2019 Legislative Wrap: Forests and Rivers

2019 Legislative Wrap: Forests and Rivers

Measures preparing for and preventing wildfires made great progress this session.

Combined with bills from the 2018 session, there has been strong progress towards wildfire preparation in integrated training and deployment among the various Department of Natural Resources (DNR) firefighters, National Guard members and Correctional Department prisoners. More DNR firefighters, helicopters and other equipment have been secured, and on the ground pre-planning included.

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2019 Legislative Wrap: Climate Change and Energy

2019 Legislative Wrap: Climate Change and Energy

League Goal: reduce greenhouse gas emissions, put a price on carbon, and enact measures to promote climate resiliency.

Climate change is having a significant effect on Washington State’s natural and economic landscape. Addressing climate change impacts will require a sustained commitment to integrating climate information into legislation and government programs and services.

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2019 Legislative Wrap: Education

2019 Legislative Wrap: Education

Education bills came down to the wire!

SB 5091, which increases funding for Special Education, but not fully – according to most school districts – passed on the last day. A last-minute bill, HB 2163, which transfers money from the Budget Stabilization Act for K-12 hold-harmless payments in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years, passed on the final day. 

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2019 Legislative Wrap: Economic and Social Justice

2019 Legislative Wrap: Economic and Social Justice

The LWV advocated for Initiative 1000 which would overturn the 20 year ban on Affirmative Action and close the Opportunity Gap for women, veterans, minorities and disabled persons seeking opportunities in public education, employment, or public contracting. We will continue to monitor and rally against any ballot measure to reverse this hard won success.

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