PSARA’s annual Legislative Conference will be held from 10 a.m until noon Saturday, November 10, at UFCW 21’s Joe Crump Hall, 5030 First Avenue South in Seattle. A light breakfast will be served.
The 2012 elections will be over and the 2013 legislative session will be around the corner. PSARA members will be preparing to give their legislators their views on fiscal matters, health care, the state bank and other issues important to our members and their families.
At the request of some of our working members, this year’s conference is being held on a Saturday to enable them to attend.
Our Executive Board has contracted with an experienced and highly respected lobbyist, Pamela Crone, to advocate for PSARA’s legislative goals. Pam will assess for us the impact of the election on the legislature. She will also discuss how the Governor-elect is likely to affect the 2013 session.
During the 2011/2012 legislative cycle, the“road kill”caucus of business-oriented conservative Democratic senators blocked many progressive bills. The election results will determine the relative strength of that caucus in the 2013 session. If Jay Inslee is elected governor, and if both house and senate have working Democratic majorities, our legislative goals and those of our allies are more likely to be within reach.
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in our state will be a major issue in 2013. Teresa Mosqueda will clarify for us the complex road ahead for the state’s work on the new federal law. Teresa chairs the Healthy Washington Coalition, is a member of the Washington Health Care Exchange Board, and ks Legislative and Policy Director for the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO.
The national election outcome will have an enormous effect on the Affordable Care Act. Teresa recently attended a White House Conference on the implementation of the ACA. She will discuss how the outcome of the presidential and congressional elections will shape our efforts to achieve quality and affordable health care coverage for all Washingtonians.
The recently organized Caring Across Generations campaign will bring major policy proposals before the legislature. Susie Levy, Coordinator for the Caring Across Generations campaign in Washington and an organizer with WA Community Action Network, will discuss the Caring Across Generations legislative proposals, and what PSARA can do to help.
Following the presentations by these three remarkable women, PSARA members will discuss and vote on PSARA’s legislative agenda for 2013. Then we will caucus by legislative districts to arrange to meet with our legislators to discuss our legislative proposals. All of this in just two hours!
At the time of the conference, we are not likely to have one crucial piece of information. A challenge to the constitutionality of Tim Eyman’s initiative requiring a two-thirds vote to raise revenue or to close tax loopholes is pending before the Washington State Supreme Court. We hope that the decision will be issued either before the session or very early in the session. The decision will give us a much clearer idea of what can be done to raise revenue in 2013.
Our conference will prepare us for what promises to be a very challenging legislative session.