Wednesday, June 28, 2017

URGENT WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATIVE ALERT 

HELP SAVE RAPE KIT REFORM IN WASHINGTON STATE 

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

http://www.seattleweekly.com/news/if-state-government-shuts-down-some-legislation-that-passed-will-be-scrapped/

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.  

Thank you,
[Your name]
[Your address]
[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


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