Washington Legislative Update -January 16, 2019

This is the first week of session of session and already hundreds of bills have been introduced, including the Governor’s proposed operating budget.  In coming weeks, we’ll be identifying bills to follow and their hearings. But right now, here are some important advocacy days for your calendar.

Monday, February 11 (2-11) is WA 2-1-1 Lobby Day
Timed to coincide with the National 2-1-1 Awareness Day, the Washington 2-1-1 Lobby Day kicks of on February 11 on the Hill! Each 2-1-1 Regional Contact Center is responsible for scheduling their own Legislative meetings. However, Kristine Tardiff can help get those meetings scheduled.  Her contact is on the registration page. Between meetings, participants will gather in the Pritchard Building cafeteria where there will be extra packets, pamphlets, buttons and swag. Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. at a place to be determined.

Register for February 12 Legislative Reception 
The United Ways of Pacific Northwest is a partner with Washington Nonprofits and Philanthropy NW in hosting a legislative reception in Olympia from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on February 12. To attend this reception at the Governor’s Mansion, you must register  (free for United Way people) by February 4.

Registration Now Open for Feb 28 United Way/Housing Legislative Day
This is our annual Washington Lobby Day together in Olympia.  Please bring staff, volunteers and board members.  The Washington United Ways are joining with the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance for its Housing Action Day on the morning of February 28.  In the afternoon, the United Ways will hold our own session. Here’s the registration via the WLIHA;  please mark that you are with United Ways so we know you are coming.  Please register your attendees even if you plan to do legislator meetings separate from the pre-scheduled Housing Alliance meetings.  This registration includes lunch.  We will send out additional information in the coming weeks.