Tonight, Wash­ing­ton’s Leg­is­la­ture took a stand for fair­ness, oppor­tu­ni­ty, and inclu­sion by adopt­ing Ini­tia­tive 1000, which would empow­er agen­cies and insti­tu­tions of high­er learn­ing to adopt poli­cies that rem­e­dy dis­crim­i­na­tion faced by the state’s under­rep­re­sent­ed and dis­ad­van­taged communities.

Spon­sored by Nathaniel Jack­son, I‑1000 does three things, as sum­ma­rized by the staff of the Wash­ing­ton State House of Representatives:

  • Amends the pro­vi­sion of law [Tim Eyman and John Carl­son’s I‑200] that pro­hibits the state from dis­crim­i­nat­ing against or grant­i­ng pref­er­en­tial treat­ment to an indi­vid­ual or group based on cer­tain char­ac­ter­is­tics in pub­lic employ­ment, pub­lic edu­ca­tion, and pub­lic contracting.
  • Cre­ates the Gov­er­nor’s Com­mis­sion on Diver­si­ty, Equi­ty, and Inclu­sion respon­si­ble for direct­ing, mon­i­tor­ing, and enforc­ing state agency com­pli­ance with the ini­tia­tive and report­ing on state agency progress in achiev­ing diver­si­ty, equi­ty, and inclusion.
  • Requires a mem­o­ran­dum and draft leg­is­la­tion regard­ing nec­es­sary statu­to­ry changes to bring nomen­cla­ture and process­es in line with the initiative.

I‑1000 does not repeal I‑200; but instead mod­i­fies it. Quo­tas remain pro­hib­it­ed under I‑1000, but oth­er approach­es to rem­e­dy­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion would become avail­able to Wash­ing­ton’s col­leges, uni­ver­si­ties, and state agencies.

With just hours to go before the end of the reg­u­lar ses­sion, the House and Sen­ate brought I‑1000 to the floor for a vote and adopt­ed it after a live­ly debate. Democ­rats pro­vid­ed all of the votes to adopt it in both hous­es; not a sin­gle Repub­li­can vot­ed aye. The roll call in the House was as follows:

Roll Call
HI 1000
Affir­ma­tive action
Final Passage

Yeas: 56; Nays: 42

Vot­ing Yea: Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Apple­ton, Bergquist, Callan, Chap­man, Cody, Davis, Doglio, Dolan, Enten­man, Fey, Fitzgib­bon, Frame, Good­man, Gregerson, Hansen, Hud­gins, Jink­ins, Kil­duff, Kir­by, Klo­ba, Leav­itt, Lekanoff, Lovick, Macri, Mead, Mor­gan, Mor­ris, Orms­by, Ortiz-Self, Orwall, Paul, Pel­lic­ciot­ti, Peter­son, Pet­ti­grew, Pol­let, Ramos, Reeves, Ric­cel­li, Robin­son, Ryu, San­tos, Sells, Senn, Shew­make, Slat­ter, Springer, Stan­ford, Stonier, Sul­li­van, Tar­leton, Thai, Tharinger, Valdez, Walen, Wylie, Chopp

Vot­ing Nay: Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Barkis, Blake, Boehnke, Caldier, Cham­bers, Chan­dler, Cor­ry, DeBolt, Dent, Dufault, Dye, Eslick, Gildon, Goehn­er, Gra­ham, Grif­fey, Har­ris, Hoff, Irwin, Jenkin, Klip­pert, Kraft, Kretz, MacEwen, May­cum­ber, McCaslin, Mos­bruck­er, Orcutt, Rude, Schmick, Shea, Smith, Steele, Stokes­bary, Suther­land, Van Wer­ven, Vick, Volz, Walsh, Wilcox, Ybar­ra, Young

And this was the roll call in the Senate:

