Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We are now a third of the way through the 105-day, 2013 legislative session. This week marks the first of several “cutoff” dates that are in place to help keep legislation moving through the process. Friday, Feb. 22 is the last day for House bills to receive consideration in House policy committees. If a bill doesn't pass through its original policy committee by Friday, it's considered “dead” for the session.
Many of you have contacted my office over the issue of guns and gun control. I know this is an emotional and sensitive subject but I strongly believe the recent shootings in our nation should not serve as the impetus for the continuing degradation of our “inalienable rights.” Just a few weeks ago, I swore an oath to “uphold the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, and the Constitution and laws of the State of Washington.” I intend to fulfill this oath by fighting against any proposals that would make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
I will also support legislation that reaffirms our liberties and freedoms. For example, I am cosponsoring the Washington State Firearms Freedom Act (House Bill 1371) which basically says that Washington state is not going to enforce – or allow the federal government to enforce – laws that violate our Constitution and our Second Amendment rights.
I'm also sponsoring legislation that would change our state's “gun-free school zones.” Under federal law, people with concealed carry permits are allowed to carry on school grounds. However, our state laws are more restrictive and do not currently allow a teacher, staff, or parents to protect themselves on school grounds. My bill would change that, but it might not make it out of committee. To learn more about this proposal, click the picture on the right and view my recent video update.
Last week in the House Judiciary Committee, several gun control bills were heard that continue the attack on our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. If you want to watch the committee hearings, click here. The bills heard include:
- House Bill 1147 – Modifying first degree unlawful possession of a firearm provisions.
- House Bill 1612 – Concerning information on firearm offenders.
- House Bill 1588 – Requiring universal background checks for firearms transfers.
- House Bill 1676 – Encouraging safe storage of firearms.
I strongly encourage you to stay engaged on this issue. The other side is not going to go away. If we're not vigilant, our children and grandchildren may never know the freedoms we enjoy today!
In this day and age in which technology and communication are an integral part of our daily lives, I encourage you to take advantage of the many ways to get connected to information about your Washington State Legislature. Here are some very important links to keep you informed:
- Capitol Buzz – A daily electronic clip service of House Republicans. Click here to subscribe.
- The Current – An online publication from House Republicans to include you in the legislative process. Click here to subscribe.
- Capitol Report – A three-minute weekly radio program (aired on KSVR) that discusses current issues of the 39th District and the state. Click here to sign up for my RSS podcast. You can also get all of the Washington House Republican Capitol Report programs on your iPhone and iPad through the iTunes store by clicking here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/capitol-report-washington/id579017734.
- Check out my Web site – Check out my Web site at: houserepublicans.wa.gov/elizabeth-scott. From this link, you can get more information about me, the bills I've sponsored and view my news releases.
- Photos – Access my photo gallery here.
- TVW – The state's own version of C-Span, TVW broadcasts floor and committee action live. You can also watch on your computer, smartphone or tablet: www.tvw.org
- Legislature's Web site – You can get bill reports, committee agendas and information about upcoming activities in the Legislature at: www.leg.wa.govAlso, please share this e-newsletter with everyone you know and encourage them to sign up for it from my Web site at: houserepublicans.wa.gov/elizabeth-scott.Serving you in Olympia is an honor. Please feel free to contact my office to express your thoughts and ideas on legislation or if you need assistance navigating the bureaucracy of state government. My legislative assistant and I will do what we can to help out.
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