Category Archives: Kevin Van De Wege

House Democrats select leaders for 2015-16

The House Democratic Caucus met in Olympia today and selected a number of leaders for the next Legislature. Frank Chopp (Seattle): House Speaker-designate Pat Sullivan (Covington): Majority Leader Eric Pettigrew (Seattle): Majority Caucus Chair Kevin Van De Wege (Sequim): Majority Whip Kris Lytton (Anacortes): Majority Floor Leader The remaining members of the HDC Leadership team, including the Speaker pro tem-designate, will be elected at a future date. The Speaker-designate and Speaker pro tem-designate must be elected by the entire House … Continue reading

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House OKs elections bills highlighting fairness, efficiency

Equity, common sense emphasized in voting measures sent over to the Senate  The state House of Representatives today approved plans for major improvements in the elections system. Aimed at helping turn the “one person-one vote” American dream into a reality for every Washingtonian, five elections bills cleared the House and were sent on to the Senate. Although rights don’t come much more American than voting, far too many citizens today are systematically and systemically denied a fair shake at marking … Continue reading

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Statement from Rep. Kevin Van De Wege on House passage of the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act

“For the third time, a majority of the state House agreed that we don’t have to choose between our families’ health and their safety. The Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act bans the use of six different toxic chemicals found in common household products under the veil of ‘fire safety’. This list includes Tris – a known carcinogen. Studies show that these chemicals actually make household fires more lethal by increasing the toxicity in the smoke inhaled by firefighters, first responders … Continue reading

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Reps. Van De Wege, Tharinger accepting page applications for 2014 legislative session

Do you know a young person interested in expanding their civic education or public service? Representatives Kevin Van De Wege (D- Sequim) and Steve Tharinger (D- Dungeness) are now accepting page applications for the coming legislative session that begins in January and runs until mid-March. “Students are learning about Washington state government and the legislative process in their classrooms each day,” said Rep. Van De Wege. “Taking part in the page program is a great way for young people to … Continue reading

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Inching towards a budget agreement

State budget writers are inching closer to an agreement that will hopefully be presented to legislators for approval next week.  Time is of the essence – the fiscal year ends June 30. We are fighting for a budget that takes a good step toward funding education without rigging the system against seniors, kids, and people with disabilities. The negotiators received two shots of good news this week: ·         The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council reported they expect $231 million more … Continue reading

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