The state’s economy will get a boost from entrepreneurs tapping into a 21st-century model of financial backing to start businesses and create jobs, under the Washington Jobs Act of 2014, a bill passed by the Senate March 8.
“We’re allowing our state to better attract and support entrepreneurs – and to capitalize on their energy and brainpower,” the bill’s lead sponsor, Rep. Cyrus Habib, said. “And now the general public can participate as investors in startups and small businesses, too.”
Today, just a few minutes before the 5 o’clock cutoff deadline, the Washington State Senate gave its overwhelming approval to a measure aimed at boosting student success across the state.
House Bill 2739, which passed the Senate on a 45-4 vote, requires a geographic analysis to identify communities where the effects of employment, health, safety and stability correlate with academic and behavioral indicators of student success.
“We need this information to target strategic interventions where they are needed the most,” said newly appointed Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self, D-Mukilteo, who sponsored the legislation. “This bill will help us build our education platform for next year. We want to be sure we make the appropriate investments to help students with multiple needs and barriers succeed in school.” Continue reading
The state would update its aging ferry fleet with a new boat and sustain shipyard jobs under a bill approved by the Senate today.
“This is a win for Washington,” said Rep. Jeff Morris, who sponsored the proposal. “This bill is good news for businesses, commuters and tourists, and for the boatbuilders and their families.”
The state’s ferry fleet – the largest in the nation – includes some boats that date back to the Eisenhower Administration. The state Department of Transportation has already contracted with Vigor Industrial to build two new 144-vehicle ferries at its Puget Sound shipyards. Morris’ bill would finance construction of a third boat, taking advantage of the worker skills, expertise and efficiency developed by Vigor and thereby saving millions on the cost.
A bill jointly requested by Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Governor Jay Inslee to increase economic protections for Washington’s military personnel and veterans passed the Legislature today with strong bipartisan support. The Governor looks forward to signing it into law as soon as it hits his desk.
Ferguson and Inslee worked with Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines, and Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, to secure approval of House Bill 2171.
“As someone who comes from a family of veterans, I am committed to standing up for those who serve our country,” said Ferguson. “This bill increases state protections for Washington’s military personnel and their families and gives the Attorney General’s Office the tools to enforce veterans’ rights.” Continue reading
A two-year bipartisan effort to protect marine jobs and water quality took a major step toward fruition Friday with state Senate approval of a bill by Rep. Drew Hansen that attacks the problem of derelict and abandoned boats and ships.
“A lot of work has gone into this bill – by Democrats and Republicans, House members and senators, environmentalists, boaters, shellfishers, marina operators, industry representatives and more,” Hansen said after the Senate voted 45-4 for his House Bill 2457. “This bill will save jobs and also keep our waterways clean and safe for recreation and industry.”