Thursday, March 3, 2022

Where’s the Emergency, Governor?

Senator Mike Padden
Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The 2022 session train keeps chugging along, and the end of the line is in sight. We have exactly one week to go until the scheduled end of this year’s regular session. Tomorrow is the final cut-off deadline to approve bills that originated in the House of Representatives, and for the House to approve bills that originated in the Senate. After that, only bills that are “necessary to implement the budget” can be considered.

This week we’ll discuss some of the pushback to the majority party’s proposals for updating the state operating budget. Budget leaders from the Senate and the House must reconcile those proposals to produce one supplemental budget that can be agreed upon by both chambers AND gain the governor’s approval.

As all of this legislative action continues, we also reached a rather grim milestone, as Washingtonians have entered a third year of living under Governor Inslee’s perpetual state of emergency. The Freedom Caucus is pressing the majority party to stand up for the separation of powers, our constitution, and the people of this state. You can read more about those efforts below.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Conrad Reynoldson Makes a Difference

By Margaret Dore, Esq.

Bill HB 1141, which had sought to expand Washington State's assisted suicide and euthanasia law, is dead. From my vantage point, a big reason was a young lawyer named Conrad Reynoldson (pictured here).  

Reynoldson is founder and lead attorney of Washington Civil & Disability Advocate, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit, formed to ensure individuals with disabilities a low-cost option to protect their civil rights.

Reynoldson, himself, did not take the credit, sending out an email thanking others for the win. 

Expansion Bill Dead

 

By Barbara Lyons (pictured here)

The Washington State expansion of assisted suicide bill, HB 1141, is dead. It passed in the House by a 60-37 vote and cleared several Senate committees.  

Thanks to the dedicated, persistent work of a diverse coalition of people in the disability rights, medical, right-to-life and faith communities, the Senate adjourned last night without taking up the bill. It is dead for this session.  

The bill’s dangerous expansions included: reducing patient waiting times from 15 days to three days, allowing non-physicians to make terminal diagnoses and prescribe lethal drugs, and allowing for the lethal drugs to be shipped through the postal service rather than obtained in-person. Many thanks and congratulations to the coalition which led this successful effort!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Dore Featured Speaker

Margaret Dore
This evening, Margaret Dore was the featured speaker at St. Louise Parish Hall in Bellevue, Washington.

Her main topics included problems with assisted suicide in Washington State and how to win in the future against legalization. She also discussed suicide contagion in Oregon.

Special thanks to Debby Ummel who organized the event.