2023 Legislative Issues

Our dedicated lobby team members write issue papers before each legislative session that provide the background behind the League's position on each issue as well as outline the anticipated plans and legislation for the upcoming session. As we get closer to the start of the 2023 legislative, we will add more content tracking the progress of the bills we are following.


Making Democracy Work®

Elections | Download Issue Paper 

  • Repeal advisory votes
  • Support alternative election options in state, county and local elections
  • Pass the Enhanced WA Voting Rights Act
  • Improve and streamline Automatic Voter Registration
  • Ban the submission of completed ballots via email or fax
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Money in Politics| Download Issue Paper 

  • Public financing of some statewide elections
  • Require a gap between serving on legislature and becoming a lobbyist
  • Support Public Disclosure Commission legislation when supported by League positions
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Redistricting| Download Issue Paper 

  • Redistricting reform by 2031 that includes an updated commission, ongoing staff and technical support, process transparency, clearly defined rank criteria, an inclusive process for public input, and language accessibility
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Education| Download Issue Paper 

  • Review and update the Prototypical School funding model to meet the needs of today
  • Consider legislation to provide more accountability for charter schools
  • Fully fund Special Education
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Environment

Climate Crisis and Energy | Download Issue Paper 

  • Promote measures to address the climate crisis
  • Advocate for clean and renewable energy sources
  • Continue with decarbonization of commercial and residential buildings
  • Emphasize opportunities to enhance Environmental and Climate justice in all related bills
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Forests | Download Issue Paper 

  • Protect and restore mature and old-growth forests to optimize carbon sequestration and biodiversity
  • Enhance Trust Land Transfer program
  • Reform Adaptive Management program
  • Build community resilience to wildfire
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Growth Management | Download Issue Paper 

  • Assure that land use decisions protect resource lands, forests, shorelines, rural areas and agriculture, and also enhance climate resilience
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Solid Waste Management | Download Issue Paper 

  • Divert waste from disposal through reuse, reduction, recycling
  • Extend producer responsibility and product stewardship policies for packaging and plastics (the WRAP Act)
  • Provide responsible environmental management for batteries
  • Promote the fair servicing and repair of digital electronic products
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Transportation | Download Issue Paper 

  • Achieve balanced and efficient systems, prioritizing those that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and congestion
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Social and Economic Policy

Housing and Homelessness | Download Issue Paper 

  • Ensure affordable housing for all
  • Ensure housing development is transit-oriented, and contains environmental justice provisions
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Health and Behavioral Health | Download Health Care Issue Paper  and Behavioral Health Issue Paper 

  • Provide access to affordable health services with quality standards of care, necessary workforce to meet health care needs, and assurance of individual freedom in care choices
  • Support legislation that would implement single payer and/or universal health care
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Children's Programs | Download Issue Paper  

  • Provide adequate and affordable childcare and early learning opportunities for all families
  • Support development of a continuum of income maintenance programs and family support services sufficient to meet individual and family needs for food, housing, and health care
  • Adequately provide for the well-being of all children in state care to ensure that they have the opportunity to develop to their full potential

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 Read Detailed Updates on Child Custody and Support
 Read Detailed Updates on Early Care and Education of Young Children

Criminal Justice | Download Issue Paper 

  • Advocate for a criminal justice system that is just, effective, equitable, and transparent
  • Support impacted people advocating for police accountability and sentencing reform
  • Recognize that mental health conditions and substance use disorders are public health issues, not crimes
  • Advocate for humane treatment and rehabilitation opportunities for incarcerated people, including restricting the use of solitary confinement
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Revenue | Download Issue Paper 

  • Promote a balanced, fair, adequate, and flexible tax structure
  • Establish a public bank
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Gun Safety

  • Limit accessibility of firearms, including assault-style weapons and high capacity clips.
  • Enact safe storage requirements for guns.
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