The legislation (Substitute House Bill 2640) that protects registered beekeepers from legal prosecution of perceived civil damage (including allergic reactions from bee stings) has passed unanimously out of committee. Now it needs to get out of the house rules committee and that is where we could use everyone’s help. Below is the email from the legislative chair of the Washington State Beekeepers Association.
|Many thanks to those who called and emailed to get the Beekeeper Liability Protection bill heard by the House Judiciary committee. It was!
And it passed unanimously out of committee, in spite of testimony against from a lobbyist representing trial lawyers. He raised the point that “willful and wanton” is a very high standard to reach for misconduct. Chair Jinkins also expressed a similar concern, so the sponsor, Rep. Buys, agreed to amend the wording to “reckless.”
What to do next?
Email and/or Call the members of the House Rules committee.
The bill must be pulled from Rules to be heard on the floor of the House. Any member of the committee can do so. We should contact them all now.
Bergquist, Steve (D) (360) 786-7862 Steve.Bergquist@leg.wa.gov Chopp, Frank (D) (360) 786-7920 Frank.Chopp@leg.wa.gov Haler, Larry (R) (360) 786-7986 Larry.Haler@leg.wa.gov Hargrove, Mark (R) (360) 786-7918 Mark.Hargrove@leg.wa.gov Harmsworth, Mark (R) (360) 786-7892 Mark.Harmsworth@leg.wa.gov Holy, Jeff (R) (360) 786-7962 Jeff.Holy@leg.wa.gov Johnson, Norm (R) (360) 786-7810 Norm.Johnson@leg.wa.gov Kraft, Vicki (R) (360) 786-7994 Vicki.Kraft@leg.wa.gov Kretz, Joel (R) (360) 786-7988 Joel.Kretz@leg.wa.gov Kristiansen, Dan (R) (360) 786-7967 Dan.Kristiansen@leg.wa.gov Lovick, John (D) (360) 786-7804 John.Lovick@leg.wa.gov McBride, Joan (D) (360) 786-7848 Joan.McBride@leg.wa.gov McDonald, Joyce (R) (360) 786-7968 Joyce.McDonald@leg.wa.gov Ortiz-Self, Lillian (D) (360) 786-7972 Lillian.Ortiz-Self@leg.wa.gov Orwall, Tina (D) (360) 786-7834 Tina.Orwall@leg.wa.gov Pettigrew, Eric (D) (360) 786-7838 Eric.Pettigrew@leg.wa.gov Riccelli, Marcus (D) (360) 786-7888 Marcus.Riccelli@leg.wa.gov Senn, Tana (D) (360) 786-7894 Tana.Senn@leg.wa.gov Springer, Larry (D) (360) 786-7822 Larry.Springer@leg.wa.gov Stanford, Derek (D) (360) 786-7928 Derek.Stanford@leg.wa.gov Sullivan, Pat (D) (360) 786-7858 Pat.Sullivan@leg.wa.gov Tarleton, Gael (D) (360) 786-7860 Gael.Tarleton@leg.wa.gov Van Werven, Luanne (R) (360) 786-7980 Luanne.VanWerven@leg.wa.gov Wilcox, J.T. (R) (360) 786-7912 JT.Wilcox@leg.wa.gov Wylie, Sharon (D) (360) 786-7924 Sharon.Wylie@leg.wa.gov
Ask them to pull 2640 from Rules, tell them it passed unanimously from committee, and it is good for beekeepers and for urban agriculture. The message need not be long, and the message you say or type can be the same to each legislator, in your own words, of course. If you use the above email links, the subject line and message body are empty, so remember to fill them in. And don’t forget to put your name at the bottom of the email.