GROWS • Phase I (Accomplishments) • Formed GROWS • Polled group for expertise • Reviewed other state’s laws • Settled on current bills aka HB1607 and SB5477 • Bob and Pat to represent GROWS in Olympia • Found Sponsors and co-sponsors, dropped bills ahead of schedule and built a very constructive rapport with legislators and their Aids
GROWS • Phase l (Cont) • Bob interviewed by KOMO Radio • Pat and Bob had meetings with the Northwest Women’s Law Center and the Christian Home Schooling Network. • Made contact with two law firms—in work • House and Senate committee Chairman intransigent in giving our bills a hearing • Working with Committee Members for support
Grows • Phase I (Cont) • Bob testified at HB 2092 Hearing • Bob and Pat met with Marty Brown—Governor’s Leg. Dir. • Bob testified at Judiciary 3rd Party Visitation work session.
GROWS • Phase ll • Plan strategy • Group inputs • Put team together??? • Suggested issues to work on • Northwest Women’s Law Center • Christian Home Schooling Network • Meet with Rep. Pedersen and Senator Hargrove in their district offices---work out acceptable language of bills
GROWS • Phase ll (Cont) • Revise House and Senate Bills • Look in to legal advisors • Contact current sponsors and co-sponsors to continue their support in next session • Members to 24th and 43rd District to gain support from constituents of Pedersen and Hargrove • Continue whatever it takes to have bills ready to pre-file, Dec.----with agreement already reached
GROWS • Phase II (Cont) • Need a presence in Eastern Washington to help coordinate with legislators • Continue to work and coordinate our bills with both Houses of the Legislature. • Change focus of bill to Grandchildren Visitation. • Submit two bills one for Grandchildren and one for Grandparents. • Work toward a successful outcome in the next session.