GOOD NEWS! WA State Senate passed SB 5339 to repeal WA’s death penalty law.

On Friday January 31, 2020, the Washington State Senate passed SB 5339 to repeal our state’s death penalty law.  The final vote was virtually identical to last year: 28 yea; 18 nay; 3 excused.

In 2019 the State Senate had passed SB 5339, but it never received a vote on the House floor.  Now during the second year of the Legislature’s 2-year cycle, the bill was sent back to the Senate Rules Committee and had to pass the Senate again in order to move to the House.

Please urge the House Public Safety Committee to hold a hearing on SB 5339.  You will find info about the committee, its members, etc., at this link:

Also, please urge the House Speaker Laurie Jinkins, who also chairs the Rules Committee and needs strong public pressure to support SB 5339.  Contact her at (360) 786 – 7930 AND by e-mail through the Legislature’s website:

For more information about the death penalty and this legislation, please contact me (Glen Anderson) at (360) 491-9093 or the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (WCADP) at 206-622-8952




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Since the late 1960s Glen Anderson has devoted his life to working as a volunteer for peace, nonviolence, social justice, and progressive political issues. He has worked through many existing organizations and started several. Over the years he has worked especially for such wide-ranging goals as making peace with Vietnam, eliminating nuclear weapons, converting from a military economy to a peacetime economy, abolishing the death penalty, promoting nonviolence at all levels throughout society, and helping people organize and strategize for grassroots movements to solve many kinds of problems. He writes, speaks, and conducts training workshops on a wide variety of topics. Since 1987 he has produced and hosted a one-hour cable TV interview program on many kinds of issues. Since 2017 he has blogged at He lives in Lacey near Olympia WA. You can reach him at (360) 491-9093