GOAL Post 2006-3
Legislative Update from Olympia 20 January 2006
PUBLIC HEARING HELD ON SB 6258
SEVERAL MORE GUN AND HUNTING-RELATED BILLS FILED
SB 5343 “GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE” TO RECEIVE PUBLIC HEARING
IRREGULARITIES SURROUNDING SB 5343 SCHEDULING
OTHER PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED
A public hearing on SB 6258 (expanded gun free school zone) was held on
17 January. The hearing was overtime, and testimony was limited. Serious
concerns about the scope of the bill were raised. The incident that
prompted the bill was the tragic stabbing death of a school teacher last
year – so why focus on guns, ammunition and accessories? The bill now
awaits action in the Senate Judiciary committee, but may be deferred to
the interim (post-session workshops) for reconsideration next year. A
House counterpart, HB 2861, was filed this week.
Several more gun- and hunting-related bills have been filed. SB 6358
(Morton) waive hunter education certificate requirements for members of
the armed forces who can furnish proof of military firearms
qualification. SB 6598 (Haugen) would effectively eliminate hunting on
county-owned lands in “any county composed entirely of islands.” (I’m
sure you’ll be surprised to know that Senator Haugen comes from Camano
Island, where hunting has been a hot topic for a couple of years now as
Seattle yuppies relocate to that island.) SB 6616 (Haugen) would
prohibit hunting within one mile of a pre-school through 12^th grade,
public or private. HB 3092 (Morrell) waives the $10 late fee penalty for
CPL renewal by members of the armed forces who were overseas at the time
their CPL expired.
(Note: GOAL’s legislative focus is on the firearms issue and bills
directly impacting the acquisition, possession and use of firearms.
While we try to cover hunting-related bills of interest, time
constraints may preclude thorough coverage.)
Several public hearings are scheduled next week on gun and
hunting-related bills. See the complete list below. The most critical
for gun owners is the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing at 3:30 p.m. on
Tuesday, 24 January. SB 5343, last year’s holdover “gun show loophole”
bill will be heard again, this time with Washington Ceasefire having
prepared a string of Seattle’s elite to support the bill. See the
separate GOAL Alert for details.
The legislature publishes the next week’s schedule on Wednesday the week
before to satisfy public notice requirements. We were told on scheduling
day (Tuesday afternoon ) that no gun bills would be heard in Senate
Judiciary next week. The schedule, published electronically late
Wednesday, had no gun bills listed. Thursday at 4:38 p.m. the schedule
was amended to add SB 5343 to the 24 January hearing. But at 1:59 p.m.
on Tuesday, Washington Ceasefire posted an e-mail alerting its members
to the 24 January hearing, more than 50 hours before the public was
given this information. Insider information?
Bills filed during 2005 session and still subject to legislative action:
Bill # Subject Sponsor Status
SSB 5041 Sentencing range McCaslin (R-4) Hold H. Rules
SB 5131 Insanity finding/firearms Carrell (R-28) Hold S. Rules
SB 5167 Firearm suppressors Hargrove (D-24) Hold S. Jud.
SB 5342 Safe storage of firearms Kohl-Welles (D-36) Hold S. Jud.
SB 5343 Gun show loophole Kohl-Welles (D-36) Hold S. Jud.
SB 5344 Capitol campus gun ban Fairley (D-32) Hold S. Jud.
SB 5383 Juvenile hunting licenses Oke (R-26) Hold S.NatRes
SB 5475 Assault weapon ban Kline (D-37) Hold S. Jud.
SB 5545 Military CPL renewal Roach (R-31) Hold S. Jud.
SB 5593 .50 BMG rifle ban Kline (D-37) Hold S. Jud.
SB 5635 Restoration of rights Schoesler (R-9) Hold S. Rules
SJM 8005 Manufacturer protection Benton (R-17) Hold S. Jud.
SHB 1133 Public disclosure law Nixon (R-45) Enacted
SHB 1213 Juvenile hunting licenses Clements (R-14) Hold H. Rules
HB 1473 Safe storage of firearms Moeller (D-49) Hold H. Jud.
HB 1489 Capitol campus gun ban Williams (D-22) Hold H. Jud.
HB 1490 Park/rec area gun ban Darneille (D-27) Hold H. Jud.
HB 1627 Assault weapon ban Kagi (D-32) Hold H. Jud.
HB 1687 Insanity finding/firearms Moeller (D-49) Enacted
HB 1804 CPL renewal notification Ericksen (R-42) Hold H. Jud.
