Senate Law and Justice Committee will Vote on SB 5361
Thursday January 26th at 8 am
EMAIL Senate Law and Justice
Committee and tell them
NO SB 5361
(email addresses and suggested talking points below)
This bill would allow municipalities to collect a sales tax for “public safety fund” that would have to be spent on police staffing if the number of per capita officers were below the federal per capita level
SB 5361 would limit the ability of local jurisdictions to provide prevention services and respond to dynamic public safety needs
Sample of written testimony/email to committee members
We encourage you to personalize your messages as these are most effective.
The bill provides significant money to local law enforcement agencies, some of whom are out of compliance with important state laws, laws meant to keep us safe and provide quality policing for Washingtonians. I am concerned that agencies not in compliance with RCW.101.135, RCW 43.101.095, RCW 10.120.030, and RCW 9.41 present a danger to the public.
This bill would hamper the efforts of local jurisdictions to address their public safety needs. SB 5361 would make it more difficult to address the following:
Despite a dire need, many communities across the state have limited or no mental health crisis response. It is critical that local jurisdictions develop and expand community-led mental health crisis responses that can save lives of Washington citizens in acute distress and connect them to vital services!
Local jurisdictions need to develop, plan, and fund public safety initiatives that address the unique needs of their communities. I believe no matter your race, your gender, your income, or how humble your home you deserve safety. This is why I am urging you to vote NO on SB 5361!
People Power Washington
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