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The State We're In: Washington
A Civics Text by the League of Women Voters of Washington Education Fund


Gun Safety Tool Kit: Sound Fact Based  Sources on Gun Safety

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Politics of the Possible
The Incredible Story of Mary Ellen McCaffree

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Vote411.org Available to Washington Voters Now

Vote 411


Vote411.org, the League's online, nonpartisan voters' guide is now live with information for the general election! Enter your address to see all the candidates and issues on your ballot. Candidates answer questions about local issues in their own words. Then compare their answers side-by-side.

LWVWA is pleased to offer this service to Washington voters -- especially for counties that do not have the budget to provide a Voters' Pamphlet for the primary election. If you’d like to support our work, please make a tax-deductible donation here 


Supreme Court Ruling on Charter Schools

On Friday, September 4, the Supreme Court ruled that Charter Schools are unconstitutional.  The League of Women Voters of WA was a party to that lawsuit 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.

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Record Legislative Session

After a record 178 day session, the Washington Legislature adjourned after passing an operational budget.  While the session’s major breakthrough was the avoidance of a government shutdown, League Advocates also saw a number of successes in the budget including:

  • $1.3 billion in additional funding for K-12 education, including K-3 class size reduction, and all-day kindergarten
  • A historic investment in early-childhood education and funding for all-day kindergarten
  • $16 billion in crucial infrastructure funding through a transportation package

        Parks funding increase in both capital and operating budgets

        Approximately $100 million for increased mental health services


Early Learning

Perhaps the most prominent success of the League this year was passage of the Early Start Act. League has been advocating for this bill in one form or the other for 25 years. It is a prime example of what can be accomplished with the passion, knowledge and tenacity of League Advocates

Your Lobby Team thanks you for your continued support. Without you, our work in Olympia would not have the impact it does. You make the difference!


LWVWA's Gun Safety Toolkit

The online Gun Safety Toolkit is a collection of sound, fact-based resources to spark civil discussion and advocacy about gun safety in our communities. We encourage you to use this toolkit in forums, in your communications and as a resource guide, and to share the link with your members and others in the community. You can also follow both the League and the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility on Facebook to keep updated on the latest in gun safety legislation.

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The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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