Research Mom lists bills that will have signifiant impact on your pocketbook or are systematic changes to control your freedom. 

Research Mom uses the criteria of advocating for local control and less government intrusion.  Financial decisions should be based on the reality of actual dollars and we should free up business opportunities by reducing taxes, fees, licenses, permits and regulations.  Education should be about teaching the content of knowledge and not be driven by outcome-based agenda driven decisions.  The State should not be in charge of teaching emotions, values, sexuality, or global citizens who do not cherish our nation - the U.S.A. 



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WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATION


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ECONOMICS

HB 1355 - Increasing the minimum hourly wage to twelve dollars over four years
Oppose this increases minimum wage to twelve dollars an hour.


EDUCATION

HB 1491 - Improving quality in the early care and education system
SB 5452  - Improving quality in the early care and education system
This bill expands government control from birth to kindergarten.  It will force all daycares including religious daycares and preschools to comply with one-size-fits all “curriculum” and evaluation of providers.  Centers and providers receiving zero gov’t subsidies are not affected but even if one child receives gov’t support ALL children and providers are under this rule.

HB 1760 - Providing students with skills that promote mental health and well-being
SB 5688 - Providing students with skills that promote mental health and well-being
This bill is another attempt to include social emotional learning as part of the K-12 curriculum.  It is a step to develop “benchmarks” on behavior and assess if a child is performing correctly.


ELECTION

HB 1143 - Allowing voters to return a voted ballot and signed declaration by fax or email.
Vote no  on this bill that will allow any voter to submit their ballot by fax or email.

HB 1548 - Increasing the percentage of votes required in order for a write-in candidate
Vote NO on this bill will effectively remove the potential of any write-in candidate to win an election.


GUN RIGHTS

HB 1245 - Repealing background check provisions relating to I 594
This bill was introduced on Jan 16th.  Contact House Judiciary committee to get a hearing.

HB 1193 - Prohibiting a government database of law abiding owners of legal firearms.
This bill was introduced on Jan 15th.  Contact House Judiciary committee to get a hearing.


SOCIAL VALUES

HB 1647 - Concerning health plan coverage of reproductive health care.
SB 5574 - Concerning health plan coverage of reproductive health care.
Oppose this bill to force all health plans to cover all contraception, abortions, and sterilization.

HB 1968 - rights of religious objectors to mandatory payments to labor groups
SB 5552 - rights of religious objectors to mandatory payments to labor groups
Allows workers to not make payments to labor unions but can choose other non-profits

HB 1139 - Establishing a work group to study human trafficking of youth issues.
Establishes a work group to study the issue of human / sex trafficking in youths.