January 11, 2016
Even Before Day One of Session, Republicans Put Forward Deeply Conservative Proposals
Seattle - Today marks the first day of the 2016 legislative session, but Republicans in Olympia have been hard at work for some time putting together a deeply conservative agenda for this year. Over the past month, Republican legislators have been pre-filing bills that would move our state backwards, on workers' incomes, on women's health, and on combatting gun violence. Below are just a few of the bills Republicans have already put forward for this coming legislative session.
- HB 2291 - Rolling Back The Minimum Wage. Republicans want to account for health benefits when calculating the minimum wage rate and provide a "youth wage" which would cut the minimum wage for thousands of workers.
- HB 2294 - Defunding Planned Parenthood. Republicans in Washington State are joining the national Republican mania of defunding Planned Parenthood.
- HB 2325 - Math, Science and...Guns? Republicans want to bring the NRA into our high schools at taxpayer expense to teach our students about their far-right interpretation of the 2nd Amendment.
- SB 6158 - Raffling Off Guns Without Background Checks. This bill would allow conservative and Republican political groups to give out guns to their members at fundraisers without voter-approved universal background checks
- SB 6173 - Banning Policies To Limit Greenhouse Gas Emissions. One of the State Senate's lead recipients of campaign cash from the fossil fuel industry, Doug Ericksen, a Donald Trump supporter, is sponsoring legislation that would block action to protect Washingtonians from climate change.
- HB 2293 - Awarding Electoral Votes To Republicans. Knowing they are most likely nominating a radical conservative like Donald Trump for President who has no shot at winning here in Washington state, Republicans are trying to sneak a way to award electoral votes to the GOP nominee for president even when they eventually lose.