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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…

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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…

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Thank you for coming to Quaker Lobby Day

A Quaker Voice Action Alert Sent on February 25, 2019 Dear Friends, Thanks you for participating in Quaker Lobby Day and bringing Friends testimonies to the state legislature! We will continue to keep you up to date through our issue Alerts and our website QuakerVoiceWA.org. But right now, we would…

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Environmental Stewardship Alert 2/13/19

Help Clean Up Washington’s Transportation Fuels An important bill that would improve the efficiency of fuel used for transportation in Washington State needs your support. HB 1110  and its companion bill in the Senate SB 5412 would establish a Clean Fuels Program to limit the greenhouse gas emissions per unit of…

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Environmental Stewardship Alert 2/5/19

Two bills crucial for the future of our state's ecology need help to make their way through the Washington State legislature. Both bills are important steps to prevent the worst effects of climate change: HB 1112 would direct both the Department of Ecology and the Department of Enterprise Services to…

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Join Us for Our 11th Annual Quaker Lobby Day!

Quaker Lobby Day (11th Annual!) Monday, February 18, 2019 (Presidents’ Day), 9:00-3:00 Olympia Friends Meeting House Friends have been a leading voice for social justice for several centuries. Our voice in state government is critically important to many marginalized people in our state - including tens of thousands of state…

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Years of Focused Persistence Pay Off

The 2018 legislative successes resulted from years of building relationships with allies, as well as legislators and their staffs. Finally, prisoners’ Legal Financial Obligations no longer accrue interest at 12% while they are in prison.  Quaker Voice led the successful 2018 effort to establish an independent corrections ombuds, concluding work…

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