Last Hope for Constitutional Amendment Memorial Ends
House Joint Memorial 4001 would have put our state legislature on record as the 12th state to call on Congress to amend the U.S. Constitution in light of the Citizens United and other US Supreme Courtdecisions. It passed the full House, but failed to be voted on in the State Senate by the cut off date.
An initiative to the people of the state calling for our members of Congress to support a constitutional amendment is the next step. WAMEND, the statewide coalition supporting a constitutional amendment, is in the process of developing an initiative and a campaign. Washington Public Campaigns is a WAMEND member and will be recruiting signature gatherers over the next months to begin collecting signatures after the initiative is filed in January. An intensive volunteer effort will be needed to reduce the cost of passing an initiative.
Exciting News for Seattle
Seattle’s Ethics and Elections Committee (SEEC) has completed a proposal for public financing of Seattle City Council Campaigns and the first meeting of the City Council to hear the proposal will be held at 2:30 p.m., April 29 in the City Council Chambers. Washington Public Campaigns (WPC), has followed the development of the proposal closely and is supporting Fair Elections Seattle, the campaign committee for the referendum that will appear on the 2013 general election ballot. Read the SEEC report HERE.
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