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Letter From Tim Eyman to Governor Gargoyle re: I 960 & ESSB 6130

February 24, 2010 Leave a comment

February 24, 2010

To:  Governor Chris Gregoire (she can be emailed here:  govcommoffice@gov.wa.gov)

From:  Tim Eyman, ph: 425-493-9127, email: tim_eyman@comcast.net, http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com

cc:  Our thousands of supporters throughout the state, all media outlets — reporters, columnists, editorial writers, and others in newspapers, radio, and TV — and House & Senate members

RE:  Eyman to Gregoire:  throw some crumbs to the peasants, veto the repeal of I-960’s advisory vote on tax increases, 2 pages in voters pamphlet with legislators tax votes and costs

        90% of Initiative 960 is/was the 2/3’s vote requirement for tax increases – that was the big enchilada.  You’re going to sign ESSB 6130 at 4 pm today and suspend that requirement for this session and next session and will sign into law BILLIONS OF DOLLARS in higher taxes. 

        That really infuriates a lot of people. 

        But I-960 also addresses a very real problem in Olympia — everything’s an emergency.  The emergency clause makes bills ‘referendum proof’ and that’s what’s going to be slapped on every tax increase bill you sign this session.  The people’s constitutionally guaranteed right to referendum will be taken away on every one of them.

        I-960 anticipated this unfair situation and proposed a modest remedy:  rather than stopping the indiscriminate overuse of the emergency clause, it simply says for any tax increase bill where the people’s right to referendum is taken away, at least give the voters a chance to express their opinion (with a non-binding advisory vote) and give the voters 2 pages in the voters pamphlet listing legislators’ tax votes, their contact information, and the cost of the tax hikes.

        In other words, I-960 provided transparency and a voice for the people.

        Chris, you will take away the 2/3’s vote requirement at 4 pm today (I’ll see you there) but throw some crumbs to the peasants:  veto the repeal of I-960’s advisory vote on tax increases and the 2 pages in voters pamphlet. 

        This morning’s Seattle Times asks for the same thing — Gov. Gregoire:  Use veto to keep transparency provisions of Initiative 960http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/editorials/2011165339_edit24veto.html

        I’m asking you for this small mercy even as you take away what voters worked so hard to pass (3 times).

        This reminds me of a scene from Troy, one of my favorite movies.  Right after Achilles (played by Brad Pitt) kills Hector in a duel and drags his body back to his camp, Hector’s father Priias, the King of Troy, sneaks into Achilles’ tent and confronts him:

Priias:  “You have taken everything from me, my eldest son, heir to my throne, defender of my kingdom.  I cannot change what happened, it is the will of the gods, but give me this small mercy, I loved my boy from the moment he opened his eyes to the moment you closed them.  Let me wash his body, let me say the prayers, let me place two coins on his eyes for the Boat Man.”

Achilles responds:  “If I let you walk out of here, if I let you take him, it doesn’t change anything:  you’re still my enemy in the morning.”

Priias answers:  “You’re still my enemy tonight … but even enemies can show respect.”

         For the past six years, it is clear that you and the voters have battled over taxes.  And with regard to this particular battle, you will succeed at getting rid of 90% of I-960 — you will take away the 2/3’s vote requirement for tax increases, the jewel of I-960’s crown.

         But if you have any honor, any honor at all, you will grant the voters this small victory, proving that “even enemies can show respect.”

SB 6754 & SB 6449 Public Hearing Scheduled for TUESDAY, 2/23

February 18, 2010 Leave a comment

They’ve scheduled public hearings for these two pieces of…..”Legislation”.  TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2010 at 1:30.  If you can make it down to Olympia for this, please do.  Please write and call your Representatives.

State Government & Tribal Affairs

2/23/10 1:30 pm House Full Committee House Hearing Rm D John L. O’Brien Building Olympia, WA

ESB 6754 – Making the names and addresses of persons signing initiative or referendum petitions public records.

SB 6754http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?year=2010&bill=6754 SB 6754

http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2009-10/Pdf/Bill%20Reports/Senate/6754%20SBA%20GO%2010.pdf

ESSB 6449 – Regarding signature gatherers for petitions. Other Senate bills previously heard in committee. 

