Recently enacted HB 1109 advances Washington State rape kit reform. However, HB 1109 may not become law because of the state budget stalemate. HB 1109 has a "null and void" clause that will go into effect if there is a state government shutdown.
See: If State Government Shuts Down, Some Legislation That Passed Could Be Scrapped | Seattle Weekly
Representative Tina Orwall has been lobbying state legislators to extend the null and void deadline to save HB 1109 and we will know by the end of today if HB 1109 will be included in the state budget - there is little time to act.
WE MUST ACT NOW!!
We need urgent outreach to the following budget leaders:
Please email the following legislators immediately: Here is a sample email:
Subject Line: Please Include and Fully Fund Rape Kit Reform Law, HB 1109
Dear Senators and Representatives:
I am writing to urge you to save Washington State’s critical rape kit reform law, HB 1109. I urge you to stand with sexual assault survivors and include HB 1109 in the state budget so it can be fully funded.
[Your phone number and email address]
Rep. Pat Sullivan: Pat.Sullivan@leg.wa.gov
Rep. Timm Ormsby: Timm.Ormsby@leg.wa.gov
Senator Joe Fain: Joe.Fain@leg.wa.gov
Rep. June Robinson: June.Robinson@leg.wa.gov
Senator Ann Rivers: Ann.Rivers@leg.wa.gov
Senator John Braun: John.Braun@leg.wa.gov
Please email the legislators or call the Legislative Hotline: 1.800.562.6000
You can use the following sample message for your email to the Senate Rules Committee members. Simply copy and paste the emails for the recipients of your message and then copy and paste the sample message into the body of your email; and remember to conclude your email message with your contact information as listed below.
Sample Email Message to All Senate Rules Committee Members:
March 1, 2016
Dear Senate Rules Committee Members:
I am writing on behalf of bill 2SHB 2530. I urge you to pull this bill from the Senate Rules Committee by Friday, March 4th. Sexual assault centered reform, and especially rape kit reform, must continue to advance in Washington State. Rape survivors deserve justice and 2SHB 2530 will further the ongoing rape kit reform progress that is needed to realize justice for all survivors in Washington State. Please pull this bill from the Senate Rules Committee by Friday, March 4th.
Subject Line: Please Pull 2SHB 2530 from the Senate Rules Committee
Senate Rules Committee Chair: You can also call the Senate Rules Committee Chair, Senator Brad Owen, at (360) 786-7700 and urge Senator Owen to pull 2SHB 2530 from the Senate Rules Committee by Friday, March 4th.
Link to the Senate Rules Committee Homepage With Contact Information for All Committee Members:
By: Antoinette Bonsignore: January 25, 2012: Truthout
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