HB 2007

This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.

As of March 29, 2017

Title: An act relating to commemorating the centennial of national women's suffrage.

Brief Description: Making provisions to commemorate the centennial of national women's suffrage.

Sponsors: Representatives Kagi, Appleton, Hudgins, Jinkins, Johnson, Kilduff, Senn, Tarleton, Frame, Stonier, Stambaugh, Lytton, Macri, Robinson, Ormsby, Doglio, Slatter and Pollet.

Brief History: Passed House: 3/01/17, 98-0.

Committee Activity: State Government: 3/29/17.

Brief Summary of Bill

  • Requires the Washington Women's History Consortium to prepare for a 2020 statewide commemoration of women's suffrage.


Staff: Melissa Van Gorkom (786-7491)

Background: The Washington Women's History Consortium (Consortium) was established in 2005 with the Washington State Historical Society (Society) as the managing agency. The Consortium is responsible for compiling historical materials and programs to preserve and promote women's history in Washington State.

The Consortium is managed by a 15-member board of advisors, consisting of four legislative members and 11 members, appointed by the Society, representing a wide range of perspectives, including private citizens, business, labor, historical societies, colleges and universities, educators, tribes, and public officials. One responsibility of the board of advisors is to develop recommendations for statewide commemoration of the centennial of the 1910 adoption of the fifth amendment to the Washington State Constitution, guaranteeing women's suffrage. In 2010, the Consortium sponsored and coordinated activities for a statewide commemoration of the centennial of women's suffrage.

Summary of Bill: The bill as referred to committee not considered.

Summary of Bill (Proposed Striking Amendment): The Consortium must provide leadership from 2017-2020 for a statewide commemoration of the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution by Congress and subsequent ratification by three-fourths of the state Legislatures in 1920 and immediately begin preparing by:

The Consortium must also:

In order to carry out its duties, the Consortium may appoint taskforces and advisory committees, work with staff appointed by the Society, enter into agreements and contracts, and solicit, accept, use, and dispose of grants and gifts. Legislative members of the Consortium or any taskforce or advisory committee are entitled to travel reimbursement.

The Consortium must report to the Governor and Legislature on its work and provide any recommendations by December 1st of each year.

These powers and duties expire July 1, 2021.

Appropriation: None.

Fiscal Note: Available.

Creates Committee/Commission/Task Force that includes Legislative members: No.

Effective Date: Ninety days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed.

Staff Summary of Public Testimony on Proposed Striking Amendment: PRO: This bill provides for commemoration between now and 2020.  Washington was ahead of the rest, the fifth state that granted women the right to vote which inspired states everywhere and played a significant role in the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.  There is a fascinating history, including the fact that Susan B. Anthony was the first women to speak in front of a Legislature and did so in 1871 when she came to Olympia, and this legislation provides many opportunities to engage students and the community so that they know the history of women's suffrage in Washington State.  The grant component of the bill will provide more opportunities for schools to put together different kinds of projects to engage students and make this history real to them. 

OTHER: The Washington State Historical Society is prepared to coordinate this effort.  The society has led this consortium since 2005 and have a board of 15 members, some of which are already serving on national groups that are working on this effort.  The commemoration is a great opportunity to engage students and public across the state to provide education and celebration of civic engagement. 

Persons Testifying: PRO: Representative Ruth Kagi, Prime Sponsor; Karen Fraser, Retired state senator; Sue Lean, League of Women Voters of Washington; Linda Malanchuk-Finnan, Washington State National Organization for Women, Council Coordinator; Allen Miller, North Capitol Campus Heritage Park Development Association. OTHER: Susan Rohrer, Washington State Historical Society.

Persons Signed In To Testify But Not Testifying: No one.