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Contact Once More Before the Committee Votes on the Bill
Great Work in Contacting your Representatives Last Week!
Last Wednesday’s hearing went well, see it here beginning at 31:27. Our concerns were heard by the committee, as mentioned by Rep. Kloba (36:00) Thanks to all who emailed, called, wrote, signed in CON, and testified. Now we have their attention.

Our strong opposition to an apiary location database will cause action by the pesticide industry. They may offer an amendment to “fix” Sec. 3, sub 2a. Such an amendment will be completely one-sided in favor of the pesticide industry. 

The committee will vote on the bill this Wednesday the 24th. Please contact them on or before Monday (so they have a chance to read/hear you before Wednesday).Some things you could say: Thank them for hearing beekeepers’ concerns about Sec. 3, sub 2a Outside of that part, it’s a good bill But that part will be very damaging to beekeepers without huge changes Changing sec. 3, sub 2a now without consulting beekeepers won’t address all our concerns and gives pesticide applicators what they want: a backdoor way to avoid consequences of killing bees with pesticides Ask that they remove sec. 3, sub 2a from the bill so the task force can find a better way to protect pollinators for the reasons given in the hearing and many othersInclude 5253 in the subject line of your email.
Be brief and send Monday morning or sooner.
To write one email and send to all, copy and paste all the email addresses below in the BCC: field of your email:bruce.chandler@leg.wa.gov 
mike.chapman@leg.wa.gov 
joe.fitzgibbon@leg.wa.gov 
Mark.Klicker@leg.wa.gov 
shelley.kloba@leg.wa.gov 
joel.kretz@leg.wa.gov 
debra.lekanoff@leg.wa.gov 
Joel.McEntire@leg.wa.gov 
melanie.morgan@leg.wa.gov 
ed.orcutt@leg.wa.gov 
bill.ramos@leg.wa.gov 
joe.schmick@leg.wa.gov 
sharon.shewmake@leg.wa.gov 
larry.springer@leg.wa.gov
To email them personally, click each link below. You can copy/paste the same message to each. Or call each office.
Rep. Chandler    bruce.chandler@leg.wa.gov    (360) 786-7960
Rep. Chapman    mike.chapman@leg.wa.gov    (564) 888-2321
Rep. Fitzgibbon    joe.fitzgibbon@leg.wa.gov    (564) 888-2362
Rep. Klicker    Mark.Klicker@leg.wa.gov    (360) 786-7836
Rep. Kloba    shelley.kloba@leg.wa.gov    (564) 888-2377
Rep. Kretz    joel.kretz@leg.wa.gov    (360) 786-7988
Rep. Lekanoff    debra.lekanoff@leg.wa.gov    (360) 419-5266
Rep. McEntire    Joel.McEntire@leg.wa.gov    (360) 786-7870
Rep. Morgan    melanie.morgan@leg.wa.gov    (360) 786-7906
Rep. Orcutt    ed.orcutt@leg.wa.gov    (360) 786-7990
Rep. Ramos    bill.ramos@leg.wa.gov    (425) 654-4402
Rep. Schmick    joe.schmick@leg.wa.gov    (253) 275-1425
Rep. Shewmake    sharon.shewmake@leg.wa.gov    (360) 746-6939
Rep. Springer    larry.springer@leg.wa.gov    (425) 947-8921