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"Call to Action" regarding Substitute House Bill 1371: Boards and Commissions

Our friends at Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau have issued a "Call to Action" regarding Substitute House Bill 1371: Boards and Commissions.  They have requested our help with the following:

Section 76 (3) (a) permanently restricts state agencies from using funds for travel and renting private facilities like hotels for meetings.

Please contact members of the House Ways & Means Committee TODAY to urge them to reject this provision in the bill!

Suggested message points:

    • We understand the desire of the legislature to save money, but simply requiring state meetings be conducted at public facilities does not save money
    • If a private facility can provide a place for less money they should be able to compete for the business 
    • Allow for flexibility and the opportunity for the competitive process to work.

Ask your Representative to amend SHB 1371 by removing the permanent restriction on travel and the use of private facilities for meetings.

Ask your employees to call, too!

Let your representative know that jobs in Washington's lodging industry are at stake.

Below is a list of the House Ways & Means Committee members, their contact information, and their district.

Dist. 48

Hunter, Ross (D) Chair      

(360) 786-7936                               

Dist. 27

Darneille, Jeannie (D) Vice Chair

(360) 786-7974

Dist. 11

Hasegawa, Bob (D) Vice Chair 

(360) 786-7862

Dist. 20

Alexander, Gary (R)

(360) 786-7990

Dist. 10

Bailey, Barbara (R)

(360) 786-7914

Dist. 36         

Carlyle, Reuven (D) 

(360) 786-7814

Dist. 15

Chandler, Bruce (R)

(360) 786-7960

Dist. 34

Cody, Eileen (D)

(360) 786-7978

Dist. 25

Dammeier, Bruce (R)

(360) 786-7948

Dist. 36

Dickerson, Mary Lou (D)

(360) 786-7860

Dist. 35

Haigh, Kathy (D)

(360) 786-7966

Dist. 8

Haler, Larry (R)

(360) 786-7986

Dist. 13

Hinkle, Bill (R)

(360) 786-7808

Dist. 11

Hudgins, Zack (D)

(360) 786-7956

Dist. 22

Hunt, Sam (D) 

(360) 786-7992

Dist. 32

Kagi, Ruth (D) 

(360) 786-7910

Dist. 46

Kenney, Phyllis Gutierrez (D)  

(360) 786-7818

Dist. 18

Orcutt, Ed (R)

(360) 786-7812

Dist. 3

Ormsby, Timm (D)

(360) 786-7946

Dist. 6

Parker, Kevin (R)

(360) 786-7922

Dist. 37

Pettigrew, Eric (D)

(360) 786-7838

Dist. 14

Ross, Charles (R)  

(360) 786-7856

Dist. 9

Schmick, Joe (R)

(360) 786-7844

Dist. 26

Seaquist, Larry (D)

(360) 786-7802

Dist. 45

Springer, Larry (D)

(360) 786-7822

Dist. 47

Sullivan, Pat (D)

(360) 786-7858

Dist. 2

Wilcox, J.T.(R)

(360) 786-7912

You can get your district number by calling the Legislative Hotline, 1.800.562.6000.

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Greg Duff
Greg Duff founded and chairs Foster Garvey’s national Hospitality, Travel & Tourism group. His practice largely focuses on operations-oriented matters faced by hospitality industry members, including sales and marketing, distribution and e-commerce, procurement and technology. Greg also serves as counsel and legal advisor to many of the hospitality industry’s associations and trade groups, including AH&LA, HFTP and HSMAI.

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