WSCC 2024 Catholic Advocacy Bulletin, No. 4 - Archived

by Stephanie Sanchez
This content has been archived. It may no longer be relevant or up to date. For more information contact Msgr. Robert Siler, robert.siler@yakimadiocese.org.

February 2, 2024

7 de febrero de 2024

Bill Cut Off Dates 

We are in the midst of a number of bill cutoff dates.  This past Wednesday was the last day for bills to pass out of policy committees.  Next, bills impacting the state budget must pass out of House fiscal committees, Senate Ways and Means, and the Senate Transportation Committee by Monday, February 5.  Another looming cutoff point is February 13; bills must pass out of their house of origin by this date.  See below for opportunities to contact your legislators about bills that should be supported or rejected.  Thank you for your advocacy!

Fechas límite para proyectos de leyes

Estamos en medio de una serie de fechas límite para proyectos de leyes.  A finales de enero fue el último día para que los proyectos de leyes fueran aprobados por los comités sobre políticas.  Los proyectos de ley que afectan el presupuesto estatal tenían como fecha límite el lunes 5 de febrero para ser aprobados por los comités fiscales de la Cámara de Representantes y los comités de Medios y Arbitrios y Transporte del Senado. Otra fecha límite importante es el 13 de febrero.  Los proyectos de leyes deben salir de su cámara de origen antes de esta fecha.  A continuación, encontrará información sobre las oportunidades para comunicarse con sus legisladores sobre los proyectos de ley que deben ser apoyados o rechazados.  ¡Gracias por su apoyo!

Urge Your Representative To Respect Life And Oppose HB 1151

Send a message to your state representatives and urge them to vote against House Bill 1151 (HB 1151), which would promote the mishandling of human embryos.  Identify your district and representatives and find a link to send them a message here. The House may vote on this bill soon. HB 1151 would mandate health coverage of fertility services. The WSCC specifically opposes the promotion of in vitro fertilization (IVF), which creates human embryos that are not properly cared for. Our Catholic faith teaches us to respect all life and that life begins at conception. However, IVF often results in unused embryos that are frozen indefinitely, destroyed, or abandoned. Life is not properly cared for nor respected. Additionally, IVF can treat children as commodities that are manufactured outside of the construct of the expression of love of a married couple. A more thorough explanation of the complexity of the Church’s opposition to IVF may be found here. In line with the legislative priority to respect life, the WSCC opposes HB 1151 and its companion bill, Senate Bill 5204.


Ask Your Senators To Pass These Bills Out Of The Senate 

Ask your state senator to support these two bills which are eligible to be voted on by the Senate.  Identify your district and state senator and find a link to send them a message here.

  • Senate Bill 5917 (SB 5917) updates language for hate crimes. Currently, hate crime laws apply if a specific person’s property is damaged.  SB 5917 would consider damage to public property to be a hate crime if motivated by the perception of one’s “race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, or mental, physical, or sensory disability.”  In line with the bishops’ religious liberty and racial justice priorities, the WSCC supports SB 5917.
  • Senate Bill 6063 (SB 6063) revises how the “three strikes,” or persistent offender, law is applied to those who committed crimes while under the age of 18.  The “three strikes” law requires courts to impose a sentence of life imprisonment without the possibility of release when a person is deemed to be a persistent offender. Currently, crimes committed when one is under 18 may be applied to the definition of a persistent offender.  SB 6063 would modify the definition of persistent offender to exclude crimes committed when one is under 18 years old.  In line with the bishops’ restorative justice legislative priority, the WSCC supports SB 6063.

