Monthly Archives: March 2019

Wilson: Mosque shootings ‘a crime against all of us’

March 15th, 2019|

Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn) issued this statement on the deadly shooting today at two mosques in New Zealand that left 49 people dead and more than 20 badly wounded.

“My soul cries today.

“This crime against humanity is a crime against all of us, as we are all of one people and all of one place, if the most fundamental and precious tenets of humanity are a guide.

“I offer my support and fellowship to everyone else who is grieving. We are one, and we are less, today.”

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    Senate passes Wilson bill to make child care facilities gun-free zones

Senate passes Wilson bill to make child care facilities gun-free zones

March 11th, 2019|

Childcare facilities would carry the same prohibitions on deadly weapons as K-12 schools, under legislation passed today by the Senate.

“When parents send their kids off to school, they expect these facilities and grounds to be safe and secure,” said Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn), the bill’s sponsor. “The state already prohibits people from possessing firearms on K-12 school campuses. This bill simply extends that same common-sense policy to childcare facilities.”

Wilson, the vice chair of the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee, said Senate Bill 5434 would help keep pre-school-age children safe from the deadly shootings that are spilling into public venues with increasing frequency.

“We should take all reasonable steps to maximize safety at facilities where children learn or are cared for,” Wilson said. “It just makes sense to make sure all our children are safe from firearms and gun violence in what we assume to be safe spaces.”

Wilson’s bill prohibits the possession of firearms on the premises of any licensed childcare center, childcare center provided-transportation, or other childcare center facility. The bill would also require family day care providers to keep any firearm on premises in a locked gun safe or unloaded in a locked room with a trigger lock or other disabling device. In addition, the bill would allow a local government to prohibit possession of a firearm in other popular sites for small children, such as parks and park facilities.

“If firearm prohibitions make sense for our schools, then they make just as much sense for child-care facilities and other areas where small children are likely to learn or play,” Wilson said. “Parents deserve some assurance their children will be safe from deadly gun violence in classic child venues like care facilities and public parks.”

Having passed the Senate on a 26-21 vote, the bill now goes to the House for consideration there.

Senate passes legislation to create LGBTQ Commission

March 6th, 2019|

Legislation to create a state commission to work with state agencies to develop and implement policies to address the unique needs of the LGBTQ community passed off the Senate floor today on a 34-14 vote.

Sponsored by Sen. Claire Wilson, Senate Bill 5356 would direct the governor to appoint commissioners who present a balanced and diverse representation of race and ethnicity, geography, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, and occupation.

“This will help members of our community whose identify puts them at extreme and disproportionate risk of violence, discrimination and other challenges,” Wilson said. “This commission can address the unique obstacles LGBTQ people encounter in everything from public school settings, to employment, to everyday interactions in our communities.”

Among other things, the commission would be directed to identify concerns specific to LGBTQ sub groups, such as LGBTQ people of color, individuals in the DD community, veterans, seniors, and many others.

You can hear Wilson’s thoughts on the need for this legislation by clicking on this short video.