Climate Action This Week: 
  • Equity & Environmental Justice in the Growth Management Act
  • Rent Stabilization
  • Establishing Independent Prosecutors in the Attorney General’s Office
  • Covenant Homeownership Program
  • Right to Take Action from Police Harm
  • Improving Washington's Solid Waste Management Outcomes Through the WRAP Act
  • Providing Responsible Environmental Management of Batteries
  • Buy Clean, Buy Fair
  • Transitioning to a Clean, Affordable, & Reliable Energy Future
  • Improving Traffic Safety
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We think these first four actions will take about 10 minutes.
📜 1. Concerning equity and environmental justice in the Growth Management Act - SB 5651

This bill would build on the HEAL act and require cities to examine and plan to reduce environmental inequities in their comprehensive planning. It would complement HB 1181 (Climate in the Growth Management Act) by including environmental justice concerns, such as reducing and preventing environmental and health disparities, as criteria in comprehensive planning. This 1-pager from Front and Centered has more information.

We are following the lead of Front and Centered on this bill.

Scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on Wednesday, February 22, 1:30 PM.


✏️ Please sign in here to support SB 5651 before TODAY, Wednesday, February 22, 12:30 PM and select “Pro” in the position button. This time is not a typo - the sign-in must be completed at least one hour BEFORE the hearing.

✏️ Miss this deadline? You can still sign in here, select “Pro” and leave a comment before Thursday, February 23, 1:30PM.

📑 The first sentence of the written comment should be: “I support SB 5651.” Then choose 1-3 of the following talking points, or write your own:
  • Currently, cities are not required to examine health and other environmental disparities as part of their comprehensive planning process. HB 1181 would encourage cities to consider them, but they are not explicitly required. This bill would elevate environmental justice to its own required criteria. It will require planners to embed equity and environmental justice across all other elements in the Growth Management Act.
  • SB 5651 will require planners to: identify and plan for the reduction and prevention of environmental and health disparities; and identify and prioritize vulnerable populations and overburdened communities for environmental benefits.
  • SB 5651 will also require planners to align local planning with state environmental justice in the Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act; and make specific efforts to involve and collaborate with frontline communities.

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* Did you sign in or leave a comment for SB 5651?

📜 2. Concerning residential rent increases under the residential landlord-tenant act and the manufactured/mobile home landlord-tenant act - HB 1389

This bill is essentially a rent stabilization bill—it caps rent increases at the rate of inflation or 3% (whichever is greater with an overall cap of 7%), and allows landlords to ‘bank’ rent increases and use them later.

We are following the lead of Futurewise on this bill.

Scheduled for a public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations on Wednesday, February 22, 1:30PM.


✏️ Please sign in here to support HB 1389 before TODAY Wednesday, February 22, 12:30 PM and select “Pro” in the position button.

✏️ Miss this deadline? You can still sign in here, select “Pro” and leave a comment before Thursday, February 23, 1:30PM.

📑 The first sentence of the written comment should be: “I support HB 1389.” Then choose 1-3 of the following talking points, or write your own:
  • In essence, this is a rent stabilization bill. Large rent increases have major impacts, particularly on low-income families.  These increases can result in families becoming “housing cost burdened” (spending over 30% of their income on rent), forced to find new housing at short notice (which is particularly hard in the tight housing market), and lead to homelessness.
  • This bill caps rent increases at either the rate of inflation or 3%, whichever is greater. It does not allow an annual rent increase over 7%.
  • If landlords choose not to use their full rental increase, they can “bank” the increase to be used in a future year.

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* Did you sign in or leave a comment for HB 1389?

📜 3. Establishing a mechanism for independent prosecutions within the attorney general’s office arising from police use of force - HB 1579

This bill would establish an office of independent prosecutions within the state attorney general’s office to prosecute a crime associated with use of deadly force by a police officer. The independent counsel will have concurrent investigating authority with the county prosecuting attorney. In 2020, the Governor’s Task Force on Police Use of Deadly Force identified real or perceived conflicts of interest by the local prosecutor as an obstacle in the prosecution of alleged police criminal conduct. HB 1579 is important in valuing the lives of Black, Indigenous, and people of color who are disproportionately impacted by police violence. 

