Celebrating Our Victories in Olympia

by Matt Landers, Public Policy & Communications Manager
| Mar 30, 2018

This week Governor Inslee has been working to finalize the process for the 300+ bills passed by the Legislature in 2018. GSBA was able to attend two signing ceremonies in Olympia, for SB 5251 (Tourism Marketing Fund) and for SB 5722 (Ban on Conversion Therapy). After years of work in broad coalitions on both these issues, GSBA is excited to celebrate their passage!

Conversion Therapy Ban
Signing Ceremony - Conversion Therapy Ban
Governor Inslee offered passionate words in support of banning conversion therapy, thankful the work of organizations like Equal Rights Washington and Senator Marko Liias for their years of leadership. GSBA Board Member Danny Cords and member Manny Santiago of the Tacoma Rainbow Center were two of the voices who testified in committee hearings about the deeply harmful impacts of conversion therapy practices which they have both survived.

Media mentions of this bill include:
The Olympian
Seattle P-I
Human Rights Campaign

Tourism Marketing Plan
Signing Ceremony - 5251 Tourism Marketing
GSBA joined many members of the Washington Tourism Alliance to witness Governor Inslee sign SB 5251 into law after 7 years of hard work by the tourism industry. The final version passed unanimously through both houses of the legislature. Washington remains the only state without a tourism bureau, but this effort helps move us in the right direction. Read the article by Becky Bogard and Kathryn Hedrick about the next steps that the community will take to build a marketing program to make Washington State proud!


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