HB 1822 Lead shot hunting ban Kagi (D-32) Hold H.NatRes.
HB 2211 Lead shot excise tax Kagi (D-32) Hold H. Fin.
HJM 4002 Manufacturer protection Curtis (R-18) Hold H. Jud.
Bills filed for the 2006 session:
Bill # Subject Sponsor Status
SB 6139 Justifiable homicide Stevens (R-39) S. Jud.
SB 6258 School/guns penalty increase Delvin (R-8) S. Jud.
SB 6358 Hunter ed waiver for G.I.s Morton (R-7) S. NatRes
SB 6426 CPL reciprocity amendment Schoesler (R-9) S. Jud.
SB 6598 Restricting hunting on county lands Haugen (D-10) S. NatRes
SB 6616 Restricting hunting near schools Haugen (D-10) S. NatRes
HB 2622 CPL reciprocity amendment Blake (D-19) H. Jud.
HB 2824 Threats with a firearm/schools Lovick (D-44) H. Jud.
HB 2861 Gun show “loophole” Williams (D-22) H. Jud.
HB 2930 Eliminates exceptions to guns/schools Jarrett (R-41) H. Jud.
HB 2958 Illegal use of non-toxic shot/penalty Sullivan (D-22) H. NatRes
HB 3092 CPL late fee waiver…………………….Morrell (D-25) H. Jud.
Key to abbreviations: S. = Senate, H. = House, Jud = Judiciary, CJ&J =
Criminal Justice & Corrections, Fish/Ecol = Fisheries, Ecology & Parks,
JuvJust = Juvenile Justice, Educ = Education, LocGov = Local Government,
NatRes = Natural Resources, Parks & Shorelines; W&M = Ways and Means
GOAL POSITION ON BILLS:
SB 5343 Oppose
SB 6139 Support
SB 6258 Oppose (needs more work in the interim)
SB 6358 Support
SB 6426 Support
SB 6598 Oppose
SB 6616 Oppose
HB 2622 Support
HB 2824 Neutral
HB 2861 Oppose (needs more work in the interim)
HB 2930 Oppose
HB 2958 Support
HB 3092 Support
PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED:
24 Jan House Judiciary Committee House Hearing Room “B”
10:00 a.m. HB 2622 revises the CPL reciprocity statute to allow reciprocity
with states that issue licenses to those under age 21, but limits
recognition to licensees 21 and over
24 Jan Senate Judiciary Committee Senate Hearing Room 1
3:30 p.m. SB 5343 requires point-of-sale background checks of all firearm
transfers at gun shows and other events; imposes additional
requirements on gun show promoters
26 Jan Senate Natural Resources Senate Hearing Room 2
3:30 p.m. SB 6598 restricts hunting on certain county-owned lands;
SB 6358 waives hunter ed certificate for military members with
proof of service firearms training
SB 6616 prohibits hunting within one mile of pre-schools and
K-12 public and private schools
27 Jan House Natural Resources House Hearing Room “D”
1:30 p.m. HB 2958 imposes additional penalties on anyone found using
toxic shot in an area that requires the use of non-toxic shot
LEGISLATIVE HOT LINE: You may reach your Representatives and Senator by
calling the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000. Toll free!!! The
hearing impaired may obtain TDD access at 1-800-635-9993. Also toll free!!!
1-800-562-6000 TDD 1-800-635-9993
OTHER DATA: Copies of pending legislation (bills), legislative schedules
and other information are available on the legislature's web site at
"www.leg.wa.gov". It's available in two versions: text (.txt) file or
Acrobat (.pdf) file. The "Acrobat" version is preferred as it is easier
to read and is an exact copy of the hard copy format the legislators
use. You may download a free version of Adobe Acrobat from Adobe's web
site. You may also obtain hard copy bills, initiatives, etc, in the mail
from the Legislative Bill Room FREE OF CHARGE by calling 1-360-786-7573.
Copies of bills may also be ordered toll free by calling the Legislative
Hotline at (800) 562-6000. You may also hear floor and committee hearing
action live at http://www.tvw.org/ (you need "RealAudio" to do this,
available free at the TVW web site).
By reading the House and Senate "bill reports" (hbr, sbr) for each bill,
you can see how individual committee members voted. By reading the "roll
call" for each bill, you can see how the entire House or Senate voted on
any bill. The beauty of the web site is that ALL this information is
available, on line, to any citizen.
A couple of Remys following a wannabe Bethlehem around aren't going to save anything.
I don't know what you are trying to do/say, but please save the "Viva La Revolucion!" routine.-thebeekeeper1