Lobby Day 2013

Lobby Day 2013

The air was crisp and the sky clear on Monday, February 18, 2013, when approximately 150 Social workers from across the state gathered in Olympia to advocate for legislation important to the profession of Social Work.

Social Workers oftentimes are the voices for the clients or communities they work with. So participating in events such as NASW Lobby Day gives Social Workers the opportunity to share client stories and to advocate for legislation that impacts the population that they serve.  

The annual Social Work Lobby Day, supported by the NASW Washington State Chapter, advocates for bills before the Washington State Legislature.  The bills on the NASW Washington 2013 Lobby Day agenda included issues on licensing of Social Workers, hiring Social Workers as CPS workers, oral health care, holding cuts on the state budget, and family medical leave.  The specific bills advocated for were:

HB1213 Licensing

SB5163 CPS Workers

Funding Budget

HB 1336 Suicide Training School

 

HB 1516 Dental Care

HB 1457 Family Medical Leave

In the morning event, the enthusiast NASW Lobby Day attendees were treated to comments by Representative Tina Orwall, (D), 33rd District. She spoke on HB 1213 regarding changes to the licensing statutes, as well as on budget cuts and what we can expect to see in this legislative session.  Representative Orwall is the sponsor of HB 1213 which passed the Washington State House of Representatives and is pending in the state Senate. Representative Orwall is a social worker and a great advocate for the profession.

Many Schools of Social Work were represented at Lobby Day.  The Schools of Social Work attending were University of Washington, Seattle University, Eastern Washington, Heritage College, Pierce College, and University of Washington Tacoma. The students were full of excitement and passion, and exhibited this through their questions for the speakers and through the smiles on their faces.

Lobby Day is a great way for Social Workers to unite and speak with one voice on issues important to the practitioner and our clients.  Thank you to all Social Workers for advocating on the issues for the profession and our clients.

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