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Posted by Family Policy Institute of Washington on Friday, March 6, 2020

Friday Wrap-Up and Friday Forecast

By Sarah Davenport-Smith, Lobbyist, Family Policy Institute of Washington and Human Life of Washington

The week of February 24, 2020 proved to be another intense week.  Let’s quickly review what happened:

  • Some bills we were following are now essentially “dead” for the rest of the session. Our list is now down to 10 bills:
  1. Protecting Patient Care (HB 1608)
  2. Studying Barriers to the use of the WA Death with Dignity Act (SHB 2419)
  3. Mitigating Inequity in Health Plans which Exclude certain mandated benefits (SHB 2554)
  4. Modernizing the Control of Certain Communicable Disease (ESHB 1551)
  5. Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (SB 5395)
  6. Reducing Host Home funding restrictions (SB 6623)
  7. Legalization of Minor Prostitution (3SHB 1775)
  8. Creating the Office of Equity(E2SHB 1783)
  9. Promoting Racism and Sexism in Business (SSB 6037)
  • Keep the pressure on your Senators! Comprehensive Sex Education is still on the move.  ESSB 5395 had a vote in the House on March 5th (at 2:00 AM).  There were several amendments offered by the Republicans on the House Floor, BUT none of them were accepted by the Democrats.  We truly appreciate our valiant Republican House members who fought to protect our kids, parents, and teachers.  Unfortunately, the Democrats did not want to do the same.

However, this bill will have to go back over to the Senate for another floor vote.

Please, do your God-given duty as a citizen and call and email your Senators tell them to VOTE NO on ESSB 5395.  Show WA Democrats we will protect the innocence of our children and our parental rights!

The week of March 9, 2020 will be whirlwind wrap-up to a disappointing session.  Here’s looking ahead to prepare you:

  • SB 5395 (Requiring Comprehensive Sexual Education and Affirmative Consent Curriculum)
    • Currently awaiting a vote of concurrence by the Senate.
    • Call & email your Senator.
    • Tell them:
      • VOTE NO!!
      • CSE is NOT medically or scientifically accurate, nor age appropriate.
      • Children should not be exposed to pornographic images, at any age.
      • This is NOT culturally inclusive for people of various backgrounds (such as Christian, Muslim, and other more conservative world views).
    • Show them:
      • For specific curriculum: Example 1, Example 2, Example 3, Example 4
  • SHB 2419 (Studying Barriers to the use of the WA Death with Dignity Act)
    • Passed the Senate: 36 yeas; 13 nays
    • Currently ready to be sent to Governor Inslee for his signature.
    • Call (360-902-4111) & email the Governor and tell him:
      • To promote life and value all life.
      • Our nation & state are currently experiencing a youth suicide crisis, so why would our state want to encourage our citizens to take the suicide route?
      • We should provide counseling, provide pain management, protect vulnerable senior citizens from harm or foul play, and inform patients and their families of ALL options to prolong their lives.
      • Veto this bill!
  • Creating the Office of Equity (E2SHB 1783):
    • Passed the House: 56 yeas; 41 nays (1 excused)
    • Amended on the Senate Floor.Passed the Senate: 28 yeas; 21 nays
    • Currently awaiting a House vote for concurrence
    • Call & email your House member and tell them:
      • The Office of Equity will create policies that will mandate racism into every aspect of government, colleges, and businesses, beginning with all state agencies.
      • This agency will create a slippery slope to force state agencies (and eventually all public institutions and businesses) to favor certain groups over other
      • Vote NO!

 Family Policy Institute of WA and Human Life of WA 2020

By Sarah Davenport-Smith, Lobbyist, Family Policy Institute of Washington and Human Life of Washington

Legislative Agenda: 06 Mar 2020

ACTIVE OPPOSITION LIST

  1. Protecting Patient Care (HB 1608)
  2. Concerning Student Health Plans (HB 2252): Priority Bill
  3. Reporting end of life care policies (SHB 2326)
  4. Studying barriers to Assisted Suicide (SHB 2419)
  5. Mitigating Inequity in Health Plans which Exclude certain mandated benefits (SHB 2554/2SSB 6400): Priority Bill
  6. Modernizing the Control of Certain Communicable Disease (ESHB 1551)
  7. Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (SB 5395): Priority Bill
  8. Reducing Host Home funding restrictions (SB 6623)
  9. Legalization of Minor Prostitution (3SHB 1775): Priority Bill
  10. Creating the Office of Equity(E2SHB 1783):  Priority Bill
  11. Promoting Racism and Sexism in Business (SSB 6037): Priority Bill

Life:

Oppose:

*Also a matter of Religious Freedom

-Protecting Patient Care (HB 1608):

This bill unfairly targets religious hospitals and health care facilities who do not condone physician assisted suicide. Physicians are encouraged to go against the rules or policies of their chosen hospital or health care facility, and the health care entity would be held liable for enforcing their own policy upon a physician who promotes assisted suicide.  This bill also encourages the State of WA to increase the promotion of assisted suicide, thereby cheapening and endangering the lives of every citizen.

-Passed in the House: 65 yeas; 33 nays. 

-Passed the Senate: 39 yeas; 7 nays (3 excused)

-Waiting to proceed to the Governor for signature

-Call (360-902-4111) & email the Governor and tell him to VETO this bill

*Also a matter of Religious Freedom

-Concerning Student Health Plans (HB 2252):  Priority Bill

This bill forces ALL student health plans to cover abortion and abortifacient drugs.  Again, this will force people who are adamantly opposed to abortion to pay for it.  It also allows greater access to abortion for young adults, which will put these women at a greater risk for future physical, emotional, and mental health problems for the rest of their lives.

-Passed the House: 56 yeas; 40 nays.

-Currently in Senate Rules Committee and ready to head to the floor.

-Call & email your Senator and tell them to Vote No!

*Also a matter of Religious Freedom

-Reporting End of Life Care Policies (SHB 2326): 

This bill requires that all hospitals and health care facilities report their end of life care policies to the Department of Health and the public.  While clearly reporting what your policies on assisted suicide is not bad in itself, we are concerned that this will open the door to various types of discrimination on religious – primarily Catholic – hospitals.  There is currently a case in Nova Scotia, Canada which clearly shows one of the issues (open public push-back) with this type of mandate.  Another possible issue could be that health care facilities and hospitals could be forced to pay a fine or be open to lawsuits – all because they choose to PROTECT life.               

                  -Passed the House: 89 yeas; 9 nays.

-Currently in Senate Rules Committee and ready to head to the floor.

-Call & email your Senator and tell them to Vote No!

-Studying Barriers to the use of the WA Death with Dignity Act (SHB 2419):  Priority Bill This bill would create a study group to figure out WHY more people are not utilizing suicide.  Our nation is currently experiencing a youth suicide crisis and our state wants to encourage our citizens to take the suicide route.  We should value every life, provide counseling, provide pain management, protect vulnerable senior citizens from harm or foul play, and inform patients and their families of ALL options to prolong their lives.

             -Passed the House: 67 yeas; 31 nays

             -Passed the Senate: 36 yeas; 13 nays

             -Waiting to send to the Governor for signature

             -Call (360-902-4111) & email the Governor and tell him to VETO this bill

*Also a matter of Religious Freedom

-Mitigating Inequity in Health Plans which Exclude certain mandated benefits (SHB 2554/2SSB 6400): Priority Bill This bill will require any health plan or student health plan to inform their enrollees IF they don’t cover certain state or federally mandated benefits.  Our concern is that this will force insurance carrier who refuses to pay for abortions, abortion pills, or assisted suicide, or other morally conflicting services to pay for them. This goes against our Federal and State Constitutional rights to religious and conscious freedoms and against valuing and protecting ALL life.  No business should be punished for promoting TRUE healthcare for the mother, baby, and the father. There are also provisions for fiscal punishments.

 -SHB 2554 passed the House: 59 yeas; 39 nays.

-Amended in Senate

-Passed the Senate: 28 yeas; 21 nays

-Currently awaiting a House vote for concurrence on the amendment

-Call & email your House member and tell them to Vote NO!

Parental Rights

Oppose:

-Modernizing the Control of Certain Communicable Diseases (ESHB 1551):  This bill will change how the State deals with communicable diseases, namely sexually transmitted diseases. Currently it is a first-degree felony to knowingly transmit HIV to another person.  This bill will lessen that to a gross misdemeanor.  Also, ESHB 1551 states that a minor (14 years or older) is allowed to receive treatment or surgery for a sexually transmitted disease without a parent’s consent or knowledge.  This bill will further endanger the public by decreasing the incentive to not infect people with HIV and it violates a parent’s right to determine the medical care of their minor child.

             -Passed the House: 57 yeas; 40 nays

             -Passed out of the Senate: 26 yeas; 23 nays

             -Currently waiting for the Governor to sign.

             Call (360-902-4111) & email the Governor and tell him to VETO this bill

 -Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (SB5395/HB2184/HB1407/SB6175): Priority Bill: Comprehensive Sex Ed (CSE), promoted by Planned Parenthood, seeks to indoctrinate and sexualize children down to Kindergarten.  CSE teaches a sexuality and values that is contrary to Christian values, encourages sexual experimentation, affirms Gender Dysphoria and Same-sex Attraction.

Many of the encouraged and promoted practices and activities (sexual activity, sex-change operations, gender disorder, chemical castration, etc.) cause significant harm to children, thus actually child abuse. This is not about education or teaching science or facts, it is indoctrination of children by Planned Parenthood, to change our culture and values on sex and marriage.  It is designed to separate children from their parents and doubt their faith.

-Amended in the House Education Committee

-Passed the House as amended: 56 yeas; 40 nays (2 excused)

-Currently awaiting a Senate vote for concurrence

-Call & email your Senator and tell them to Vote NO!

-Reducing Host Home funding restrictions (SB 6623): This bill would reduce the prohibition on a host home who temporarily takes care of wayward children or runaways from receiving public funding.  Our concern with this bill is that there’s the potential to emancipate children from their families and further encourage the State to take care of children versus their parents or guardians.  The State should prioritize reunification.

-Passed the Senate: 46 yeas; 0 nays.

-Amended in the House committee

-Passed the House: 97 yeas; 0 nays (1 excused)

-Currently awaiting a Senate vote for concurrence.

Call & email your House member and tell them your concerns.

Christian Social Justice

Oppose:

-Legalization of Minor Prostitution (SSB5744/3SHB1775):  Priority Bill: Even in the name of compassion, the state must not decriminalize underage prostitution.  The tools of arrest through conviction should remain in the hands of the criminal justice system when they encounter minors involved in prostitution.   This is one of the most effectives tools to rescue minors in the sex-trafficking industry.  The ultimate goal of these tools is diversion into treatment, and the restoration to their parents of the child involved.  Through the proceedings prosecutors still retain the positive options diversion and expungement protecting the child from a criminal record.  Also, there still needs to be a punishment for those minors who continue to choose to be a part of this business.