WA SB 6449: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?year=2010&bill=6449

SB 6130 ACTION CALL TONIGHT! OLYMPIA, WA

February 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Our legislators are at it again. They are trying to push through legislation against the will of the people in the dark of night. Tuesday February 16th sometime after 4 pm they plan to try once again to gut I-960.  Once again they are planning to ram through SB6130. We need your help.  Please get this out to everyone you know ASAP!

http://www.washingtonvotes.org/Legislation.aspx?ID=92872

If there is any way you can, be at the capitol before 5:00pm. AFL-CIO is scheduled to be there @ 5:00pm. DO NOT LET THEM BE THERE UNCOUNTERED!

If you can’t be there call these 12 house members of the state of Washington are on the fence as of 4:45pm Monday for repealing I-960. Please call/e-mail/contact!

360-786-7806   19    Takko, Dean <takko.dean@leg.wa.gov> (Pacific)

360-786-7904   24    Kessler, Lynn <kessler.lynn@leg.wa.gov> (Port Angeles)

360-786-7968   25    Morrell, Dawn <morrell.dawn@leg.wa.gov> (Puyallup)

360-786-7802   26    Seaquist, Larry <seaquist.larry@leg.wa.gov> (Bremerton)

360-786-7890   28    Kelley, Troy <kelley.troy@leg.wa.gov> (Fort Lewis)

360-786-7866   31   Hurst, Christopher <hurst.christopher@leg.wa.gov> (Enumclaw)

360-786-7902   35   Finn, Fred <finn.fred@leg.wa.gov> (Shelton)

360-786-7894   41    Maxwell, Marcie <maxwell.marcie@leg.wa.gov> (Mercer Island/Newcastle)

360-786-7858   47   Sullivan, Pat <sullivan.pat@leg.wa.gov> (Covington)

360-786-7848   48   Eddy, Deborah <eddy.deborah@leg.wa.gov> (Redmond)

360-786-7924   49   Jacks, Jim <jacks.jim@leg.wa.gov> (Vancouver)

360-786-7962   6   Driscoll, John <driscoll.john@leg.wa.gov> (Spokane) You already turned him around. Will vote no. Encourage him and let him know you back him

360-786-7976  17   Wallace, Deb <wallace.deb@leg.wa.gov> (East Vancouver)

I 1053 Hearing on Saturday the 13th

February 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Here’s the most recent email from Tim Eyman on Saturday’s hearing in Olympia.    Keep in mind that, while they’re voting FOR a bill to release our personal info to homosexual thugs who would use it to harm us, they’re voting on something that will eliminate our right to know what they’re doing in Olympia and who is voting for legislation that will harm us! 

Hmmmmm….. I wonder how that “Card-Check” scheme is rolling out.

February 16, 2010

To: Our thousands of supporters throughout the state (cc’d to all media outlets — reporters, columnists, editorial writers, and others in newspapers, radio, and TV — House & Senate members, and the Governor)

From: Our Expanded Team of co-sponsors for I-1053, the “Save The 2/3’s Vote For Tax Increases Initiative”: Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, Mike Fagan, Mike Dunmire, Senator Don Benton, Senator Janea Holmquist, Erma Turner, Nancy Nelson, Dagny Lord, Keli Carender, Senator Pam Roach, Rep. Matt Shea, John Ahern & Ken Morse,  http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com (go to our website to do a secure donation by VISA/Mastercard/PayPal or fill out the form below and return it with a check or money order or credit card information)

On Saturday morning, Olympia’s Democrats in the House had a hearing on their repeal-of-Initiative-960 bill. Those opposed to the Democrats’ bill did a great job in their testimony.

Here’s what I calmly said (in a suit and tie and without ever raising my voice):

“My name is Tim Eyman from Mukilteo and I’m opposed to the bill. “For the past two years, under I-960, the Legislature was forced to follow the law, abide by the Constitution, and keep the people and the press informed on what the Legislature was doing.

“Two years. “Chairman (Ross) Hunter is quoted as saying that I-960 makes the process “unworkable.” It’s quite an admission that Olympia can’t function if it’s forced to follow the law, abide by the Constitution, and keep the people and the press informed.

“For two years, I-960 has worked exactly as voters intended. “Two years — the voters have learned that that’s the maximum amount of time the Legislature can be restrained by a citizens initiative like I-960.

The rest of my testimony was read directly, without voice inflection, but was intended to be taken as sarcasm, “When we did I-960, we made a mistake: we allowed a legislative session to be held without I-960’s protections. We assumed that restrained by an upcoming election, that the Democrats would never, ever disrespect the voters this much. “We were wrong. The voters, our supporters, and the sponsors of I-960 underestimated the Democrats’ audacity, their arrogance, their shamelessness.”

