VIDEO: Eyman rips registration-of-petitioners bill at recent hearing in Olympia

by | Feb 28, 2018

Your hundreds and hundreds of emails to legislators are working. The initiative-death-by-delay bill is dead. That is the horrible bill (SB 5386) which would have added years to the normal bureaucratic processing of initiatives. It had a full head of steam but thanks to your activism and emails, you convinced legislators to kill it.

So now the biggest threat to the initiative process is the gotta-be-registered-by-the-government-to-collect-signatures-for-initiatives bill (SB 5397). This is the bill that requires registration, licensing, training, criminal background checks, drivers licenses, photo headshots, names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses for folks who want to collect signatures on petitions.

Click on the arrow below to listen to my brief testimony against it at a recent legislative hearing:

Here’s the link to it:

There’s plenty of politicians who are clearly salivating at the chance to kill off the initiative process. Even though they are the ones passing 99.9% of the laws, they lust for 100% monopolized control.

So to beat back this horrible anti-initiative bill, your voices need to be really loud to overcome that.

Right now, please send an email to all 147 legislators, especially Speaker Frank Chopp, and tell them to get their dirty, grubby hands off our First Amendment rights. Send them this or something like this (tell ’em what you think):

“Speaker Chopp & other legislators, I strongly oppose Senate Bill 5397 because I don’t want our initiative rights infringed. Requiring registration, licensing, training, and criminal background checks for folks who collect signatures is deeply offensive to the First Amendment and free speech. That is why the ACLU, Institute for Justice, and other attorneys have spoken out so passionately against it. Requiring government permission before someone exercises a right they already have? That just plain wrong. Thank you again, Rep. Morgan Irwin, for highlighting SB5397’s many flaws in Friday’s hearing. “This bill is less about signature gatherers and more about strangling the initiative process” was spot on. Speaker Chopp, I ask you to leave SB5397 on the cutting room floor — don’t allow it to advance. The initiative process is ours, not yours, leave it alone.”

Subject line: Speaker Chopp and other legislators, don’t allow anti-initiative bill SB 5397 to advance.

Cut and paste these email addresses into the To line of your email — here’s the 98 House members for the 2018 session:;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

Send a separate email for the Senate — here’s the 49 senators for the 2018 session:;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;

Sending these 2 emails will really help — BUT IT’S ONLY EFFECTIVE IF WE ALL DO IT. If you have any problem, just email me the message you want sent, and I’ll forward it to all legislators (and I’ll cc you). OK?

“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
After 20 years of fighting for taxpayers, we’ve learned that the most effective way to fight the Democrats’ tax-hiking schemes is by taking our case directly to the people. That’s why we’re moving full steam ahead with We Don’t Want An Income Tax. It prohibits the state and local governments from imposing any kind of income tax, especially a capital gains income tax.

Jack, Mike, and I are committed to protecting taxpayers. But we can’t do it alone. We need everyone’s help.