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OLYMPIA – Today a group of 18 House Democrats sent a letter to Governor Inslee commending his leadership in the potential resettlement of thousands of families and orphans from war-torn Syria. The letter also comes as a response to a letter delivered last week by state Senate Republicans and recent bigoted diatribes, as well as last Friday’s anti-refugee rally at the capital where a handful of state legislators continued to stoke fear and misinformation. “We wanted to make sure that … Continue reading
Renton State Rep. Steve Bergquist was elected by his colleagues this week to a seat on the House Rules Committee, the group that has the final say over which bills will, or will not, be debated and voted on by the full state House of Representatives. According to the legislative web site, the House Rules Committee “considers all bills reported from policy and fiscal committees and determines whether, and in what order, to schedule their consideration on the floor of … Continue reading
Every lawmaker I know looks forward to visits with constituents, especially young people getting a first-hand look at what representative state government is all about. These bright faces belong to students from Excel Public Charter School in Kent, who dropped by my office during November’s Committee Assembly Days.
State Rep. Sherry Appleton (D-23rd, Poulsbo), chair of the House Committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs for the last two years, will take over the gavel in the House Local Government Committee when the Legislature reconvenes in January 2016. According to the official legislative web site, the committee “considers issues relating to the operations and financing of counties, cities, and some special districts. The committee also considers issues relating to the Growth Management Act and land use issues … Continue reading
New lawmaker for the 19th District appointed to three House committees: Education, Transportation and Technology & Economic Development OLYMPIA—The three biggest challenges facing our state are funding our public schools, fixing aging bridges and highways and creating jobs, all issues Rep. JD Rossetti (D-Longview) will tackle while serving on the House committees overseeing those issues. “We can, and must, come together to find solutions for the kids in our public schools, for working people using our highways and for struggling … Continue reading