We are following the lead of the Washington Committee for Police Accountability and People Power Washington on this bill.

Scheduled for a public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations on Wednesday, February 22, 1:30 PM.

✏️ Please sign in here to support HB 1579 before TODAY Wednesday, February 22, 12:30 PM and select “Pro” in the position button.

✏️ Miss this deadline? You can still sign in here, select “Pro” and leave a comment before Thursday, February 23, 1:30PM.

📑 The first sentence of the written comment should be: “I support HB 1579.” You can also attach and upload this article to your comments. Then choose 1-3 of the following talking points, or write your own:
  • HB 1579 is crucial to valuing the lives of Black, Indigenous, and people of color who are disproportionately impacted by police violence.
  • Prosecutors, exercising prosecutorial discretion, often fail to file criminal charges even when unarmed citizens are killed at the hands of law enforcement.
  • All people deserve to be safe, including safe from police violence, regardless of race, gender, or income. Police officers, like all other citizens, need to be held accountable to the law. In 2021 Washington State became the first state in the country to establish an Office of Independent Investigation. Independent Investigation is the first step. Help Washington State continue to lead the way in police reform and take the next logical step by establishing an Independent Prosecutor.

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* Did you sign in or leave a comment for HB 1579?

📜 4. Creating the covenant homeownership account and program to address the history of housing discrimination due to racially restrictive real estate covenants in Washington state - HB 1474

This bill would create a Covenant Homeownership Program (CHP) to collect money from the processing of certain county documents and use the money collected to help remedy racial disparities in homeownership, to study past discrimination and recommend and evaluate program changes. The CHP may provide down payments and closing cost loan assistance. Credit recipients must have household income under 100% Area Median Income (AMI), be first-time homebuyers, have lived or be descended from someone who both lived in Washington state before April 11, 1968 when the Federal Fair Housing Act was passed and was or would have been impacted by a racially restrictive covenant before that date.

We are following the lead of Futurewise on this bill.

Scheduled for a public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations on Wednesday, February 22, 1:30 PM.


✏️ Please sign in here to support HB 1474 before TODAY Wednesday, February 22, 12:30 PM and select “Pro” in the position button.

✏️ Miss this deadline? You can still sign in here, select “Pro” and leave a comment before Thursday, February 23, 1:30PM.

📑 The first sentence of the written comment should be: “I support HB 1474.” Then choose 1-3 of the following talking points, or write your own:
  • In essence, this is a housing reparations bill. The intent is to repair the harm done through racial housing discrimination that the state played an active part in allowing.
  • The time-period specified for impacted parties is based on both racial covenants (deed restrictions that prevented people of certain races from owning property) and other discriminatory practices that were in place until the Federal Fair Housing Act was passed.
  • The bill lays out a process by which descendants of impacted parties can prove their connections

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* Did you sign in or leave a comment for HB 1474?

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We think these next 3 actions will take about 15 - 20 minutes.
📜 5. Creating a private right of action for harm from violations of the state Constitution or state law by peace officers - HB 1025

This bill provides that anyone injured by a law enforcement officer who engaged in unlawful conduct under the state constitution or specific state laws has a cause of action against that officer and against other officers who could have helped to prevent the injury.  Few families of police violence victims bring lawsuits to state court because of many obstacles including qualified immunity, which often shields officers from accountability. This bill follows in the footsteps of several other states to provide a legal remedy to people whose rights have been violated by law enforcement.

We are following the lead of the Washington Coalition for Police Accountability and ACLU WA on this bill.

Scheduled for Executive Session in the House Committee on Appropriations on Thursday, February 23, 9:00 AM.

Please call or email committee members and ask them to pass this bill.


✏️ Prefer to email? Click here to send an email to the committee before Thursday, February 23, 9:00 AM.

If the above email link did not work on your device, you can also right click on the link and select “copy email address” in the drop down menu. This will allow you to paste the email addresses all at once into the recipient bar of your email.


✏️ On your phone, and want to call? Just click on any phone number in the list!

