Priorities

PRIORITIES OF THE 2021 LGBTQ CAUCUS

Police Accountability

Establish requirements for tactics and equipment used by peace officers.

(passed House; in Senate)

HB 1054 sets a baseline of acceptable tactics and equipment that make it clear that preserving and protecting human life must be law enforcement’s highest value. This bill would ban chokeholds, neck restraints, no-knock warrants and certain military equipment, and put restrictions on tear gas, vehicular pursuits and shooting at moving vehicles.

Address the credibility of testimony by law enforcement officers.

(passed House and Senate; Governor yet to sign)

HB 1088 addresses the credibility of testimony by law enforcement officers. It would set up a process to establish statewide policies shedding light on officers who are on prosecutor-held “Brady” lists because of any history that could call their credibility into question.

Transparency about investigations.

(passed House; in Senate)

HB 1089 provides meaningful transparency about investigations and charging decisions made after deadly force is used by police. These investigations are required under Initiative 940, passed by Washington voters in 2018.

Enact the uniform electronic recordation of custodial interrogations act.

(passed House; in Senate)

HB 1223 will require law enforcement to electronically record video and audio of custodial interrogations that occur at a detention center if the interrogation is of a juvenile or related to a felony.

Investigate potential criminal conduct arising from police use of force.

(passed House; in Senate)

HB 1267 creates an independent agency to investigate deadly uses of force, allowing families of those killed by police, as well as the community, to have faith that a proper investigation occurred.

State oversight and accountability of peace officers and corrections officers.

(passed Senate; in House)

SB 5051 will provide timely & effective enforcement of state standards for law enforcement officers in WA, allowing the Criminal Justice Training Commission to discipline officers unfit to carry a badge and gun.

Peace officer's duty to intervene.

(passed Senate; in House)

SB 5066 will empower officers to do the right thing & intervene when fellow officers are using force unjustly.

Law enforcement data collection.

(passed Senate; in House)

SB 5259 will increase community confidence in policing by collecting & publishing information on law enforcement use-of-force incidents.

Reform the felony bar defense.

(passed Senate; in House)

SB 5263 will give families that have had a loved one killed by police a better chance to have their day in court.

Health Equity

Provide menstrual products in schools for free.

(passed House; in Senate)

HB 1273 will make menstrual products available for free in all Washington schools, because students who menstruate shouldn’t have to choose between their health & education.

The creation of health equity zones.

(passed Senate; in House)

SB 5052 will require the Washington State Department of Health to designate health equity zones based on health disparity data.

Expand coverage of the paid family and medical leave program.

(passed Senate; in House)

SB 5097 will expand coverage of the paid family and medical leave program.

The Gender Affirming Treatment Act to address healthcare discrimination.

(passed Senate and House; Governor yet to sign)

SB 5313, known as the Gender Affirming Treatment Act, will improve health equity for transgender people and helps end healthcare discrimination against trans and gender fluid Washingtonians.

Create a confidential youth safety and well-being tip line.

(passed Senate; in House)

SB 5327 will create an anonymous tip line that vulnerable young people can use via a new app to seek assistance when they need to report concerns about their safety or the safety of others.

Education Equity

Add antiracism training, equity, diversity, & inclusion curricula.

(passed Senate; in House)

SB 5044 will add antiracism training, equity, diversity, & inclusion curricula to professional development opportunities for K-12 educators.

Require diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism training at higher education institutions.

(passed Senate; in House)

SB 5227 will require diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism training and assessments at institutions of higher education.

Address disproportionate health outcomes.

(passed Senate and House; Governor yet to sign)

SB 5228 will build diversity, equity, inclusion, & antiracism training into medical school curricula.

Health equity continuing education.

(passed Senate and House; Governor yet to sign)

SB 5229 will enable health care professionals to care effectively for patients from diverse cultures, groups, and communities through health equity continuing education training.

Promote awareness of the governor's office of the education ombuds.

(passed Senate; in House)

SB 5376 will require public schools to notify students and their families of the services available through Office of Education Ombuds.

Community Protections

Application of the uniform child custody jurisdiction and enforcement act.

(passed House and Senate; Governor yet to sign)

HB 1042 will prevent families from facing the death penalty in certain countries due to their sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or political views.

Protect residential tenants from unlawful lease provisions and limit the reasons for eviction.

(passed House; in Senate)

HB 1236 protects month-to-month tenants in Washington from no-cause evictions by requiring landlords to cite a reason.