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Criminal Justice Progress 2020 Session

Two bills we supported this year are becoming law: (1) A bill to prohibit contracts by the WA Dept. of Corrections for privately-operated prisons (2) A “bail-jumping” bill, that will reduce penalties for not appearing in court, which tend to affect low-income people most. We are greatly pleased with the success in implementing the corrections ombuds bill that we championed for many years until its passage in 2018.  Unfortunately, several of our priority issues were not resolved this session and await further work next session, including: (1) Abolishing the Death Penalty (2) Restoration of voting rights for persons released from prison but under community supervision (3) Establishment of a system for review for possible release for persons serving long-term sentences such as 15-20 years (4) Reform of debt-based suspension of drivers’ licenses. Quaker Voice understands that we are in this work for the long haul.  For many bills, success requires…

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Let’s Support Our Community!

Dear Friends: We hope you are staying safe in these challenging times! We know that many of us will be receiving a stimulus check from the federal government and some of us do not urgently need the funds. If you are looking for ideas for donating some or part of your stimulus check, Quaker Voice has some suggestions for you. Local or statewide food banks and senior food programs, such as:NW Harvest, It has a network of 375 food banks, meal programs and high-need schools. Through this network, they provide nearly 2 million meals every month.WA Food Fund, a statewide collaboration with local nonprofits and philanthropic organizations to raise money for hunger relief, which will be donated to three food distribution organizations: Food Lifeline, Northwest Harvest, and Second Harvest.Second Harvest which serves EWA and Idaho.Food Lifeline sources millions of pounds of nutritious food from farmers, manufacturers, grocery stores, restaurants, and retailers that would otherwise…

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Criminal Justice Progress in the 2020 Session

The bill to Abolish the Death Penalty (SB 5339) and the bill to prohibit contracts with privately-operated prisons (SB 6442) have both passed the Senate and must receive votes in the House by Friday, March 6, 2020. Unfortunately, the following efforts did not succeed this session: Restoration of voting rights for persons released from prison but under community supervision, establishing a post-conviction review board, and reform of debt-based license suspension. Quaker Voice understands that its work is long term; success on many bills requires several sessions. See the Criminal Justice page for further information about specific bills.

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Criminal Justice Progress in the 2020 Session (as of March 2)

The bill to Abolish the Death Penalty (SB 5339) and the bill to prohibit contracts with privately-operated prisons (SB 6442) have both passed the Senate and must receive votes in the House by Friday, March 6, 2020. Unfortunately, the following efforts did not succeed this session: Restoration of voting rights for persons released from prison but under community supervision, establishing a post-conviction review board, and reform of debt-based license suspension. Quaker Voice understands that its work is long term; success on many bills requires several sessions. See the Criminal Justice page for further information about specific bills.

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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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