Wednesday, March 14, 2007

HB 1307 becomes ESHB 1307, referred to Senate Judiciary

This has been passed along by WSU student Brian Schraum, one of the architects of HB 1307:

This morning, as expected, ESHB 1307 had its first reading in the Senate and was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Please urge Senator Adam Kline (Chairman) to schedule a hearing on this important bill. Kline is a former ACLU attorney and apparently has a good track record on press issues. We will need every Democratic vote on that committee, and the hardest sell will likely be Sen. James Hargrove, who is a very conservative Democrat.

Sen. Hargrove's district includes Ocean Shores, Neah Bay, Port Angeles, Sequim, and Port Townsend. If you know anyone in his district, particularly student journalists or advisers, please have them e-mail/call/meet with the Senator ASAP.

Here is the full list of committee members:
Adam Kline (D), Chair – 37th, Renton, Madrona
Rodney Tom (D), Vice Chair – 48th, Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland
Bob McCaslin (R), Ranking Minority Member – 4th, East Spokane, Liberty Lake
Mike Carrell (R) – 28th, Lakewood, DuPont, Fort Lewis
James Hargrove (D) – 24th, Port Angeles, Port Townsend, Ocean Shores
Ed Murray (D) – 43rd, North Seattle, Fremont
Pam Roach (R) – 31st, Auburn, Enumclaw, Sumner
Brian Weinstein (D) – 41st, Newcastle, Eastgate

Thanks to everyone -- let's hit the ground running! March 30 is the deadline for the committee to vote on this bill.

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