Roll Call
SI 1000
Affir­ma­tive action
3rd Read­ing & Final Passage

Yeas: 26; Nays: 22; Excused: 1

Vot­ing Yea: Sen­a­tors Bil­lig, Car­lyle, Cleve­land, Con­way, Darneille, Das, Dhin­gra, Frockt, Hasegawa, Hobbs, Hunt, Keis­er, Kud­er­er, Liias, Lovelett, McCoy, Nguyen, Ped­er­sen, Ran­dall, Rolfes, Sal­daña, Salomon, Takko, Van De Wege, Well­man, Wil­son (Claire)

Vot­ing Nay: Sen­a­tors Bai­ley, Beck­er, Braun, Brown, Erick­sen, For­tu­na­to, Hawkins, Holy, Hon­ey­ford, King, Mul­let, O‘Ban, Pad­den, Rivers, Schoesler, Shel­don, Short, Wag­oner, Walsh, War­nick, Wil­son (Lyn­da), Zeiger

Excused: Sen­a­tor Palumbo

In the House, Demo­c­ra­t­ic Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Bri­an Blake vot­ed no.

In the Sen­ate, Demo­c­ra­t­ic Sen­a­tor Mark Mul­let vote no.

Demo­c­ra­t­ic Sen­a­tor Guy Palum­bo skipped the vote.

NPI thanks and con­grat­u­lates the Leg­is­la­ture’s eighty-two oth­er Demo­c­ra­t­ic leg­is­la­tors for their his­toric votes to pass I‑1000. For a while, it did­n’t look like I‑1000 was going any­where. To see it pass is a huge relief.

Because I‑1000 is an ini­tia­tive to the Leg­is­la­ture, not a bill, it does not go to Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee for sig­na­ture. The ini­tia­tive will become law unless it is sub­ject­ed to a suc­cess­ful ref­er­en­dum. Expect John Carl­son, Tim Eyman, and oth­ers to announce such an effort imme­di­ate­ly.

Our team at NPI stands ready to help assem­ble a broad and diverse coali­tion to ensure that I‑1000 remains the law of the land in Wash­ing­ton State.

The enti­ty that qual­i­fied I‑1000 as an ini­tia­tive to the Leg­is­la­ture (orga­nized by for­mer law­mak­er Jesse Wineber­ry) is unfor­tu­nate­ly in no shape to defend the mea­sure. It was unpro­fes­sion­al­ly run and owes hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars to Tim Eyman’s asso­ciates, who are co-defen­dants in Attor­ney Gen­er­al Bob Fer­gu­son’s prin­ci­pal cam­paign finance enforce­ment law­suit against Eyman.

NPI did not par­tic­i­pate in the effort to qual­i­fy I‑1000 to the Leg­is­la­ture due to con­cerns over fund­ing and trans­paren­cy. A pro­gres­sive cam­paign should nev­er do busi­ness with a cor­rupt right wing com­pa­ny like “Cit­i­zen Solutions”.

Nev­er­the­less, the ini­tia­tive qualified.

While we could not in good con­science sup­port the I‑1000 cam­paign, we have emphat­i­cal­ly sup­port­ed I‑1000 as pol­i­cy, and we have been urg­ing the Leg­is­la­ture to adopt the mea­sure since Jan­u­ary when the House and Sen­ate convened.

There is now an oppor­tu­ni­ty to form a new cam­paign to defend the new­ly enact­ed Wash­ing­ton State Diver­si­ty, Equi­ty, and Inclu­sion Act (which is I‑1000’s offi­cial title) — and we look for­ward to enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly par­tic­i­pat­ing in that effort.

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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2 replies on “A huge win for inclusion and opportunity: Washington State Legislature adopts I‑1000”

  1. I‑1000 is noth­ing more seg­re­ga­tion between minori­ties. Now we are mov­ing for­ward to a more advance­ment of peo­ple with­out mer­it, edu­ca­tion, and hard work. This ini­tia­tive will not fix black com­mu­ni­ties at all. In order for a black com­mu­ni­ty to strive like oth­er minori­ties is invest­ing rev­enues in bet­ter edu­ca­tion, pro­vide incen­tives for busi­ness to invest in the com­mu­ni­ty and cre­ate jobs, and stop oppress­ing blacks by mak­ing them vic­tims of racism.

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