The days are going by fast in this short 60-day session. There are several important legislative deadlines this month. Policy cutoff was Friday, Feb. 2. This is the deadline for bills with no impact on the budget to be moved out of committee. Tuesday, Feb. 6 was fiscal committee cutoff. This is the deadline for any bill with a fiscal impact to be passed out of appropriations related committees.
Our next big deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 14, which is the last day to pass bills out of the original chamber they were introduced. These self-imposed legislative deadlines ensure each measure is fully scrutinized, and the process is kept on track. You can find an explanation of all legislative deadlines here.
January was quite the month for gun legislation. On Thursday, Jan. 25, over 150 people came to Olympia to testify in multiple public hearings regarding gun measures proposed this session. I would like to thank each person who took the time to come to Olympia and make their voice heard.
Below is an updated list of gun related bills being followed.
Update | Gun bills
House Bill 2422: This bill would prohibit a person from making, possessing, distributing, importing, transferring, selling, or purchasing a large capacity magazine. For reference, a large capacity magazine is an ammunition feeding device that accepts more than ten rounds.
House Bill 2293: This measure restricts firearms and various other weapons in early learning facilities. This includes any object that is intended to be used as a weapon with the intent of harming someone. This was one of the many bills given a public hearing Jan. 25.
Note: Bills listed above did not pass out of their committee before the Feb. 2 policy cutoff deadline and are not likely to progress any further this session.
House Bill 1122: As I discussed in last week's newsletter, this bill would make it the responsibility of the firearm owner to safely store firearms. This is intended to help prevent children from gaining access to firearms. The second part of this bill would require a dealer to sell or give the purchaser a locked box or lock that would prevent the firearm from discharging. The bill is moving through the legislature process and could come to the House floor for a vote.
Town Hall | Save the date!
Senator Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley, and I will be hosting town hall meetings in Sultan and Arlington, Saturday, Feb. 17. Residents are invited to attend, ask questions, and learn more about legislation being discussed in Olympia, as well as other topics of interest.
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Sultan City Hall
Address: 319 Main St. #200, Sultan, WA 98294
Time: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: Arlington's Hadley Hall
Address: 18513 59th Ave NE, Arlington, WA 98223
As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me or my assistant, Brenda. I am here to serve you and hope to hear from you soon.