Inste a su representante a respetar la vida y oponerse al HB 1151 

Envíe un mensaje a sus representantes estatales y úrjalos a votar en contra del Proyecto de Ley 1151 de la Cámara de Representantes (HB 1151), que promovería el mal manejo de embriones humanos. Identifique su distrito y a sus representantes y encuentre un enlace para enviarles un mensaje aquí. Es probable que la Cámara de Representantes vote pronto sobre este proyecto de ley. El proyecto de ley HB 1151 ordenaría la cobertura médica de servicios de fertilidad. La WSCC se opone específicamente a la promoción que hace este proyecto de ley de la fertilización in vitro o IVF, por sus siglas en inglés, por medio de la cual se crean embriones que no son cuidados debidamente. Nuestra fe católica nos enseña a respetar la vida y que la vida comienza desde la concepción. Sin embargo, el IVF a menudo resulta en el congelamiento del embrión por tiempo indefinido y en su destrucción o abandono si no es utilizado.  Además, el proceso de IVF puede tratar a los niños como productos que son fabricados fuera de la estructura de la expresión del amor de un matrimonio.  Podrá encontrar una explicación más profunda acerca de la complejidad de la oposición de la Iglesia al IVF aquí. De acuerdo con la prioridad legislativa de los obispos de respeto por la vida, la WSCC se opone al HB 1151 y su compañero el Proyecto de Ley del Senado 5204.


Solicite a sus senadores que aprueben estos proyectos de ley en el Senado

Pídale a su senador estatal que apoye estos dos proyectos de ley que son elegibles para ser votados por el Senado.  Identifique a su senador de distrito y estado y encuentre un enlace para enviarles un mensaje aquí.

– El Proyecto de Ley del Senado 5917 (SB 5917) actualiza el lenguaje para los delitos de odio. Actualmente, las leyes de delitos de odio se aplican si se daña la propiedad de una persona específica.  El SB 5917 consideraría que el daño a la propiedad pública es un delito de odio si está motivado por la percepción de la propia “raza, color, religión, ascendencia, origen nacional, género, orientación sexual, expresión o identidad de género, o discapacidad mental, física o sensorial de una persona”.  En línea con las prioridades de libertad religiosa y justicia racial de los obispos, la WSCC apoya la SB 5917.

Oppose Changes To Abortion Prescription Labels

If your state senator is a member of the Senate Rules Committee or if one of your representatives is a member of the House Rules Committee, please urge them to oppose Senate Bill 5960 (SB 5960) and House Bill 2115 (HB 2115), which would allow a health care provider who has prescribed an abortion medication to request that their name not be printed on the prescription label. Identify your district and legislators and find a link to send them a message here.  In lieu of abortion providers’ names, a physician’s identification number or a health care facility name may be used on prescription labels.  Proponents of the bill argue that omitting a provider name will decrease harassment or intimidation.  The WSCC does not condone harassment nor violence against abortion providers.  At the same time, women may experience adverse effects following an abortion, and it is important that provider information be easily accessible in the event of an emergency.  The health of women seeking abortions should be prioritized. Additionally, federal law requires that a physician’s name be provided on prescription labels. Respecting life and the dignity of every human person is a legislative priority, and the WSCC opposes HB 2115 and SB 5960.

Opóngase a los cambios en las etiquetas de las recetas para el aborto

Si su senador estatal  es miembro del Comité de Reglas del Senado  o si uno de sus representantes es miembro del Comité de Reglas de la Cámara de Representantes, por favor pídale que se oponga al Proyecto de Ley del Senado 5960 (SB 5960) y al Proyecto de Ley de la Cámara de Representantes 2115 (HB 2115), que permitiría a un proveedor de atención médica que haya recetado un medicamento abortivo solicitar que su nombre no esté impreso en la etiqueta de la receta. Identifique a su distrito y a sus representantes y encuentre un enlace para enviarles un mensaje aquí.  En lugar de los nombres de los proveedores de abortos, se puede usar el número de identificación de un médico o el nombre de un centro de atención médica en las etiquetas de las recetas.  Los defensores del proyecto de ley argumentan que omitir el nombre de un proveedor disminuirá el acoso o la intimidación.  La WSCC no aprueba el acoso ni la violencia contra los proveedores de abortos.  Al mismo tiempo, las mujeres pueden experimentar efectos adversos después de un aborto, y es importante que la información del proveedor sea fácilmente accesible en caso de una emergencia.  Se debe dar prioridad a la salud de las mujeres que buscan abortar. Además, la ley federal requiere que los nombres de los médicos se proporcionen en las etiquetas de las recetas. Respetar la vida y la dignidad de cada persona humana es una prioridad legislativa, y la WSCC se opone al HB 2115 y al SB 5960.

