Category Archives: Jim Moeller

Rep. Jim Moeller: Revenues are up, and that’s good news–but there’s more to the story

Statement by Speaker Pro Tem Jim Moeller on the state’s budget forecast: It’s good news that revenues are going up a bit more. It would be better news if politicians and interest groups stopped repeating the myth that economic growth alone is enough. Growth will not fully fund education, fix our crumbling bridges and take care of veterans and the disabled. We can do better, and must do better, for kids in public schools, for our seniors and disabled and … Continue reading

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Legislators voice support for equal healthcare coverage for transgender Washingtonians

The lesbian and gay members of the Washington State Legislature applaud Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s announcement that, in accordance with both the Affordable Care Act and Washington’s 2006 anti-discrimination law, that health insurance plans sold in Washington state must provide medically necessary care for transgender Washingtonians. “I am proud that once again Washington is leading the country in treating its LGBT citizens equally and with respect.  Transgender people deserve equal access to the healthcare system for their particular needs,” said … Continue reading

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Train-safety letter to The Columbian

Letter to the editor The Columbian Thursday, April 29, 2014 To the editor, I applaud Federal Railroad Administration proposals for strengthening public safety, including a condition that trains hauling crude oil carry at least two crew members. It’s troubling that these trains today are crewed by only one person. Related legislation demanding greater safety made it partway through Olympia this year. I co-sponsored House Bill 2718 requiring at least two crew on trains moving hazardous materials. Although the proposal cleared … Continue reading

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Spring 2014 Report to the 49th District

Early this past January, the state House of Representatives jumped quickly out of the starting gate. Just a few hours into session, we passed the “DREAM Act” (SB 6523), a bipartisan step to make sure that all deserving, hard-working young people have a fair chance to go to college. This measure, long-sought here in Washington (and already on the books in many other states), became the first significant “first-day-of-session” bill in many years to pass either chamber.  It is only … Continue reading

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A legislator’s full plate gets fuller

What would you think about a lawmaker who, when he’s not busy making laws in Olympia, has established a full-time, non-legislative career of almost 30 years back in his home district? That’s not all. The lawmaker in question has duties as House Speaker Pro Tempore when the Legislature is in session. Further, that same lawmaker also has seats on the House committees on Rules, Health Care & Wellness, Labor & Workforce Development, and Transportation. You’d probably think the lawmaker already … Continue reading

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