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Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Bill to repeal Tim Eyman’s push polls advances to floor of Washington State Senate

Happy news to share: One of NPI’s most important Washington State legislative priorities for 2019 is another step closer to the finish line.

Yesterday, the Senate Rules Committee voted unanimously to advance Senator Patty Kuderer’s SB 5224 to the floor of the Senate, where it now awaits a vote on final passage by the chamber’s forty-nine members.

SB 5224 would permanently abolish Tim Eyman’s wasteful and deceptive push polls, which Eyman falsely calls advisory votes. Nineteen of Eyman’s push polls have cluttered up Washingtonians’ ballots since 2012, but the absurd things could soon be history if the Senate takes action to repeal them and the House follows suit.

The Senate State Government gave SB 5224 a unanimous, bipartisan “do pass” recommendation earlier this month, sparking an epic Tim Eyman meltdown that included the instigation of a multi-day campaign of harassment against Republican State Senator Hans Zeiger (R-25th District: Pierce County).

The bill is now listed thirty-ninth on the Senate’s calendar order. A total of sixty-nine bills are currently in the queue waiting for floor debate.

While we don’t expect to see SB 5224 sail out of the full Senate prior to the next cutoff without opposition, it sure would be nice if it did.

Republicans have spent years complaining about waste, fraud, and abuse in government. Now they have an opportunity to vote for a simple bill that gets rid of something that’s unquestionably, incredibly wasteful: Tim Eyman’s push polls.

Huge kudos to Senator Patty Kuderer, who represents NPI’s home district, for sponsoring this bill and shepherding it to the Senate floor.

Along with Senator Manka Dhingra (Redmond’s other senator and a boardmember of the Northwest Progressive Foundation, NPI’s sibling), Senator Kuderer has proven herself to be one of the Senate’s most effective, driven lawmakers.

It’s because of lawmakers like them that the Senate has been transformed into a launchpad for ideas we need instead of a graveyard of progress.

Well done, Senator Kuderer! Now, on to the floor vote for SB 5224…

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