BPW is active in legislation that affects all working women and their families and has a Legislative Platform that is adhered to. There is a State Legislation Chair and a chair in each Local organization that keeps the members abreast of what is happening on the political front. Information is available to members to take action on a topic/bill that is important to them personally and professionally.
BPW/WA Legislative Platform
The Equal Rights Amendment, as authored by Alice Paul, shall stand first, foremost and above all other items which may appear on the platform of this Federation until equal legal rights for women and men become guaranteed in the United States Constitution, because all statutory law derives there-from.
The Equal Rights Amendment
“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”
Ensure pay equity, equal educational and economic opportunities at all stages of life; and promote affordable, quality dependent care to help ensure economic self-sufficiency for women and their dependents.
Ensure full access to all women’s health services and education, including reproductive choice; ensure funds for research into and protections for women’s health care needs; and ensure the national health care policy sections specifically recognizing the special health care needs of women.
Ensure equal rights and remedies for all women in all phases of their lives; ensure affirmative action; eliminate sexual harassment and violence against women.
By Loren Lee, BPW/WA Legislation Chair
Washington’s Legislative Sessions are over for the 2015-2016 year. Many important Bills have been carried over to the next session. This being an election year it is exceeding important that House and Senate Representative’s be reviewed based upon their support for Women’s issues as well items that affect our efforts to strengthen equal opportunities for Women. I have selected several bills that passed this last session.
I have selected several bills that passed this last session:
- The first one is Senate Bill 6376. The Act relating to recognizing human trafficking awareness day. There is much more to this bill than will be published. (It can be viewed in its entirety by going to wa.gov. On this page click to find bill. In the box type in the bill number and click on search. At the bottom left the bill page there will be “Bill as passed by legislature.”) This bill was sponsored by Senators-Fraser, Roach, McCoy, Conway, Haasegawa, Padden, Carlyle, Liias, Nelson, O’Ban, Darnelle, Chase, and Jayapal.
- Bill 6194 worked to amend Charter Schools in Washington thus allowing them to continue educating those with special needs as well as those in the general Domain.
- House and Senate bill 1682. Improving the educational outcome of homeless students.
- House bill 2458 Participate in the prescription drug program. This bill has a very far reaching effect for those wo cannot afford some medications. People can donate their unused prescriptions to their pharmacist for no charge use to others who cannot afford them.
- SHB 2425-This is one of my favorites. Changing wording from Massage Practitioner and Animal Massage Practitioner to Massage Therapist and Animal Massage Therapist. One has to look up who sponsored this bill to enjoy the humor in it.
There are many other bills that passed this last session. The important ones concerning Equality for Women, medical issues, work place discrimination are still on the bill pending board for the next session. We need to be prepared for looking to which bills we want to support and make our VOICES Heard.