Family Policy Institute of Washington update 3-16



You have until 1:30 p.m. today, Thursday, 3-16-23 to provide written testimony IN SUPPORT of a good bill. One of our champion representatives, Jacquelin Maycumber, is sponsor of HB 1013. This bill has exceptional bipartisan support with 57 co-sponsors signed onto the bill. You can send your letter of support to all members of the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Committee by clicking here.


HB 1013 would create regional apprenticeship programs for high school students. Rep. Maycumber has called it "Running Start for the Trades." She states, "There is a substantial need for for the next generation of electricians, carpenters, masons, plumbers, HVAC workers and more. We need to encourage them to explore new opportunities and expose them to trades and careers they may have never thought of before." The bill will create a pilot program with five regional apprenticeships, three on the West side of the state and two on the East side of the state. For more information regarding the bill, click here.

We encourage you to also provide written testimony IN OPPOSITION to HB 1469The public hearing on this bill is scheduled for 8:00 this morning in the Senate Law & Justice Committee. This bill makes Washington a "sanctuary state" for minors coming from other states for abortion and/or gender-mutilation procedures. HB 1469 would not allow parents in other states to take legal action if their child comes to Washington for these atrocities and it would also leave taxpayers responsible to pay for these "protected health care services." The bill also has an emergency clause that would allow it to take effect as soon as the bill is passed. 


To submit written testimony in opposition to HB 1469, click here. You must submit your letter before 8:00 a.m. on Friday, March 17. 

If you have time, please also consider submitting written testimony IN SUPPORT of HB 1715, "Enacting comprehensive protections for victims of domestic violence and other violence involving family members or intimate partners."  


HB 1715, a strong, bi-partisan bill, would enact “comprehensive protections” for the victims of domestic violence and other violence involving family or partners. If the bill is signed into law, electronic monitoring, with technology that would alert victims, would become available statewide. The state would create opportunities for low-income survivors of domestic violence to access specialized attorneys. Several changes would be amended to current laws, including changes to protection orders, no-contact orders, and confidentiality programs. Law enforcement and judicial officers would also have access to training regarding domestic violence.


To submit a letter to the Senate Law & Justice Committee in support of HB 1715, click here. Your written testimony must be submitted by 8:00 a.m. on Friday, March 17. 

We are still asking you to contact your district representatives and ask them to vote "nay" on ESSB 5179 and HB 1281 - "Increasing access to the provisions of the Washington death with dignity act." These bills seek to expand assisted suicide in Washington. You can find an explanation of this bill by following the instructions on accessing our High Priority Opposed Bills Spreadsheet as outlined above. 

  • Mj Bolt
    published this page in WA NEWS/BILLS 2023-03-16 08:51:39 -0700