The AMC Bill is now scheduled to be heard by the Senate Committee next TU, 2-23 – the hearing begins at 1:30 pm. I will be attending, and will speak in favor of the bill on behalf of WA appraisers as Pres. of ACOW. There is not a Senate Bill No. for this bill, as it was not originally introduced in the Senate. The bill is identified as ESHB 3040 (or Engrossed Substitute House Bill, for those who would like to know what these initials mean….).
While we will eventually (assuming the bill passes from this committee) want ALL appraisers to contact their state Senators and ask them to vote in favor of this bill, what we really MUST focus on right now is getting it THROUGH this committee…. So, PLEASE FORWARD TO YOUR MEMBERSHIP, and ask appraisers to check and see if any the senate committee members shown below is THEIR Senator, and IF SO to then ask that they contact their Senator and ask for his/her “support for this bill, and to move it out of committee.” They may want to note/mention that “this is a bipartisan bill, and passed the House by a vote of 98-0.”
Here is some additional information about each Senator – his/her District, and the approximate areas included in each District (click on their name in the box below should take you to their legislative website, and you can also then pull up a map of each District and their EMAIL):
Kohl-Welles – 36th, includes Queen Anne/Magnolia areas
Keiser – 33rd, includes areas of Kent, Des Moines, Normandy Park, and SeaTac
Holmquist – 13th, areas include Ellensburg, Moses Lake, and parts north of Yakima
Franklin – 29th, includes parts of So. Tacoma, Lakewood, and Parkland
Honeyford – 15th, includes parts of SW WA including Goldendale, Sunnyside, and area south of Yakima
King – 14th, includes Yakima and areas to the west of
Kline – 37th, includes Beacon Hill area of Seattle, portions of So. Seattle and towards Renton
Thanks to everyone who has been diligently working on this effort! I am sorry that this process requires so many email reminders and requests for appraisers to contact their reps, but this is what it takes to get a bill through the legislature.
The effort to ultimately get this bill passed into law still has a few more hurdles to overcome … more committee hearings (Senate), and then a full vote by the Senate. We will also be asking the Governor for her support.