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March 21, 2022

PTA Advocacy is Year-round!

Advocacy is at the heart of the PTA mission! Does advocacy happen in Olympia when the legislature is in session? Yes! But that is not the only time or place because PTA advocacy is year-round. Advocacy is our most significant opportunity to positively impact our community and its future. To create a better world for…
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Category: Advocacy

March 14, 2022

2022 Focus on Advocacy – March 14 Report

Sine Die report Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org The 2022 legislative session ended at 11:35 pm, Thursday, March 10. In a last dash to the finish line, the Legislature completed its work to pass supplemental operating, capital, and transportation budgets, as well as acting on many policy-level bills. Read the full report…
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Category: Advocacy

March 7, 2022

2022 Focus on Advocacy – March 7 Report

Into the home stretch Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org The 60-day session is set to end by midnight, Thursday, March 10. Legislators appear to be on track to meet that deadline, with budget negotiations continuing through the weekend. Last week was a flurry of bill action and some late nights for both…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

March 4, 2022

Call to Action – SB 5078: Prevent and Reduce Gun Violence and Suicide

Dear Washington State PTA Member, Preventing gun violence and suicide is a top-five legislative issue for Washington State PTA. Deaths from suicide and firearms are preventable, and common-sense legislation is part of the answer. We can reduce the risk of mass shootings with appropriate restrictions on the ownership of the most-deadly weapons. Please customize and…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 28, 2022

2022 Focus on Advocacy – February 28 Report

Into the home stretch Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Last week saw the release of five 2022 supplemental budgets, all on Monday, February 21: the House and Senate operating budgets, House capital budget, and both House and Senate transportation budgets. While there are several similarities, the budgets took different approaches to some…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 21, 2022

2022 Focus on Advocacy – February 21 Report

It’s “budget release” week! Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Buoyed by another positive revenue forecast on February 16, lawmakers began releasing their budgets last week. It started last Thursday with the Senate 2022 supplemental capital budget, continued on Sunday with the Senate 2022 supplemental transportation budget, and culminated with releases of 2022…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 14, 2022

2022 Focus on Advocacy – February 14 Report

3rd down on the 23rd yard line Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org Tuesday, February 15, is the 37th day of the 60-day session and a major cutoff for bills to have passed out of the chamber in which they started. The schedule will continue to compress as the Legislature advances towards the goal…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 7, 2022

WSPTA Testifies in Support of Simple Majority for Bonds

Parent Advocate Liz Nord shared her support for HB 1226, a bill that would authorize simple majority for bonds if Washington state voters approved a constitutional amendment in the next general election. Quite a discussion was had regarding the concept that HJR 4200 could run prior to the policy bill. Listen here.  Unfortunately, the bill…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative

February 7, 2022

2022 Focus on Advocacy – February 7 Report

Half-way there: legislature winnows bills Prepared by Marie Sullivan, WSPTA Legislative Consultant, legconsultant@wastatepta.org February 3 marked the first deadline for bills to remain under consideration this session. Bills that cleared this hurdle and were sent to a budget committee have until the end of the day February 7 to pass out of those committees, so…
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Category: Advocacy , Legislative