Ross Hunter (D-Redmond) then interrupted, slamming down his gavel, upset that I had criticized the Democrats, urged on by cheers and catcalls from the anti-960 people there.

I took a deep breath and calmly continued: “We can never make that mistake again. Two years is the maximum. “The 2010 legislative session must always serve as the poster child of what happens when Olympia is not restrained by the law, not bound by the Constitution, nor obliged to keep the public and the press informed. “Voters have approved I-960’s policies 3 times, in 1993, 1998, and 2007. Yet without hesitation, Olympia’s Democrats are getting rid of them.

The Legislature does not want the citizens to know what it’s doing, they want to keep it all a secret, and it’s very unfortunate …” Hunter interrupts again: “That’s it. Next.”

 — END — There’s nothing fair about us being forced to pass initiatives requiring the same policies again and again and again, especially when voters have approved these policies 3 times already. But as the saying goes ‘life’s not fair’ — it is what it is — it’s the reality we’re faced with — rather than whine about it, let’s get to work and do it again.

Help us get I-1053 “Save The 2/3’s Vote For Tax Increases Initiative” on the ballot this November so voters can be given another opportunity to resurrect I-960’s taxpayer protection policies, protecting us for another two years from BILLIONS in higher taxes.

Petitions are printed and each of our supporters was mailed one petition on February 5th. If you haven’t received it yet and/or you need more, hit ‘reply’ and let us know how many you want and where you want them sent.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, we really need your financial support for I-1053’s signature drive. Please fill out the form below and send us a donation TODAY of $10, $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000 or more (there are no limits on the amount that can be given) to our offices in Spokane. Or, you can do a SECURE online donation by going to our website: http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com — we accept VISA AND MASTERCARD and PAYPAL. Either way, please send in your most generous donation RIGHT NOW. Help us fight back against the Democrat politicians’ arrogant effort to take away citizens’ rights, increase taxes on struggling taxpayers, and hurt our fragile economy. FULL STEAM AHEAD! Regards, Our Expanded Team of co-sponsors for I-1053, the “Save The 2/3’s Vote For Tax Increases Initiative”: Tim Eyman, Jack Fagan, Mike Fagan, Mike Dunmire, Senator Don Benton, Senator Janea Holmquist, Erma Turner, Nancy Nelson, Dagny Lord, Keli Carender, Senator Pam Roach, Rep. Matt Shea, John Ahern & Ken Morse, ph: 425-493-9127, email: tim_eyman@comcast.net, http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com (go to our website to do a secure donation by VISA/Mastercard/PayPal or fill out the form below and return it with a check or money order or credit card information) SAVE THE 2/3’s VOTE FOR TAX INCREASES • PO Box 18250 • Spokane • WA • 99228 • PH: 425-493-8707 • FAX: 425-493-1027 • http://www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com

SB 6843

February 3, 2010 Leave a comment

This, another example of how our rights are under attack.  I guess I will have to drop everything to attend this very important meeting.  

Folks, our “representatives” are on a rampage.  They know they’re in trouble in November and they are doing everything they can now to destroy our legislative process.  If we lose this, we will no longer have the right to speak in OUR house.

Please attend this meeting if you are able.

Just today, Senate Leader Lisa Brown told the press that there will be a public hearing tomorrow on SB 6843, a bill that will cripple I-960.

Legislators are looking to go beyond simply ‘suspending’ I-960, attempting instead to amend it, therefore changing it completely. Details on what the amendment will do can be found at www.libertylive.org.

It has only been two years since the people of Washington voted this initiative into law and our legislators are already trying to gut some of its most critical components, permanently! You can make a difference! Please attend the public hearing tomorrow in Olympia at 1:30pm and show your support for I-960.

EFF’s economic policy expert, Amber Gunn, will be testifying. When you arrive, be sure to do two things: 1. Sign In – As you sign in, you will have the opportunity to mark whether you support or oppose the bill. This goes into record and is a way to influence the outcome without testifying. 2. Indicate if you want to testify or not – You don’t have to say a lot; just share your perspective as a taxpayer. It will make a big difference.

What: Public Hearing on SB 6843 (amending I-960) Where: Senate Hearing Rm 4, J.A. Cherberg Building, Olympia, WA When: Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 1:30pm (arrive early at 1:00pm) 

If you cannot make it to the hearing tomorrow, please contact your legislators and tell them to oppose SB 6843!

HB 2778 THE ONE THAT ALMOST GOT AWAY….

