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**UPDATE 1/15/2020**

In a hearing on 1/15/2020 the House Transportation Committee approved the bill with a change of effective date from 2019 to 10/1/2020. Now it moves to the Senate Transportation Committee.

**CALL TO ACTION**

This may be one of the last times we have an opportunity to push this through. This has been an ongoing effort for the last 5 years. In the last two years since the bill was finally introduced, the short session in 2018 led to no Special Plates being voted upon, and last year supposedly they “ran out of time” while the plate sat in the Senate Rules Committee. Its quite possible the plate will be dismissed due to a “short session” unless people apply some pressure. Upcoming session begins on 1/6/2020.

The 2020 legislative session will be a short one, because it’s not a budget year. We have to move quickly if we want to get the JP Patches license plate bill passed and signed by the Governor. Because the bill advanced to the House floor during the 2019 session, it has returned to the House Rules Committee for a “third reading” (one vote), then it will go back to the House floor and on to the Senate.

WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW

1. Email the House Rules Committee, Senate Transportation Committee, and Senate Rules Committee. Email templates are below. If your state Representatives and/or Senator sit on any of those committees, also email them directly and encourage their support for the bill, making it clear that you’re a constituent.

2. Help create awareness for the bill. Write letters to your local newspaper, call your local news media and ask them to report on it, and post to social media regularly. We need a groundswell of public support, flooding the legislature and making it clear that the bill must pass during the 2020 session.

3. Use your contacts, particularly if they’re in local media. We need as much press and other coverage as we can get. Members of the organizing committee are available to provide quotes and interviews.

EMAIL TEMPLATE FOR HOUSE RULES COMMITTEE

TO:  [email protected]

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SUBJECT: Advance the JP Patches bill to the House floor

LINKS IN THE MESSAGE

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?billnumber=1255
https://www.heraldnet.com/opinion/editorial-lawmakers-be-pals-and-approve-j-p-patches-plate/
http://jppatches.com/patches-pal-license-plate/

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Greetings, Chairperson Lovick and members of the House Rules Committee.

For two years, and with the support of most members of the Legislature, we have been attempting to pass House Bill 1255, the JP Patches license plate bill.  It failed to advance during the 2018 short session because the House Transportation Committee tabled all license plate bills, then advanced to the House floor in 2019 but didn’t receive a vote prior to the end of the session.  It was returned to the Rules Committee for a third reading in 2020, where it now sits.

Unfortunately, time is short: although Chris Wedes (JP Patches) passed in 2012, Bob Newman (Gertrude) is still with us.  The bill has strong community support and here’s an editorial in support of the bill.  As you may know, proceeds from the plates will benefit Seattle Children’s “Strong Against Cancer” program, a philanthropic initiative with worldwide implications for potentially curing childhood cancers through immunotherapy treatments.  You can read full information and history of the bill at jppatches.com.

I can imagine that you’re all very busy right now, preparing for the upcoming legislative session.  But please take a moment to advance this bill and help us commemorate JP Patches & Gertrude, as well as raise money for a worthy cause.

Thank you for your time.

Your Name

Your Address

Your Phone

Your Email


EMAIL TEMPLATE FOR SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

TO:  [email protected]

CC: Rebecca.Saldañ[email protected][email protected][email protected];
[email protected][email protected][email protected];
[email protected][email protected][email protected];
[email protected][email protected][email protected];
[email protected][email protected]

SUBJECT: Advance the JP Patches bill

LINKS IN THE MESSAGE

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?billnumber=1255
https://www.heraldnet.com/opinion/editorial-lawmakers-be-pals-and-approve-j-p-patches-plate/
http://jppatches.com/patches-pal-license-plate/

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Greetings, Chairperson Hobbs and members of the Senate Transportation Committee.

For two years, and with the support of most members of the Legislature, we have been attempting to pass House Bill 1255, the JP Patches license plate bill.  It failed to advance during the 2018 short session because the House Transportation Committee tabled all license plate bills, then advanced to the House floor in 2019 but didn’t receive a vote prior to the end of the session.  It was returned to the Rules Committee for a third reading in 2020, where it now sits.

Unfortunately, time is short: although Chris Wedes (JP Patches) passed in 2012, Bob Newman (Gertrude) is still with us.  The bill has strong community support and here’s an editorial in support of the bill.  As you may know, proceeds from the plates will benefit Seattle Children’s “Strong Against Cancer” program, a philanthropic initiative with worldwide implications for potentially curing childhood cancers through immunotherapy treatments.  You can read full information and history of the bill at jppatches.com.

I can imagine that you’re all very busy right now, preparing for the upcoming legislative session.  But please be prepared to advance the bill when it reaches your committee and help us commemorate JP Patches & Gertrude, as well as raise money for a worthy cause.

Thank you for your time.