If you’re calling and you reach voicemail, be sure to speak slowly and clearly and say the bill numbers.
Chair, Rep. Timm Ormsby (D-03) – (360) 786-7946Timm.Ormsby@leg.wa.gov
Vice Chair, Rep. Steve Bergquist (D-11) – (360) 786-7862Steve.Bergquist@leg.wa.gov
Vice Chair, Rep. Mia Gregerson (D-33) – (360) 786-7868Mia.Gregerson@leg.wa.gov
Vice Chair, Rep. Nicole Macri (D-43) – (360) 786-7826Nicole.Macri@leg.wa.gov
Ranking Minority Member, Rep. Drew Stokesbary (R-31) – (360) 786-7946Drew.Stokesbary@leg.wa.gov
When calling or emailing, be sure to mention if you are in the representative or senator’s district!

📑 Script: The first sentence of the email should be: “Please pass HB 1025.” Then choose 1-3 of the following talking points, or write your own:

  • Victims of police violence and their families are often pushed into poverty, housing instability, and mental health crises as they navigate a confusing and abusive system while being plunged into debt through the costs of funerals, attorney fees, costs for childcare, and loss of work. Few are offered any financial compensation for the financial and emotional loss caused by violent policing. Families and victims of police violence deserve more than just a hashtag - they need compensation for state sponsored violence.
  • The current fear-mongering that passing such a law will unleash a flood of litigation is unfounded. California passed a similar law 30 years ago and Colorado, New Mexico, and Connecticut have all passed similar bills and have not seen a flood of litigation.
  • The passing of HB 1025 will provide protection for Washington citizens against police violence, making these cases less frequent, as well as allowing victims redress when harm is done.
  • People of all races deserve meaningful redress when their civil rights have been violated. That is why I am urging your support of HB 1025.

Question Title

* Did you call or email for HB 1025?

  I called to support HB 1025 I emailed to support HB 1025
Chair, Rep. Timm Ormsby
Vice Chair, Rep. Steve Bergquist
Vice Chair, Rep. Mia Gregerson
Vice Chair, Rep. Nicole Macri
Ranking Minority Member, Rep. Drew Stokesbary
📜 6. Improving Washington's solid waste management outcomes - HB 1131

The Washington Recycling and Packaging (WRAP) Act will modernize our recycling system by making producers of packaging and paper products responsible for their products' full lifecycle. It will incentivize producers to reduce unnecessary packaging and make packaging more sustainable; provide recycling access for residents across the state; and establish a redeemable deposit on beverage containers to improve the recycling of bottles and cans.

We are following the lead of Zero Waste WA on this bill.

Scheduled for Executive Session in the House Committee on Appropriations on Thursday, February 23, 9:00 AM.

Please call or email committee members and ask them to pass this bill.


✏️ Prefer to email? Click here to send an email to the committee before Thursday, February 23, 9:00 AM.

If the above email link did not work on your device, you can also right click on the link and select “copy email address” in the drop down menu. This will allow you to paste the email addresses all at once into the recipient bar of your email.


✏️ On your phone, and want to call? Just click on any phone number in the list!

If you’re calling and you reach voicemail, be sure to speak slowly and clearly and say the bill numbers.
Chair, Rep. Timm Ormsby (D-03) – (360) 786-7946Timm.Ormsby@leg.wa.gov
Vice Chair, Rep. Steve Bergquist (D-11) – (360) 786-7862Steve.Bergquist@leg.wa.gov
Vice Chair, Rep. Mia Gregerson (D-33) – (360) 786-7868Mia.Gregerson@leg.wa.gov
Vice Chair, Rep. Nicole Macri (D-43) – (360) 786-7826Nicole.Macri@leg.wa.gov
Ranking Minority Member, Rep. Drew Stokesbary (R-31) – (360) 786-7946Drew.Stokesbary@leg.wa.gov
When calling or emailing, be sure to mention if you are in the representative or senator’s district!

