Welcome to the second week of the 2023 Washington State Legislative Session!
On Monday, Sen. Saldaña dropped a bill to repeal Washington’s jaywalking laws. Transportation Choices Coalition spearheaded the “Free to Walk Washington” campaign that led to the legislation and is joined by a diverse coalition of 21 organizations. Read more about the bill and how you can get involved below!We’re also launching our 2023 Week of Action on Monday, January 30th, and we want YOU to join us! Our lineup includes virtual events and actions you can participate in to support our 2023 Legislative Agenda to increase transportation equity and safety for all Washingtonians. You can learn more about this year’s events and how you can get involved here.
What’s coming up
- SB 5383 – Concerning pedestrians crossing and moving along roadways.
- ABOUT: SB 5383 would repeal the state law that makes it illegal to cross mid-block, and creates provisions that give pedestrians the right to cross where and when it is convenient and safe for them. The bill also preempts conflicting local ordinances
- Sen. Saldaña introduced the bill in the Senate on Monday.
- Emily Alvarado filed the companion bill in the House of Representatives, HB 1428.
- TAKE ACTION: Tell your legislators to support this bill
What happened last week
The Senate Transportation Committee heard the Governor’s proposed budget, the State of Transportation update from WSDOT, and an update on the Climate Commitment Act and clean fuel standards. You can view past agendas and meetings here.
The House Transportation Committee heard about the future of Washington’s airport infrastructure, Ultra High Speed Rail, service updates for Amtrak, the Governor’s proposed budget, and received the “State of Transportation” update from WSDOT. You can view past agendas and meetings here.
– Transportation Choices
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