Help These Bills Pass Out Of The Appropriations Committee

If one of your representatives is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, send your representative a message and urge him or her to pass HB 1075, HB 1929, HB 1941, HB 2019, HB 2049, HB 2058, HB 2070, HB 2076, HB 2130, and HB 2270 out of the committee. Identify your district and representatives and find a link to send them a message here. Bills must be passed out of the Appropriations Committee by Monday, February 5. Bill descriptions are below.


HB 1075: Improving Eligibility For The Working Families Tax Credit

House Bill 1075 (HB 1075) would improve eligibility for the Working Families Tax Credit (WFTC).  WFTC is an annual tax credit up to $1,200 for Washington residents with low to moderate incomes.  Currently, single adults aged 18 to 24 are not eligible to receive this tax credit.  Adults over the age of 65 are also ineligible.  HB 1075 would amend the WFTC to cover all adults aged 18 and over.  This will particularly benefit individuals that aged out of the foster care system or are attending community college or trade school.  Increasing WFTC eligibility will also benefit the growing population of aging individuals living in poverty.  In line with the bishops’ economic justice legislative priority, the WSCC supports HB 1075.


HB 1929: Support For Youth Exiting Behavioral Health Care 

House Bill 1929 (HB 1929) would provide support for youth exiting inpatient behavioral health care. Young adults completing inpatient behavioral health care treatment are the largest group of people who become homeless within three to 12 months after exiting publicly funded care. This moment of exiting health care is a key point in time to end a youth’s experience with homelessness.  To assist youth during this important time, HB 1929 would create a post inpatient housing program for young adults to provide supportive transitional housing with behavioral health support.  This program would also focus on securing long-term housing for these young adults. HB 1929 is in line with the bishops’ legislative priorities of caring for children and families, combating homelessness, and providing health care for all.  The WSCC supports HB 1929 and its companion bill, Senate Bill 6050 (SB 6050).


HB 1941: Improve Care for Children With Medically-Complex Conditions 

House Bill 1941 (HB 1941) would improve health care options for children receiving Medicaid who have medically-complex conditions.  In 2019, the federal government passed the Advancing Care for Exceptional (ACE) Kids Act.  This law created provider “health homes” and health teams who can coordinate prompt care for children with medically complex conditions.  HB 1941 would create a plan to participate in the ACE Kids Act and establish these health home plans in Washington state to better serve children with medically complex conditions.  In line with the bishops’ legislative priority to improve health care access, the WSCC supports HB 1941.


HB 2019: Native American Apprentice Assistance Program

House Bill 2019 (HB 2019) would establish a Native American apprentice assistant program.  HB 2019 cites challenges Native Americans in our state face in attaining post-secondary education.  For example, in some cases there is a lack of access to programs near reservations.  In other instances, stigma against certain educational opportunities has developed as the result of experiences at historical boarding schools that separated Native American families.  Recognizing obstacles faced in the past, HB 2019 would create a Native American apprentice assistant program to create opportunities for indigenous people and advance workforce development. HB 2019 is in line with the bishops’ legislative priorities to respect the life and dignity of all and to seek racial justice and economic justice. The WSCC supports HB 2019.


HB 2049: The Washington Recycling and Packaging (Re-WRAP) Act 

Currently, over 50% of packaging and paper products are not recycled.  Additionally, less than 60% of the state has access to curbside recycling services. The Washington Recycling and Packaging Act (WRAP Act) was introduced in previous legislative sessions, and this Re-WRAP version of the bill once again proposes to modernize recycling in the state. House Bill 2049 (HB 2049) would employ producer responsibility to ensure that more packaging is reusable, recyclable, or compostable.  Additionally, curbside recycling would be made available to all who currently have curbside garbage pickup services.  A statewide, standardized list of what can and cannot be recycled would also be produced. In line with the bishops’ legislative priority to care for God’s creations, the WSCC supports the Re-Wrap Act, HB 2049/SB 6005.


HB 2058: Increase Access To Free Meals In Schools

House Bill 2058 (HB 2058) would increase student access to free meals in public schools.  Food insecurity is a barrier to education.  Universal access will directly impact childhood hunger and reduce the stigma that is a barrier to accepting meals.  Programs offering free meals to students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade at qualifying schools are already underway, and SB 5964 would increase the scope of access, permitting any student that requests it to receive a free meal. In accordance with our children/families, education, and economic justice legislative priorities, the WSCC supports HB 2058 and its companion bill, Senate Bill 5964.

