Exponentially Worse

In an email exchange with our friends at the Family Policy Alliance, our new Executive Director, Mark Miloscia had this to say, “This is almost by an order of magnitude the worst session I have seen in my 22 years tracking stuff.”

Usually, the first weeks of a session are bad, like drinking from a firehose, as all the bills rush out and we try to get a handle on what’s going to happen.  This session blows that all away.  Here’s a look at what we are tracking so far.

Position Bill Title/Descript. Sponsors Committee
Support SB5282 Informed Consent for pelvic exams Liias, Cleveland, Darneille, Short, Kuderer, et al Sen. Health & LT Care
Support SB5399 Child Relocation by a person with joint decision-making auth. Pedersen, Walsh, Dhingra, Frockt, et al Sen. Law & Just.
Support SB5092 Providing Flexibility to school districts Fortunato Sen. Early Learning
Support HB1050 Concerning Parenting Plans Walsh, Shea, Young, Hse. Civ. Rights & Jud.
Support SB5185 Parental Notification of Minor Seeking Abortion Padden, Warnick, Sheldon, et al Sen. Law & Just.
Support SB5173 Mandatory Reporting of Abuse O’Ban, Honeyford, Wagoner Sen. Law & Just.
Support SB5365 Concerning Vaccination and Anti-Body Titer Wagoner, Padden, Bailey, Wilson Sen. Health & LT Care
Support HB1526 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Van Weurven, Kraft, Shea Hse. Health Care/Well
Support HB1560 Prohibition of certain types of abortions Klippert, Shea Hse. Health Care/Well
Support HB1635 Relating to requiring public libraries to adopt internet safety policies Caldier, Frame, Van Werven, Chambers, et al Hse. Local Gov’t
Support SB5718 Establishing Child Welfare Housing Assistance Saldana, Hasegawa, Das, O’Ban Sen. Human Services
Oppose HB1106 Eliminating use of detention for violation of a truancy-related court order Orwall Hse. Civ. Rights & Jud.
Oppose HB1175 Authorization of health care decisions by nonfamily Kilduff, Irwin, Jinkins, Klippert Hse. Civ. Rights & Jud.
Oppose SB5082 Social Emotional Learning McCoy, Hasegawa, Kuderer, Saldana Sen. Early Learning
Oppose SB5221 Disclosing PAC to PAC donations/donors Palumbo, Rivers, Billig, Wellman Sen. State Gov
Oppose SB5333 Changes to Uniform Parentage Act Pedersen, Rivers Sen. Law & Just.
Oppose HB1104 Submission of a waiver to the fed to create WA Health Security Trust Appleton Hse. Health Care/Well
Oppose SB5222 Universal Health Care Hasegawa, Hunt, Keiser Sen. Health & LT Care
Oppose SB5342 Providing Non-Binary gender category Randall, Wilson C., Das, Hunt, Pedersen, et al Sen. State Gov
Oppose SB5395 Requiring CSE Wilson, C., Keiser, Saladana, et al Sen. Early Learning
Oppose SB5356 Establishing the WA State LGBTQ Commission Wilson C., Randall, Das, Darnielle, et al Sen. State Gov
Oppose HB1407 Requiring CSE Stonier, Goodman, Orwall, Jikins, Santos, el al Hse. Education
Oppose SB5602 Eliminating barriers to reproductive health Randall, Wilson C., Nguyen, Das, Saldana, et al Sen. Health & LT Care
Oppose HB1638 Relating to promoting immunity against vaccine-preventable diseases Harris, Stonier, Robinson, Macri, Jinkins, et at Hse. Health Care/Well
Oppose SB5683 Universal Home Visiting Programs Wellman, Hasegawa, Keiser, Wilson C., Darneille Sen. Early Learning
Neutral HB1095 Relating to administration of marijuana to students Blake, Walsh, Jinkins Hse. Health Care/Well
Neutral SB5001 Concerning human remains. PedersenKingRiversKeiser, Sen. Labor & Comm.
Neutral HB5442 Relating to administration of marijuana to students Takko Sen. Early Learning
Interested HB1575 Strengthening the rights of workers, addressing authorizations, dues, and fees Stonier, Valdez, Ryu, Sells, Chapman, Cody, et al Hse. Labor
Interested HB1551 Modernizing control of certain communicable diseases Jinkins, Cody, Stonier, by request of DOH Hse. Health Care/Well
Concerned HB1376 Relating to Faith-Based Exemptions to Criminal Mistreatment of Children Sells, Klippert, Senn Hse. Civ. Rights & Jud.
Concerned HB1377 Affordable housing development on religious org. property Walen, Barkis, Jenkin, Harris, Springer Hse. Housing
Concerned HB1259 Concerning the uniform guardianship, conservatorship, and other protective arrangements act. Jinkins, Harris, Tharinger, et al Hse. Civ. Rights & Jud.
Concerned SB5112 Concerning the efficient administration of campaign finance and public disclosure reporting and enforcement. Hunt, Zeiger, Kuderer Sen. State Gov
Concerned SB5411 Physician Assistant to perform abortions? Kuderer, Honeyford, Randall, King, Wagoner Sen. Health & LT Care
Concerned SB5494 Baby Court Initiative Zeiger, Darneille, Walsh, Nguyen Sen. Human Services
Concerned SB5576 Comprehensive init. to improve climate science literacy Wilson, C., Nguyen, Palumbo, Warnick Sen. Early Learning
Concerned SB5644 Relating to the hosting of the homeless by religious org Darnielle, Nguyen, Pedersen, et al Sen. Housing Stab
Concerned HB1650 Relating to promoting access to earned benefits for LGBT vets Kilduff, Reeves, Orwall, Leavitt, et al Hse. Housing
Concerned SB5689 Concerning Harassment, intimidation in public schools Liias, Saldana, Pedersen, et al Sen. Early Learning
Concerned SB5681 Concerning Domestic Violence Dhingra, Das, Pedersen, et al Sen. Law & Just.

