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Integrity Washington

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 campaign, Integrity 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. Check out this LWVWA page for updates on upcoming volunteer opportunities and media stories. If you would like to be in involved in signature gathering or in any other way please contact ksakahara@lwvwa.org.

LWVWA has endorsed support for the following initiatives 
(all are in the signature gathering phase):

I-1433 Initiative Measure No. 1433 concerns labor standards.

This measure would increase the state minimum wage to $11.00 in 2017, $11.50 in 2018, $12.00 in 2019, and $13.50 in 2020, require employers to provide paid sick leave, and adopt related laws.


I-1464 Initiative Measure No. 1464 concerns campaign finance laws and lobbyists.

This measure would create a campaign-finance system; allows residents to direct state funds to candidates; repeal the non-resident sales tax exemption; restrict lobbying employment by certain former public employees; and add enforcement requirements.


I-1491 Initiative Measure No. 1491 concerns court orders temporarily preventing access to firearms.

This measure would allow police, family, or household members to obtain court orders temporarily preventing access to firearms by persons who, because of mental illness or other factors, may harm themselves or others.



Charter Schools
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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. 

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.

Read more about League's position.

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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