January 29, 2023
Updated April 10, 2023 (with new video from We the Governed)
By Cindy Alia
CAPR has been working the legislature for years trying to promote bills that would rein in legislative madness, promote legislative responsibility to oversee administrative law carried out by state agencies, and to prevent the passing of laws that harm life, liberty, and property of all citizens. We're done with the idea that trust can be built and legislators will create laws that will be administrated as described, and will honestly be carried out as written.
You must watch this We the Governed story by Glen Morgan, an active and excellent investigative reporter who has a long history of digging deep and thoroughly sourcing his reports. This story of grift, subtefuge, and lies is exposing the tip of the iceberg of what the governor, his agencies, and legislative action has in store for you. Its bad. Senate bill 5153 Concerning the placement and treatment of conditionally released sexually violent predators has created a nightmare scenario that will impact many in Washington state. We appreciate Glen's skill and tenacity in getting to the bottom of scandalous government conduct. Make sure to look at the links in his article to get the full story and his sourcing.
In fact, it is patently clear that laws are written to carry out harmful agendas and seem to be created to enable grift, subterfuge, and lies. Because of the terrible results of last session's SB 5153 that has put families in harms way without notice or agreement, CAPR will be rating bills harshly recognizing the legislative intent is not the well being or will of the people, but rather in harmony with ill regard and questionable purposes. We at CAPR have a duty to our members and one promise made this year is to watch votes and make sure you know who voted yea or nay on bills presented on the floor of the legislature. In the case of 5153, see the final role calls:
House: Yeas; Bateman, Berg, Bergquist, Berry, Bronoske, Caldier, Callan, Chambers, Chandler, Chopp, Cody, Davis, Dolan, Duerr, Entenman, Fey, Fitzgibbon, Frame, Goodman, Gregerson, Griffey, Hackney, Hansen, Harris Talley, Jacobsen, Johnson J, Kirby, Kloba, Leavitt, Lekanoff, Lovick, MacEwan, Macri, Morgan, Ormsby, Ortiz Self, Orwall, Peterson, Pollet, Ramel, Ramos, Riccelli, Ryu, Santos, Sells, Senn, Simmons, Slatter, Springer, Stokesbary, Stonier, Sullivan, Taylor, Thai, Tharinger, Valdez, Walen, Wicks, Wylie, Young, Jinkins.
Nays; Abbarno, Barkis, Boehnke, Chapman, Chase, Corry, Dent, Dufault, Dye, Eslick, Gilday, Goehner, Graham, Harris, Hoff, Klicker, Klippert, Kraft, Kretz, Maycumber, McCaslin, McEntire, Mosbrucker, Orcutt, Paul, Robertson, Rule, Schmick, Shewmake, Steele, Sutherland, Vick, Volz, Walsh, Wilcox, Ybarra.
Senate, Yeas; Billig, Carlyle, Cleveland, Conway, Darneille, Das, Dhingra, Frockt, Hasegawa, Hunt, Keiser, Kuderer, Liias, Lovelett, Mullet, Nguyen, Nobels, Pedersen, Randall, Robinson, Rolfes, Saldana, Salomon, Stanford, Van de Wege, Wellman, Wilson Claire.
Nays: Braun, Brown, Dozier, Ericksen, Fortunato, Gildon, Hawkins, Hobbs, Holy, Honeyford, King, McCune, Muzzall, Padden, Rivers, Schoesler, Sheldon, Short, Wagoner, Warnick, Wilson Jeff, Wilson Linda.
And there you painfully have it.
CAPR will be rating bills such as SB 5543 Creating a developmentally appropriate response to youth who commit sexual offenses harshly and extremely negatively.
The myriad of bills purportedly created to ease homelessness undermine the Growth Management Act we have all suffered through in ways that do not promote the best and highest use of our properties, but do promote changes to zoning, building uses, and citizen oversight in ways that have great potential to devalue individual properties and harm the level of security, safety, and services in local neighborhoods and entire communites. These bills are similarly suspect as bills such as 5153, and ignore the core values of local governance and control; they will be rated extremely negatively. Watch our legislative ratings page. And your back.