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Video update! Legislative wrap-up…

Rep. Tana Senn gives a legislative wrap-up of some of the successes and disappointments of the 2014 legislative session.

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Child welfare: Continue federal home-visiting program funding

Rep. Senn’s first piece of legislation was highlighted in a recent Seattle Times Op-Ed. The piece highlights the benefits of early intervention in the lives of vulnerable youth.   Letter to the Editor We applaud King County Sheriff John Urquhart’s guest column “How visits to families with young children helps law enforcement” [Opinion, March 21]. As stated, home-visiting programs enhance public safety and save taxpayer dollars. Losing federal funding — nearly $9 million — would be an incredible loss to … Continue reading

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2014 Session Wrap-Up

It is good to be home after a short, but exhausting, 60 day session. I hope you will take some time to read through this brief update on the 2014 session. Quality Early Learning for Kids in the Child Welfare System (HB 2519) Children in our child welfare system are some of our community’s most vulnerable. This legislation will help those kids access quality early learning. Families involved in the child welfare system going through the new Family Assessment Response … Continue reading

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Senn statement on respecting holidays of faith and conscience

Today the House passed SB 5173, a bill that will provide employees two days of unpaid time off from work and allow children to be excused from school for their religious holidays. “Yesterday was Ash Wednesday. I was glad some of my colleagues were able to have the flexibility to celebrate and observe their faith. “This bill will give the same flexibility to my kids—to all kids—to practice their religion with their families without concern they will be penalized. Every … Continue reading

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Rep. Tana Senn’s statement on HB 2377; an act improving quality in the early care and learning system.

HB 2377, also known as The Early Start Act, passed the house on February 18th. The bill creates incentives and requirements designed to improve access and quality of early learning opportunities in Washington. Rep. Senn spoke in favor of the bill on the House floor, and afterwards was asked for her thoughts on the bill. Here are her remarks… “In my humble opinion, this bill is exactly why we are here as legislators. By focusing on providing quality early education … Continue reading

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