 

 

 

 

WSCC’s Director of Policy and Communications testifed for the CURB Pollution Act.


HB 2070: The CURB Pollution Act 

Under the Cumulative Risk Burden (CURB) Pollution Act, Senate Bill 5990 (SB 5990) and House Bill 2070 (HB 2070), projects seeking permits in areas overburdened by pollution would be subject to an environmental justice impact statement. Environmental justice impact statements will assess environmental and public health stressors resulting from proposed projects or projects seeking permit renewals.  Impacted communities will have an opportunity to speak about project impacts at a public hearing.  Permits will then be granted, deemed conditional, or denied based on the environmental justice impact statement and the public hearing. The CURB Pollution Act develops a transparent, replicable, and translatable process for analyzing the cumulative health risks of those who are disproportionately harmed by pollution. On Wednesday, WSCC Director of Policy and Communications, Adrienne Corpuz Joyce, testified in support of the CURB Pollution Act before the Senate Committee on Environment, Energy, and Technology.  The testimony may be viewed here.  In line with the bishops’ care for creation and environmental justice legislative priorities, the WSCC supports the CURB Pollution Act.


HB 2076: Addressing Human Trafficking

House Bill 2076 (HB 2076) addresses crimes involving human trafficking and sexual exploitation.  It further expands the criteria for which one can be found guilty of human trafficking to reflect the breadth of tactics used by traffickers. The bill also establishes a statewide committee to address the issue of children who are sexually exploited and to make recommendations on statewide laws and practices.  On January 16 WSCC executive director, Jean Hill, testified in support of HB 2076 at its committee hearing.  Jean’s testimony may be viewed here.  In line with the legislative priority to combat human trafficking, the WSCC supports HB 2076 and its companion bill, Senate Bill 6057 (SB 6057).


HB 2130: Extend Special Education Services 

House Bill 2130 (HB 2130) would extend special education services from age 21 to age 22. In line with the bishops’ legislative priority to care for those with disabilities, the WSCC supports HB 2130.


HB 2270: Creates A State Department Of Housing 

House Bill 2270 (HB 2270) would create a department of housing in Washington.  Amid a housing crisis in our state, a new housing department would focus solely on housing and homelessness issues and bring together state programs that currently span multiple agencies and partners.  Last month the bishops released this statement, calling on the faithful and legislators to care for vulnerable populations impacted by homelessness and the lack of affordable housing.  The WSCC supports HB 2270.

Pida a sus representantes que aprueben estos proyectos de leyes en el Comité de Reglas

Si uno de sus representantes es miembro del Comité de Reglas de la Cámara de Representantes , ahora es el momento de instarlos a que aprueben los siguientes proyectos de leyes: HB 1368, HB 2012, HB 2097 y HB 2368. Identifique a su distrito y a sus representantes y obtenga su información de contacto aquí.  Las descripciones de los proyectos se encuentran a continuación.


HB 1368: Autobuses Escolares con energía limpia

El Proyecto de Ley 1368 de la Cámara de Representantes (HB 1368) requeriría y financiaría la compra de autobuses escolares de cero emisiones.  Bajo el segundo proyecto de ley sustituto aprobado por el Comité de Asignaciones de la Cámara de Representantes, el Departamento de Ecología administraría un programa de subsidios para autobuses escolares de cero emisiones y daría prioridad a los subsidios a comunidades y distritos escolares sobrecargados con autobuses fabricados antes de 2007. La versión actual del proyecto de ley también requeriría que el 75 por ciento de los autobuses escolares utilizados en los contratos de transporte de estudiantes sean de cero emisiones para el 1° de septiembre de 2030.  Con una flota estatal de 10.000 autobuses, el cambio hacia autobuses escolares eléctricos reduciría la contaminación y los efectos adversos para la salud resultantes de los autobuses diésel. En línea con la prioridad legislativa de los obispos de cuidar la creación de Dios, la WSCC apoya la HB 1368.


