April 30, 2014, 11:58 am

2014 Legislative Report

FCWPP was successful well beyond expectations during the 2014 Washington state legislative session, given the challenge of two legislative chambers with sharply conflicting views. Several bills were enacted, including one protecting victims of domestic violence by depriving abusers from possessing a firearm, another providing for sealing the records from Read More 2014 Legislative Report […]

December 10, 2013, 12:30 am

2013 Legislative Report

The 2013 Washington state legislative session was especially challenging given the complex realignment of Senate leadership. Because the two chambers were dominated by groups with disparate views on many issues of concern to FCWPP, it was generally difficult to get legislative agreement. However, in spite of this, we are pleased that significant FCWPP-supported measures Read More 2013 Legislative Report […]

December 10, 2013, 12:23 am

2012 Legislative Report

Despite the shortness of the session, continued budget strife, and partisan gridlock, Friends’ efforts produced results that exceeded expectations. We created two big changes in corrections law and policy, and helped pass additional significant legislation.

• FCWPP led the effort to pass SHB 1775 supporting juvenile restorative justice. This voluntary process brings together offenders, victims, Read More 2012 Legislative Report […]

December 10, 2013, 12:23 am

2011 Legislative Report

Advocating for social justice legislation seemed a daunting task indeed when confronted this session by a budgetary deficit, by initiative and referendum votes that suggested to many a lack of public support for increased revenue, and by initial budget proposals to eliminate many safety net programs. Given the challenges that confronted us, we are Read More 2011 Legislative Report […]

December 10, 2013, 12:21 am

2010 Legislative Report

This year, we faced a legislature preoccupied with an enormous budget shortfall, a political climate unfavourable to legislation that might be seen to benefit prisoners, and a short session. Much of our effort focused on salvaging funds for safety net programs for the more marginalized and supporting new revenue sources, with a long-range goal Read More 2010 Legislative Report […]

December 10, 2013, 12:20 am

2009 Legislative Report

Like the Congress in Washington, DC, the state legislature in this Washington was preoccupied this session with devastating economic conditions, including an expected shortfall of approximately $9 billion over the next two years. Accordingly, most issues were colored by the question: How will it save money? Proposals that were perceived to add to the deficit Read More 2009 Legislative Report […]

December 10, 2013, 12:18 am

2008 Legislative Report

This legislative session, a short session in our state’s biennial system, was complicated by the mid-session discovery that tax revenue would fall far short of projections—by $423 million. That meant that both the governor and the legislators were more reluctant than usual to undertake new spending. Even so, we are happy to report significant Read More 2008 Legislative Report […]

December 10, 2013, 12:17 am

2007

The 2007 legislative session was both busy and successful for FCWPP. We succeeded in passing significant legislation in two of our three priorities: criminal justice reform and economic justice. In the third area, peace, we have legislation ready for progress early in the next session. We are writing to share some highlights of the Read More 2007 […]

December 10, 2013, 12:16 am

2006 Legislative Report

4/7/06

The short 60-day session focused on the supplemental budget and restoring some funding to health and education programs cut in last session¹s budgetary shortfall. Still the legislature (and FCWPP) managed to make progress on substantive issues, despite major time constraints and a heavy agenda. FCWPP participated with University Friends Meeting and the Fellowship Read More 2006 Legislative Report […]

December 10, 2013, 12:15 am

2005 Legislative Report

The principle carry away lesson for the session is the Democratic leadership, particularly in the House, has been very timid and circumspect on moving much of anything that could be labeled progressive or liberal. Having just regained control of the legislature and under the cloud of the close and contested Governor’s race, all legislative decisions Read More 2005 Legislative Report […]