The 2023 Washington Legislative session is underway, and the strengthened progressive majority delivered by voters means legislators have a big opportunity to pass bold progressive bills this year! Here at Fuse, we’re focused on making progress in key areas that will give all Washington families a chance to thrive.
To advance these priorities, we’ve identified a number of bills that, if enacted, would bring needed progress on everything from reducing gun violence to building enough affordable housing for everyone to have a home. We will update these bills as they are filed or passed and session continues, so check back regularly to see what we’re fighting for!
Expand affordable housing in Washington cities
Everyone deserves a roof over their head and a door that locks. We need to build more duplexes, fourplexes, small apartments, and backyard cottages that are more affordable to families and workers.
Update: We have passed House Bill 1110 through both chambers of the Legislature!
Rebalance our upside-down tax code and fight inequality
We’re going to continue the fight to make sure that Washington’s ultra-wealthy pay their share for the community services that we all rely on by supporting new approaches to taxing wealth.
Senate Bill 5486: Support the Washington Wealth Tax!
Restricting access to assault weapons
These weapons of war drive mass shootings and have no place in our neighborhoods or the schools where our kids learn. It's time to ban their sale in Washington.
Update: We have passed House Bill 1240 through both chambers of the Legislature!
No longer able to pass the Legislature this year:
Bringing ranked choice voting for Washington’s presidential primary. We support bringing an upgrade to our state's presidential primary that strengthens democracy and ensures our votes count. Unfortunately, this bill was not brought to a hearing by the House State Government committee, and has missed the cutoff date.
House Bill 1592: Upgrade Washington's presidential primaries to ranked choice voting!
Supporting a Guaranteed Basic Income that would help struggling working families afford rent and put food on the table. This bill was not given a hearing by the Appropriations Committee, and has missed the cutoff date.
House Bill 1045: Let's create a Guaranteed Basic Income for Washington!
Extending life-saving benefits to Washington residents who pay into them. Immigrant workers who work and pay taxes deserve access to unemployment benefits, but both the House Appropriations and the Senate Ways and Means Committees refused to give these bills the hearings they needed to continue on towards becoming laws.
House Bill 1095/Senate Bill 5019: Immigrant workers need unemployment assistance!