-3SHB 1775 passed the House: 96 yeas; 1 nay

-Amendments adopted by the Senate.  Passed the Senate: 48 yeas; 0 nays (1 excused)

-Currently awaiting a House vote for concurrence

-Call & email your House member and tell them: Keep minor prostitution illegal! Vote No!

Creating the Office of Equity (E2SHB 1783): Priority Bill Set up the office of equity replaces the Dept of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion that was recently rejected by the voters (Referendum 88 overturning Initiative 1000).   The Office of Equity will create policies that will mandate racism into every aspect of government, colleges, and businesses, beginning with all state agencies.  This is NOT what diversity is all about.

-Passed the House: 56 yeas; 41 nays (1 excused)

-Amended on the Senate Floor.  Passed the Senate: 28 yeas; 21 nays

-Currently awaiting a House vote for concurrence

-Call & email your House member and tell them to Vote NO!

-Promoting Racism and Sexism in Business (SSB 6037): Priority Bill Requires every public company (listed on a stock exchange) to have a gender and racial diverse board of directors.  This would force companies to place board members solely on their outward appearance, rather than their qualifications or passions.

Passed the Senate: 32 yeas; 14 nays (3 excused)

Passed the House: 56 yeas; 40 nays (2 excused)

     -Currently waiting for the Governor to sign  

     -Call (360-902-4111) & email the Governor and tell him to VETO this bill

  Budget:

Oppose:

  • HB 2325/SB 6168 – Operating Budget
    • Oppose
      • 138, (7) – Office of the Insurance Commissioner funding for SSB 5602 (Abortion for All) –$125,000
      • 216 – For the Human Rights Commission – $8,428,000
      • 501, (3) (b); (3)(h)(i)(A)– Education, Work Group in OSPI for Sexual Health Education and Comprehensive Sexual Health Education, rules for OSPI for Comprehensive Sexual Health Education – $200,000
      • 221, (7)(a)-(xii) – Department of Health; Make-up of the Office of Equity – $285,000 + $15,000
      • 221, (48) – Make-up of the Environmental Justice Task Force – $300,000 + $90,000
      • 221, (57) – State coverage for “family planning services;” these funds make up for the lack of Federal Title X monies – $4,200,000 + $4,200,000

Bills to CONTINUE to Watch

These bills did not get voted out of the House they began in by the 2/19 cutoff date.  However, there is a possibility that they could come back up before the end of the session.  So, keep watching them and let your Legislator know your thoughts.

  • -Learning Assistance Program to Fund School-Wide Behavioral Health System (SB 6132): This bill expands the use of each school district’s learning assistance program to pay for social workers, counselors, or other school-based health professionals. This may include gender therapy, reproductive therapy, referrals for depression treatment, and much more.  There are no safeguards for parental notification or consent before a child is possibly treated or referred or other health professionals.

-Passed the Senate on 2/12/20: 28 yeas; 14 nays

-Sent to the House Education Committee. No hearing scheduled yet.

-Call & email the members of the House Education Committee and tell them your concerns.

-Call & email your House members and tell them your concerns.

  • -Developing Comprehensive School Counseling Programs (SB 6480): This bill will force all school districts to develop a comprehensive school counseling program before the 2021-2022 school year – within existing funds. Not only is this a potentially large drain on school funds, but this program seems to go around each child’s parents or guardians.  There are provisions for the counselors to be able to refer students or collaborate with other professional.  A child’s mental and emotional health is primarily the responsibility of their parent or guardian.  Each parent must be informed and consent before any outside referrals or collaborations are made.

-Passed the Senate on 2/12/20: 43 yeas; 3 nays

-Sent to the House Education Committee. No hearing scheduled yet.

-Call the members of the House Education Committee and tell them your concerns.

-Tell your House members your concerns.

-School based Health Centers (SB 6563): Priority Bill:  Providing health care to students in public schools. This bill makes it legal to host health clinics on school campuses. Concerns that this will match the efforts being pushed in CA, which allowed over 50 Planned Parenthood funded “health” clinics to be placed on school campuses in LA County.  Parents must be involved in their children’s health care & we must not provide morally wrong services in school. We must not allow pharmaceuticals (including vaccines), or surgical procedures without parent’s knowledge/consent.

-Currently placed on second reading. Call your Senator and tell them your concerns.  Protect parental rights! Protect our children!

-Remains in Senate Rules.  Keep watching this and contacting your Senator.

Friday Wrap-Up and Friday Forecast

By Sarah Davenport-Smith, Lobbyist, Family Policy Institute of Washington and Human Life of Washington

The week of February 24, 2020 proved to be another intense week.  Let’s quickly review what happened:

  • Some bills we were following are now essentially “dead” for the rest of the session. Our list is now down to 10 bills:
  1. Protecting Patient Care (HB 1608)
  2. Concerning Student Health Plans (HB 2252)
  3. Studying Barriers to the use of the WA Death with Dignity Act (SHB 2419)
  4. Mitigating Inequity in Health Plans which Exclude certain mandated benefits (SHB 2554)
  5. Modernizing the Control of Certain Communicable Disease (ESHB 1551)
  6. Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (SB 5395)
  7. Reducing Host Home funding restrictions (SB 6623)
  8. Legalization of Minor Prostitution (3SHB 1775)
  9. Creating the Office of Equity(E2SHB 1783)
  10. Promoting Racism and Sexism in Business (SSB 6037)
  • Keep the pressure on your Representatives & Senators! Comprehensive Sex Education is still on the move.  ESSB 5395had a vote in the House Education Committee on Thursday, February 27th.  There were several amendments offered by the Republicans on the House Education Committee, but only one was included in the final version: a requirement for all schools to notify parents they will be providing comprehensive sexual health education during the school year AND to make all materials available electronically.

This still does NOTHING to change the dangerous course materials most children will be subjected to.  However, this bill will have to go back over to the Senate for another floor vote.

Please, do your God-given duty as a citizen and call, email, and visit your Representatives and tell them to VOTE NO on ESSB 5395.  Show WA Democrats we will protect the innocence of our children and our parental rights!

The week of March 2, 2020 will be intense.  Ready for more Floor Action?  Here’s looking ahead to prepare you:

 

  • HB 2252 (Concerning Student Health Plans)
    • Passed the House: 56 yeas; 40 nays.
    • In the Senate Health & Long Term Care. Public hearing scheduled for 2/24 @ 1:30 PM
    • Call & email members of the Senate Committee and your Senator.
    • Tell them:
      • This will force people who are adamantly opposed to abortion to pay for it.
      • It also allows greater access to abortion for young adults, which will put these women and men at a greater risk for future physical, emotional, and mental health problems for the rest of their lives.
      • Vote No!

 

  • SHB 2419 (Studying Barriers to the use of the WA Death with Dignity Act)
    • Passed the House: 67 yeas; 31 nays
    • Passed the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee: 8 to 3
    • Currently in Senate Ways & Means.
    • Call & email members of the Ways & Means committee and tell them your concerns.
    • Call & email your Senator and the members of the Committee
    • Tell them:
      • To promote life and value all life.Add amendments to protect life.
      • Our nation is currently experiencing a youth suicide crisis, so why would our state want to encourage our citizens to take the suicide route.?
      • We should provide counseling, provide pain management, protect vulnerable senior citizens from harm or foul play, and inform patients and their families of ALL options to prolong their lives.
      • Vote No!

 Family Policy Institute of WA and Human Life of WA 2020

By Sarah Davenport-Smith, Lobbyist, Family Policy Institute of Washington and Human Life of Washington

Legislative Agenda: 28 Feb 2020

OPPOSITION LIST

  1. Protecting Patient Care (HB 1608)
  2. Concerning Student Health Plans (HB 2252): Priority Bill
  3. Studying Barriers to the use of the WA Death with Dignity Act (SHB 2419): Priority Bill
  4. Mitigating Inequity in Health Plans which Exclude certain mandated benefits (SHB 2554/2SSB 6400): Priority Bill
  5. Modernizing the Control of Certain Communicable Disease (ESHB 1551)
  6. Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (SB 5395): Priority Bill
  7. Reducing Host Home funding restrictions (SB 6623)
  8. Legalization of Minor Prostitution (3SHB 1775): Priority Bill
  9. Creating the Office of Equity(E2SHB 1783):  Priority Bill
  10. Promoting Racism and Sexism in Business (SSB 6037): Priority Bill

 

Life:

Oppose:

 

*Also a matter of Religious Freedom

-Protecting Patient Care (HB 1608):

This bill unfairly targets religious hospitals and health care facilities who do not condone physician assisted suicide. Physicians are encouraged to go against the rules or policies of their chosen hospital or health care facility, and the health care entity would be held liable for enforcing their own policy upon a physician who promotes assisted suicide.  This bill also encourages the State of WA to increase the promotion of assisted suicide, thereby cheapening and endangering the lives of every citizen.

-Passed in the House: 65 yeas; 33 nays. 

-Passed the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee on 2/24; 9 to 2.

-Currently waiting to be pulled to the Senate Floor for a vote.

-Call & email your Senator and tell them to Vote No!

 

*Also a matter of Religious Freedom

-Concerning Student Health Plans (HB 2252):  Priority Bill

This bill forces ALL student health plans to cover abortion and abortifacient drugs.  Again, this will force people who are adamantly opposed to abortion to pay for it.  It also allows greater access to abortion for young adults, which will put these women at a greater risk for future physical, emotional, and mental health problems for the rest of their lives.

-Passed the House: 56 yeas; 40 nays.

-In the Senate Health & Long Term Care. Passed the Committee: 7 to 4

-Currently in Senate Rules Committee and ready to head to the floor.

-Call & email your Senator and tell them to Vote No!

 

*Also a matter of Religious Freedom

-Reporting End of Life Care Policies (SHB 2326): 

This bill requires that all hospitals and health care facilities report their end of life care policies to the Department of Health and the public.  While clearly reporting what your policies on assisted suicide is not bad in itself, we are concerned that this will open the door to various types of discrimination on religious – primarily Catholic – hospitals.  There is currently a case in Nova Scotia, Canada which clearly shows one of the issues (open public push-back) with this type of mandate.  Another possible issue could be that health care facilities and hospitals could be forced to pay a fine or be open to lawsuits – all because they choose to PROTECT life.

                 

                  -Passed the House: 89 yeas; 9 nays.

-Passed the Senate Health & Long Term Care. Committee: 8 to 3

-Currently in Senate Rules and waiting to move to the Senator floor for a vote.

-Call & email your Senator and tell them to Vote No!

