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Category Archives: Legislative Advocacy

The case for enacting half of Brian Heywood and Jim Walsh’s six initiatives into law

Excerpt: Democratic lawmakers are poised to cleave a slate of six right wing initiatives in two, voting half into law while sending the other half to the ballot. Here's the logic behind the move.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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House passes Secretary Hobbs’ election security bill, sending it to Governor Inslee

Excerpt: By a vote of 58 to 37, the House voted to adopt Senate Bill 5843, prime sponsored by Senator Joe Nguyen (D-34th: Legislative District: Seattle, Vashon Island).
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ways & Means declines to take up NPI’s even year elections bill, ending its 2024 run

Excerpt: House Bill 1932 would have given Washington's cities and towns the freedom to switch their elections to even years, when voter turnout is much higher and more diverse.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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VICTORY! Washington State Senate sends bill ending child marriage to Governor Inslee

Excerpt: On February 23rd, 2024, forty-eight out of forty-nine state senators voted in favor of State Representative Monica Stonier's legislation to set a minimum age of eighteen for both parties to legally marry, in a big win for human rights.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI’s even year elections bill advances out of Senate State Government Committee

Excerpt: HB 1932 would change an old state law dating back to the 1960s that requires municipalities to hold their regularly scheduled elections in odd-numbered years. It received a "do pass" recommendation on February 20th.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bill to end child marriage moves to the floor of the Washington State Senate

Excerpt: House Bill 1455, prime sponsored by State Representative Monica Stonier (D-49th District: Clark County) would require that both parties in a civil marriage must be at least eighteen years of age, putting an end to the abhorrent practice of child marriage.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Allowing localities to switch their elections to even years is far from a “premature” idea

Excerpt: Read NPI's rebuttal to an editorial in The Herald of Everett that argued that lawmakers should not pass NPI's legislation to give localities the freedom to choose their own election timing.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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VICTORY! Washington State House approves unemployment pay for striking workers

Excerpt: House Bill 1893 would allow striking workers to gain access to unemployment insurance assistance in the Evergreen State.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Economic Security, Policy Topics
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The right wing Washington Policy Center preaches fiscal responsibility, but hasn’t been practicing that principle itself

Excerpt: A Seattle Times story about the recent departure of the organization's CEO Michael Gallagher demonstrates that WPC isn't walking its talk.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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VICTORY! Washington State Senate finally passes the Keep Our Care Act

Excerpt: Senate Bill 5241 would "ensure hospital mergers and acquisitions don’t restrict patients’ access to critical health care, such as end-of-life, reproductive and gender-affirming care." 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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VICTORY! Washington State House passes NPI’s even year elections for localities bill

Excerpt: House Bill 1932, first introduced about a month ago, received the support of fifty-two state representatives, with forty-five in opposition and one excused. The legislation is NPI's top priority for the 2024 legislative session.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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House Republicans laughably fail to impeach DHS Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas

Excerpt: Political observers called it an embarrassing failure for theocratic Speaker Mike Johnson, Kevin McCarthy's embattled successor.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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2024 push to divert more funding to charter schools in Washington fizzles at fiscal cutoff

Excerpt: Senate Bill 5807 and House Bill 1897 won't be moving forward in the 2024 legislative session.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Initiative 2124 (sabotaging the Washington Cares Fund) gets certified

Excerpt: Passage of Initiative 2124 would leave working Washingtonians without access to an affordable plan they can count on to provide them with money to pay for long-term care, including in-home care, when they need it. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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