Your Name

Your Address

Your Phone

Your Email

EMAIL TEMPLATE FOR SENATE RULES COMMITTEE

TO:  [email protected]

CC: [email protected][email protected][email protected];
[email protected][email protected][email protected];
[email protected][email protected][email protected];
[email protected][email protected][email protected];
[email protected][email protected][email protected];
[email protected]

SUBJECT: Advance the JP Patches bill

LINKS IN THE MESSAGE

https://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?billnumber=1255
https://www.heraldnet.com/opinion/editorial-lawmakers-be-pals-and-approve-j-p-patches-plate/
http://jppatches.com/patches-pal-license-plate/

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Greetings, Lt. Governor Habib and members of the Senate Rules Committee.

For two years, and with the support of most members of the Legislature, we have been attempting to pass House Bill 1255, the JP Patches license plate bill.  It failed to advance during the 2018 short session because the House Transportation Committee tabled all license plate bills, then advanced to the House floor in 2019 but didn’t receive a vote prior to the end of the session.  It was returned to the Rules Committee for a third reading in 2020, where it now sits.

Unfortunately, time is short: although Chris Wedes (JP Patches) passed in 2012, Bob Newman (Gertrude) is still with us.  The bill has strong community support and here’s an editorial in support of the bill.  As you may know, proceeds from the plates will benefit Seattle Children’s “Strong Against Cancer” program, a philanthropic initiative with worldwide implications for potentially curing childhood cancers through immunotherapy treatments.  You can read full information and history of the bill at jppatches.com.

I can imagine that you’re all very busy right now, preparing for the upcoming legislative session.  But please be prepared to advance the bill when it reaches your committee and help us commemorate JP Patches & Gertrude, as well as raise money for a worthy cause.

Thank you for your time.

Your Name

Your Address

Your Phone

Your Email


**UPDATE 4/25/2019**


Unfortunately, after clearing most of the required steps through the state legislature including successfully passing the the vote in the House and making its way to the Senate consent calendar, House Bill 1255 ultimately ran out of time for the 2019 legislative session. Higher priority bills took precedence and our bill to make the Patches Pal license plates did not run before the cutoff date.

The good news is that, since it passed successfully through both the House and Senate Transportation Committees and the vote in the House, it is very likely that we will get it passed next year.

We are sad that we will have to wait another year, but we should be encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive responses it received.

Hang in there, Patches Pals! We’ll regroup and do this all over again for the 2020 Legislative Session!

Thanks for all of your patience and support everyone! And thanks again to all of the key players: Erik Madsen, Eve Mercado Kopp, Curt Hanks, Chris Rimple, Rep. John Lovick, Senator Jamie Pedersen and Ann Gifford over at the Legislature for getting all of the necessary players together – as well as all of YOU for writing your senators and representatives expressing your support! 

 
**UPDATE 2/1/2019**


Good news, Patches Pals! House Bill 1255 for Creating Patches Pal Special License Plates has been introduced in the House of Representatives and referred to the Transportation Committee! It was sponsored by Representative John Lovick and co-sponsored by Reps Orwall, Sells, Stanford, Dufault and Irwin on January 17, 2019. You can read the bill here.

There was a public hearing by the House Transportation Committee for the JP Patches license plate bill on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at the state capitol in Olympia, WA. Chris Rimple spoke to the committee about the history of J.P. and his connection to Seattle Children’s.

Watch a video of the hearing here.

You can follow the status and subscribe to email updates at the Washington State Legislature website.


Those who grew up in the Pacific Northwest know how beloved and significant J.P. Patches and Gertrude were to our culture. Played by Chris Wedes and Bob Newman, they created one of the longest running children’s television shows in American history (1958 – 1981) and were an important part of the fabric of our community for decades after. In order to commemorate and pay tribute to their legacy, we’re working to galvanize the community to support the creation of a Patches Pals Washington State special license plate.

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Proceeds from the plates will benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital Strong Against Cancer program, a philanthropic initiative with worldwide implications for potentially curing childhood cancers through immunotherapy treatments.

We have met our goal of 3,500 signatures from Washington state residents in order to be considered by the Department of Licensing.

Seattle Children’s and J.P. Patches have a long history together going back to the early 1960’s. J.P. & Gertrude often visited the hospital, entertaining patients, families, and staff. During the 1970’s, J.P. and friends made a significant donation to the hospital, funding the J.P. Patches Playroom. The J.P. and Gertrude statue, located in Fremont, also generated a significant gift for Seattle Children’s at the behest of Chris Wedes and his wife, Joanie.

Over time, it is expected that the special J.P. Patches license plate could raise as much as $250,000 or more for cancer immunotherapy research at Seattle Children’s. Immunotherapy is a groundbreaking new treatment that harnesses the power of a patient’s immune system in order to seek and destroy cancer cells, limiting the need for toxic treatments like chemotherapy and radiation.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT, PATCHES PALS!