Rep. Overstreet’s Sponsored Bills

Rep. Overstreet’s Prime Sponsored Bills, as of January 27

Bill Number Brief Description
HB 1099 Repealing the state estate tax.
Current law taxes estates over $2 million. It raises over $100 million annually, on average, and is dedicated to the Education Legacy Trust Fund, which finances lower class sizes in public schools, higher education, and financial aid, etc. More Info
HB 1100 Reducing the state sales and use tax rate.
Reduces the state portion of the sales tax from 6.5 to 6.4 percent.  Apparently because we just have too much tax revenue(?)
HB 1135 Concerning the annual gross sales limits for cottage food operations.  Fiscal Note
Scheduled for public hearing Thursday Jan 31, 1:30 pm.  Cottage food operations, mainly jam and jelly, are limited to home-based kitchens with less than 50(!) employees and under $15,000 gross income. This bill would eliminate the income limit as a reason to revoke a license.
HB 1162 Enacting the regulatory fairness act of 2013.
Scheduled for public hearing Thursday, Jan. 31, 10 am. State agencies would not be allowed to adopt regulations that had economic impact unless said regulation is adopted by the Legislature. The way state law works is the Legislature enacts broad enabling legislation, with as many details as they feel are necessary, and then the state agencies develops rules and regulations to implement and enforce the law. This proposal would make the legislature responsible for adopting all these administrative rules. “Economic impact” means costing an individual $500 or more annual, or a business $1,000 or more annually.
HB 1166 Requiring compensation for government required actions on private property.
Details specific things state and local governments can’t make a landowner do without paying compensations, such as protecting and fencing off critical areas, riparian and wetlands. I think this would mean fencing to keep cows out of a stream would have to be paid for my the government.
HB 1259 Declaring that the right to life begins at the moment the individual comes into being.
Freedom Agenda on “pro-life” bills
HB 1454 Creating the Washington state freedom of travel act.
Adopted in Texas, also known as the Anti-groping law. A reaction to over-zealous TSA screeners at airports, apparently.
HB 1455 Eliminating the use of automated traffic safety cameras.

Rep. Overstreet Secondary Sponsored Bills as of January 27 Continue reading

Rep. Overstreet and the Republican Liberty Caucus

I ran for state representative last year because I felt we were not being well served by our current representation. Unfortunately, I didn’t win, so we will have to deal with Mr. Overstreet for two more years. Let’s dig in to what Mr. Overstreet is trying to do to us, oops, for us.

Overstreet has joined forces in a big way with three other ultra-conservative legislators to form the “Republican Liberty Caucus” to advance their “Freedom Agenda.” His compatriots are Rep. Matt Shea, of Spokane Valley, who pulled a gun in a road rage incident during his re-election campaign last year, Rep. Dave Taylor representing the Yakima Valley, and newly-elected Rep. Elizabeth Scott, of the 39th District which includes the foothills of King, Snohomish and Skagit Counties. You can keep up with them on their almost daily chats called FreedomCast. Continue reading

2013 State Legislative Session Starts January 14 — Time to get to work!

I trust you are all rested, refreshed and recreated since the election. Personally, I did 12 months of neglected accounting in the last month. Yippee!  But now it’s done, and It’s time to shift to the Legislative Advocacy part of the continuous cycle that makes for effective political change.

Cycle of Advocacy

Rather than spend a lot of my time rewriting things, I’ll just quote the Washington Budget and Policy Center (not to be confused with the Washington Policy Center, which is a conservative think tank):

This is a crucial time in Washington state’s history. There are choices to be made by our newly elected Governor and state Legislature that will impact millions of Washingtonians.

  • How to fulfill the requirements of the McCleary school funding decision, which will touch not only education but all areas of the budget?
  • How to implement the Affordable Care Act, to provide access to health coverage?
  • What should our priorities be for investing in the building blocks of a strong economy?
  • How will we pay for all these things?   Continue reading