Legislative Update for March 2, 2017

CAPAA board to convene March 18

CAPAA Board Meeting
Saturday, March 18, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Lynnwood City Hall

The Commission will hold a public board meeting on March 18, 2017 at Lynnwood City Hall.

Attendees will have an opportunity to hear about issues impacting Asian Pacific American communities. There will also be time for members of the community to provide public comment and voice their concerns to the Commission.

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Snohomish County Economic Development Meeting
Saturday, March 18, 2017
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Lynnwood City Hall

The focus of the meeting will be to discuss ways to support and empower small businesses in Snohomish County.

Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with key economic development leaders in Snohomish County, weigh in on 2017 efforts to improve economic development and learn about underutilized programs, services, and grant opportunities to support small business growth.

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Legislative Update

State senators and representatives are debating and voting on legislation to meet a March 8 deadline. Bills that do not pass out of their house of origin are unlikely to reach the Governor’s desk this session unless the legislation is necessary to implement the state budget. After March 8, action will return to House and Senate committees, which will hear proposals that passed from the other chamber.

View a list of bills CAPAA is tracking this session.

Day of Remembrance

On February 15, the Washington State House and Senate observed the Day of Remembrance along with Nisei veterans and community members who watched legislators give remarks about the injustice and impact that occurred by the signing of Executive Order 9066 in 1942.

View the floor remarks via TVW.

APA Legislative Day

More than 1,700 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders made their voices heard in Olympia on February 23 for APA Legislative Day. API leaders and community members met with Governor Inslee and legislators to advocate on issues such as education, naturalization, health care, climate change, voting rights, and police use of deadly force. In addition, Commissioners and staff met with Marshallese and Chuukese community members from Spokane and Vancouver to hear their concerns about access to affordable health care.

Governor signs executive order

Governor Inslee signed an executive order on February 23 reaffirming Washington’s commitment to tolerance, diversity, and inclusiveness. The executive order states that, to the full extent allowed under federal law, state agencies will not deny services on the basis of citizenship or legal status, will not collect information beyond what is necessary to perform agency duties and will not use agency resources to assist with creation of a registry based on religion or apprehension of persons for civil immigration infractions.

More information available on the Governor’s website.

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