📑 Script: The first sentence of the email should be: “Please pass HB 1131.” Then choose 1-3 of the following talking points, or write your own:

  • Top talking point: I urge you to vote yes on the WRAP Act and to keep the policy as strong as possible. Please do not support amendments that would weaken the source reduction standards or the criteria for approving alternative recycling processes.
  • Plastic waste litters our shorelines and waterways, and more than half of Washington’s consumer paper and packaging ends up in landfills and incinerators.
  • The state’s recycling system has not kept pace with the avalanche of packaging created by manufacturers. By shifting the cost of recycling from residents to the companies that make the packaging decisions, this bill will incentivize companies to reduce unnecessary single-use packaging and use greener, more recyclable materials.
  • HB 1131 will protect Washington’s environment and communities from alternative recycling processes that have the potential for serious unintended consequences.
  • This bill will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by increasing our reuse and recycling rates. We save energy and decrease greenhouse gas emissions when items are made from recycled materials rather than new resources.

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* Did you call or email for HB 1131?

  I called to support HB 1131 I emailed to support HB 1131
Chair, Rep. Timm Ormsby
Vice Chair, Rep. Steve Bergquist
Vice Chair, Rep. Mia Gregerson
Vice Chair, Rep. Nicole Macri
Ranking Minority Member, Rep. Drew Stokesbary
📜 7. Providing for responsible environmental management of batteries - SB 5144 and Requiring environmental and labor reporting for public building construction and renovation material - SB 5322

SB 5144 will require battery manufacturers to manage and pay for a responsible recycling program for single use and rechargeable batteries which will be convenient, free and accessible for Washington residents.

SB 5322, known as “Buy Clean, Buy Fair '' will establish environmental and labor reporting requirements for the construction or renovation of large public buildings with an emphasis on optimizing the embodied carbon throughout the lifecycle of the structure, improving human and environmental health, economic competitiveness, and high labor standards in manufacturing by incorporating climate and other types of pollution impacts and the quality of working conditions into the procurement process. The bill attempts to recognize and reward Washington manufacturers that promote high labor standards in manufacturing, and to preserve and expand low carbon materials manufacturing in Washington.

We are following the lead of Zero Waste Washington’s lead on SB 5144.

We are following the lead of Washington Conservation Action and BlueGreen Alliance on SB 5322.

Both bills are scheduled for an executive session in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on Friday, February 24, 9:00 AM.

Please call or email committee members and ask them to pass this bill.

For these two bills, please send your talking points for both SB 5144 and SB 5322 in the same email as they are going to the same committee members. The subject line of the email should be: “Please Pass SB 5144 (Re Batteries) and SB 5322 (Buy Clean, Buy Fair)”.


✏️ Prefer to email? Click here to send an email to the committee before Thursday, February 24, 9:00 AM.

If the above email link did not work on your device, you can also right click on the link and select “copy email address” in the drop down menu. This will allow you to paste the email addresses all at once into the recipient bar of your email.


✏️ On your phone, and want to call? Just click on any phone number in the list!

If you’re calling and you reach voicemail, be sure to speak slowly and clearly and say the bill numbers.
Chair, Sen. Christine Rolfes (D-23) – (360) 786-7644christine.rolfes@leg.wa.gov
Vice Chair, Capital, Sen. Mark Mullet (D-5) – (360) 786-7608mark.mullet@leg.wa.gov
Vice Chair, Operating & Revenue, Sen. June Robinson (D-38) – (360) 786-7674june.robinson@leg.wa.gov
Ranking Member, Operating Sen. Lynda Wilson (R-17) – (360) 786-7632lynda.wilson@leg.wa.gov
When calling or emailing, be sure to mention if you are in the representative or senator’s district!

📑 Script: The first sentence of the email should be: “Please pass SB 5144 (Responsible Environmental Battery Management) and SB 5322 (Buy Clean, Buy Fair).”

