Category Archives: Marcus Riccelli

Rep. Marcus Riccelli named Vice Chair to Health Care & Wellness Committee

Representative Marcus Riccelli has been named vice chair of the House of Representatives Health Care & Wellness Committee for the 2015 Legislative Session by the Democratic majority. “I am extremely proud and grateful to once again serve as vice chair on this important committee,” said Riccelli. “Our community is stronger when all of us has access to the care we need. We have more work to do to make sure all families have quality health care and that begins with … Continue reading

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In the News: Rep. Riccelli proposes WSU Medical School

Last week, Rep. Marcus Riccelli was joined by Republican State Senator Michael Baumgartner to announce a bi-partisan proposal to create a brand new medical school in Spokane, operated by Washington State University. Read the press release announcing the proposal here. The propose would change a 1917 law that prohibits state schools other than the University of Washington from opening a state medical school. In an editorial in the Spokesman Review last Friday, Rep. Riccelli and Sen. Baumgartner stated that the … Continue reading

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Washington selected for pilot program to increase locally-grown produce in school meals

The USDA announced today that Washington is one of eight states selected to participate in a pilot program designed to allow states to purchase unprocessed fruits and vegetables directly from vendors, growers, and other distributors, increasing flexibility for schools to buy locally-grown produce. From the USDA announcement: “Providing pilot states with more flexibility in the use of their USDA Foods’ dollars offers states another opportunity to provide schoolchildren with additional fruits and vegetables from within their own communities,” said Kevin … Continue reading

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Riccelli, Baumgartner endorse WSU med school proposal, promise legislation for 2015

Spokane lawmakers Michael Baumgartner and Marcus Riccelli announced their bipartisan support Tuesday for a new Washington State University medical school in Spokane, and said they will introduce legislation next year to make it a reality. Sen. Baumgartner, R-Spokane, and Rep. Riccelli, D-Spokane, said the WSU proposal offers an innovative way to extend medical education to underserved areas of the state and alleviate a growing shortage of doctors in Eastern and rural Western Washington. “I’m excited about WSU’s plan to establish an independent … Continue reading

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Spokane legislators to hold press conference supporting WSU medical school

Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, and Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, will hold a press conference on Tue., Dec. 2, to announce their bipartisan support for Washington State University’s proposed medical school in Spokane. Riccelli and Baumgartner will discuss why they support an independent WSU medical school. They will also outline proposed legislation that provides $2.5 million for the school and amend the 1917 law restricting public medical education in the state to the University of Washington. Baumgartner is currently vice chair … Continue reading

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