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Quaker Lobby Day 2022

Quaker Lobby Day is coming on Monday, February 7. Please register right away -- we want to swing into action arranging for meetings for you with your state legislators for that afternoon. On Quaker Lobby Day, we carry our testimonies into the state legislative process by asking our representatives to take action on specific bills or budget items. Our three working groups -- Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, and Environmental Stewardship -- have been busy this fall consulting with House and Senate leadership on what they are bringing forward in this short, 60-day session. Each group has been honing its list of priorities to just a few for you, our citizen lobbyists, to talk about in online 15-minute meetings with your representatives and senators. On the morning of Quaker Lobby Day, the working groups will bring you up to date on the progress of the priority bills and get you ready…

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Quaker Lobbyist position 2021 – Help us provide a Quaker Voice in the Washington State Legislature

Quaker Voice on Washington Public Policy is looking for a part-time Legislative Advocate and Policy Analyst (lobbyist) for the 2022 legislative session in Olympia. This position will require approximately 90 hours a month during session (January through April) and 20-30 hours a month before and after session (starting October 1, 2021). Compensation is $25-30/hour, depending on experience. The position requires working closely with topic-specific work groups to research issues of concern to Friends and assist in policy development, attending and testifying at legislative hearings, arranging and participating in meetings with legislators and other government officials and with relevant coalitions, and providing written reports. Work Groups currently include Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, and Environmental Stewardship. We seek a dedicated person, with excellent verbal and writing skills and ability to work with many different groups, and in the manner of Quakers, to listen carefully and respectfully to others. The Advocate would work…

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Quaker Voice’s Lobby Day 2021 (13th Annual!) Feb 12 & 15 – Register by February 8

Friends have been a leading voice for social justice for centuries. Our voice in state government is critically important to many people—including tens of thousands of state residents who have been enmeshed in the criminal justice system, who are experiencing economic hardship, and who are suffering the effects of our climate crisis. We join our voices to theirs, seeking equality and justice for all. This year our events will be virtual, starting with trainings on Friday, February 12 on the Washington State legislative process and lobbying during a pandemic.  On Monday, February 15 (Presidents Day) we will have discussions of our priority issues, such as addressing housing and food for those hurt most by the pandemic, support for current and former prisoners, and climate change and clean transportation.  Since we cannot go to the Legislature in person this year, we will help you set up Zoom meetings with your legislators…

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Quaker Voice Legislative Report 2019

Download this report in PDF format here to have it with the grid as shown in the image above. Highlights: In an historic series of successes for the environment, eight out of the eleven bills supporting Quaker Voice’s Environment & Peace priorities will be enacted into law by the end of the year. The New Hope Act, which reformed the process for obtaining a certificate of discharge for felony convictions and greatly expanded eligibility for vacating criminal convictions, garnered a broad coalition and passed both houses unanimously. The legislature passed a major reform to the real estate tax, making it graduated to be more progressive by lowering the rate for properties selling for $500,000 or less, while increasing the rate for properties selling above $1.5 million. This will help reduce the property tax burden on lower to middle income homeowners while increasing the overall revenue for the state and helping…

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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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