 

 

-Studying Barriers to the use of the WA Death with Dignity Act (SHB 2419):  Priority Bill This bill would create a study group to figure out WHY more people are not utilizing suicide.  Our nation is currently experiencing a youth suicide crisis and our state wants to encourage our citizens to take the suicide route.  We should value every life, provide counseling, provide pain management, protect vulnerable senior citizens from harm or foul play, and inform patients and their families of ALL options to prolong their lives.

             -Passed the House: 67 yeas; 31 nays

             -Passed the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee: 8 to 3

-Currently in Senate Ways & Means

-Call & email members of the Ways & Means committee and tell them your concerns.

-Call & email your Senator and tell them your concerns.

 

*Also a matter of Religious Freedom

-Mitigating Inequity in Health Plans which Exclude certain mandated benefits (SHB 2554/2SSB 6400): Priority Bill This bill will require any health plan or student health plan to inform their enrollees IF they don’t cover certain state or federally mandated benefits.  Our concern is that this will force insurance carrier who refuses to pay for abortions, abortion pills, or assisted suicide, or other morally conflicting services to pay for them. This goes against our Federal and State Constitutional rights to religious and conscious freedoms and against valuing and protecting ALL life.  No business should be punished for promoting TRUE healthcare for the mother, baby, and the father. There are also provisions for fiscal punishments.

             -SHB 2554 passed the House: 59 yeas; 39 nays.

-Passed Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee: 7 to 4

-Currently in Senate Ways & Means and scheduled for a Vote on 2/28 @ 3:30 PM

-Call & email members of the Ways & Means committee and tell to vote No!

-Call & email your Senator and tell them to vote NO!

 

 

Parental Rights

Oppose:

-Modernizing the Control of Certain Communicable Diseases (ESHB 1551):  This bill will change how the State deals with communicable diseases, namely sexually transmitted diseases. Currently it is a first-degree felony to knowingly transmit HIV to another person.  This bill will lessen that to a gross misdemeanor.  Also, ESHB 1551 states that a minor (14 years or older) is allowed to receive treatment or surgery for a sexually transmitted disease without a parent’s consent or knowledge.  This bill will further endanger the public by decreasing the incentive to not infect people with HIV and it violates a parent’s right to determine the medical care of their minor child.

             -Passed the House: 57 yeas; 40 nays

             -Passed out of the Senate Health & Long Term Care committee 6 to 4. 

             -Currently waiting to be pulled to the Senate Floor for a vote.

             -Call & email your Senator and tell them to Vote NO!

 

-Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (SB5395/HB2184/HB1407/SB6175): Priority Bill: Comprehensive Sex Ed (CSE), promoted by Planned Parenthood, seeks to indoctrinate and sexualize children down to Kindergarten.  CSE teaches a sexuality and values that is contrary to Christian values, encourages sexual experimentation, affirms Gender Dysphoria and Same-sex Attraction.

Many of the encouraged and promoted practices and activities (sexual activity, sex-change operations, gender disorder, chemical castration, etc.) cause significant harm to children, thus actually child abuse. This is not about education or teaching science or facts, it is indoctrination of children by Planned Parenthood, to change our culture and values on sex and marriage.  It is designed to separate children from their parents and doubt their faith.

-Committee Vote in the House Education Committee. Passed 9 to 8.

-Amended in the House Education Committee and must return to the Senate for a vote on the amended bill!

-Call & email your House Representative and tell them to Vote NO!

-Call & email your Senator and tell them to Vote NO!

 

 

-Reducing Host Home funding restrictions (SB 6623): This bill would reduce the prohibition on a host home who temporarily takes care of wayward children or runaways from receiving public funding.  Our concern with this bill is that there’s the potential to emancipate children from their families and further encourage the State to take care of children versus their parents or guardians.  The State should prioritize reunification.

-Passed the Senate: 46 yeas; 0 nays.

-Passed the House Human Services & Early Learning Committee: unanimously.

-Contact your House members and tell them your concerns.

 

Christian Social Justice

Oppose:

-Legalization of Minor Prostitution (SSB5744/3SHB1775):  Priority Bill: Even in the name of compassion, the state must not decriminalize underage prostitution.  The tools of arrest through conviction should remain in the hands of the criminal justice system when they encounter minors involved in prostitution.   This is one of the most effectives tools to rescue minors in the sex-trafficking industry.  The ultimate goal of these tools is diversion into treatment, and the restoration to their parents of the child involved.  Through the proceedings prosecutors still retain the positive options diversion and expungement protecting the child from a criminal record.  Also, there still needs to be a punishment for those minors who continue to choose to be a part of this business.

-3SHB 1775 passed the House: 96 yeas; 1 nay

-Passed the Senate Committee: 6 to 1

-Currently referred to Senate Ways and Means

-Call & email the Senate Committee and tell them to keep minor prostitution illegal!

-Call & email your Senator and tell them your concerns, keep minor prostitution illegal!

 

Creating the Office of Equity (E2SHB1783): Priority Bill Set up the office of equity replaces the Dept of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion that was recently rejected by the voters (Referendum 88 overturning Initiative 1000).   The Office of Equity will create policies that will mandate racism into every aspect of government, colleges, and businesses.  This is NOT what diversity is all about.

-Passed the Senate Committee on State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections: 5 to 2

    -Currently in Senate Ways & Means.

    -Call & email the Way & Means committee members and tell them to vote NO!

-Call & email your Senator and tell them to UPHOLD the Vote of the People on Referendum 88!

 

-Promoting Racism and Sexism in Business (SSB 6037): Priority Bill Requires every public company (listed on a stock exchange) to have a gender and racial diverse board of directors.  This would force companies to place board members solely on their outward appearance, rather than their qualifications or passions.

Referred to House Committee on Civil Rights & Judiciary : Passed 8 to 6

-Currently in House Rules and ready to go to the House floor.

     -Call & email your House Representative and tell them to Vote NO!

 

 

 Budget:

 

Oppose:

  • HB 2325/SB 6168 – Operating Budget
    • Oppose Sec. 138, (7) – Office of the Insurance Commissioner funding for SSB 5602 (Abortion for All)
      • 216, line 31-36 – For the Human Rights Commission (funding for Abortion for All)
      • 501, (3)– Education, Work Group in OSPI for Sexual Health Education and Comprehensive Sexual Health Education, rules for OSPI for Comprehensive Sexual Health Education
      • 221, (7)(a)-(xii) – Department of Health; Make-up of the Office of Equity
      • 221, (48) – Make-up of the Environmental Justice Task Force

 

Bills to CONTINUE to Watch

These bills did not get voted out of the House they began in by the 2/19 cutoff date.  However, there is a possibility that they could come back up before the end of the session.  So, keep watching them and let your Legislator know your thoughts.

Creating a Study Committee on Human Genome Editing (HB 2273) Editing the basic genetic make-up of a human being is still viewed as unethical by the majority of medical scientists.  It is a form of eugenics, which is severely frowned upon by most of society due to the connections with the Nazi experiments during WWII.  While we want advances in medical technologies and disease prevention, there are certain lines that should not be crossed.

Currently in the House Rules Committee. Call and email your House Representatives and tell them your concerns.  Ask them to add an amendment to include the members of the Faith Community in the committee.

*Sent back to House Rules. 

-Keep watching this bill and contacting your House members.

  • -Learning Assistance Program to Fund School-Wide Behavioral Health System (SB 6132): This bill expands the use of each school district’s learning assistance program to pay for social workers, counselors, or other school-based health professionals. This may include gender therapy, reproductive therapy, referrals for depression treatment, and much more.  There are no safeguards for parental notification or consent before a child is possibly treated or referred or other health professionals.

-Passed the Senate on 2/12/20: 28 yeas; 14 nays

-Sent to the House Education Committee. No hearing scheduled yet.

-Call & email the members of the House Education Committee and tell them your concerns.

-Call & email your House members and tell them your concerns.

  • -Developing Comprehensive School Counseling Programs (SB 6480): This bill will force all school districts to develop a comprehensive school counseling program before the 2021-2022 school year – within existing funds. Not only is this a potentially large drain on school funds, but this program seems to go around each child’s parents or guardians.  There are provisions for the counselors to be able to refer students or collaborate with other professional.  A child’s mental and emotional health is primarily the responsibility of their parent or guardian.  Each parent must be informed and consent before any outside referrals or collaborations are made.

-Passed the Senate on 2/12/20: 43 yeas; 3 nays

-Sent to the House Education Committee. No hearing scheduled yet.

-Call the members of the House Education Committee and tell them your concerns.

-Tell your House members your concerns.

 

 

-School based Health Centers (SB6563): Priority Bill:  Providing health care to students in public schools. This bill makes it legal to host health clinics on school campuses. Concerns that this will match the efforts being pushed in CA, which allowed over 50 Planned Parenthood funded “health” clinics to be placed on school campuses in LA County.  Parents must be involved in their children’s health care & we must not provide morally wrong services in school. We must not allow pharmaceuticals (including vaccines), or surgical procedures without parent’s knowledge/consent.

-Currently placed on second reading. Call your Senator and tell them your concerns.  Protect parental rights! Protect our children!

-Remains in Senate Rules.  Keep watching this and contacting your Senator.

 

-Parental Involvement through volunteering in schools after a criminal conviction (SHB2220):  This bill is concerning because it allows people with criminal records to potentially volunteer at schools.  While there are provisions that allow schools to deny a person with a criminal record to volunteer in classrooms, it puts the responsibility on the school to prove the person is not cleared.  Not only does this pose a potential risk to students and school staff, it also seems to add one more burden on an already over-burdened school system.  There should be restrictions on those people who have convicted of sex crimes or other crimes against minors.

-Passed the House: 82 yeas; 16 nays.

-PROTECTIVE Amendment added:

-Call & email your House members and thank them

Call & email your Senator and tell them to leave the amendment.

– Scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Early Learning Committee on 2/26 @ 1:30 PM.

 

Friday Wrap-Up and Friday Forecast

By Sarah Davenport-Smith, Lobbyist, Family Policy Institute of WA and Human Life of WA 2020

The week of February 17, 2020 proved to be another intense week.  Let’s quickly review what happened:

  • Several bills we were following are now essentially “dead” for the rest of the session. Our list is now down to 11 bills:
  1. Concerning Student Health Plans (HB 2252)
  2. Studying Barriers to the use of the WA Death with Dignity Act (SHB 2419)
  3. Mitigating Inequity in Health Plans which Exclude certain mandated benefits (SHB 2554)
  4. Modernizing the Control of Certain Communicable Disease (ESHB 1551)
  5. Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (SB 5395)
  6. Learning Assistance Program to Fund School-Wide Behavioral Health System (SB 6132)
  7. Developing Comprehensive School Counseling Programs (SB 6480)
  8. Reducing Host Home funding restrictions (SB 6623)
  9. Legalization of Minor Prostitution (3SHB 1775)
  10. Creating the Office of Equity(E2SHB 1783)
  11. Promoting Racism and Sexism in Business (SSB 6037)
  • Keep the pressure on your Representatives & Senators! Comprehensive Sex Education is still on the move.  ESSB 5395had a hearing in the House Education Committee on Thursday, February 20. WHAT A TURN OUT!  We had over 700 supporters show up to Oppose 5395.  The testimony was wonderful. BUT, we still have to keep the pressure on our House members.

