Action: Please call or e-mail members of the Senate Rules Committee to pull HB-1359 out of rules and to the floor for a vote, and call or email members of the House Rules Committee to pull SB-5611 out of rules to the floor for a vote. Each of these identical bills drafted by FCWPP has passed the other house, and one or the other simply needs to be brought to a vote in the second house in order to pass. Friday is the deadline for passage of these bills.
Friends, FCWPP and you, as our supporters, have been working on this issue for several years. It almost made it last year, so this year, with your calls and emails, may be the time.
See contact info for rules committee members below, as well as background on the bills below.
Senate Rules Members
Brad Owen – Chair (D) email@example.com
Rosa Franklin – Vice Chair (D)
Lisa Brown (D) firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Doumit (D) email@example.com
Tracey Eide (D) firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Fraser (D) email@example.com
Mary Margaret Haugen (D) firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Kline (D) email@example.com
Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D) firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie Regala (D) email@example.com
Harriet Spanel (D) firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat Thibaudeau (D) email@example.com
Mike Hewitt – Ranking Minority Member (R)
Luke Esser (R) firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Finkbeiner (R) email@example.com
Jim Honeyford (R) firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Johnson (R) email@example.com
Linda Evans Parlette (R) firstname.lastname@example.org
Val Stevens (R) email@example.com
Joseph Zarelli (R) firstname.lastname@example.org
House Rules members
Frank Chopp – Chair (D) email@example.com
Brian Blake (D) firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Clibborn (D) email@example.com
Dennis Flannigan (D) firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Grant (D) email@example.com
Zack Hudgins (D) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam Hunt (D) email@example.com
Lynn Kessler (D) firstname.lastname@example.org
John Lovick (D) email@example.com
Dawn Morrell (D) firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Tomiko Santos (D) email@example.com
Richard DeBolt – Ranking Minority Member (R)
Mike Armstrong – Asst Ranking Minority Member (R)
Glenn Anderson (R) firstname.lastname@example.org
Jan Shabro (R) email@example.com
Rodney Tom (R) firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug Ericksen (R) email@example.com
Joyce McDonald (R) firstname.lastname@example.org
All can be reached by phone through the legislative hot line during business hours:
In the Senate, special emphasis should be given to Senators Franklin, Kline, Regala who know the issue especially well and are strong supporters for the measure.
For GOP contacts it may do well to mention it is the Companion Bill to SB 5611 – Senator Esser’s bill, also sponsored by GOP members : Brandland, Hewitt, McCaslin, Stevens, Zarelli.
In the House, special emphasis should be given to representatives Flannigan, who has committed in the past to help on this and Lovick, Kessler, and Grant who are sponsors for the House version of the measure.
Background: HB-1359 has passed the Washington State House and SB-5611 has passed the Senate. Although the wording of these two interest rate reduction bills for ex-offenders is identical, state law requires that either the Senate must vote favorably on the House bill or the House must vote favorably on the Senate bill.
The bills are intended to reduce the interest rate charged ex-offenders for legal financial obligations from 12% to a rate equal to the current Treasury bill rate plus 2%.
The bill lessens the debt burden on ex-offenders, making it easier for them to pay restitution, their share to the victim’s assessment fund, and their financial sentence requirements. Lowering their interest rate encourages them to pay and reduces the pressures and demoralization of debt that can lead to recidivism.
For details of HB-1359, see:
For details of SB-5611see:
Daniel Clark, Criminal Justice Working Group Chair
Roger Kluck, Lobbyist
Friends Committee on Washington Public Policy