HB 2012: Apoyo a organizaciones sin fines de lucro que proveen viviendas asequibles

El Proyecto de Ley 2012 de la Cámara de Representantes (HB 2012) aumentaría la elegibilidad de las organizaciones sin fines de lucro para exenciones de impuestos a la propiedad si están proporcionando viviendas de alquiler asequibles o lotes para casas móviles para personas de bajos ingresos que califiquen. De acuerdo con las prioridades legislativas de los obispos de apoyar el acceso a la vivienda asequible y combatir la falta de vivienda, la WSCC apoya el HB 2012.


HB 2097: Recuperación de los salarios adeudados a los trabajadores

El Proyecto de Ley 2097 de la Cámara de Representantes (HB 2097) establecería un grupo de trabajo para desarrollar y recomendar estrategias para ayudar a los empleados a recuperar los salarios que se les adeudan cuando los empleadores violan las disposiciones de la Ley de Salario Mínimo u otros requisitos de pago de salarios.  Los obispos priorizan la dignidad del trabajo y los derechos de los trabajadores, y la WSCC apoya el HB 2097.


HB 2368: Asistencia a inmigrantes y refugiados 

El Proyecto de Ley 2368 de la Cámara de Representantes (HB 2368) establece el alcance de la oficina de asistencia a refugiados e inmigrantes.  Bajo el HB 2368, esta oficina coordinaría los esfuerzos estatales, federales y locales para apoyar la integración económica y social de los inmigrantes y refugiados que llegan al estado de Washington.  Esta oficina también proporcionaría asistencia en efectivo, asistencia médica y servicios de apoyo a inmigrantes y refugiados.  El otoño pasado, la WSCC emitió esta declaración sobre inmigración.  En línea con la prioridad legislativa de cuidar a los inmigrantes, la WSCC apoya la HB 2368.

Help These Bills Pass Out Of Senate Ways and Means

If your senator is a member of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, urge him or her to pass SB 5109, SB 5893, SB 5908, and SB 6191 out of the committee. Identify your district and state senator and find a link to send him or her a message here. Bills must be passed out of Senate Ways and Means by Monday, February 5. Bill descriptions are below. 


SB 5109: Wage Replacement for Immigrant Workers 

Senate Bill 5109 (SB 5109) would establish a wage replacement program to help undocumented immigrant workers who are ineligible for unemployment insurance and meet certain qualifications. In line with the bishops’ immigration legislative priority, the WSCC supports SB 5109 and its companion bill, House Bill 1095 (HB 1095).


SB 5893: Support Formerly Incarcerated Individuals Reintegrating Into Society 

Senate Bill 5893 (SB 5893) would support those reintegrating into society and being released from custody prior to the end of their sentence.  Current law stipulates that those being discharged from the Department of Corrections shall be supplied with suitable clothing, transportation, and subsistence money that the operating budget has currently set for $300.  SB 5893 extends these provisions to those transitioning to partial confinement or community custody.  As individuals complete their sentences, it is important to support those departing from the Department of Corrections to prevent recidivism. This bill aligns with the bishops’ restorative justice legislative priority.  The WSCC supports SB 5893 and its companion bill, House Bill 1995 (HB 1995).


SB 5908: Improve The Extended Foster Care Program 

Senate Bill 5908 (SB 5908) would improve the extended foster care program. Youth who age out of the foster system face substantial challenges. An extended foster care program for youth ages 18-21 has proven impactful: 41% of youth who age out of the foster care system at age 18 experience homelessness or housing instability, compared to only 23% of those using the extended foster care program. SB 5908 improves the extended foster care program by allowing youth to enter or exit the program at any time when they are aged 18-21, increasing awareness of the program among foster youth, improving eligibility, and creating a housing and maintenance subsidy for participants.  Related to the bishops’ children/families and affordable housing/homelessness legislative priorities, the WSCC supports SB 5908 and its companion bill, House Bill 2218.


SB 6191: Increase Affordable Housing 

Using funds from the existing real estate excise tax, Senate Bill 6191 (SB 6191) would designate permanent funds for the housing trust fund, the apple health and homes account, the affordable housing for all account, the new developmental disabilities housing and services account, and the housing stability account. The bishops recently released this statement, calling on the faithful and legislators to care for vulnerable populations impacted by the lack of affordable housing and homelessness.  The WSCC supports SB 6191.

