Thanks to your efforts, we continue to have success in the Legislature. Yesterday – March 8, 2018 – marked the end of the 2018 Supplemental Session, and this short session was full of historic wins for low-income families across our state. Legislators heard from you and they are responding to your insistence on “justice for all.”
The Legislature increased the budget for civil legal aid by $638,000. This increase will fund five new civil legal aid attorneys and an automated family law document assembly system. Bottom line: more people will have access to the civil justice system because of this new funding for civil legal aid.
While we are pleased with every increase in funding, the reality is we still face a significant gap between the need for civil legal aid and our ability to serve those who need it. We expect to ask legislators next session (which is a full budget year) to fund a significant increase for civil legal aid. Your continued commitment to contacting your legislators today helps lay the groundwork for success next session.
In addition to increased funding, the Legislature passed a number of bills that will positively impact the lives of marginalized Washingtonians, including:
We anticipate Governor Inslee will sign these bills into law.
Thank you for all you do to support low-income families in Washington. Your activism is the reason we are making progress on civil legal aid and many other issues that threaten people’s access to justice.