Welcome to the League of Women Voters of Washington Legislative Newsletter! The Washington State Legislature 2020 session opened in Olympia on January 13, and is scheduled to end March 12. This newsletter is published weekly on Sundays through the Legislative session, and will provide you ongoing updates and avenues to take action.
The LWVWA Lobby Team is poised to take action on relevant bills in our key areas –
See the 2020 Legislative Agenda for our full list of legislative issues with contact data for each Lobby Team Chair.
We have a corps of 13 volunteer lobbyists who use League positions to examine, respond to, and inform the broader State League members on proposed legislation. LWVWA also contracts with Lobbyists Nancy Sapiro and Pam Crone to provide logistical and strategic advice.
How to Use this Newsletter
This newsletter will provide future Action Alerts on issues LWVWA has identified a need for concerted action. These Alerts will provide background information and an editable email sent to your own state Representatives and/or Senators on bills requiring critical input from the community.
In the Status and Actions Needed for Legislative Issues section you can follow links to our Issue Chairs’ updates on the bills they are tracking to either support or oppose, as well as links to our Issue Papers which give a deeper overview into each Issue and what we expect for the upcoming session. You can also contact an Issue Chair to ask questions or volunteer to help!
Calendar and Events is the final section you'll see weekly for upcoming legislative process dates, as well as events you can share and attend.
Getting More Information
Another way to get information is TVW, Washington's public affairs network. The station provides gavel-to-gavel coverage of Washington State Legislature sessions and coverage of the Washington State Supreme Court and public affairs events. And as always, the Washington State Legislature website has links to helpful legislative information of all kinds.
You are encouraged to invite others to take action by sharing the Legislative Newsletter subscription link, Action Alerts, and Calendar Events. Expanding the League's impact helps us to Empower Voters and Defend Democracy as a community!
--Ann Murphy, LWVWA President and Action Chair