Then, choose two of the following talking points on SB 5144 or feel free to come up with your own:

  • Use of lithium batteries is on the rise as we move into a renewable energy future. We need to recover the critical minerals they contain, not throw them in landfills.  SB 5144 will make recycling batteries convenient, free and accessible for all Washington residents, including overburdened communities.
  • By recycling the materials in batteries and decreasing the need to mine raw materials, will decrease greenhouse gas emissions, other pollutants, and landscape destruction. Proper handling and recycling of used batteries help prevent the release of toxic materials into the environment.
  • By making battery manufacturers responsible for the lifecycle of their products, creates a financial incentive for manufacturers to make batteries that last longer or are easier to recycle.
Please also choose one or two of the following talking points on SB 5322 or feel free to write your own:
  • SB 5322 attempts to recognize and reward Washington manufacturers that promote high labor standards in manufacturing, and to preserve and expand low carbon materials manufacturing in Washington.
  • SB 5322 will establish environmental and labor reporting requirements for the construction or renovation of large public buildings with an emphasis on optimizing the embodied carbon throughout its lifecycle, improving both human and environmental health. It will both increase economic competitiveness, and high labor standards while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollution.

Question Title

* Did you call or email for SB 5144 and SB 5322?

  I called to support SB 5144 and SB 5322 I emailed to support SB 5144 and SB 5322
Chair, Sen. Christine Rolfes
Vice Chair, Capital, Sen. Mark Mullet
Vice Chair, Operating & Revenue, Sen. June Robinson
Ranking Member, Operating Sen. Lynda Wilson
All done? Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom and click the orange “DONE” button to submit your actions!
Got time for more? We think these last 2 actions will take about 10-15 minutes.
📜 8. Supporting Washington's clean energy economy and transitioning to a clean, affordable, and reliable energy future - SB 5562

This bill (and its companion bill in the House, HB 1589) would prohibit large gas companies serving more than 500,000 customers from providing gas service to new residential and commercial customers after June 30, 2023. While this goal is commendable there are problems with the bills’ provisions. We would like to see them amended.

350 WA CAT recommends this action.

Scheduled for executive session in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on Friday, February 24, 9:00 AM.

Please call or email committee members and ask them to make amendments to this bill.

✏️ Prefer to email? Click here to send an email to the committee before Friday, February 24, 8:00 AM.

If the above email link did not work on your device, you can also right click on the link and select “copy email address” in the drop down menu. This will allow you to paste the email addresses all at once into the recipient bar of your email.


✏️ On your phone, and want to call? Just click on any phone number in the list!

If you’re calling and you reach voicemail, be sure to speak slowly and clearly and say the bill numbers.
Chair, Sen. Christine Rolfes (D-23) – (360) 786-7644christine.rolfes@leg.wa.gov
Vice Chair, Capital, Sen. Mark Mullet (D-5) – (360) 786-7608mark.mullet@leg.wa.gov
Vice Chair, Operating & Revenue, Sen. June Robinson (D-38) – (360) 786-7674june.robinson@leg.wa.gov
Ranking Member, Operating Sen. Lynda Wilson (R-17) – (360) 786-7632lynda.wilson@leg.wa.gov
When calling or emailing, be sure to mention if you are in the representative or senator’s district!

📑 Script: The first sentence of the email should be: “Please make amendments to SB 5562.

Then, choose two of the following talking points on SB 5562 or feel free to come up with your own:

  • How PSE eliminates gas from its business model is critical to Washington meeting both our decarbonization and environmental equity goals. This bill is likely to become a model for the rest of the country, so it's critical that the Legislature, PSE/industry stakeholders, the Environmental Justice Council, and the UTC take the time to get the policy right.
  • The Legislature and UTC must prioritize 1) achieving our GHG reduction targets and 2) protecting ratepayers from price gouging by a for-profit utility. The current bill allows PSE to own 60% of their own electricity generation–charging ratepayers to cover shareholder profits and losses from bad business or investment decisions–even when it would be cheaper to purchase electricity from an independent producer. The bill wrongly removes a requirement for the UTC to force large gas companies to achieve maximum GHG reductions using alternative energy resources at or below established cost targets. 
  • Merging the gas and electric rate bases into a single utility will result in geographic inequity. Because of the different territories where PSE sells gas and electricity, PSE electric customers in cities like Olympia, Bellingham, and Bremerton will have to help pay the phase-out expenses for gas service customers in cities like Tacoma, Everett, and Seattle.
  • While some labor unions lined up to support the bill, the substitute bill now under consideration weakened the fair labor provisions in the original bill by increasing the applicable project cost threshold for those standards to $10m.
  • The Legislature should commit to a thorough and public discussion over the next year to determine how to best retire natural gas utilities. Something this complex requires more careful consideration. Some may argue a need to rush this solution through for faster rampdown of fossil gas but the practical reality is that the combination of the new energy code requiring residential electrification plus the phase-out of the free gas line extension now provided to builders will mean virtually no new natural gas customers after 2025 anyway.