Please, do your God-given duty as a citizen and call, email, and visit your Representatives and tell them to VOTE NO on ESSB 5395.  Show WA Democrats we will protect the innocence of our children and our parental rights!

The week of February 24, 2020 will be intense.  Here’s looking ahead to prepare you:

  • HB 2252 (Concerning Student Health Plans)
    • Passed the House: 56 yeas; 40 nays.
    • In the Senate Health & Long Term Care. Public hearing scheduled for 2/24 @ 1:30 PM
    • Call & email members of the Senate Committee and your Senator.
    • Tell them:
      • This will force people who are adamantly opposed to abortion to pay for it.
      • It also allows greater access to abortion for young adults, which will put these women and men at a greater risk for future physical, emotional, and mental health problems for the rest of their lives.
      • Vote No!
  • SHB 2419 (Studying Barriers to the use of the WA Death with Dignity Act)
    • Passed the House: 67 yeas; 31 nays
    • In Senate Health & Long Term Care. Public hearing scheduled for 2/24 @ 1:30 PM. Committee vote scheduled for 2/26 @ 1:30 PM.
    • Call & email members of the Senate Committee and your Senator.
    • Tell them:
      • To promote life and value all life.Add amendments to protect life.
      • Our nation is currently experiencing a youth suicide crisis, so why would our state want to encourage our citizens to take the suicide route.?
      • We should provide counseling, provide pain management, protect vulnerable senior citizens from harm or foul play, and inform patients and their families of ALL options to prolong their lives.
      • Vote No!

 Family Policy Institute of WA and Human Life of WA 2020

By Sarah Davenport-Smith, Lobbyist, Family Policy Institute of WA and Human Life of WA 2020

Full Report

Legislative Agenda: 21 Feb 2020

OPPOSITION LIST

  1. Concerning Student Health Plans (HB 2252): Priority Bill
  2. Studying Barriers to the use of the WA Death with Dignity Act (SHB 2419): Priority Bill
  3. Mitigating Inequity in Health Plans which Exclude certain mandated benefits (SHB 2554/2SSB 6400): Priority Bill
  4. Modernizing the Control of Certain Communicable Disease (ESHB 1551)
  5. Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (SB 5395): Priority Bill
  6. Learning Assistance Program to Fund School-Wide Behavioral Health System (SB 6132): Priority Bill
  7. Developing Comprehensive School Counseling Programs (SB 6480)
  8. Reducing Host Home funding restrictions (SB 6623)
  9. Legalization of Minor Prostitution (3SHB 1775): Priority Bill
  10. Creating the Office of Equity(E2SHB 1783):  Priority Bill
  11. Promoting Racism and Sexism in Business (SSB 6037): Priority Bill

Life:

Oppose:

-Concerning Student Health Plans (HB 2252):  Priority Bill

This bill forces ALL student health plans to cover abortion and abortifacient drugs.  Again, this will force people who are adamantly opposed to abortion to pay for it.  It also allows greater access to abortion for young adults, which will put these women at a greater risk for future physical, emotional, and mental health problems for the rest of their lives.

-Passed the House: 56 yeas; 40 nays.

-In the Senate Health & Long Term Care. Public hearing scheduled for 2/24 @ 1:30 PM

-Call & email members of the Senate Committee and tell them to protect our students, protect schools’ right to choose life. Vote No!

-Call & email your Senatorand tell them to Vote No!

-Studying Barriers to the use of the WA Death with Dignity Act (SHB 2419):  Priority Bill This bill would create a study group to figure out WHY more people are not utilizing suicide.  Our nation is currently experiencing a youth suicide crisis and our state wants to encourage our citizens to take the suicide route.  We should value every life, provide counseling, provide pain management, protect vulnerable senior citizens from harm or foul play, and inform patients and their families of ALL options to prolong their lives.

             -Passed the House: 67 yeas; 31 nays

             -In Senate Health & Long Term Care. Hearing scheduled for 2/24 @ 1:30 PM

-Call & email members of the Senate Committee and tell them to promote life and value all life.  Add amendments to protect life.

-Call & email your Senator and tell them your concerns.

*Also a matter of Religious Freedom

-Mitigating Inequity in Health Plans which Exclude certain mandated benefits (SHB 2554/2SSB 6400): Priority Bill This bill will require any health plan or student health plan to inform their enrollees IF they don’t cover certain state or federally mandated benefits.  Our concern is that this will force insurance carrier who refuses to pay for abortions, abortion pills, or assisted suicide, or other morally conflicting services to pay for them. This goes against our Federal and State Constitutional rights to religious and conscious freedoms and against valuing and protecting ALL life.  No business should be punished for promoting TRUE healthcare for the mother, baby, and the father. There are also provisions for fiscal punishments.

             -SHB 2554 passed the House: 59 yeas; 39 nays.

-Currently in Senate Health & Long Term Care. Committee Vote scheduled for 2/24 @ 8:00 AM

             -Call & email the Senate Committee members and tell them to Vote NO!

             -Call & email your Senator and tell them to Vote NO!

Parental Rights

Oppose:

-Modernizing the Control of Certain Communicable Diseases (ESHB 1551):  This bill will change how the State deals with communicable diseases, namely sexually transmitted diseases. Currently it is a first-degree felony to knowingly transmit HIV to another person.  This bill will lessen that to a gross misdemeanor.  Also, ESHB 1551 states that a minor (14 years or older) is allowed to receive treatment or surgery for a sexually transmitted disease without a parent’s consent or knowledge.  This bill will further endanger the public by decreasing the incentive to not infect people with HIV and it violates a parent’s right to determine the medical care of their minor child.

             -Passed the House: 57 yeas; 40 nays

             -Sent to the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee. Public hearing on 2/21 @ 8:00 AM

             -Call & email the members of the Senate Committee and tell them to Vote NO!

             -Call & email your Senator and tell them to Vote NO!

 -Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (SB5395/HB2184/HB1407/SB6175): Priority Bill: Comprehensive Sex Ed (CSE), promoted by Planned Parenthood, seeks to indoctrinate and sexualize children down to Kindergarten.  CSE teaches a sexuality and values that is contrary to Christian values, encourages sexual experimentation, affirms Gender Dysphoria and Same-sex Attraction.

Many of the encouraged and promoted practices and activities (sexual activity, sex-change operations, gender disorder, chemical castration, etc.) cause significant harm to children, thus actually child abuse. This is not about education or teaching science or facts, it is indoctrination of children by Planned Parenthood, to change our culture and values on sex and marriage.  It is designed to separate children from their parents and leave their Christian (or Jewish, Muslim) faith.

-Committee Vote in the House Education Committee on 2/27 @ 8:00 AM.

-Call & email the House Education Committee members and tell them to VOTE NO!

-Call & email your House Representative and tell them to Vote NO!

  • -Learning Assistance Program to Fund School-Wide Behavioral Health System (SB 6132): Priority Bill This bill expands the use of each school district’s learning assistance program to pay for social workers, counselors, or other school-based health professionals. This may include gender therapy, reproductive therapy, referrals for depression treatment, and much more.  There are no safeguards for parental notification or consent before a child is possibly treated or referred or other health professionals.

-Passed the Senate on 2/12/20: 28 yeas; 14 nays

-Sent to the House Education Committee. No hearing scheduled yet.

-Call & email the members of the House Education Committee and tell them your concerns.

-Call & email your House members and tell them your concerns.

  • -Developing Comprehensive School Counseling Programs (SB 6480): This bill will force all school districts to develop a comprehensive school counseling program before the 2021-2022 school year – within existing funds. Not only is this a potentially large drain on school funds, but this program seems to go around each child’s parents or guardians.  There are provisions for the counselors to be able to refer students or collaborate with other professional.  A child’s mental and emotional health is primarily the responsibility of their parent or guardian.  Each parent must be informed and consent before any outside referrals or collaborations are made.

-Passed the Senate on 2/12/20: 43 yeas; 3 nays

-Sent to the House Education Committee. No hearing scheduled yet.

-Call the members of the House Education Committee and tell them your concerns.

-Tell your House members your concerns. 

-Reducing Host Home funding restrictions (SB 6623): This bill would reduce the prohibition on a host home who temporarily takes care of wayward children or runaways from receiving public funding.  Our concern with this bill is that there’s the potential to emancipate children from their families and further encourage the State to take care of children versus their parents or guardians.  The State should prioritize reunification.

-Passed the Senate: 46 yeas; 0 nays.

-Sent to House Human Services & Early Learning Committee

-Scheduled public hearing on 2/21 @ 8:00 AM. Committee vote scheduled on 2/26 @ 1:30 PM.

-Contact the committee members and tell them your concerns.

-Contact your House members and tell them your concerns.

Christian Social Justice

Oppose:

-Legalization of Minor Prostitution (SSB5744/3SHB1775):  Priority Bill: Even in the name of compassion, the state must not decriminalize underage prostitution.  The tools of arrest through conviction should remain in the hands of the criminal justice system when they encounter minors involved in prostitution.   This is one of the most effectives tools to rescue minors in the sex-trafficking industry.  The ultimate goal of these tools is diversion into treatment, and the restoration to their parents of the child involved.  Through the proceedings prosecutors still retain the positive options diversion and expungement protecting the child from a criminal record.  Also, there still needs to be a punishment for those minors who continue to choose to be a part of this business.

-3SHB 1775 passed the House: 96 yeas; 1 nay

-Sent to Senate Committee on Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation.

-Public hearing scheduled for 2/25 @ 1:30 PM

-Call & email the committee members and tell your concerns and to Vote No!

-Call your Senator and tell them your concerns and to Vote NO!

Creating the Office of Equity (E2SHB1783): Priority Bill: Set up the office of equity replaces the Dept of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion that was recently rejected by the voters (Referendum 88 overturning Initiative 1000).   The Office of Equity will create policies that will mandate racism into every aspect of government, colleges, and businesses.  This is NOT what diversity is all about.

-Public hearing in Senate State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections scheduled for a Vote in Committee on 2/25 @ 1:30 PM.

    -Call the members on the Senate State Government, Tribal & Elections and tell them to Vote NO

-Call your Senator and tell them to UPHOLD the Vote of the People on Referendum 88!

-Promoting Racism and Sexism in Business (SSB 6037): Priority Bill: Requires every public company (listed on a stock exchange) to have a gender and racial diverse board of directors.  This would force companies to place board members solely on their outward appearance, rather than their qualifications or passions.

