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Quaker Voice Legislative Report 2019

Download this report in PDF format here. Environment & Peace Successful bills: HB 1112 begins the process of phasing out hydroflourocarbons. (HFC’s) HFC’s are chemicals used as refrigerants in common appliances like air conditioners and refrigerators, which can have greenhouse impact thousands of times more than CO2. HB 1112 passed in two different forms in the Senate and the House. The Senate version pushed back implementation by one year, but after being rejected by the House the Senate passed the bill without amendments. This bill is now in the hands of the Governor, who plans to sign it. HB 1114 was a great illustration of the many intersecting needs involved in the climate debate. Globally, roughly a third of food is wasted, and wasted food accounts for roughly 8% of global carbon emissions. HB 1114 addresses the issue of hunger, particularly in rural Washington, in concert with the reduction of…

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Environmental Stewardship Action during 2019

On May 7th. Gov. Jay Inslee signed an unprecedented suite of clean energy legislation into law, ushering in aggressive timelines for decarbonizing Washington’s economy and transforming the state’s energy. Together, these measures represent the greatest step Washington has ever taken toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Successful bills: SB 5116 Establishes the clean energy transformation act. Addresses the elimination of coal-fired electricity and the transition of the state’s electricity supply to one hundred percent carbon neutral by 2030. Prime sponsor, Sen. Carlyle, passed the Senate 28-19, House 56-42. HB 1112 Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from hydrofluorocarbons. Rep Fitzgibbon , prime sponsor. Passed the house 55-39, Senate 30-19. SB 5397 Reducing Plastic pollution by responsible management of plastic packaging . Rep. Wolfes prime sponsor. Passed the house 75-23, Senate 45-4 HB 1257 Increases energy efficiency of buildings and the use of renewable fuels that reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Rep.…

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Criminal Justice Outcomes in the 2019 Session

Groundwork has been laid in the 2019 session for several criminal juistice efforts, which we will pursue in the upcoming 2020 session. These includes voting rights for previously convicted persons now released and under community supervision, establishing a post-conviction review board, reform of penalties for driving with license suspended 3, and abolishing the death penalty. Quaker Voice understands that its work is long term; success on many bills requires several sessions. See the Criminal Justice page for information about specific bills.

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Environmental Stewardship Alert 3/7/19

Two of Quaker Voice’s priorities are both in the Washington State House Rules Committee, and need to be voted through the House by March 13. These bills would make great strides in reducing Washington State’s carbon footprint and need your support now so they can pass the House! • HB 1110 would would reduce the carbon intensity of fuels in Washington State 20% by 2035. It does this by instructing the Department of Commerce to phase in new standards for fuel efficiency, as well as offering tradable credits for the use of cleaner fuels. You can find more information and/or leave a comment on this bill for your legislator here. • HB 1114 would reduce carbon in emissions in Washington while also reducing food insecurity. Globally, roughly a third of food is wasted, and wasted food accounts for roughly 8% of global carbon emissions. This bill seeks to reduce food…

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Thank you for coming to Quaker Lobby Day

A Quaker Voice Action Alert Sent on February 25, 2019 Dear Friends, Thanks you for participating in Quaker Lobby Day and bringing Friends testimonies to the state legislature! We will continue to keep you up to date through our issue Alerts and our website QuakerVoiceWA.org. But right now, we would appreciate knowing how Quaker Lobby Day went for you, and what might be improved for next year. Let us know by directly responding to this email or responding to this survey. 1. How did the schedule work for you?  Any changes for next year? 2. How did the small-group discussions go?  Any recommendations? 3. What about the printed materials? 4. Which legislators (or their aides) did you get to talk with? Any interesting interactions ... or surprises you would like to pass on? And if you can, please send a note of thanks to your Representatives and Senator (or their…

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