Ask Your Representatives To Pass These Bills Out Of Rules

If one of your representatives is a member of the House Rules Committee, now is the time to urge them to pass the following bills out of committee: HB 1368, HB 2012, HB 2097, and HB 2368. Identify your district and representatives and obtain their contact information here.  Bill descriptions are below.


HB 1368: Clean School Buses

House Bill 1368 (HB 1368) would require and fund the purchase of zero emission school buses.  Under the second substitute bill passed by the House Appropriations Committee, the Department of Ecology would administer a zero-emission school bus grant program and prioritize grants to overburdened communities and school districts with buses manufactured prior to 2007. The current version of the bill would also require 75 percent of school buses used in student transportation contracts to be zero emission by September 1, 2030.  With a statewide fleet of 10,000 buses, moving toward electric school buses would reduce pollution and adverse health effects resulting from diesel buses. In line with the bishops’ legislative priority to care for God’s creation, the WSCC supports HB 1368.


HB 2012: Support Nonprofits Providing Affordable Housing 

House Bill 2012 (HB 2012) would increase the eligibility of nonprofits for property tax exemptions if they are providing affordable rental housing or lots for mobile homes for qualifying low-income individuals. In line with the bishops’ legislative priorities to support affordable housing and combat homelessness, the WSCC supports HB 2012.


HB 2097: Recovering Wages Owed To Workers 

House Bill 2097 (HB 2097) would establish a work group to develop and recommend strategies to help employees recover wages owed to them when employers violate provisions of the Minimum Wage Act or other wage payment requirements.  The bishops prioritize the dignity of work and the rights of workers, and the WSCC supports HB 2097.


HB 2368: Refugee and Immigrant Assistance 

House Bill 2368 (HB 2368) establishes the scope of the office of refugee and immigrant assistance.  Under HB 2368, this office would coordinate state, federal, and local efforts to support the economic and social integration of immigrants and refugees arriving in Washington state.  This office would also provide cash assistance, medical assistance, and refugee support services to immigrants and refugees.  This past fall, the WSCC issued this statement on immigration.  In line with the legislative priority to care for immigrants, the WSCC supports HB 2368.

Preserving the Clergy-Penitent Privilege 

During the 2023 legislative session, the WSCC opposed legislation that would eliminate the clergy-penitent privilege and required priests to be mandatory reporters for child abuse or neglect even if information was obtained during the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  In the Catholic Church, priests are already mandatory reporters of abuse or neglect if information is obtained outside the confessional.  Senate Bill 6298 (SB 6298), a bill once again concerning clergy and mandatory reporting, was introduced this session, and is currently in the Senate Rules Committee.  WSCC executive director, Jean Hill, testified on this bill.  The WSCC will continue to work on this bill to preserve the clergy-penitent privilege in the confessional.

Conservando el privilegio clero-penitente 

Durante el periodo legislativo de 2023, la WSCC se opuso a la legislación que eliminaría el privilegio del clero-penitente y exigiría que los sacerdotes fueran denunciantes obligatorios de abuso o negligencia infantil, incluso si la información se obtenía durante el Sacramento de la Reconciliación.  En la Iglesia Católica, los sacerdotes ya son denunciantes obligatorios de abuso o negligencia si la información se obtiene fuera del confesionario.  El Proyecto de Ley del Senado 6298 (SB 6298), un proyecto de ley sobre el clero y la presentación obligatoria de informes, se presentó en este periodo y actualmente está en el Comité de Reglas del Senado. La directora ejecutiva de la WSCC, Jean Hill, brindó su testimonio sobre este proyecto de ley. La WSCC continuará trabajando en este proyecto de ley para conservar el privilegio del clero-penitente en el confesionario.

PREPARES – Pregnancy & Parenting Support – is our promise to care for mothers, fathers, and their families from pregnancy to the child’s fifth birthday – no matter their beliefs. This program is a way we can “walk our talk” about celebrating the gift of life and making sure that no child – born or unborn – is ever abandoned or alone.

As of 2023, PREPARES statewide has been embraced by 188 parishes; 742 parish Volunteers and Companions, trained by local Catholic Charities staff, have participated in supporting 14,120 vulnerable moms, dads, and children with one-on-one family companionship and infant and child essentials.

