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BACKGROUND Deserving, carefully-vetted Syrian refugees who are being resettled to the United States are fleeing from the Syrian conflict, including the brutality of ISIS. Catholics and other people of good will are generously contributing to help Syrian refugees abroad and... [+] more
CATHOLIC TEACHING Our Catholic tradition supports the community's right to establish and enforce laws that protect people and advance the common good. But our faith also teaches us that both victims and offenders have a God-given dignity that calls for justice and... [+] more
Catholic Teaching The Second Vatican Council declared, "[T]he human person has a right to religious freedom. This freedom means that all persons are to be immune from coercion on the part of individuals or of social groups and of any human power, in such wise that no one... [+] more
BACKGROUND Pope Francis has said that "[t]he need to resolve the structural causes of poverty cannot be delayed, not only for the pragmatic reason of its urgency for the good order of society, but because society needs to be cured of a sickness which is weakening and... [+] more
Background H.R. 3301, "To prohibit Federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America," was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, and S. 1881 was introduced in the U.S. Senate. Consideration of S. 1881 was blocked in early August on a procedural vote... [+] more
Background Syria was once a vibrant hub of Middle Eastern culture and history, but for the past four years, civil war has torn apart the country, causing the deaths of over 200,000 people and leaving more than 12 million displaced. In Iraq last year there were 33,000... [+] more
Background It is widely recognized that citizens were deeply shaken by the revelations of Dr. Kermit Gosnell's actions. Dr. Gosnell ran the Women's Medical Society abortion clinic in Philadelphia, and was convicted of murdering three infants who were born alive during... [+] more
Background In recent years, tensions regarding Iran's nuclear program brought sweeping international sanctions and talk of military intervention. The sanctions have had a crippling effect on that nation's economy and on the lives of ordinary Iranians. The election of... [+] more
Tell Your Senators and Representative Now is the Time for Criminal Justice Reform! August 12, 2015   Most members of Congress will be home during the summer recess between August 3 and September 7. Take this opportunity to write or visit your Senators and... [+] more
Background Climate change is at the center of the environmental challenges facing the global community. The effects of climate change are borne by the most vulnerable people, whether at home or around the world. The Catholic Church brings a distinct perspective to the... [+] more
Please join in urging Congress to support our cherished rights of conscience and religious liberty. Policy is being considered right now on Capitol Hill that can protect the freedom of all Americans.  Please take action today!   Background: Urge Congress to... [+] more
State Issues
WSCC supports consumer protections that promote the common good by encouraging responsible lending practices in our state. SB 5899 would abolish payday loans by replacing them with consumer installment loans. The WSCC opposes SB 5899 because it would not adequately protect... [+] more
BACKGROUND:  SB 5289 would require parental notification prior to abortions performed on girls who are unemancipated and under 18. Unless the parent or guardian has waived their right to notice, or there is a medical emergency, the abortion practitioner must give... [+] more
BACKGROUND:  When a person is convicted of a crime, the court imposes legal financial obligations (LFOs), these may include fees, fines and restitution.  The interest rate on repayment is about 12 percent.  As a condition of the sentence, there is a... [+] more
Action Alert:  The House Judiciary Committee will vote on a bill (HB 1739) to abolish the death penalty on Thursday, February 19th.  The Pope and the Bishops have made many statements affirming that the use of the death penalty cannot be justified when... [+] more
The House Health Care and Wellness Committee will conduct a hearing on Tuesday, February 10th regarding legislation to require all private health insurers in Washington State to cover abortion services, if they offer maternity care. HB 1647 violates the fundamental right... [+] more
February 3, 2015 BACKGROUND: When a person is convicted of a crime, the court imposes legal financial obligations (LFOs), these may include fees, fines and restitution.  The interest rate on repayment is about 12 percent.  As a condition of the... [+] more
Other Issues
In this issue of the Advocacy Bulletin, you will find information on: Resources for Respect Life Month Initiatives on the November ballot Cornerstone update Upcoming events: Mass for Life & Catholic Advocacy Day New video series on Catholic Social Teaching... [+] more
Prepares Marks First Birthday Announced at last October's Cornerstone Catholic Conference, the Prepares program has completed its first year of operation. Prepares is a nurturing response of the Catholic community of Washington State to assist pregnant women and their... [+] more
August 6, 2015 Videos Place Planned Parenthood under Renewed Scrutiny On July 29th, Cardinal Seán O'Malley, OFM Cap., archbishop of Boston and chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), commented on recent videos... [+] more