Referred to House Committee on Civil Rights & Judiciary

Public Hearing on February 14, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

Committee Vote scheduled for 2/21 @ 10:00 AM

     -Call & email your House Representative and tell them to Vote NO!

  Budget:

Oppose:

  • HB 2325/SB 6168 – Operating Budget
    • Oppose Sec. 138, (7) – Office of the Insurance Commissioner funding for SSB 5602 (Abortion for All)
      • 216, line 31-36 – For the Human Rights Commission (funding for Abortion for All)
      • 501, (3)– Education, Work Group in OSPI for Sexual Health Education and Comprehensive Sexual Health Education, rules for OSPI for Comprehensive Sexual Health Education
      • 221, (7)(a)-(xii) – Department of Health; Make-up of the Office of Equity
      • 221, (48) – Make-up of the Environmental Justice Task Force

Bills to CONTINUE to Watch

These bills did not get voted out of the House they began in by the 2/19 cutoff date.  However, there is a possibility that they could come back up before the end of the session.  So, keep watching them and let your Legislator know your thoughts.

Creating a Study Committee on Human Genome Editing (HB 2273) Editing the basic genetic make-up of a human being is still viewed as unethical by the majority of medical scientists.  It is a form of eugenics, which is severely frowned upon by most of society due to the connections with the Nazi experiments during WWII.  While we want advances in medical technologies and disease prevention, there are certain lines that should not be crossed.

Currently in the House Rules Committee. Call and email your House Representatives and tell them your concerns.  Ask them to add an amendment to include the members of the Faith Community in the committee.

*Sent back to House Rules. 

-Keep watching this bill and contacting your House members.

-School based Health Centers (SB6563): Priority Bill:  Providing health care to students in public schools. This bill makes it legal to host health clinics on school campuses. Concerns that this will match the efforts being pushed in CA, which allowed over 50 Planned Parenthood funded “health” clinics to be placed on school campuses in LA County.  Parents must be involved in their children’s health care & we must not provide morally wrong services in school. We must not allow pharmaceuticals (including vaccines), or surgical procedures without parent’s knowledge/consent.

-Currently placed on second reading. Call your Senator and tell them your concerns.  Protect parental rights! Protect our children!

-Remains in Senate Rules.  Keep watching this and contacting your Senator.

-Parental Involvement through volunteering in schools after a criminal conviction (SHB2220):  This bill is concerning because it allows people with criminal records to potentially volunteer at schools.  While there are provisions that allow schools to deny a person with a criminal record to volunteer in classrooms, it puts the responsibility on the school to prove the person is not cleared.  Not only does this pose a potential risk to students and school staff, it also seems to add one more burden on an already over-burdened school system.  There should be restrictions on those people who have convicted of sex crimes or other crimes against minors.

-Passed the House: 82 yeas; 16 nays.

-PROTECTIVE Amendment added:

-Call & email your House members and thank them

Call & email your Senator and tell them to leave the amendment.

– Scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Early Learning Committee on 2/26 @ 1:30 PM.

 

Olympia Forecast for February 17-21

Posted by Family Policy Institute of Washington on Friday, February 14, 2020

Friday Wrap-Up / Friday Forecast: What’s next?

By Sarah Davenport-Smith, Lobbyist, Family Policy Institute of Washington and Human Life of Washington

The week of February 10, 2020 proved to be another intense week.  Let’s quickly review what happened:

  • Several bills we were following are now “dead” for the rest of the session. Our list is now down to 14 bills:
  1. Creating a Study Committee on Human Genome Editing (HB 2273)
  2. Concerning Student Health Plans (HB 2252)
  3. Studying Barriers to the use of the WA Death with Dignity Act (SHB 2419)
  4. Mitigating Inequity in Health Plans which Exclude certain mandated benefits (SHB 2554/2SSB 6400)
  5. Modernizing the Control of Certain Communicable Disease (ESHB 1551)
  6. Parental Involvement through volunteering in schools after a criminal conviction (SHB 2220)
  7. Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (SB 5395)
  8. Learning Assistance Program to Fund School-Wide Behavioral Health System (SB 6132)
  9. Developing Comprehensive School Counseling Programs (SB 6480)
  10. School based Health Centers (SB 6563)
  11. Reducing Host Home funding restrictions (SB 6623)
  12. Legalization of Minor Prostitution (3SHB 1775)
  13. Creating the Office of Equity(E2SHB 1783)
  14. Promoting Racism and Sexism in Business (SSB 6037)
  • Keep the pressure on your Representatives & Senators! Comprehensive Sex Education is still on the move.  HB 2184 isDEAD!  However, ESSB 5395 has a hearing scheduled in the House Education Committee.  Please, do your God-given duty as a citizen and call, email, and visit your Representatives and tell them to VOTE NO on ESSB 5395.  Last session, we were able to STOP this bill from progressing any further because YOU SHOWED UP.
  • Only ONE School-Based Health Centers bill is still alive. SB 6563 (allows schools to host clinics on campus). Our primary concern with the idea of school-based health centers and telehealth services on campuses is that there is NO PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT and NO LIMITATION ON THE SERVICES/TREATMENTS OFFERED.  Just like in LA County, it’s very reasonable to see a Planned Parenthood-operated clinic on many school campuses in the future.

The week of February 17, 2020 will be fast and furious.  Can you say, “FLOOR ACTION!”  Here’s looking ahead to prepare you:

  • SB 5395 (Requiring Comprehensive Sexual Education and Affirmative Consent Curriculum
    • Referred to the House Education Committee. Will be heard on 2/20 @ 8:00 AM in Hearing Room A
    • Call the House Committee members and your House Representatives
    • Tell them:
      • VOTE NO!!
      • CSE is NOT medically or scientifically accurate, nor age-appropriate.
      • Children should not be exposed to pornographic images, at any age.
      • This is NOT culturally inclusive for people of various backgrounds (such as
    • Show them:
      • For specific curriculum: Example 1, Example 2, Example 3, Example 4
  • SB 6563 (Authorizing School-Based Health Centers)
    • Currently in the Senate Rules Committee. May go to the Senate Floor for a vote any time.
    • CALL your
    • Tell them:
      • Certain services MUST NOT be offered at these clinics – like reproductive health services, pharmaceuticals, or biologics of any kind, and NO surgical procedures.
      • Several schools already have health clinics and the State should allow districts and clinics to proceed with these successful transactions unhindered.
      • Allow this program to be an Opt-In program for the district and the families.

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Family Policy Institute of Washington – Legislative Agenda: 14 Feb 2020

FULL REPORT

By Sarah Davenport-Smith, Lobbyist, Family Policy Institute of WA and Human Life of WA 2020

OPPOSITION LIST

  1. Creating a Study Committee on Human Genome Editing (HB 2273)
  2. Concerning Student Health Plans (HB 2252): Priority Bill
  3. Studying Barriers to the use of the WA Death with Dignity Act (SHB 2419): Priority Bill
  4. Mitigating Inequity in Health Plans which Exclude certain mandated benefits (SHB 2554/2SSB 6400): Priority Bill
  5. Modernizing the Control of Certain Communicable Disease (ESHB 1551)
  6. Parental Involvement through volunteering in schools after a criminal conviction (SHB 2220)
  7. Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (SB 5395): Priority Bill
  8. Learning Assistance Program to Fund School-Wide Behavioral Health System (SB 6132): Priority Bill
  9. Developing Comprehensive School Counseling Programs (SB 6480)
  10. School based Health Centers (SB 6563): Priority Bill
  11. Reducing Host Home funding restrictions (SB 6623)
  12. Legalization of Minor Prostitution (3SHB 1775): Priority Bill
  13. Creating the Office of Equity(E2SHB 1783):  Priority Bill
  14. Promoting Racism and Sexism in Business (SSB 6037): Priority Bill

Life:

Oppose:

Creating a Study Committee on Human Genome Editing (HB 2273) Editing the basic genetic make-up of a human being is still viewed as unethical by most medical scientists.  It is a form of eugenics, which is severely frowned upon by most of society due to the connections with the Nazi experiments during WWII.  While we want advances in medical technologies and disease prevention, there are certain lines that should not be crossed.

Currently in the House Rules Committee. Call and email your House Representatives and tell them your concerns.  Ask them to add an amendment to include the members of the Faith Community in the committee.

-Concerning Student Health Plans (HB 2252):  Priority Bill

This bill forces ALL student health plans to cover abortion and abortifacient drugs.  Again, this will force people who are adamantly opposed to abortion to pay for it.  It also allows greater access to abortion for young adults, which will put these women at a greater risk for future physical, emotional, and mental health problems for the rest of their lives.

-Currently placed on second reading in the House. Call your House Representative and tell them to Vote NO

-Studying Barriers to the use of the WA Death with Dignity Act (SHB 2419):  Priority Bill This bill would create a study group to figure out WHY more people are not utilizing suicide.  Our nation is currently experiencing a youth suicide crisis and our state wants to encourage our citizens to take the suicide route.  We should value every life, provide counseling, provide pain management, protect vulnerable senior citizens from harm or foul play, and inform patients and their families of ALL options to prolong their lives.

             -Passed the House: 67 yeas; 31 nays

*Also a matter of Religious Freedom

-Mitigating Inequity in Health Plans which Exclude certain mandated benefits (SHB 2554/2SSB 6400): Priority Bill This bill will require any health plan or student health plan to inform their enrollees IF they don’t cover certain state or federally mandated benefits.  Our concern is that this will force insurance carrier who refuses to pay for abortions, abortion pills, or assisted suicide, or other morally conflicting services to pay for them. This goes against our Federal and State Constitutional rights to religious and conscious freedoms and against valuing and protecting ALL life.There are also provisions for fiscal punishments.

-2SSB 6400 Currently placed on second reading. Call your Senator and tell them to VOTE NO!

             -SHB 2554 Currently in the House Rules Committee. Call your House Rep and tell them to Vote NO!

Parental Rights

Oppose:

-Modernizing the Control of Certain Communicable Diseases (ESHB 1551):  This bill will change how the State deals with communicable diseases, namely sexually transmitted diseases. Currently it is a first degree felony to knowingly transmit HIV to another person.  This bill will lessen that to a gross misdemeanor.  Also, this bill states that a minor (14 years or older) is allowed to receive treatment for a sexually transmitted disease without a parent’s consent or knowledge.  This bill will further endanger the public by decreasing the incentive to not infect people with HIV and it violates a parent’s right to determine the medical care of their minor child.

             -Passed the House: 57 yeas; 40 nays

             -Sent to the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee, no hearing scheduled yet.

             -Call the members of the Health & Long-Term Care Committee and tell them to Vote NO!

