Legislative Update (March 28, 2021)
We are happy to announce that HB 1078 for Voting Rights Restoration PASSED the WA State Senate on March 24th! The bill will now go to Governor Inslee for signing. The new law will go into effect January 1, 2022, enabling persons the right to vote as soon as they are released from prison.
Please thank your state senator and representatives who voted in favor for this important voting bill. Unfortunately, no other state democracy related bills passed or are moving forward this session.
At the national level, this past week, the For the People Act, S. 1 had its first Senate hearing on March 24th in the Senate Rules Committee. Next week, from April 5-9, is For The People Week of Action!
You can view all Washington State Legislative hearings on TVW here.
Legislator & Staff Information
Committee & Bill Information
Submitting Written Testimony
How to Register to Testify Remotely
Additional Information About Testifying
Check The Schedule
Check the legislative website to know when a bill is scheduled to be heard. Be advised, schedules can change quickly, especially in the final days of a legislative session. You can also contact the legislative staff of the bill's prime sponsor to get an idea of when the bill might be heard in committee for public comment.
Know the Process and Players
Before testifying, know who is sponsoring the bill, who supports or opposes the bill and why. Be familiar with the committee chairs, committee members, and legislative staff. You may also let the sponsor of the bill or key legislators know beforehand you are testifying on the bill, especially if you are representing a group or organization. They may have specific points they want you to focus on.
Know the Purpose of Your Testimony
Understand why you are testifying. Are you there to persuade, dissuade, provide expertise, or delay action on a bill? Know how to separate out the important points of your testimony to ensure they are heard. Personal stories are a good way to illustrate your testimony and can make the biggest impact on committee members.
Essential Components of Your Testimony
Build Strategic Coalitions with "Likely Voters"
Do Your Research
Schedule Your Meeting
Be Polite, Professional and On Time
Introduce Yourself as a Constituent Who Votes
Making Your Ask & Providing Materials
Other Important Tips and Follow Up