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House passes Orwall bill to ensure all rape kits get tested

This morning, on a vote of 82-15, the House of Representative passed House Bill 1068, requiring law enforcement agencies to submit all sexual assault examination kits to the Washington state patrol crime laboratory for testing. It also creates a workgroup to study the issue of untested kits and review best practices for how to respond to victims of sexual assault. “This is a bill about justice for all and about protecting women and children,” said Rep. Tina Orwall, the bill’s … Continue reading

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Rep. Gregory’s inaugural legislation helps Washington teachers learn new specialties

OLYMPIA – It’s no surprise that state Rep. Carol Gregory’s first bill to receive approval by the full House is one geared to put teachers with new skills in Washington classrooms.  Gregory (D-30th District, Federal Way) is a former teacher herself, and was president of the Federal Way School Board when she was appointed early this year to replace the late Rep. Roger Freeman in the House. “Stick with what you know” is almost always good advice, and Gregory knew … Continue reading

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Sacajawea students visit Olympia

Almost 175 students from Federal Way’s Sacajawea Middle School dropped in at the Capitol on February 18.  I’m enjoying almost every aspect of my new position as your representative, but none as much as spending time with the children of the 30th legislative district.  It’s a privilege to welcome them to their Capitol, and I’m very encouraged by the interest they show in how their state government works for their families, their communities, and the entire state.

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Navy receives well-deserved tribute

I was proud to deliver the lead-off floor speech earlier this month when the Legislature saluted members of the United States Navy and Navy families.  I still count myself in that group; my late husband was a decorated Navy man with decades of service, and now I’m privileged to represent so many Navy families and veterans.  One of the highlights of Navy Day was getting to spend time with (from left) Capt. Mike Baretela, Rear Adm. Jeff Ruth, Capt. Garrett … Continue reading

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Rep. Jessyn Farrell’s statement on House Appropriations Committee approval of minimum wage bill

“I applaud the House Appropriations Committee for their support of a fair wage for Washington’s workers. Today’s minimum wage is not enough for a family to make ends meet. “An honest day’s work should be rewarded with a fair wage. The stock market has seen record highs, corporate profits have never been better, but the benefits of the economic recovery has not reached our working class. The income gap between the rich and the poor continues to grow. “By raising … Continue reading

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