-Parental Involvement through volunteering in schools after a criminal conviction (SHB2220):  This bill is concerning because it allows people with criminal records to potentially volunteer at schools.  While there are provisions that allow schools to deny a person with a criminal record to volunteer in classrooms, it puts the responsibility on the school to prove the person is not cleared.  Not only does this pose a potential risk to students and school staff, it also seems to add one more burden on an already over-burdened school system.  There should be restrictions on those people who have convicted of sex crimes or other crimes against minors.

-Sent to the House Rules Committee.

-Call the members of the House and tell them your concerns with this and ask for special protections for children related to those criminals with sex crime backgrounds to be prohibited from school volunteering.

-Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (SB5395/HB2184/HB1407/SB6175): Priority Bill: Comprehensive Sex Ed (CSE), promoted by Planned Parenthood, seeks to indoctrinate and sexualize children down to Kindergarten.  CSE teaches a sexuality and values that is contrary to Christian values, encourages sexual experimentation, affirms Gender Dysphoria and Same-sex Attraction.

Many of the encouraged and promoted practices and activities (sexual activity, sex-change operations, gender disorder, chemical castration, etc.) cause significant harm to children, thus actually child abuse. This is not about education or teaching science or facts, it is indoctrination of children by Planned Parenthood, to change our culture and values on sex and marriage.  It is designed to teach children to hate or leave their parents and their Christian (or Jewish, Muslim) faith.

-Public hearing in the House Education Committee on 2/20/20 @ 8:00 AM.

-Call the House Education Committee members and tell them to VOTE NO!

-Call your House Representative and tell them to Vote NO!

  • -Learning Assistance Program to Fund School-Wide Behavioral Health System (SB 6132): Priority Bill This bill expands the use of each school district’s learning assistance program to pay for social workers, counselors, or other school-based health professionals. This may include gender therapy, reproductive therapy, referrals for depression treatment, and much more.  There are no safeguards for parental notification or consent before a child is possibly treated or referred or other health professionals.

-Passed the Senate on 2/12/20: 28 yeas; 14 nays

-Sent to the House Education Committee.

-Call the members of the House Education Committee and tell them your concerns.

  • -Developing Comprehensive School Counseling Programs (SB 6480): This bill will force all school districts to develop a comprehensive school counseling program before the 2021-2022 school year – within existing funds. Not only is this a potentially large drain on school funds, but this program seems to go around each child’s parents or guardians.  There are provisions for the counselors to be able to refer students or collaborate with other professional.  A child’s mental and emotional health is primarily the responsibility of their parent or guardian.  Each parent must be informed and consent before any outside referrals or collaborations are made.

-Passed the Senate on 2/12/20: 43 yeas; 3 nays

-Sent to the House Education Committee.

-Call the members of the House Education Committee and tell them your concerns.

-School based Health Centers (SB6563): Priority Bill:  Providing health care to students in public schools. This bill makes it legal to host health clinics on school campuses. Concerns that this will match the efforts being pushed in CA, which allowed over 50 Planned Parenthood funded “health” clinics to be placed on school campuses in LA County.  Parents must be involved in their children’s health care & we must not provide morally wrong services in school. We must not allow pharmaceuticals (including vaccines), or surgical procedures without parent’s knowledge/consent.

-Currently placed on second reading. Call your Senator and tell them your concerns.  Protect parental rights! Protect our children!

-Reducing Host Home funding restrictions (SB 6623): This bill would reduce the prohibition on a host home who temporarily takes care of wayward children or runaways from receiving public funding.  Our concern with this bill is that there’s the potential to emancipate children from their families and further encourage the State to take care of children versus their parents or guardians.  The State should prioritize reunification.

-Passed the Senate: 46 yeas; 0 nays.

-Sent to Human Services & Early Learning Committee

-Contact the committee members and tell them your concerns.

Christian Social Justice

Oppose:

-Legalization of Minor Prostitution (SSB5744/3SHB1775):  Priority Bill: Even in the name of compassion, the state must not decriminalize underage prostitution.  The tools of arrest through conviction should remain in the hands of the criminal justice system when they encounter minors involved in prostitution.   This is one of the most effectives tools to rescue minors in the sex-trafficking industry.  The ultimate goal of these tools is diversion into treatment, and the restoration to their parents of the child involved.  Through the proceedings prosecutors still retain the positive options diversion and expungement protecting the child from a criminal record.  Also, there still needs to be a punishment for those minors who continue to choose to be a part of this business.

-3SHB 1775 is now in the House Rules Committee. Call your House Representative and tell them your concerns and tell them to Vote NO!

Creating the Office of Equity (E2SHB1783): Priority Bill: Set up the office of equity replaces the Dept of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion that was recently rejected by the voters (Referendum 88 overturning Initiative 1000).   The Office of Equity will create policies that will mandate racism into every aspect of government, colleges, and businesses.  This is NOT what diversity is all about.

    -Public hearing in Senate State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections scheduled for 2/13 @ 8:00 AM.

    -Call the members on the Senate State Government, Tribal & Elections and tell them to Vote NO

-Call your Senator and tell them to UPHOLD the Vote of the People on Referendum 88

-Promoting Racism and Sexism in Business (SSB 6037): Priority Bill: Requires every public company (listed on a stock exchange) to have a gender and racial diverse board of directors.  This would force companies to place board members solely on their outward appearance, rather than their qualifications or passions.

Referred to House Committee on Civil Rights & Judiciary

Public Hearing scheduled for February 14, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

Committee Vote scheduled for 2/21 @ 10:00 AM

Call and email the House Committee and tell them to Vote NO!

     -Call and email your House Representative and warn them to Vote NO!

 Budget:

Oppose:

  • HB 2325/SB 6168 – Operating Budget
    • Oppose Sec. 138, (7) – Office of the Insurance Commissioner funding for SSB 5602 (Abortion for All)
      • 216, line 31-36 – For the Human Rights Commission (funding for Abortion for All)
      • 501, (3)– Education, Work Group in OSPI for Sexual Health Education and Comprehensive Sexual Health Education, rules for OSPI for Comprehensive Sexual Health Education
      • 221, (7)(a)-(xii) – Department of Health; Make up of the Office of Equity
      • 221, (48) – Make up of the Environmental Justice Task Force

 

OLYMPIA Forecast for February 10-14

Posted by Family Policy Institute of Washington on Saturday, February 8, 2020

February 7, 2020 – Friday Wrap-Up and Olympia Forecast

By Sarah Davenport-Smith, Frontline Lobbyist, Family Policy Institute of Washington

The week of February 3, 2020 proved to be another intense week.  Let’s quickly review what happened:

  • Keep the pressure on your Representatives & Senators! Comprehensive Sex Education is still on the move.  HB 2184 isposed to MOVE to the House Floor for a vote!  ESSB 5395 has passed the Senate and is waiting to move into the House Education Committee.  Please, do your God-given duty as a citizen and call, email, and visit your Representatives & Senators and tell them to VOTE NO on ESSB 5395 and HB2184.  Last session, we were able to STOP this bill from progressing any further because YOU SHOWED UP.
  • Several bills related to School-Based Health Centers were heard and voted on within their committees: SB 6563 (allows schools to host clinics on campus), and SB 6416 (telehealth services on campuses). Our primary concern with the idea of school-based health centers and telehealth services on campuses is that there is NO PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT and NO LIMITATION ON THE SERVICES/TREATMENTS OFFERED.  Just like in LA County, it’s very reasonable to see a Planned Parenthood-operated clinic on many school campuses in the future.

The week of February 10, 2020 will be fast and furious.  Can you say, “FLOOR ACTION!”  Here’s looking ahead to prepare you:

  • SB 6563 (Authorizing School-Based Health Centers)
    • Currently in the Senate Rules Committee. May go to the Senate Floor for a vote any time.
    • CALL your
    • Tell them:
      • Certain services MUST NOT be offered at these clinics – like reproductive health services, pharmaceuticals, or biologics of any kind, and NO surgical procedures.
      • Several schools already have health clinics and the State should allow districts and clinics to proceed with these successful transactions unhindered.
      • Allow this program to be an Opt-In program for the district and the families.

Family Policy Institute of WA and Human Life of WA 2020

Legislative Agenda: 7 Feb 2020

Report by Sarah Davenport-Smith, Lobbyist, Family Policy Institute of Washington

Life:

Support:

-Relating to the Prohibition of Certain Types of Abortions (HB1560): Prohibits abortion procedures that result in the bodily dismemberment of the unborn child.

-No movement in the House Committee on Health Care and Wellness

     -Call and email members of the House Committee on Health Care and Wellness and ASK FOR A HEARING

-Reporting to DOH the Use of Potassium Chloride or Digoxin in Abortion (HB1525): Recognizing the unalienable rights of the unborn child, will track when either of the chemicals lists is used in abortion.

-No movement in the House Committee on Health Care and Wellness

     -Call and email members of the House Committee on Health Care and Wellness and ASK FOR A HEARING

 -Pain-Capable Abortion Act (HB1526): By eight weeks after conception the unborn child reacts to touch; by twenty weeks the child reacts to what adults would call pain.  The state has a compelling interest in protecting the lives of unborn children from the stage at which substantial medical evidence indicates they are capable of feeling pain.

    -No movement in the House Committee on Health Care and Wellness

    -Call and email members of the House Committee on Health Care and Wellness and ASK FOR A HEARING

-Transparency in Reproductive Health (SB 6598): Partnering with Human Life of WA, FPIW supports requiring women seeking an abortion to receive full-information as to the potential side-effects & consequences of abortion based on Science Matters in Abortion Related Matters (SMART).

    -Referred to Senate Health & Long-Term Care Committee

    -Call and email the members of the Senate Health & Long-Term Care committee and ASK FOR A HEARING

    -Call and email your Senator and ASK FOR A HEARING

Oppose:

 -Studying Barriers to the use of the WA Death with Dignity Act (SHB 2419) This bill would create a study group to figure out WHY more people are not utilizing suicide.  Our nation is currently experiencing a youth suicide crisis and our state wants to encourage our citizens to take the suicide route.  We should value every life, provide counseling, provide pain management, protect vulnerable senior citizens from harm or foul play, and inform patients and their families of ALL options to prolong their lives.

             -Passed the House Committee on Health Care & Wellness on 1/31

             -Currently in the House Appropriations Committee.   Scheduled for a hearing on 2/8 @ 9:00 AM

             -Call your House Representative and tell them your concerns.

 -Concerning Student Health Plans (HB 2252) Priority Bill This bill forces ALL student health plans to cover abortion and abortifacient drugs.  Again, this will force people who are adamantly opposed to abortion to pay for it.  It also allows greater access to abortion for young adults, which will put these women at a greater risk for future physical, emotional, and mental health problems for the rest of their lives.

             -Currently in the House Rules Committee.

