2017 LWVWA Advocacy Issue Papers
2017 Legislative Agenda
How You Can Get Involved
Other Hot Topics
League State and National Positions
Washington State Legislature & Government
Legislative Newsletter Archive
League of Women Voters of Washington advocates on/lobbies on a number of important issues in Olympia.
DEMOCRACY: ELECTIONS, VOTING RIGHTS & CAMPAIGN FINANCE
opportunities to participate in elections and government, minimize the
influence of special interest money in politics, increase transparency,
promote more representative election systems, encourage greater civic
involvement and support disenfranchised communities.
a plan to fully fund basic education including funding sources and the
necessary appropriations in the 2017-19 biennium budget.
FAIR & ADEQUATE REVENUE
revenue policies that are stable and fair to adequately fund services
and functions critical to the well-being of the people of our state.
ECONOMIC & SOCIAL JUSTICE
Ensure equality of opportunity, prevent and reduce poverty and promote
fair policies for all struggling to realize their human potential.
Limit accessibility of firearms, including assault-style weapons and
high capacity clips. Enact safe storage requirements for guns.
HEALTH CARE & MENTAL HEALTH & REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS Ensure access for all residents to comprehensive, uniform and affordable physical and mental health care services.
CLIMATE CHANGE, ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES
CLIMATE CHANGE Reduce carbon emissions by a carbon tax or other measures.
Protect the Energy Independence Act, increase renewable power use,
promote energy conservation in building and lifestyle practices.
SHORELINES, WETLANDS & LAND USE Protect our Shoreline Management, Growth Management & State Environmental Policy Acts from efforts to weaken them.
WATER & RIVERS Protect our water quantity and quality and in stream flows.
FORESTS & WILDFIRES Protect our forests impacted by drought and prepare for increasing wildfires. Oppose the transfer of federal lands.
more information on the current work of the lobby team on issues,
including bills supported and opposed, actions you can take to impact
policy, an analysis of the issue, and valuable resources, please visit these pages:
Click for a downloadable copy of our 2017 Legislative Agenda & Issue Chairs
How You Can Get InvolvedYou can
make a difference. Sign up for League's
Legislative Newsletter and Action Alerts to learn how YOU can
advocate for these important issues.
indicate the issue areas of greatest interest to you. Would you like to
join our advocacy effort? Please contact our Advocacy Vice President,
Kathy Sakahara at firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Hot TopicsCarbon Emissions Reduction
LWVWA Carbon Emissions Reduction Committee has produced a Q & A and
a list of resources and links for efforts and organizations in
Climate Change Q & A
Climate Change and Carbon Emissions Reductions resources
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. Click here to visit the toolkit.
State and national League
A summary of studies, consensus, and action
taken by the League of Women Voters of Washington since the 1920s.
Impact on Issues 2016-2018 (LWVUS)
State Legislature & Government
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The Legislature convenes the second Monday
*In odd-numbered years it meets for 105 days (Jan - mid April)
*In even-numbered years it meets for 60 days (Jan - mid March)
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