Join our annual appeal. Your financial support enables us to continue the work of PREPARES in the state of Washington. Thank you for giving generously.

PREPARES – Apoyo al Embarazo y a la Crianza – es nuestra promesa de cuidar a las madres, los padres y sus familias desde el embarazo hasta que el niño cumpla cinco años, sin importar sus creencias. Este programa es una forma en que podemos “predicar con el ejemplo” sobre la celebración del regalo de la vida y asegurarnos de que ningún niño, nacido o no nacido, sea abandonado o esté solo.

A partir de 2023, PREPARES en todo el estado ha sido adoptado por 188 parroquias; 742 voluntarios y compañeros de la parroquia, capacitados por el personal local de Caridades Católicas, han participado en el apoyo a 14.120 madres, padres y niños vulnerables con acompañamiento personal y artículos esenciales para bebés y niños.

Únete a nuestra campaña anual. Su apoyo financiero nos permite continuar el trabajo de PREPARES en el estado de Washington. Gracias por dar generosamente.

End Of Life Guide 

The WSCC publishes the “Catholic Guide to Making Good Decisions for End of Life: Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney,” a resource to assist in making choices about health care and in communicating decisions to others.  Our Catholic faith encourages prayerful reflection on death and preparation for it.  A Spanish translation is available.

Guía para el Final de la Vida 

La WSCC publica la “Guía Católica de toma de decisiones para el final de la vida: Testamento Vital y Poder Notarial Permanente”, un recurso para ayudar a tomar decisiones sobre el cuidado médico y a comunicar las decisiones a los demás. Nuestra fe católica fomenta la reflexión en oración sobre la muerte y la preparación para ella. Hay una versión en inglés disponible.

Below are various resources of use during the legislative session:

A continuación, se presentan varios recursos de uso durante la sesión legislativa:

Important Dates

 

February 5 Last day to pass bills out of House fiscal committees and Senate Ways and Means and Transportation committees
February 13 Last day to pass bills out of house of origin
February 14 Ash Wednesday, Lent begins
February 21 Last day to pass bills out of committee from opposite house. Exceptions: House fiscal committees and Senate Ways and Means and Transportation committees
March 1 Last day to pass bills out of opposite house.  Exceptions: initiatives and alternatives to initiatives, budgets and matters necessary to implement budgets, differences between the houses, and matters incident to the interim and closing of the session
March 7 Final day of the legislative session
March 24 Palm Sunday, Holy Week Begins
March 28 Holy Thursday
March 29 Good Friday
March 31 Easter

WSCC Staff

We invite you to contact us at any time.

Jean Welch Hill, Executive Director
jean.hill@wacatholics.org

Adrienne Corpuz Joyce, Director of Policy and Communications:
adrienne.joyce@wacatholics.org

Tracey Wilson Yackley, Operations Manager:
tracey.yackley@wacatholics.org

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Fechas importantes

 

 

5 de febrero Último día para aprobar proyectos de ley de los comités fiscales de la Cámara de Representantes y de los comités de Medios y Arbitrios y Transporte del Senado
13 de febrero Último día para aprobar proyectos de ley fuera de la cámara de orige
14 de febrero Miércoles de Ceniza, Inicio de Cuaresma
21 de febrero Último día para aprobar proyectos de ley en los comités de la cámara opuesta. Excepciones: los comités fiscales de la Cámara de Representantes y los comités de Medios y Arbitrios y Transporte del Senado
1° de marzo Último día para aprobar proyectos de ley en la cámara opuesta.  Excepciones: iniciativas y alternativas a las iniciativas, presupuestos y asuntos necesarios para ejecutar los presupuestos, diferencias entre las cámaras y asuntos relacionados con el período de sesiones intermedio y de clausura
7° de marzo Último día del periodo legislativo
24° de marzo Domingo de Ramos, Inicio de la Semana Santa
28° de marzo Jueves Santo
29° de marzo Viernes Santo
31° de marzo Pascua

Personal de la WSCC

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Jean Welch Hill, Directora ejecutiva
jean.hill@wacatholics.org

Adrienne Corpuz Joyce, Directora de Políticas y Comunicaciones
adrienne.joyce@wacatholics.org

Tracey Wilson Yackley, Gerente operativo
tracey.yackley@wacatholics.org

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