             -Call your House Representative and tell them to Vote NO

Creating a Study Committee on Human Genome Editing (HB 2273)  Editing the basic genetic make-up of a human being is still viewed as unethical by most medical scientists.  It is a form of eugenics, which is severely frowned upon by most of society due to the connections with the Nazi experiments during WWII.  While we want advances in medical technologies and disease prevention, there are certain lines that should not be crossed.

Currently in the House Rules Committee.

Call and email your House Representatives and tell them your concerns.  Ask them to add an amendment to include the members of the Faith Community in the committee.

-Mitigating Inequity in Health Plans which Exclude certain mandated benefits (SHB 2554/SB 6400):  This bill will require any health plan or student health plan to inform their enrollees IF they don’t cover certain state or federally mandated benefits.  Our concern is that this will force insurance carrier who refuses to pay for abortions, abortion pills, or assisted suicide, or other morally conflicting services to pay for them. This goes against our Federal and State Constitutional rights to religious and conscious freedom. There are also provisions for fiscal punishments as well.

-Sent to Senate Ways & Means Committee

             -Call the Senate Committee members and tell them to VOTE NO!

             -Call your Senator and tell them to VOTE NO!

             -SHB 2554 scheduled for a vote in the House Appropriations Committee on 2/8 @ 9:00 AM

             -Call the House Committee members and tell them to Vote NO! 

             -Call your House Representatives and tell them to Vote NO!

Religious Freedom:

Support:

-Repeal the Blaine Amendment, removal from Washington’s constitution.  Washington must end the religious discrimination enshrined by the deliberate anti-Christian Blaine Amendment and allow state dollars to flow to qualified faith-based schools and a voucher system.

Oppose:  

–Mitigating Inequity in Health Plans which Exclude certain mandated benefits (SHB 2554/SB 6400):  This bill will require any health plan or student health plan to inform their enrollees IF they don’t cover certain state or federally mandated benefits.  Our concern is that this will force insurance carrier who refuses to pay for abortions, abortion pills, or assisted suicide, or other morally conflicting services to pay for them.  There are also provisions for fiscal punishments as well.

– SB 6400 sent to Senate Ways & Means Committee

             -Call the Senate Committee members and tell them to VOTE NO!

             -Call your Senator and tell them to VOTE NO!

             -SHB 2554 scheduled for a vote in the House Appropriations Committee on 2/8 @ 9:00 AM

             -Call the House Committee members and tell them to Vote NO! 

             -Call your House Representatives and tell them to Vote NO!

Parental Rights:

Support:

-Expanding Parental Involvement in Sexual Health Education (HB 2648) – This bill is a better sex education bill which bases the curriculum on the successful, family-friendly, age-appropriate, and medically and scientifically accurate Sexual Risk Avoidance model versus the Comprehensive Sex Education model.  This bill will also give more authority to parents and local school districts to choose which sex education curriculum is best.

             -Currently referred to the House Committee on Education

             -Call and email the members of the House Committee on Education and ASK FOR A HEARING on this bill.

             -Call and email your House Representatives and tell them to push for a hearing on this bill.

-Supporting Parental School Choice (SB 6608) – This bill states the legislature intends to support parental school choice by making state funding follow each child to the school of choice. Schools include public schools, including charter schools, and private schools. The bill directs the office of the superintendent of public instruction to submit a report with recommendations to the legislature on how to implement parental school choice.

    -Referred to the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education

    -Call and email the members of the Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12 Education and ASK FOR A         HEARING

    -Call your Senator and encourage them to ASK FOR A HEARING

-Creating a Parental Bill of Rights (SB 6664/HB 2928) Priority Bill:  This bill protects every parent’s right to direct the upbringing, education, and healthcare of their child.  It will prohibit the State from interfering and driving a wedge between parents and their children.

            -SB 6664 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Law & Justice

            -HB 2928 has been referred to the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee

            -Call your Senator and House member and tell them to SUPPORT THIS BILL!  ASK FOR A HEARING!

-Religious Charter Schools/Private Vouchers: Priority Bill: After repeal of Blaine Amendment, allow religious schools and vouchers be funded and determined by parental choice.

Oppose:

-Comprehensive Sexual Health Education (SB5395/HB2184/HB1407/SB6175): Priority Bill: Comprehensive Sex Ed (CSE), promoted by Planned Parenthood, seeks to indoctrinate and sexualize children down to Kindergarten.  CSE teaches a sexuality and values that is contrary to Christian values, encourages sexual experimentation, affirms Gender Dysphoria and Same-sex Attraction.

Many of the encouraged and promoted practices and activities (sexual activity, sex-change operations, gender disorder, chemical castration, etc.) cause significant harm to children, thus actually child abuse. This is not about education or teaching science or facts, it is indoctrination of children by Planned Parenthood, to change our culture and values on sex and marriage.  It is designed to teach children to hate or leave their parents and their Christian (or Jewish, Muslim) faith.

-HB 2184 was sent to House Appropriations Committee. No hearing scheduled yet.

    -Call the House appropriations Committee and tell them to Vote NO!

    -Call your House Representatives and tell them to Vote NO!

    Senate Vote for ESSB 5395 on 1/23/2020.  28 yeas; 21 nays

    –Sent to the House Education Committee.  No hearing scheduled yet.

    -Call the House Education Committee members and tell them to VOTE NO!

-Universal Government Visitation (SB5683/HB1771):  Priority Bill: Year by year, the state tries to take more and more the role of the parent, driving a wedge between parents and their children.  Universal Visitation would be the ultimate leverage the state needs to ‘stick its nose inside the tent,’ and intrude directly in order to monitor everyone inside their own home, who knows what harm or persecution will result in this MASSIVE Gov’t violation of privacy!

-SB 5683 is currently in Senate Ways and Means

-HB 1771 is currently in House Appropriations

-Call your House Representatives and Senator and tell them to vote NO!

-Call and email the members of the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Ways and Means Committee and tell them to VOTE NO!

-Modifying Certain Vaccine Provisions (SB 5841) – Removes the personal objection to all vaccines.  This will still leave the religious exemption, but that does not apply to most religious institutions.  Therefore, this will force parents to vaccinate their children with the vaccines required by the Department of Health and on the timeline required by the DOH.  Parental rights for the medical care of each child are removed in this area by this bill, and children’s lives are at stake.

    –Currently in the Senate Rules Committee, but not on the current list of bills to be pulled.

    –Call the members of the Senate Rule Committee and tell them to NOT PULL SB 5841

    –Call your Senator and tell them to be prepared to Vote NO!

-School based Health Centers (HB2288) Priority BillProviding health care to students in public schools. This bill makes it legal to host health clinics on school campuses. Concerns that this will match the efforts being pushed in CA, which allowed over 50 Planned Parenthood funded “health” clinics to be placed on school campuses in LA County.  Parents must be involved in their children’s health care and we must not morally wrong services on school campuses.  We must not allow pharmaceuticals (including vaccines), or surgical procedures without a parent’s knowledge and consent.

             -Sent to the House Committee on Education

             -Public hearing on 1/27/2020

             -Call the members of the House Committee on Education AND your House Representatives and tell them                           your concerns

-School based Health Centers (SB6563) Priority Bill:  Providing health care to students in public schools. This bill makes it legal to host health clinics on school campuses. Concerns that this will match the efforts being pushed in CA, which allowed over 50 Planned Parenthood funded “health” clinics to be placed on school campuses in LA County.  Parents must be involved in their children’s health care and we must not morally wrong services on school campuses.  We must not allow pharmaceuticals (including vaccines), or surgical procedures without a parent’s knowledge and consent.

             -Sent to the Senate Committee on Early Education & K-12

             -Senate Vote on 2/7; sent to Senate Rules

             -Call your Senator and tell them your concerns.  Protect parental rights!

-School-Based Health Centers (HB2708) Priority Bill:  This bill will establish a workgroup to determine how school-based health center will be defined and be operated on public school campuses.  Not only is this a larger cost to schools and taxpayers, but it’s also another way PARENTAL RIGHTS WILL BE TAKEN AWAY.  The group members who are identified to determine the outcomes of the study DO NOT INCLUDE un-associated parents nor members of the faith community.

             -Sent to member of the House Education Committee

             -Public hearing on 1/27/2020; no vote scheduled.

             -Call and email the members of the House Education Committee and tell them your concerns

             -Call your House Representatives and tell them your concerns

-Telehealth Services in Schools (SB 6416): Priority Bill: This bill not only pushes parents out of the doctor’s office where their children are concerned, it also defines what a school-based health center is.  The definition allows for possible medical abortions, vaccinations, and behavioral health – which could include gender transition therapy.  It also allows for health education services, which may allow for comprehensive sexual education through this avenue.

             -Senate Health & Long-Term Care Committee voted to pass on 2/3/2020

             -Sent to Senate Ways & Means Committee. No hearing scheduled yet. Possibly 2/10 or 2/11

             -Call the members of the Senate Ways & Means Committee and tell them to VOTE NO!

             -Call you Senator and tell them to VOTE NO!

  • -Developing Comprehensive School Counseling Programs (SB 6480): This bill will force all school districts to develop a comprehensive school counseling program before the 2021-2022 school year – within existing funds.  Not only is this a potentially large drain on school funds, but this program seems to go around each child’s parents or guardians.  There are provisions for the counselors to be able to refer students or collaborate with other professional.  A child’s mental and emotional health is primarily the responsibility of their parent or guardian.  Each parent must be informed and consent before any outside referrals or collaborations are made.

-Voted in Senate Committee on Early Learning & K-12

-Sent to Senate Rules Committee

-Call your Senator and tell them your concerns.

  • -Learning Assistance Program to Fund School-Wide Behavioral Health System (SB 6132): This bill expands the use of each school district’s learning assistance program to pay for social workers, counselors, or other school-based health professionals. This may include gender therapy, reproductive therapy, referrals for depression treatment, and much more.  There are no safeguards for parental notification or consent before a child is possibly treated or referred or other health professionals.

-In the Senate Rules Committee

-Call and email the Senate Rules Committee and tell them your concerns

-Call and email your Senator and ask them to add safeguards for parental rights

Improving Crisis Planning in Schools to Prevent Youth Suicide (HB 1221):  This bill is concerning due to the way it could interact with other bills that just passed. SB 5889 no longer allows parents to know what procedures or medications their insurance just paid for, and the Transgender policy of HB 3211.  We are concerned that this combination would still allow the same level of parental involvement.            

             -Call and email the members of the House Education Committee AND your House Representatives and                     them your concerns.

-Reducing Host Home funding restrictions (SB 6623): This bill would reduce the prohibition on a host home who temporarily takes care of wayward children or runaways from receiving public funding.  Our concern with this bill is that there’s the potential to emancipate children from their families and further encourage the State to take care of children versus their parents or guardians.  The State should prioritize reunification.

