Brief messages by you on Friday or early Saturday will make a difference.
Senate Bill 6704, which in its current form creates new terrorism crimes, expands the application of the death penalty, and expands police surveillance authority, passed the House 70 to 23 on Wednesday, with five Representatives absent or excused. It is notable that the yes vote was lower than any previous terrorism bills. Contact by concerned citizens is changing some votes. The following Representatives voted against this bill:
Maralyn Chase, D-32 firstname.lastname@example.org
Eileen Cody, D-11 email@example.com
Mike Cooper, D-21 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeannie Darneille, D-27 email@example.com
Hans Dunshee, D-39 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Fisher, D-27 email@example.com
Sam Hunt, D-22 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ruth Kagi, D-32 email@example.com
Phyllis Kenney, D-46 firstname.lastname@example.org
Patricia Lantz, D-26 email@example.com
Joe McDermott, D-34 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim McIntire, D-46 email@example.com
Ed Murray, D-43 firstname.lastname@example.org
Val Ogden, D-49 email@example.com
Phil Rockefeller, D-23 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandra Romero, D-22 email@example.com
Sharon Tomiko Santos, D-37 firstname.lastname@example.org
Shay Schual-Berke, D-33 email@example.com
Brian Sullivan, D-21 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kip Tokuda, D-37 email@example.com
Dave Upthegrove, D-33 firstname.lastname@example.org
Velma Veloria, D-11 email@example.com
Alex Wood, D-3 firstname.lastname@example.org
Since the bill was amended by the House (actually it was completely gutted and radically different House language was substituted, see previous Alerts) the next step is a return to the Senate, very likely to a conference committee on Saturday.
If you are, like I am, concerned that terrorism represents a real threat and are ambivalent about opposing legislation purporting to prevent or prosecute it, please consider that the new crimes in this bill punish acts that are already illegal and can be prosecuted with existing laws. The provisions expanding police surveillance have many risks associated with them, including that investigations could target suspects based primarily on their characteristics rather than their actions, this because the provisions significantly weaken due process. Police power alone will not create security. Once lost, Washington State’s
traditionally strong support of individual rights will be very hard to regain. We can prevent terrorism without acceding to the chilling effect the loss of civil liberties will have on legitimate dissent.
If you haven’t yet responded to an Alert, make this one a priority; if you have, thanks, and keep at it. Our opportunity to affect votes on legislation this session will soon end – let your light shine.
ACTION: If your Representatives is named above, thank her or him for voting against Senate Bill 6704.
ACTION: Everyone should contact their Senator and voice opposition to Senate Bill 6704 as passed by the House. E-mails or calls to Senate Leadership will be especially helpful, even if they don’t directly represent you. They are:
Majority Leader, Sid Snyder 360-786-7636;
Majority Caucus Chair, Harriet Spanel 360-786-7678; email@example.com
Majority Floor Leader, Betti Sheldon 360-786-7644; firstname.lastname@example.org
Majority Whip, Tracey Eide 360-786-7658; email@example.com
Majority Caucus Vice Chair, Ken Jacobsen 360-786-7690; firstname.lastname@example.org
Majority Assistant Floor Leader, Jeri Costa; 360-786-7674; email@example.com
Majority Assistant Whip, Jim Kastama 360-786-7648; firstname.lastname@example.org
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