Miss an advocacy day? You can watch recordings here of the Wednesday briefings hosted by The Arc of Washington and the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council.
Next up: March 3 - Education During COVID-19, with special guest Senator Claire Wilson (Federal Way), vice chair of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Committee. 10 am on Zoom!
Spanish interpretation will be provided live. Close captioning will also be provided live.
- Register here
- Want help setting up an appointment with your legislator? We can help! Contact Eric Warwick, community advocacy coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
What's up this week?
Bill action this week and next will be in the Rules committees and on the chamber floors.
Bills that passed policy and fiscal committees have been referred to Rules committees. These committees then choose which bills to send to the full chamber for a vote.
We compiled a list of bills we've been sharing on this blog into an excel sheet and have been tracking which ones are still in play. You can access our list here:
You can check the House calendar here to see which bills are up for a vote: https://app.leg.wa.gov/far/House/Calendar
You can check the Senate calendar here to see which bills are up for a vote: https://app.leg.wa.gov/far/Senate/Calendar
You can watch floor action on TVW: https://www.tvw.org/
Advocacy tip: Now is a good time to engage with legislators about the budget. They may be voting or in caucus (that is when they meet to discuss bills) but their staff is meeting with constituents and gathering information for them.
You can find your legislators here: https://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/
You can find a roster of all members and their lead staff here: https://app.leg.wa.gov/Rosters/Members
Curious who is on the Rules committees?
King County legislators on House Rules include:
- Representatives Bergquist, Gregerson, Orwall, and Sullivan from South King County
- Representatives Springer, Thai, and Walen from East King County
- Representative Davis from North King County
King County legislators on Senate Rules include:
- Senators Keiser, Hasegawa, and C. Wilson from South King County
- Senators Carlyle, Nguyen, and Pedersen of Seattle
- Senator Kuderer of East King County
And yes, if there is a bill you are hoping will make it out of Rules you can contact committee members, but they are more likely to engage with you if you live in their legislative district.