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

Friends Committee on Washington (State) Public Policy* is looking for a part-time Legislative Advocate and Policy Analyst (lobbyist) for the 2017 legislative session in Olympia.  This position will require approximately 20 hours a week during session and 10 hours a month before and after session (starting November 1, 2016).  Compensation is $20-30/hr., 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, Environmental Stewardship and Peace, and Economic Justice. 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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Urgent Climate Action Needed

The lawsuit, Foster v. Dept. of Ecology, has just been decided in favor ofchildren who want the state to do more on climate change!  They are the plaintiffs for Plant for the Planet. The ruling will go to Governor Jay Inslee Monday morning (May 9).  Inslee is likely to instruct the Department of Ecology to come up with a carbon rule in the next two weeks. Ecology withdrew its previous rule in February, partly because of industry opposition and partly because of the possibility of legislative action (which never happened). Indications are the proposed rule may be weak, using a criterion of 1.5% reduction of carbon per year. The Plant for the Planet plaintiffs want a rule of 4% carbon reduction each year. We need to send brief emails to the governor's office at: click here.  Fill out the form that appears and write a message emphasizing 4% carbon reduction each…

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Support a bill close to HB 1390:Comprehensive, not limited to prioritizing victim restitution

Your legislator is key to criminal justice reform We are writing you because one of your state legislators (see list below) is on the joint House-Senate committee writing the budget and is hence key to whether reform of Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs) for released prisoners is passed this year. It would be very helpful if you could contact your state legislator listed below in support of a bill as close as possible to HB 1390, which passed 97-0 in the House, and that iscomprehensive and not limited to prioritizing victims' restitution. LFOs refer to restitution, fines, public defender costs, incarceration costs, drug treatment, etc. Provisions of HB 1390: (1) Accrual of interest (now 12%) on the non-restitution portion is eliminated in the future, and retroactively upon motion of the offender, (2) A court must seriously consider ability to pay before imposing non-restitution LFOs, and (3) Payments go to restitution as…

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Reform Financial Burdens Placed on Released Prisoners

Yes, this bill is back ... and it's at a crucial point. Your help is needed. 1. Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs) refer to restitution, fines, public defender costs, incarceration costs, drug treatment, etc. 2. Please contact your state senator to move HB 1390 toward passage. This bill on Legal Financial Obligations, as passed by the House 970, would help released prisoners reconstruct their lives, reduce recidivism, and thus enhance public safety [see provisions in (5) below]. 3. If your senator is on Ways and Means (identified as W&M in the list below), ask them to move HB 1390 out of Ways and Means. Their deadline to act is Monday, Feb. 29 (an amendment needs fixing, but there is no time to do that in W&M). 4. Whether your Senator is or is not on Ways and Means, ask them to support HB 1390 in the full Senate and at that point to restore the provisions that were…

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Support HB 1390: Reform of Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs) for released prisoners.

LFOs refer to restitution, fines, public defender costs, incarceration costs, drug treatment, etc.  Provisions of the bill: Accrual of interest (now 12%) on the non-restitution portion is eliminated in the future, and retroactively upon motion of the offender.  A court may not impose non-restitution LFOs on a person found indigent at the time of sentencing. Payments go to restitution as highest priority. Released prisoners are most often not able to pay these fines with their limited income, which compromises their efforts to rehabilitate themselves.  Relief from this burden will help released prisoners reconstruct their lives, reduce recidivism, and thus enhance public safety.  Remarkably, HB 1390 passed the full House 97 to 0.  Wow!  It should go next to the Senate Law and Justice Committee. Just recently, however, a new bill, SB 6642, emerged from the Senate Law and Justice Committee.  This new bill includes only the third provision above about…

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