2007 AMS SGOV S2358.2
HB 2007 - S COMM AMD 
By Committee on State Government
Strike everything after the enacting clause and insert the following:
NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  "FINDINGS AND INTENT. On August 26, 1920, with the action of the Tennessee legislature, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, establishing the right to vote for most American women. However, this right for some women occurred later: Native Americans generally by 1924; many Asians during the mid twentieth century; and many others following enactment of voting rights legislation during the 1960's.
The introduction, passage, and ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment were the result of decades of work and struggle by women's voting rights advocates, throughout the United States, with people from Washington state providing significant leadership.
In 1854, six years after the landmark women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York, the Washington territorial legislature initially considered enacting women's right to vote. Susan B. Anthony visited Washington Territory in 1871, and addressed the Washington Territorial Legislature, the first woman in the country to address a state legislative body in session. This spurred the creation of many women's right to vote associations in Washington and in other states.
State women's right to vote legislation eventually passed the Washington Territorial Legislature twice, but each time was found unconstitutional by the Territorial Supreme Court. With the 1910 approval of a state constitutional amendment by the male voters of the state, Washington became the first state in the twentieth century, and the fifth state overall, to enact women's right to vote at the state level.
In 2009, the state of Washington posthumously awarded its highest honor, the medal of merit, to the two key leaders of the Washington women's right to vote movement, Emma Smith DeVoe and Mae Arkwright Hutton.
The path to women's suffrage was blazed by western states. Washington's action (1910) followed Wyoming (1890), Colorado (1893), Utah (1870), and Idaho (1896). These successes were immediately followed by California (1911) and Oregon (1912), in establishing women's right to vote.
Washington was a major leader in the movement for nationwide women's right to vote. Washington was the first state in the twentieth century to fully enfranchise women, and inspired the nationwide campaign that soon brought success in many western states and the territory of Alaska, culminating in the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution providing for American women throughout the country to vote.
In 2010, the Washington women's history consortium provided leadership for statewide commemoration of the centennial of Washington state women's right to vote, sponsoring and coordinating a wide range of statewide activities.
The centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, in 2020, offers still greater opportunities for Washingtonians to commemorate and educate themselves and future generations about the importance of voting and civic engagement. Washingtonians and the many visitors to Washington will benefit from learning about and becoming inspired by the historic efforts of the women's right to vote movement in Washington and throughout the nation, and the subsequent impacts on life in Washington and the United States.
Therefore, the legislature finds it beneficial to begin the process of preparing for statewide commemoration from 2017 through 2020, of the centennial of the processes of congressional passage of and states' legislative ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which established the right to vote for American women.
NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  DUTIES OF CONSORTIUM. The Washington women's history consortium shall:
(1) Provide leadership for statewide commemoration from 2017 through 2020 of the centennial pertaining to the passage by congress of the Nineteenth Amendment and its subsequent ratification by three-fourths of the state legislatures in August 1920;
(2) Immediately begin preparations for this statewide commemoration, to include but not be limited to:
(a) Consulting with a wide variety of organizations, institutions, public agencies, educational agencies and institutions, tourism organizations, and the general public about the content and conduct of this statewide commemoration;
(b) Developing and encouraging others to develop a broad range of widely available educational opportunities for Washingtonians generally, students, and visitors, including significant online educational resources, to:
(i) Learn about the importance of voting in the context of women gaining the right to vote;
(ii) Consider the subsequent long-term impacts of women gaining the right to vote;
(iii) Learn about the active leadership role of Washingtonians in achieving the nationwide right to vote for women;
(iv) Honor the countless participants in the women's suffrage movement; and
(v) Inspire future generations to treasure their right to vote;
(c) Planning, coordinating, and publicizing events and informational materials for Washingtonians and visitors throughout the state commemorating this centennial;
(3) Create and distribute a portfolio of public humanities programs, and encourage others to also do this, to engage Washingtonians and visitors with important aspects of the women's right to vote movement;
(4) Encourage private organizations, schools, institutions of higher education, public agencies, and local governments to organize and participate in activities commemorating the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution;
(5) Coordinate with the regional and national organizations and agencies with respect to their commemorative work;
(6) Coordinate with the "national collaborative for women's history sites" by contributing a Washington component to the development of a nationwide "votes for women" trail; and
(7) Administer a grant program for public agencies, educational institutions, and organizations exempt from taxation under Title 26 Sec. 501(c)(3) of the federal internal revenue code to assist with their commemoration activities.
NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3.  POWERS OF CONSORTIUM. The consortium has the following powers, and may exercise them as necessary to carry out its duties:
(1) To appoint task forces and advisory committees;
(2) To work with staff appointed by the Washington state historical society;
(3) To enter into agreements and contracts; and
(4) To solicit, accept, use, and dispose of grants and gifts.
NEW SECTION.  Sec. 4.  REIMBURSEMENT. (1) Legislative members serving on the consortium or any task forces or advisory committees created to further the purpose of the consortium must be reimbursed for travel expenses in accordance with RCW 44.04.120.
(2) Representatives of state and local governments must be reimbursed pursuant to the reimbursement policies of their respective entity.
(3) Nonlegislative members are not entitled to be reimbursed for travel expenses if they are elected officials or are participating on behalf of an employer, governmental entity, or other organization. Any reimbursement for other nonlegislative members is subject to chapter 43.03 RCW.
NEW SECTION.  Sec. 5.  REPORT TO GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE. The consortium must report annually by December 1st to the governor and the legislature on the work of the consortium, together with any recommendations to the governor and legislature.
NEW SECTION.  Sec. 6.  EXPIRATION DATE. This chapter expires July 1, 2021.
NEW SECTION.  Sec. 7.  Sections 1 through 6 of this act constitute a new chapter in Title 27 RCW."
HB 2007 - S COMM AMD 
By Committee on State Government
On page 1, line 2 of the title, after "suffrage;" strike the remainder of the title and insert "adding a new chapter to Title 27 RCW; and providing an expiration date."
EFFECT: Makes the following changes to the underlying bill:
Provides clarification and technical corrections to the intent section and throughout the bill.
Allows the consortium to appoint task forces and advisory committees.
Allows the consortium to enter into agreements and contracts.
Requires the consortium consult with educational agencies and institutions and tourism organizations in addition to public agencies, the general public and other organizations and institutions.
Clarifies that educational opportunities be provided to Washingtonians generally, students and visitors and include significant online educational resources.
Requires the consortium honor the countless participants in the women's suffrage movement and inspire future generations to treasure their right to vote.
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