July 13, 2015 2015 Legislative Session Finally Ends On Friday, July 10th, the longest Washington State legislative session, finally adjourned after 178 days and three special sessions.  A history-making adventure in politics and compromise. The second special... [+] more
WA Legislators Continue Budget Negotiations The Legislature has completed the third week of the Second Special Session and the budget deadline is looming. If a new budget is not approved by the legislators and signed by the governor by June 30, all non-essential state... [+] more
June 3, 2015 Second Special Session Required The first 30-day special session of the Legislature ended last Thursday and Governor Jay Inslee immediately called the second 30-day special session which began on Friday, May 29. The second session will end on June 27... [+] more
April 29, 2015   Special Session Begins Today   The 2015 regular legislative session was scheduled to end on Sunday April 26th, but legislators adjourned on Friday, April 24th.   Almost immediately, the Governor called a special session to convene today,... [+] more
April 20, 2015 Less than a week remains before the end of the 2015 regular session of the legislature on Sunday, April 26th. During these last days, the main task of the legislators is to pass a budget.  Usually budget negotiations occur between key budget leaders... [+] more
April 13, 2015 By April 15th, all bills unrelated to the budget must have passed both chambers or be considered "dead."  After the 15th attention focuses in earnest on budget negotiations.  The budget must be finalized by April 26th, or a special session will... [+] more
April 6, 2015 The Senate Republicans released their operating budget (SB 5077) last week and voted on amendments until the early morning hours of April 4th. On April 6th, Easter Monday, SB 5077 passed the Senate.  It does not differ much from the House operating... [+] more
March 31, 2015 A big THANK YOU to the 650 advocates who participated in Catholic Advocacy Day last Thursday, it was a remarkable success! The next Catholic Advocacy Day is scheduled for February 8, 2016.   The House Democrats unveiled their operating budget plan,... [+] more
March 23, 2015 This last full week of March is dominated again by committee hearings and votes on bills. Another major cut-off is approaching - by April 1st bills must be voted out of the committees in the chamber opposite the one in which they originated. During this... [+] more
March 16, 2015 Fortunately, most of the issues WSCC has been tracking survived the March 11th cut-off for bills to be out of their House of origin.  Some bills were amended in the legislative process. For the next two weeks, the legislature's focus shifts back to... [+] more
March 9, 2015 Our sincere thanks to all of you who have taken action in recent weeks to advocate on behalf of legislation that helps poor and vulnerable people. Your efforts are really having an impact as most of the bills continue to move through the legislative process... [+] more
March 2, 2015 Dear Catholic school leader, The Legislature is now in its eighth week, and almost to the mid-point of the 2015 session. Friday, February 27th marked an important deadline as all bills, unless they are necessary to implement the budget, must have passed... [+] more
March 2, 2015 Most of the bills the Catholic Advocacy Bulletin has been tracking this session are still under consideration by the legislature. The next hurdle for bills that are still "alive' is for them to be voted out of their respective Rules Committees and placed on... [+] more
February 23, 2015 During Week 7 of the 2015 Legislative Session, the focus shifts to the fiscal committees in the Senate and House (Senate Ways & Means, House Appropriations and House Finance).  Any bill that has a budget impact must pass one of these committees... [+] more
February 17, 2015 Hundreds of bills have only until Friday, February 20th to be passed out of the policy committee or be considered "dead." While it is possible a bill could be "resurrected" after the February 20th cutoff date, such occurrences are very rare. As you will... [+] more
February 9, 2015 With less than two weeks left before the first major deadline in the 2015 Legislative Session, one can sense a greater urgency among legislators and their staff. Policy bills must be voted out of their originating committees by February 20th or they are... [+] more
February 4, 2015 We are now in Week #4 of the 2015 legislative session. Surprising many by its swift action, the House passed the supplemental budget bill on a bipartisan 83-15 vote. The supplemental budget will provide nearly $300 million for state programs in the... [+] more
January 26, 2015 The 2015 Washington State legislative session is now in full swing with hundreds of bills introduced in each chamber. The WSCC is busy tracking and testifying on those that relate to the Legislative Priorities established by the Bishops of Washington... [+] more
January 23, 2015 Budget Process Begins - In what promises to be a protracted debate on the 2015-2017 budget, the legislature took the first step by holding hearings on the Governor's proposed budget. Governor Inslee proposed increasing the current state budget of $34... [+] more
January 15, 2015 Dear Advocates, Welcome to the first WSCC legislative bulletin for the 2015 legislative session.  This year the Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC) will send you emails to keep you informed of major public policy issues in Olympia... [+] more