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The Washington State Grange is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization. The Grange does not limit any member's freedom to think, believe or vote as he or she pleases.

 

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The Grange has always given its full support to legislation that better the lives of its members and all Washington citizens.

 

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The Democratic Process in the Grange
The Grange's Legislative Legacy

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THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS IN THE GRANGE

Unlike all other fraternal groups, involvement in the legislative process has been an important aspect of Grange activity since the organization's inception in 1867. As a community-based organization, the Grange is a natural arena for discussion of local and national issues. Grangers assembled for their subordinate and Pomona meetings debate matters of common concern. Topics range from the need for a local traffic signal to school levies; from nuclear disarmament to hunger relief in Third World nations; from public power to state and national social programs.

After debate, the Grange members draft and vote on a resolution concerning the issue. If the problem is a local one, the Grange officers and legislative committee members often pursue solution options such as visiting local government officials, writing letters or testifying at hearings.

Resolutions covering issues of statewide or national concern are forwarded from the subordinate Grange to the State Grange. Eventually, the resolution is brought to the delegates assembled for the State Grange convention, usually held during the third week in June. Committees discuss it and delegates debate it. When adopted, it becomes State Grange policy.

The resolutions passed at the State Grange convention that concern national matters are referred to the National Grange convention for consideration. Resolutions adopted there become National Grange policy.

In Washington state, representatives of the Grange are present in Olympia during legislative sessions to explain the Grange policy as it relates to bills under consideration. The Grange also prepares and presents testimony to various commissions and at special hearings throughout the year. (back to TOP)

THE GRANGE'S LEGISLATIVE LEGACY

Over the years the Grange has sponsored several initiatives and supported successful legislation. Among these were:

  • Initiative to the Legislature No. 1 (1929) allowing formation of public utility districts.
  • Initiative to the Legislature No. 2 (1935) making possible the blanket primary election process, which we enjoyed for nearly 70 years. We continued to fight for voter choice with the successful passage of Initiative 872 in November 2004.
  • Endorsement of full development of the Columbia River for power and irrigation.
  • Active involvement in cooperatives for the benefit of producers and consumers.
  • Support of agricultural research and the extension service, the agency which transfers new developments to those who need it.
  • Initiative to the Legislature No. 59 (1977), the Family Farm Water Act, which greatly enhanced the survival of family farms in Washington.
  • Commitment to agriculture education resulting in legislation (1983) mandating this program by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
  • Initiative 872 (2004), which passed with nearly 60 percent of the vote and established a top-two qualifying primary election. The Grange is currently awaiting news from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on the future of this important legislation and is bound by policy to continue to fight for a primary where voters can choose any candidate for any office. (back to TOP)