February 2, 2010 Leave a comment

GOAL ALERT 1-2010                                                          1 February 2010

One almost slipped past us! 

House Bill 2778 appears to adopt federal restrictions on firearm possession in cases of domestic violence or “no-contact” or other family-related restraining orders.

Federal law is already bad enough.  Banning possession of firearms, a fundamental constitutional right, for a misdemeanor simple assault conviction is already unconscionable.  The same is true with regard to firearm bans on individuals subject to certain restraining orders — individuals who have committed no crime whatsoever.

But HB 2778 goes much further than that.  Bill sponsors claim the bill merely incorporate the federal prohibitions into state law.  But rather than simply quote federal law, or cite it in existing Washington law, it adds entirely new language that far exceeds the already oppressive federal restrictions.

From the NRA Legislative Counsel:

            Adding “harassment” to the provisions of the federal DV law would exceed the scope of the federal law.  “Harassment” under Washington law may not even contain an element of the use of or threatened use of force. 

            “Family or household members” as defined in RCW 9.41.040(2) is broader than the definitions of “intimate partner” in federal law. 

            The surrender of firearms and prohibitions contained in RCW 9.41.800 would apply to ex parte restraining orders, where the subject of the order would not even have the opportunity to defend him- or herself. 

HB 2778 passed out of the House Judiciary Committee on 21 January.  It was subjected to a hearing in the House Ways & Means Committee today (1 February) and will likely come out of that committee in a few days.  Then it goes to the full House for a floor vote by all Representatives. 

You are urged to call both of your Representatives and ask them to oppose this poorly drafted legislation. 

A substitute MAY be offered that would limit the impact of the bill to that of federal law.  While that is infinitely preferable to the version under consideration at this time, the bottom line is, do we really want to deny a fundamental constitutional right to someone who has not been convicted of a serious crime?  Or in the case of a restraining order, NO CRIME?

You may contact your Representatives via the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000 or directly via the contact information available at http://apps.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/Default.aspx 

When your legislative district pops up, it will include links to your Representatives’ web site, with office and e-mail addresses and direct telephone numbers. 

In no way does our opposition to HB 2778 imply we condone domestic violence, in any form.   This is simply a poorly written bill that does not deserve serious consideration.

GOAL Post – Washington State SB 6396 Status

January 29, 2010 Leave a comment

This was just sent to me from a Friend in Eastern Washington.  Enjoy!

GOAL Post                                                                      2010-4

Legislative Update from Olympia                        29 January 2010

     PUBLIC HEARING ON SB 6396

     313 SIGN-IN, 298 IN OPPOSITION TO 6396!

     PUBLIC HEARING ON HB 2499

(Admin note:  GOAL Post distribution was late last week because I was in Las Vegas working the annual Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trades (SHOT) show.  I’m sending it out a few hours early this week because I’ll be on my way to Orlando to attend the annual meeting of the Florida Sport Shooting Association.  If there are any significant changes, I’ll publish a separate GOAL Alert.)

Anticlimactic probably best describes the public hearing on SB 6396, except for the turn-out by gun owners.  313 citizens signed in for the hearing, 298 opposed to the bill, 14 in favor, and one confused gent didn’t take a position.  Several other gunnies showed up but didn’t sign in because once again they “ran out” of sign-in sheets, or they were unable to find a parking space.  WAY TO GO!  AND THANK YOU! 

(As with the hearing on gun shows in 2007, when well over 300 pro-gun citizens showed up, this kind of presence sends signals far across the campus.  Even before the hearing ended, I received calls from House members across the campus asking what was going on and why did we have so many people there.  This is what grassroots activism and grassroots lobbying is all about.  That, and literally thousands of e-mails and calls to legislative offices urging a “no” vote on SB 6396.))

Judiciary Committee chair Kline, the bill’s prime sponsor, limited testimony to three on each side of the issue, but took plenty of time for himself to proclaim the virtues of the bill.  There was a lot of misinformation and misdirection passed out by the other side, from Chairman Kline to Washington Ceasefire president Ralph Fascitelli to Bellevue police chief Linda Pillo (allegedly speaking as a private citizen, but appearing in uniform.  Had it been a debate format, almost all their points would have been easily refuted.

At this time, it does not appear the votes are there to pass the bill out of committee.  It must clear the committee by Friday, 5 February, or be considered dead for the session. 

Because this GOAL Post is coming out a day early, I can’t provide a recap of the public hearing on HB 2499.  Hopefully I’ll have more next week. 

