.
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill would make Washington’s tax code more progressive by establishing a 1% wealth tax on residents with over $1 billion in intangible assets (such as mortgages, bonds, stocks, or shares of private corporations). It also addresses enforcement, requiring the Department of Revenue to audit at least 20% of individuals registered to pay the wealth tax by 2026. By passing this bill, the Legislature can reduce inequity in the state's tax code, requiring the ultra-wealthy to pay more of their fair share, and better support the state's essential public services. The richest Washingtonians currently pay the least in taxes as a percentage of their income and wealth than the least affluent Washingtonians. This is the Senate version, identical to a bill previously introduced in the House.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

House Bill 1406 (Levying A Wealth Tax)

Official Description: Improving the equity of Washington state's tax code by creating the Washington state wealth tax and taxing extraordinary financial intangible assets.
Current Status: (January 10, 2022) By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
Prime Sponsor: Frame
Cosponsors: Sullivan, Ormsby, Ortiz-Self, Kirby, Davis, Bateman, Valdez, Kloba, Pollet, Walen, Dolan, Simmons, Cody, Ramel, Lekanoff, Duerr, Ryu, Berry, Peterson, Hackney, Chopp, Macri, Bergquist, Riccelli, Harris-Talley
Our Position: NPI supports this bill.
Assessment by NPI: This bill would make Washington’s tax code more progressive by establishing a 1% wealth tax on residents with over $1 billion in intangible assets (such as mortgages, bonds, stocks, or shares of private corporations). HB 1406 also addresses enforcement, requiring the Department of Revenue to audit at least 20% of individuals registered to pay the wealth tax by 2026. By passing this bill, the Legislature can reduce inequity in the state's tax code, requiring the ultra-wealthy to pay more of their fair share, and better support the state's essential public services. The richest Washingtonians currently pay the least in taxes as a percentage of their income and wealth than the least affluent Washingtonians.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)

Senate Bill 5231 (Low Emission Fuel Standards)

Official Description: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the carbon intensity of transportation fuel.
Current Status: (January 10, 2022) By resolution, reintroduced and retained in present status.
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: Urgent action is needed to reduce pollutants and combat climate damage. According to this bill’s text, “as of 2017, the transportation sector contributes 45 percent of Washington's greenhouse gas emissions”. Other states such as California and Oregon have successfully implemented low CO2 field standards, without significant impact to fuel costs. After extensively studying these programs, state officials also predict that these kinds of programs would decrease pollution while generating positive impacts for the economy. This bill would require that emissions from fuel must be reduced to 10% below 2017 levels by 2028, and 20% below 2017 levels by 2035.
Weigh in: Comment on this bill using the Legislature’s new bill commenting tool.

View full bill history for 2022 Regular Session (Click to view)