Who: Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib, Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self, D-Mukilteo, Rep. Derek Stanford, D-Bothell, and members of the House and Senate Democratic caucuses
What: Press Conference
When: Today 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: House Democratic Caucus Room, Legislative Building, 3rd floor
Why: In response to recent presidential executive orders, House Democrats are moving legislation at the state level to protect all Washingtonians. HB 1988, sponsored by Rep. Ortiz-Self, creates a new legal proceeding authorizing a court to appoint a guardian for certain immigrant youth who have been abandoned, abused or neglected. HB 2029, sponsored by Rep. Ortiz-Self, would provide a hotline for those seeking information and assistance for immigration and citizenship related matters. HB 2097, sponsored by Rep. Stanford, would limit disclosure by state or local government agencies about the religious affiliation of individuals. All three bills are scheduled for executive session in the House Judiciary committee on February 16, 2017. Reps. Stanford and Ortiz-Self, together with Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib and members of the House and Senate Democratic Caucuses, are holding a press conference today about these proposals and how they reflect Washington’s values.