Category Archives: Eric Pettigrew

What’s left.

Dear Friends & Neighbors, It’s hard to believe the 2015 legislative session is almost halfway over! Last week was policy cutoff, a big hurdle in the legislative process. If bills make it through policy cut-off, they live, if not, they are dead till next year. All the policy committees have been working furiously to pass out as many bills as possible before the cutoff. As things are moving forward quickly, I want to take this opportunity to give you an … Continue reading

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Education – the key to success

OLYMPIA – Late last week, the House Committee on Higher Education voted unanimously to move State Rep. Eric Pettigrew’s, House Bill 1704 out of committee. The bill will allow the Dept. of Corrections (DOC) to provide higher education to those who qualify within existing budgetary resources. “The average age of a prisoner in Washington state is 37 years old. That’s pretty young. And upon their release, many return home to my district,” said Pettigrew. “If we don’t allow these men … Continue reading

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Pettigrew bill to save African elephants moves out of committee

OLYMPIA – Today the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee voted to pass HB 1131, which will ban illegal ivory trade in Washington state, out of committee. “The U.S. is one of the largest ivory markets in the world,” said Rep. Pettigrew, prime sponsor of the bill. “In 2012 alone over 35,000 African elephants were slaughtered for their tusks. Unless we act, some scientists predict that African elephants could be extinct within 20 years. ” “Nearly 96 African elephants a day … Continue reading

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Lawmakers to Seattle Public Schools: Something has to change

Reps. Sharon Tomiko Santos (D-Seattle) and Eric Pettigrew (D-Seattle) introduced legislation, HB 1860 that would break up the Seattle School District into two districts starting with the 2018-19 school year. The bill will likely be referred to the House Education committee. It is tentatively scheduled for a public hearing the week of February 9. The following is a joint statement from Reps. Sharon Tomiko Santos and Eric Pettigrew, Democrats from Seattle representing the 37th Legislative District. We entered public service … Continue reading

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