LWVWA Leader of Coalition to Pass I-1464, Washington Government Accountability Act
The League of Women Voters has helped form a coalition of
organizations and leaders from across the political spectrum to support and pass Initiative-1464, the
Washington Government Accountability Act. This initiative will restore public trust and confidence by requiring
greater transparency, limiting the influence of lobbyists, strengthening
enforcement of campaign-finance and ethics laws, and empowering small donors to
ensure everyone in Washington has a voice.
The LWV is all about making democracy work and I-1464 strongly
represents our values of transparency, citizen involvement and campaign-finance
reform. For the League, this is not just
another issue; this is our issue.
We need to get this initiative on ballot, which means the
Washington needs your help! They are counting on League members to help with
the signature gathering effort and to spread the word about this effort. If you would like to be in involved in
signature gathering or in any other way please contact email@example.com.
2016 Legislature Wrap-Up
Legislature adjourned sine die March 29 after a 60-day regular session and
extra weeks in overtime to finalize a 2015-17 supplemental budget.
final budget added little new spending. The Legislature paid for the 2015 wild
fires using dollars from the ‘Rainy Day Fund’.
See for more information on our Revenue
education, legislators punted
on fully funding Washington’s K-12 system to the 2017 session and passed a
charter school bill. Although the Governor did not sign the legislation, he
allowed it to pass into law rather than veto it.
As with all legislative sessions, League priorities met with some success and
many disappointments. Areas of success included mental health, firefighting, economic and criminal justice and fighting off
attacks on environmental protection. Please visit
page and follow the links to each of issue pages for a summary of legislative
activity this session.
Republicans will have their say in the nomination process in
the Presidential Preference Primary on May 24, 2016. Washington Democrats held their caucuses on March 26.
The League of Women Voters of
WA was a party to the lawsuit regarding funding of charter schools and is
gratified that the Supreme Court affirmed that Charter Schools are not common
schools and therefore are not eligible to receive restricted common school
funding from the state.
Read more about League's position.
We are disappointed in the passage of E2SSB
6194, Public Non Common Schools. We are concerned
about the public lack of accountability in allowing unelected boards to make
decisions about how to spend public money.
The League remains committed to
funding for all of Washington’s students.
2016 Presidential Election
Crowds packed caucuses in Washington state in 2008
I-1366 Ruling Appealed
was pleased with King County Superior Court Judge's Downing's ruling
declaring I-1366 unconstitutional and void in its entirety. That ruling
was appealed and The Washington State Supreme Court heard oral
arguments on March 15 and we await their decision. See Judge Downing's
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