Indivisibles say: Support the Kloba amendment to fix SB 5062, the Bad Washington Privacy Act!
Here’s a letter 22 Indivisible groups, including Indivisible Plus Washington, sent to the Washington State House of Representatives.
Subject: Indivisibles ask you to support Rep. Kloba’s striking amendment on SB 5062
Dear Members of the Washington State House of Representatives,
We are writing to you as leaders of 22 Indivisible groups with a combined membership of over 40,000 activists. Indivisibles all over the state care passionately about data privacy. It’s an issue that affects all of us in our daily lives; and it’s an important civil rights issue. The current version of SB 5062 leaves us all at risk.
Rep. Kloba’s amendment (2SSB 5062 — H AMD 539) is a huge improvement. It addresses the four key changes immigrant rights, civil rights, civil liberties organizations have requested in the bill. It is fully opt-in. It has a strong private right of action including a right to recover damages. Cities and counties are allowed to pass stronger laws. It removes some of the biggest loopholes.
While it is not perfect, Rep. Kloba’s amendment will provide Washingtonians with meaningful privacy protections. We urge you to support it, while continuing to look for ways to improve it further.
By contrast, the current version SB 5062 will not protect us. A bad bill is worse than no bill — you’d be asking constituents to trust your assurances that their data is protected when in reality it would still be ripe for abuse by predatory corporations and governmental agencies like ICE. And once a bad bill is passed, it’s much harder to change.
So unless SB 5062 is amended to address those four key areas — by passing Rep. Kloba’s amendment or some other equally-strong amendments — we respectfully ask you to vote “no”.
Please fix it or nix it.
Snohomish County Indivisible
Indivisible Washington’s 8th District
North Kitsap Indivisible
Indivisible Ocean Shores
Indivisible Bainbridge Island
Resist 45 Bremerton
Washington State Indivisible Podcast
Indivisible South Puget Sound
Tula’s Indivisible Critical Response Team
Indivisible Valley (1st CD)
Huddle Lopez Island
Lower Columbia Indivisible
Indivisible Plus Washington
If you want strong privacy protections in Washington state, now’s a crucial time to let your state representatives know — the House will vote on SB 5062 in the next couple of days!
One easy way is to call the legislative hotline at 1–800–562–6000 (TTY 800.833.6388). This lets you get a message to all your legislators with a single call.
Tell them the bill number (SB 5062), and that your position is OTHER because you want to leave a comment on an amendment. They’ll ask for your name, address, and then your comment.
Your comment doesn’t have to be fancy! It can be as short as
“Please support Rep. Kloba’s amendment, which addresses many of the current bill’s problems. And if it doesn’t pass, please vote no on the bill.”
Or you can go into more detail. For example:
“Please support Rep. Kloba’s amendment. I don’t want my data being used without my consent, and Rep. Kloba’s amendment is fully opt-in. The current bill is mostly opt-out, so companies can use my data without asking. Opt-out also puts immigrant communities and survivors of harassment, stalking, and domestic violence at risk. So if Rep. Kloba’s amendment doesn’t pass, please vote no on the bill.”
If you don’t like calling your legislators …
No worries, there are plenty of other options!
You can also email your state legislators. https://bit.ly/5062EmailReps, on the Take Action Network, lets you generate a draft email that you can customize if you want.
Or, craft your own email from scratch! Make sure that your subject has “Support the Kloba amendment to SB 5062” in it. The contents can be short and sweet if you want.
Please support Rep. Kloba’s amendment. The current version of SB 5062 doesn’t protect me or my family.
Or you can go into more detail. Make sure to sign it with your name and city, so they’ll know you’re a constituent.