Legislative Agenda for the 2021 Session

Our Department of Government Affairs has spent weeks building this year’s legislative agenda, poring over the various bills and initiatives being proposed by legislators for the upcoming session. The agenda below includes items that affect every Young Democrat in our state.

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Bills to Watch

HB 1044

An act relating to creating prison to postsecondary education pathways

Next Committee Date/Time

Feb 11, 2021 Scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations at 3:30 PM

Sponsors

Leavitt, Simmons, Johnson, J., Eslick, Lovick, Kloba, Lekanoff, Wylie, Bateman, Senn, Goodman, Bronoske, Valdez, Callan, Ramos, Hackney, Morgan, Ormsby, Fey, Frame, Santos, Davis, Pollet, Bergquist


HB 1054

An act relating to establishing requirements for tactics and equipment used by peace officers

Next Committee Date/Time

Jan 26, 2021 Referred to Rules 2 Review

Sponsors

Johnson, J., Entenman, Dolan, Ryu, Berry, Simmons, Bateman, Kloba, Lekanoff, Duerr, Fitzgibbon, Slatter, Wylie, Ramos, Berg, Tharinger, Ramel, Ortiz-Self, Senn, Peterson, Gregerson, Valdez, Callan, Hackney, Morgan, Chopp, Cody, Ormsby, Taylor, Frame, Santos, Macri, Davis, Pollet, Bergquist, Harris-Talley


HB 1009

An act relating to student health plans

Next Committee Date/Time

Jan 19, 2021 Referred to Rules 2 Review

Sponsors

Thai, Slatter, Wicks, Ortiz-Self, Kloba, Lekanoff, Bateman, Johnson, J., Ryu, Senn, Gregerson, Valdez, Cody, Riccelli, Frame, Santos, Macri, Pollet


HB 1236 (Passed Committee)

An act relating to protecting residential tenants from the beginning to end of their tenancies by penalizing the inclusion of unlawful lease provisions and limiting the reasons for eviction, refusal to continue, and termination

Next Committee Date/Time

Feb 5, 2021 Passed House Committee

Sponsors

Macri, Taylor


HB 1156

An act relating to increasing representation and voter participation in local elections

Next Committee Date/Time

Feb 11, 2021 Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on State Government & Tribal Relations at 10:00 AM (Subject to change) (Committee Materials)

Sponsors

Harris-Talley, Gregerson, Shewmake, Ormsby, Chopp, Lekanoff, Davis, Frame, Macri, Duerr, Pollet, Goodman, Berg, Taylor, Walsh, Rule, Ortiz-Self, Berry, Peterson, Thai, Wicks, Bateman, Johnson, J., Simmons, Fitzgibbon, Ramel, Dolan


SB 1083 & HB 1080

Capital Budget: Increased Broadband Access

We support the proposed budget proposals which include increased funding for broadband access for Washingtonians, specifically in rural areas. Both during the pandemic and beyond, as young people we are well aware that internet access is integral to being a part of today’s workforce. Whether it’s a reliable connection to class or a job, young Washingtonians have needed increased access, and the pandemic has only exacerbated this inequitable challenge to economic opportunity for rural residents of our state.

    Next Committee Date/Time

    TBA

    Sponsors (SB 1083)

    Frockt, Mullet, Wilson, C.

    Sponsors (HB 1080)

    Tharinger, Leavitt, Wylie, Callan, Hackney


    HB 1228 (DO NOT PASS)

    Would immediately end the eviction moratorium and put a 6 month timer on rental debt recovery

    There are nearly 200,000 people who are accruing rent debt in the State of Washington currently that would be put at risk by this bill. The bill had a hearing this past week, and had 750 folks sign in CON to stop it, but the landlord lobby turned out more than 850 to sign in PRO.

    Next Committee Date/Time

    Feb 12, 2021 Scheduled for executive session in the House Committee on Housing, Human Services & Veterans at 10:00 AM (Subject to change) (Committee Materials)

    Sponsors

    Barkis, Walen, Dent, Hoff, Jacobsen, Chambers, Ryu, Graham, Ybarra, Caldier, MacEwen, Walsh, Chapman, Boehnke, Dolan, Springer, Chandler, Eslick, Robertson, Gilday

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