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New Quaker Voice Lobbyist

Welcome to Lonnie Johns-Brown We are pleased to announce that Lonnie Johns-Brown will join Quaker Voice as Legislative Advocate effective September 1. Ms. Johns-Brown has thirty years of experience as a lobbyist in Olympia. She has represented groups like the League of Women Voters, Resolution Washington, the Washington Association for the Education of Young Children, and more than a dozen others. Leading and participating in a variety of coalitions and stakeholder groups, she has forged relationships with staff and legislators across the political spectrum.  Her six years with the Office of the Insurance Commissioner as their Legislative Director helped her understand better how state agencies operate and relate to stakeholders. We are delighted that she will be putting her experience to work on behalf of Quaker Voice on Washington Public Policy, which she sees as “a much needed ethical and compassionate voice in our state’s legislative process.” We thank Noah…

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2021 Heard the Quaker Voice!

In the 2021 state legislative session, Quaker Voice saw many of its long and short term efforts produce results. Low-income households, returning citizens, communities needing cleaner air, all benefitted. Our 2021 legislative report summarizes what happened with 20 bills and issue areas we worked for this year. Download it from "About Quaker Voice," 2021 Legislative Report.

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Housing Justice Strides in 2021

In the Washington State legislative session just concluded, a session that many have judged to be historic in its progressive accomplishments, several enactments combine to enable major strides in housing justice.  Chief among housing-related accomplishments is likely avoidance of a feared tsunami of evictions at the end of the statewide eviction moratorium.  Other major accomplishments are a statewide “just cause” eviction law that stipulates specific grounds for eviction, and a permanent statewide housing sustainability program that features ongoing rental assistance and homelessness prevention. Here are some of the major pieces of housing legislation that came out of the 2020-2021 State Legislature: Glide-path back to normal.  SB 5160 is clearly the centerpiece in this year’s slew of housing-related legislation.  With this enactment, Washington becomes the first state to provide legal representation for tenants facing eviction.  It also requires good-faith repayment planning and working through a state regional dispute resolution center before…

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Economic Justice accomplishments in 2020

In the 2020 session, the Economic Justice group emphasized housing, food, and income in its priorities, with top priorities in housing. The legislature passed a remarkable wave of bills in this area, providing $174 million in resources for the state’s affordable housing and homelessness needs. Showing the importance of the issues, all of this spending has survived the Governor’s April budget-reducing vetoes. On Lobby Day, Quaker Voice advocated a modest increase in the Housing and Essential Needs rental assistance program, and the legislative provided more than we asked -- $15 million a year. We also worked for a bill that allows renters to pay move-in costs over three months instead of having to provide them all at the start of a lease. This provision helps everyone, particularly low-income families that struggle to save enough for the big, one-time move-in bill. This bill passed and has been signed into law. A…

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