We are still establishing final positions on many bills, so if you have insight into any on this list or others, please let me know.  Thank you.  These bills will make their way up to our Legislative Hub this week, but at least you’ll have them in front of you here.

Please note SB5602, Eliminating Barriers to Reproductive Health, is a huge expansion of last year’s “Abortion Mandate” bill (SB6219).  The bill would require tax-payer coverage for cross-sex hormones, gender transition surgery, and all other transition-related health-care services including reproductive/fertility insurance to cover egg/sperm storage and in-vitro fertilization.  The legislation also expands last year’s bill to cover student health insurance.  The bill requires coverage for not just the student but also the partner of the student which seems to be extremely broad coverage. This is much broader than faith-based schools because taxpayers are funding all the controversial services above for students and they’re partners. Tax-payers would be paying for Plan B, abortifacients, as well.

This is certainly the worst proposal among several others, including requiring Comprehensive Sex Education in every school district, creating a Universal home visit program to families with newborns, and providing 3rd-gender or non-binary options on official documents.

We will, of course, be supporting the several pro-life bills listed above, and we are excited to see bi-partisan support for a measure that would require libraries to install systems on their computers to protect children from seeing obscene and harmful materials.  More on all these to come.

This spreadsheet is on our website and will be updated as hearing dates are announced. Just click here and share with family and friends.

Until then pray, mobilize your friends and family, and speak up in your churches.

Yesterday, over one thousand hairdressers came to Olympia to protest proposed legislation.  If one thousand hairdressers can find the time and energy to fill the halls-of-power there, we certainly can find thousands of Christians who will stand in the public square for God’s Truth.

Family Policy Institute of Washington will continue to monitor the flow of legislation and begin to provide talking points on the key bills above.  Stay tuned.

Standing with you,
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Chris Plante
FPIWAction Policy Director

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