-Vote taken in the Senate Committee on Housing Stability & Affordability.  Majority passed.

-Sent to Senate Rules Committee

             -Call the Senate Rules Committee members and tell them your concerns. 

             -Call your Senator and tell them your concerns. 

Bills to Watch:

-Parental Involvement through volunteering in schools after a criminal conviction (SHB2220):  This bill is concerning because it allows people with criminal records to potentially volunteer at schools.  While there are provisions that allow schools to deny a person with a criminal record to volunteer in classrooms, it puts the responsibility on the school to prove the person is not cleared.  Not only does this pose a potential risk to students and school staff, it also seems to add one more burden on an already over-burdened school system.  There should be restrictions on those people who have convicted of sex crimes or other crimes against minors.

-Vote taken in the House Education Committee on 2/4/2020.  Majority passed.

-Sent to the House Rules Committee.

-Call the members of the House and tell them your concerns with this and ask for special protections for children related to those criminals with sex crime backgrounds to be prohibited from volunteering in schools.

-Establish a Parental Rights Commission to promote and protect the right of parents to raise their children within the value and faith framework they see fit.  The government is actively trying to separate children from parents, overriding and usurping the God-given and Constitutional rights and obligations of parents.  The commission will complete an assessment of laws and other policies as they impact the rights of parents and inform policymakers as to best measures to protect Parental Rights.

Establish a Parental Rights Statute in order to permanently establish a parent’s right to direct the upbringing, education, and care of their child, without the State or any government infringement. 

-Transparency in Education:         TBD 

-Expansion of Mandatory Vaccinations to include HPV (human papillomavirus). It’s the most common sexually transmitted infection and is usually harmless and goes away by itself, but some types can lead to cancer or genital warts. We oppose efforts to mandate this for all children or adults and usurp parental rights. This continues the radical effort to sexualize children and to trample on the religious freedoms of Christians and many other faith traditions.

Christian Social Justice

Support:

-Prohibits Males from competing in Female Sports (HB2201): Priority Bill: Ensuring equitable competition in student athletic activates. Prevents student male at birth from competing with in female athletic programs.

    –Sent to the House Committee on Education

    –No hearing Scheduled at this time

    –Call the House Committee on Education members and tell them WE WANT A HEARING!

    –Call your House Representatives and tell them to push for a hearing on this bill

-Homeless Programs Reforms: Support increased quality of programs, identification and service tracking of homelessness individuals and increased mental health and drug treatment interventions.

-Reform Conversion Therapy Ban to allow critical mental health therapy to help heal children and families confused or indoctrinated by harmful sexual and gender ideologies.

Oppose:

-Legalization of Minor Prostitution (SB5744/HB1775):  Priority Bill: Even in the name of compassion, the state must not decriminalize underage prostitution.  The tools of arrest through conviction should remain in the hands of the criminal justice system when they encounter minors involved in prostitution.   This is one of the most effectives tools to rescue minors in the sex-trafficking industry.  The ultimate goal of these tools is diversion into treatment, and the restoration to their parents of the child involved.  Through the proceedings prosecutors still retain the positive options diversion and expungement protecting the child from a criminal record.  Also, there still needs to be a punishment for those minors who continue to choose to be a part of this business.

-SHB 1775 is now in the House Appropriations Committee. Hearing scheduled for 2/8 @ 9:00 AM

     -Call the members on the House Appropriations Committee and tell them your concerns.

     -Call your House Representative and tell them your concerns

SSB 5744

     -Senate Committee on Human Services and Reentry voted YES.

     -Sent to Senate Ways & Means Committee. No hearing scheduled yet.

     -Call the Committee members and tell them your concerns. 

     -Call your Senator and tell them your concerns.        

Creating the Office of Equity (HB1783): Priority Bill: Set up the office of equity replaces the Dept of Diversity            Equity and Inclusion that was recently rejected by the voters (Referendum 88 overturning Initiative 1000).   The Office of Equity will create policies that will mandate racism into every aspect of government, colleges, and businesses.  This is NOT what diversity is all about.

    -Public hearing in Senate State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections scheduled for 2/13 @ 8:00 AM.

    -Call the members on the Senate State Government, Tribal & Elections and tell them to Vote NO

-Promoting Sexism and Gender Ideology in Business (SB 5142): Priority Bill: Increasing equitable gender representation on corporate boards. Requires every corporation to fulfill a quota of “self-identified” female members on their board of directors or face a fine of up to $300,000.  This bill

-Currently in Senate Law & Justice Committee

-No hearing scheduled

-Call and email the members of the Senate Law & Justice Committee and tell them your concerns

-Comment on the Bill

-Promoting Racism and Sexism in Business (SSB 6037): Priority Bill: Requires every public company (listed on a stock exchange) to have a gender and racial diverse board of directors.  This would force companies to place board members solely on their outward appearance, rather than their qualifications or passions.

Referred to House Committee on Civil Rights & Judiciary

Hearing scheduled for February 14, 2020 @ 8:00 AM

Call and email the House Committee and tell them to Vote NO!

     -Call and email your House Representative and warn them to Vote NO!

-Concerning Odd-numbered year elections (HB 2529/SB 6503) The concern we have with this bill is that it will NOT allow WA citizens to utilize the Referendum and Initiative process to the fullest extent.  For example, when the WA state legislature passes a law which conflicts with most WA voters and it happens on an even-numbered year, then WA voters would have to wait a whole year to repeal this law.  Everyone knows that once a law has been put in place, it’s VERY DIFFICULT to repeal it.  Let’s consider this possibility in light of ESSB 5395 – Comprehensive Sex Education possibly passing the State Legislature this year.  We would have to wait until November of 2021 to repeal this law.

-Waiting to be rescheduled for a Vote in the House State Government & Tribal Relations CommitteeNO VOTE TAKEN

    -Call and email the members of the House State Government & Tribal Relations and tell them to VOTE    NO!

    -Call and email your House Representatives and warn them to VOTE NO!

-Promoting Heroin Injection Sites:  Oppose all efforts to fund or implement sites that enable dangerous drug use.

Marriage:

Support:

-Establish Marriage Commission:  Will identify the policy needs of and advocate for married couples.  It will collect information to advise policymakers from the Legislature to the Governor.  The Commission will complete an assessment of laws and other protections for married couples, while also compiling a clearinghouse of resources for those intending to marry or who are married.

Oppose:   TBD

 

  

 Budget:

 

Support:

 

Oppose:

-Funding abortions/abortion providers

Friday Wrap-Up and Friday Forecast

By Sarah Davenport Smith, Lobbyist, Family Policy Institute of Washington

The week of January 27, 2020 proved to be another busy week.  Let’s quickly review what happened:

  • Keep the pressure on your Representatives! With the passage of ESSB 5395 in the Senate, we MUST reach out to ALL of the members of the House of Representatives to try to stop this bill.  At the very heart of ALL Comprehensive Sex Education curricula, the goal is to sexualize our children from the very beginning of their school career (kindergarten).  Please, do your God-given duty as a citizen and call, email, and visit your Representatives and tell them to VOTE NO on ESSB 5395.  Last session, we were able to STOP this bill from progressing any further because YOU SHOWED UP.
  • On Monday, January 27, 2020, several bills related to our public schools were heard: HB 2288 (School-based Health Centers) and HB 2708 (Workgroup for School-based Health Centers). HB 2288 is establishing the legal mechanism to allow health clinics on all public school campuses, and HB 2708 would create a workgroup to determine the best way to implement these school health clinics all over the state.  Our primary concern with the idea of school-based health centers is that there is NO PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT.  Even the workgroup does not include a parent group or faith group who would bring to light our concerns.  Just like in LA County, it’s very reasonable to see a Planned Parenthood-operated clinic on many school campuses in the future.
  • On Wednesday, January 29, 2020, the House Committee on Human Services & Early Learning will vote on SHB 1775, which decriminalizes youth prostitution. While this may sound like a compassionate idea, the ability for law enforcement and the justice system to find and rescue these children out of prostitution is an important tool which should NOT be removed.  Our current procedures actually do allow for this to be removed from a minor’s record.  Plus, allowing our law enforcement to arrest children in prostitution, is one of the best tools we have to rescuing children who are caught up in sex trafficking.
  • On Friday, January 31, 2020, HB 2529 was NOT heard in the House State Government & Tribal Relations Committee. The concern we have with this bill is that it will NOT allow WA citizens to utilize the Referendum and Initiative process to the fullest extent.  For example, when the WA state legislature passes a law which conflicts with the majority of WA voters and it happens on an even-numbered year, then WA voters would have to wait a whole year to repeal this law.  Everyone knows that once a law has been put in place, it’s VERY DIFFICULT to repeal it.  Let’s consider this possibility in light of ESSB 5395 – Comprehensive Sex Education possibly passing the State Legislature this year.  We would have to wait until November of 2021 to repeal this law.

The week of February 3, 2020 proves to be yet another interesting week.  Here’s looking ahead to prepare you:

  • HB 2288 (Authorizing School-Based Health Centers)
    • Will be Voted on in the House Education Committee on 2/6 @ 8:00 AM
    • Call the House Committee members and your House Representative
    • Tell them:
      • Certain services MUST NOT be offered at these clinics – like reproductive health services, or hormone replacement therapies
      • Several schools already have health clinics and the State should allow districts and clinics to proceed with these successful transactions unhindered.
  • HB 2708 (Creating a Study Committee for School Based Health Centers)
    • Will be Voted on in the House Education Committee on 2/6 @ 8:00 AM
    • Call the House Committee members and your House Representative
    • Tell them:
      • School-based health centers should be Opt-In for school districts and families
      • The study committee should be made up of people from ALL regions in WA, districts large and small, and non-associated parents
      • Reproductive healthcare and hormone therapies MUST NOT be included.
  • SB 6563 (Authorizing School-Based Health Centers)
    • Public hearing scheduled on 2/3 @ 1:30 PM in the Senate Health & Long-Term Care Committee
    • Attend the public hearing, email and call the Committee members and your Senator
    • Tell them:
      • Certain services MUST NOT be offered at these clinics – like reproductive health services, or hormone replacement therapies
      • Several schools already have health clinics and the State should allow districts and clinics to proceed with these successful transactions unhindered.
      • Allow this program to be an Opt-In program for the district and the families.
  • SB 6416 (Telehealth Services in Schools)
    • Senate Health & Long-Term Care Committee Vote on 2/3 @ 1:30 PM
    • Call and email the Senate Committee members and your Senator
    • Tell them:
      • There MUST be provisions to include parents & guardians in the health care of their children
      • Schools and families should be able to Opt-In to this program
      • Reproductive health services, hormone therapies, and vaccinations must not be offered at these clinics.
  • Bill Number, official title, and Leg link
  • Present and known projected status
  • Call to Action
  • 3-5 talking points