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Interest-Rate Reduction for Ex-offenders

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 MembersDemocratsBrad Owen - Chair (D) ltgov@leg.wa.govRosa Franklin - Vice Chair (D)franklin.rosa@leg.wa.govLisa Brown (D) brown.lisa@leg.wa.govMark Doumit…

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Help Create a Taskforce to Review Offender Programs, Sentencing and Supervision

We are excited that SB-6308 has passed out of the Senate and is now in the House Rules Committee.  Action:Please contact House Rules members to request a pull for second reading (debate) and third reading (floor vote).  This is the last step for passage!Background:This bill would establish a joint committee to examine prison programs, sentencing and community supervision to find evidence based methods to reduce recidivism and help ex-offenders transition successfully back into society.We cannot continue to build prisons or even to send people back to prison.  Studies show that three out of five offenders will re-offend after release and some federal studies suggest that this number is as high as two out of three. Programs that give offenders skills and support systems have proven successful in reducing recidivism. Crime victims also support programs thatcan put offenders back into community as a productive member of society.  Below is a list of the…

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Task force to examine issues of depleted uranium and hazardous substance exposure for the National Guard

We need quick action.  the Senate Budget has included our task forceconcept to examine issues of depleted uranium and hazardous substanceexposure for the National Guard. The House Budget does notcontain corresponding language.The next step in the process is a Joint Committee of the House andSenate to reconcile the two bills. Our last and only chance is to getthe senate language included into the Joint Bill.  The joint committee will meet on Saturday , Feb. 25.  Ourtask is to push members of the joint committee, to include in thejoint bill, the language currently in the senate bill. So, call or e-mail the conference committee legislators listed belowand urge them to retain, in the joint bill, the language from theSenate Appropriations Bill-6386 regarding the National Guard exposureto DU listed under Military Department, (7) (a), p. 51.  And, askyour friends to also contact the same members.  (Crossing districtlines is fine at this point in the…

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Interest-Rate Reduction for Ex-offenders

Action: Please call or e-mail members of the Senate Judiciary Committee tovote HB-1359 out of committee and members of the House Judiciary Committeeto hear and vote SB-5611 out of committee.  See the Background below forwhy a Committee needs to process a bill from the other chamber.Background: HB-1359 has passed the Washington State House and SB-5611 haspassed the Senate.  Although the wording of these two interest ratereduction bills for ex-offenders is identical, state law requires thateither the Senate Judiciary Committee must vote favorably on the House billor the House Judiciary Committee must vote favorably on the Senate bill.Once the bill is voted out of committee, the relevant chamber must thenpass the bill.For a list of members of Senate Judiciary Committee, see:http://www1.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Committees/JUD/members.htmFor a list of members of House Judiciary Committee, see:http://www1.leg.wa.gov/House/Committees/JUDI/Members.htmTalking points:The bill is intended to reduce the interest rate charged ex-offenders forlegal financial obligations from 12% to a rate equal to the currentTreasury…

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Prison Industries Bill / Committee to Review Offender Programs / Protect our National Guard from DU

There are three bills that require immediate action this week if they are going to survive1.  Prison Industries BillAction:Contact House Rules Committee members and ask that HJR 4221 be pulled from the Rules Committee and sent to the House floor so that floor action can be taken before the cutoff, scheduled for February 14. Rules Committee members are:  Frank Chopp - Chair  (360) 786-7920; Richard DeBolt  (360) 786-7896; Mike Armstrong - (360) 786-7832;Glenn Anderson (360) 786-7876; Brian Blake (360) 786-7870; Judy Clibborn (360) 786-7926; Doug Ericksen (360) 786-7980; Dennis Flannigan (360) 786-7930;Bill Grant (360) 786-7828; Zack Hudgins (360) 786-7828; Sam Hunt (360) 786-7992; Lynn Kessler (360) 786-7904; John Lovick (360) 786-7892; Joyce McDonald (360) 786-7948; Dawn Morrell (360) 786-7968; Sharon Tomiko Santos (360) 786-7944; John Serben (360) 786-7922; Jan Shabro (360) 786-7866; Rodney Tom (360) 786-7848.Background:This is a bill to reinstate Class I prison industries, which were eliminated in 2004 on constitutional grounds. Class I Prison industries train inmates in employable job skills and provide the…

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