Question Title

* Did you call or email for SB 5562?

  I called to support SB 5562 I emailed to support SB 5562
Chair, Sen. Christine Rolfes
Vice Chair, Capital, Sen. Mark Mullet
Vice Chair, Operating & Revenue, Sen. June Robinson
Ranking Member, Operating Sen. Lynda Wilson
📜 9. Improving traffic safety - HB 1513

HB 1513 would limit officers’ use of stops or detentions for non moving violations as a primary offense, although they would retain authority to enforce non moving violations as a secondary offense. The bill would also add more requirements for traffic stops and would require written consent to search a vehicle or passengers. HB 1513 would also create a grant program for non-moving violations for low-income road users, prioritizing non-punitive interventions such as helmet vouchers, fee offsets, and repair vouchers. Local and tribal governments, law enforcement, and nonprofits are eligible for the grants.  

See these ACLU and WCPA information sheets for more information.

We are following the lead of the Washington Coalition for Police Accountability and ACLU WA on this bill.

This bill has not yet been scheduled for an Executive Session.

Please call or email key Transportation Committee members and ask them to schedule HB 1513 for executive session.

✏️ Prefer to email? Click here to send an email to the committee ideally before Thursday, February 23, 8:00 AM.

If the above email link did not work on your device, you can also right click on the link and select “copy email address” in the drop down menu. This will allow you to paste the email addresses all at once into the recipient bar of your email.


✏️ On your phone, and want to call? Just click on any phone number in the list!

If you’re calling and you reach voicemail, be sure to speak slowly and clearly and say the bill numbers.
Chair, Rep. Jake Fey (D-27) – (360) 786-7974Jake.Fey@leg.wa.gov
Vice Chair, Rep. Brandy Donaghy (D-44) – (360) 786-7804Brandy.Donaghy@leg.wa.gov
Vice Chair, Rep. Dave Paul (D-10) – (360) 786-7914Dave.Paul@leg.wa.gov
Vice Chair, Rep. Joe Timmons (D-42) – (360) 786-7854Joe.Timmons@leg.wa.gov
When calling or emailing, be sure to mention if you are in the representative or senator’s district!

📑 Script: The first sentence of the email should be: “Please schedule HB 1513 for Executive Session and pass it out of committee.”

Then, choose two of the following talking points on HB 1513 or feel free to come up with your own:

  • The horrific death of Tyre Nichols has put a national focus on just how dangerous traffic stops can be. Traffic stops for minor traffic infractions have, at their most severe, turned deadly for Black and Brown Washingtonians, like Giovonn Joseph McDade, Jenoah Donald, and Iosia Faletogo, and hundreds of others throughout the country. A traffic stop should never put someone’s life at risk. Under this substitute bill, police officers would retain authority to enforce non-moving violations as a secondary offense
  • Harmful fishing expeditions by law enforcement have been shown to be ineffective at uncovering crime and ineffective at reducing traffic fatalities, but have significant social and civic costs. This bill helps law enforcement officers focus on traffic stops related to impaired driving, distracted driving, and speeding – the leading causes of traffic accidents.
  • HB 1513 is a common sense solutions-based bill. This bill provides for local jurisdictions to develop pilot programs for repair vouchers, tail light installation workshops, and helmet vouchers. This legislation will also support low-income drivers, including cyclists, and improve safety for all road user

Question Title

* Did you call or email for HB 1513?

  I called to support HB 1513 I emailed to support HB 1513
Chair, Rep. Jake Fey
Vice Chair, Rep. Brandy Donaghy
Vice Chair, Rep. Dave Paul
Vice Chair, Rep. Joe Timmons

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