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Federal Issues
Instead of going to school, playing with friends, and enjoying time with family, tens of thousands of children from Central America flee their homes embarking on a dangerous trek north to the United States. Extreme violence and the lack of opportunity at home, and the... [+] more
Support Justice for Immigrants by urging Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform.  Take action:   1. Participate in "National Call-In Day" on Thursday, May 29: The toll-free number is 1-855-589-5698, ask Members of Congress to: •   ... [+] more
State Issues
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
Time is running out! The 2014 Legislative Session ends tomorrow, Thursday, March 13. This session we have asked you to take action on the Document Recording Fee (also known as ESHB 2368, the Homeless Housing and Assistance Surcharge). This bill has changed forms many times... [+] more
Other Issues
WSCC Catholic Advocacy Bulletin - 2015, No. 7 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... [+] 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