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2017 Legislative Agenda

The League of Women Voters of Washington advocates on/lobbies on a number of important issues in Olympia.

Expand 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.

Adopt a plan to fully fund basic education including funding sources and the necessary appropriations in the 2017-19 biennium budget.

Adopt 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.

GUN SAFETY 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 Reduce carbon emissions by a carbon tax or other measures.

ENERGY 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.

Priority Issues

For 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 Involved

You can make a difference. Sign up for League's Legislative Newsletter and Action Alerts to learn how YOU can advocate for these important issues.
Please 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 ksakahara@lwvwa.org

Other Hot Topics

Carbon Emissions Reduction
The LWVWA Carbon Emissions Reduction Committee has produced a Q & A and a list of resources and links for efforts and organizations in Washington state.

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 Position Statements

Program in Action 2015-2017
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)

Washington State Legislature & Government

Washington State Legislature

The Legislature convenes the second Monday of January
*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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LWVWA Legislative Newsletter

Legislative Newsletter

Click here for recent editions of our Legislative Newsletter.

Click here to access our archive containing newsletters from 2013 to 2015.

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