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On Tuesday the 12th the State Senate refused to concur with House-amended Senate Bill 6704 by a vote of 32-13. The bill was immediately returned to the House, which appears ready to stand firm on its amendments, which replaced all of the more carefully crafted language offered by prime sponsor Senator Adam Kline with language from House bills 2879 and 2416.The bill can continue to move back and forth before session ends, and messages of appreciation are still needed, especially for the Senate leaders who opposed the amended bill. Brief messages work best Friends can be thankful that the death penalty was not expanded in this state and that due process and the rights of the accused remain intact in state law. ACTION: Call, e-mail, or write these leaders with thanks for rejecting the House version of SB 6704: Majority Leader, Sid Snyder 360-786-7636Majority Caucus Chair, Harriet Spanel 360-786-7678 Majority Floor Leader, Betti Sheldon 360-786-7644; sheldon_be@leg.wa.govMajority Whip, Tracey Eide…

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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 Eileen Cody, D-11 cody_ei@leg.wa.govMike Cooper, D-21 Jeannie Darneille, D-27 Hans Dunshee, D-39 Ruth Fisher, D-27 Sam Hunt, D-22 Ruth Kagi, D-32 Phyllis Kenney, D-46 Patricia Lantz, D-26 Joe McDermott, D-34 Jim McIntire, D-46 Ed Murray, D-43 Val Ogden, D-49 Phil Rockefeller, D-23 Sandra Romero, D-22 romero_sa@leg.wa.govSharon Tomiko Santos, D-37 Shay Schual-Berke, D-33 Brian Sullivan, D-21 Kip Tokuda, D-37 Dave Upthegrove, D-33 Velma Veloria, D-11 Alex Wood, D-3 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…

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FCWPP’s key legislation this session, the Drug Sentence Reform bill, passed the House with a 72 to 25 vote on Monday February 18th! We should thank representatives for their yes votes on 2nd Substitute House Bill 2338. Voting yea: Anderson, Ballasiotes, Barlean, Benson, Berkey, Campbell, Casada, Chase, Clements, Cody, Conway, Cooper, Crouse, Darneille, Delvin, Dickerson, Doumit, Dunshee, Edwards, Eickmeyer, Esser, Fisher, Fromhold, Gombosky, Grant, Haigh, Hankins, Hatfield, Hunt, Hurst, Jackley, Jarrett, Kagi, Kenney, Kessler, Kirby, Lantz, Linville, Lovick,Lysen, McDermott, McIntire, Miloscia, Mitchell, Morell, Morris, Murray, Nixon, O'Brien, Ogden, Pearson, Pflug, Quall, Reardon, Rockefeller, Romero, Ruderman, Santos, Schindler, Schmidt, Schual-Berke, Simpson, Skinner, Sommers, Sullivan, Tokuda, Upthegrove, Van Luven, Veloria, Wood, Woods, and Speaker Frank Chopp. Except Representative Lisk, who was excused, your Representative voted no if they are not namedabove. Remember, the Senate has not yet voted; our message to them is different. ACTION: Thank your Representatives for their yes vote on 2nd Substitute House Bill…

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State Legislators need to hear from you on several pieces of legislation that have survived initial deadlines for passage. Anti-TerrorismImmediate action is required on a package of "anti-terrorism" bills that resemble aspects of the Patriot Act passed by Congress at the Federal level. Here in Washington State, House Bill 2879 would define new terrorism crimes, House Bill 2416 would expand wiretap authority, and House Bill 2411 would restrict access to government records. ACTION: Call your Representatitves about House Bills 2879, 2416, and 2411* and urge them toVOTE NO.Existing statutes can address the dangers identified in them. Nothing in these bills would have prevented the events of 9/11.Call your Representatives as soon as possible to oppose these bills. They may vote as early as Saturday. If they have voted by the time you can respond to this alert, urge your Senator to vote against these bills when they reach the Senate. Friends should be particularly concerned about HB 2879. It would define several new serious…

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We support incentives and increased funding for effective public transportation in order to: give people better access to employment, housing, health care, and education; conserve natural resources; preserve the integrity of local neighborhoods; reduce air pollution and traffic congestion; and increase accessibility for residents of low-income communities. Washington State Department of Transportation spends approximately 93% of its budget, over $1 billion a biennium, on road projects while virtually ignoring transit. Transit is the quickest, cheapest, most effective way to deal with traffic. There are thousands of people waiting for vanpools, thousands unable to use overflowing Park and Ride lots and thousands others standing on bus routes. Thousands of cars could be taken off the road within a year if we invested a modest fraction of the highway budget in transit. Leaders from the House and Senate are in the process of negotiating a final Regional bill to send to the voters. But…

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