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POLL: How would you (and your neighbors) vote on these legislative bills?

Washington State Capitol Legislative Building. Source: State of Washington
Washington State Capitol Legislative Building. Source: State of Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The 2022 Washington State Legislative Session has been underway for nearly a month and there have already been bills approved by both the House and Senate and signed by Governor Inslee.

Today, February 3rd, is the last day to pass bills out of committee and read them into the record on the floor in their house of origin (except House fiscal committees and Senate Ways & Means and Transportation committees).

POLL

If tasked with voting on some of these bills, how would you? Bill details can be looked up on the Legislature’s Bill Information page.

SB 5687 - This bill would allow cities to install automatic speed cameras within the designated walk area of a school, not just at the school's front door.

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  • Approve
    (51%, 195 Votes)
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  • Oppose
    (39%, 148 Votes)
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  • Unsure
    (10%, 38 Votes)
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Total Voters: 381

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SB 5584 - This bill would allow for the use of ranked-choice voting systems in local elections.

  • Oppose
    (42%, 142 Votes)
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  • Approve
    (30%, 104 Votes)
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  • Unsure
    (28%, 96 Votes)
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Total Voters: 342

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SB 5217 - bans sale of military-style assault weapons in the state, exceptions for grandfathered weapons, law enforcement, military personnel and recreational shooting ranges.

  • Oppose
    (50%, 197 Votes)
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  • Approve
    (47%, 183 Votes)
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  • Unsure
    (3%, 12 Votes)
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Total Voters: 392

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SB 5078 - This bill would ban high-capacity magazines for guns. The bill sets the high-capacity limit at magazines holding more than 17 rounds of ammunition and makes a violation a gross misdemeanor.

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  • Approve
    (53%, 200 Votes)
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  • Oppose
    (43%, 162 Votes)
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  • Unsure
    (4%, 14 Votes)
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Total Voters: 376

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HB 1770 - This bill pushes state energy building codes toward greener standards and begin to ready buildings for net-zero standards

  • Oppose
    (50%, 189 Votes)
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  • Approve
    (38%, 144 Votes)
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  • Unsure
    (11%, 42 Votes)
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Total Voters: 375

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SB 5770 / HB 1782 - Expands multi-family housing building in many single housing zones.

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  • Oppose
    (65%, 246 Votes)
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  • Approve
    (25%, 96 Votes)
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  • Unsure
    (10%, 39 Votes)
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Total Voters: 381

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SB 5517 - prohibit employers from failing or refusing to hire a prospective employee due to the presence of cannabis in a drug screening test.

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  • Oppose
    (54%, 206 Votes)
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  • Approve
    (37%, 141 Votes)
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  • Unsure
    (10%, 37 Votes)
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Total Voters: 384

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HB 2059 – prohibit "love letters" from real estate buyers encouraging sellers to sell to them

  • Approve
    (50%, 182 Votes)
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  • Oppose
    (38%, 138 Votes)
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  • Unsure
    (12%, 45 Votes)
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Total Voters: 365

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HB 1406 - would impose a 1 percent tax on wealth over $1 billion to be spent on education, childcare, public health, housing and public safety.

  • Approve
    (60%, 234 Votes)
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  • Oppose
    (36%, 141 Votes)
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  • Unsure
    (3%, 13 Votes)
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Total Voters: 388

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HB 1660 - prevents cities or counties from imposing owner occupancy requirements on ADUs (aka backyard cottages)

  • Approve
    (47%, 176 Votes)
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  • Oppose
    (35%, 131 Votes)
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  • Unsure
    (17%, 65 Votes)
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Total Voters: 372

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HB 2051 - provides for short-term disaster recovery financial assistance to agricultural producers.

  • Approve
    (85%, 316 Votes)
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  • Oppose
    (8%, 30 Votes)
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  • Unsure
    (7%, 25 Votes)
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Total Voters: 371

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The survey will close on February 6th.

5 Comments

  1. Karl Duscher February 3, 2022

    For those wondering what HB 2059 means by “love letters” this is from the Bill Information page…
    “Summary of Substitute Bill:
    A real estate broker who renders real estate brokerage services owes statutory duties to all
    parties, rather than to all parties to whom the broker renders real estate brokerage services.
    A new statutory duty for real estate brokers is added, which requires brokers not to: (1)
    present, or facilitate the provision of, a “buyer unfair practice letter” to a seller, or (2)
    present other written communication related to a prospective transaction that a seller
    instructs a broker in writing not to present. A “buyer unfair practice letter” means a written
    communication or image from a buyer, or someone acting on a buyer’s behalf, reasonably
    interpreted to be intended to persuade a seller of residential real estate to sell to a buyer
    because of a status, trait, class, or characteristic identified in Washington’s Law Against
    Discrimination relating to real estate transactions, facilities, or services, or any related law.
    Refraining from presenting a buyer unfair practice letter is made an exception to a broker’s
    duty to present all written offers, notices, and other written communications to and from
    parties in a timely manner.
    Substitute Bill Compared to Original Bill:
    The substitute bill includes “images” in the definition of buyer unfair practice letter.”

  2. Christopher J Wells February 3, 2022

    In 2011 Bellingham Voted to bad red light and speed camera’s. How can this bill work in Bellingham.

  3. Christopher Wells February 4, 2022

    Regarding SB 5517 The Washington State Supreme court has already given employers the right to drug test for canabis beings it is still against the law at a Federal Level and all employers must follow Federal labor laws and Federal Laws.

  4. floulan February 4, 2022

    As a matter of information regarding my own personal perspective on the pandemic, I absolutely HATE needles and very seldom agree to get “stuck”. However, in the case of the seriousness of the current and ongoing COVID situation, I felt it was serious enough to get the vaccine — and a booster. Are the vaccines perfect? Of course not. Are they likely to give people a better shot at a healthy life than if they don’t get vaccinated? Absolutely. And not only that, but we owe it to others who have significant health issues to help ensure they don’t catch COVID in any of its iterations if we can. We are all in this life and on this planet together and need to have some sense of helping to be “our brother’s keeper”. Not only that, it doesn’t even cost us anything out of our own pocket to do so! This should be a “no brainer” folks. Let go of the individual/personal rights thing and do what is in the best interests of our greater society. Get the vaccine! It is clearly working!!

  5. KAY SARDO February 5, 2022

    I want to continue being part of community improvement and mutual protection knowing my neighbors care too. This pandemic is an invasion we are fighting together. Let’s arm up and maskup as best we can.

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