At this point, no new gun bills have been introduced and no additional hearings are scheduled on gun bills. 

BILL STATUS / GOAL POSITION ON BILLS:

Bill #        Subject                                           Sponsor                 Status

HB 1604   Firearm suppressors                         Condotta (R-12)  H. Jud.

HB 2226   Retired peace officer qualification  Orcutt (R-18)       H. Jud

HB 2264   Gun show regulation                        Williams (D-22)  H. Jud.

HB 2477   Gun sale liability                              Williams (D-22)   H. Jud.

HB 2499   Black powder storage/transport       Bailey (R-10)       H. C&L

HB 2703   Sport shooting ranges                      Takko (D-19)       H. Jud.

HB 2709   Firearms freedom act                       Shea (R-4)             H. Jud.

HB 2711   Right to protection                           Shea (R-4)            H. Jud.

SB 6396   So-called “assault weapon” ban       Kline (D-37)        S. Jud.

SB 6429   Suppressor use by police                 Brandland (R-42)  S. Jud

SB 6473   Right to protection                           Stevens (R-39)      S. Jud.

Key to abbreviations:  HB = House Bill, SB = Senate Bill, H. Jud = House Judiciary,  H. C&L = House Commerce & Labor

GOAL POSITION ON BILLS:

HB 1604                     SUPPORT

HB 2226                     SUPPORT

HB 2264                     OPPOSE

HB 2477                     OPPOSE

HB 2499                     SUPPORT

HB 2703                     SUPPORT

HB 2709                     SUPPORT

HB 2711                     SUPPORT

SB 6396                      OPPOSE

SB 6429                      SUPPORT, IF AMENDED

SB 6473                      SUPPORT

PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED:

None

LEGISLATIVE HOT LINE:  You may reach your Representatives and Senator by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000.  Toll free!!!  The hearing impaired may obtain TDD access at 1-800-635-9993.  Also toll free!!!

            1-800-562-6000   TDD 1-800-635-9993

OTHER DATA:  Copies of pending legislation (bills), legislative schedules and other information are available on the legislature’s web site at “www.leg.wa.gov”.  Bills are available in Acrobat (.pdf) format.  You may download a free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader from Adobe’s web site (http://www.adobe.com).  You may also obtain hard copy bills, initiatives, etc, in the mail from the Legislative Bill Room FREE OF CHARGE by calling 1-360-786-7573.  Copies of bills may also be ordered toll free by calling the Legislative Hotline at (800) 562-6000.  You may also hear floor and committee hearing action live at http://www.tvw.org/ (you need “RealAudio” to do this, available free at the TVW web site).

By reading the House and Senate “bill reports” (hbr, sbr) for each bill, you can see how individual committee members voted.  By reading the “roll call” for each bill, you can see how the entire House or Senate voted on any bill.  The beauty of the web site is that ALL this information is available, on line, to any citizen.

GET THE WORD OUT:  If you want to subscribe to the GOAL Post by e-mail, send a message to “jwaldron@halcyon.com”.  Please pass GOAL Post on to anyone you believe may have an interest in protecting our rights.  Better yet, make a couple of copies of this message, post it on your gun club’s bulletin board, and leave copies with your local gun shop(s).  PERMISSION IS HEREBY GRANTED TO DUPLICATE OR REDISTRIBUTE GOAL POST PROVIDED IT IS REPRODUCED IN ITS ENTIRETY WITHOUT TEXTUAL MODIFICATION AND CREDIT IS GIVEN TO GOAL.  I can be reached at “jwaldron@halcyon.com.”  Unfortunately, I am unable to mail hard copy GOAL Post to individuals.  Limited numbers of hard copies MAY be available at the Second Amendment Foundation book table at WAC gun shows.

NOTICE:  If you believe you have received the GOAL Post in error, first check the “From” line in the address to determine if you received it directly or as part of a list.  GP has both individual subscribers and list subscribers.  If you do not wish to receive direct distribution of GOAL Posts, please send an e-mail to jwaldron@halcyon.com with “Remove GOAL Post” in the subject line.  Please include in the body the address that sent you GP.  If you received it as a list member (e.g. WA-CCW, WA-GUNS, etc), you must ask the list owner to be removed.  I will respond directly to individual subscribers.

Upcoming WAC gun show(s):

           Monroe                  13-14 February

           Puyallup                 20-21 February

“The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.”

                Article 1, Section 24

       Constitution of the State of Washington

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