Category Archives: Sharon Tomiko Santos

Lawmakers to Seattle Public Schools: Something has to change

Reps. Sharon Tomiko Santos (D-Seattle) and Eric Pettigrew (D-Seattle) introduced legislation, HB 1860 that would break up the Seattle School District into two districts starting with the 2018-19 school year. The bill will likely be referred to the House Education committee. It is tentatively scheduled for a public hearing the week of February 9. The following is a joint statement from Reps. Sharon Tomiko Santos and Eric Pettigrew, Democrats from Seattle representing the 37th Legislative District. We entered public service … Continue reading

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Call for more diversity on college campuses supported

April 30, 2014 Statement from representatives of the Washington Legislature’s Members of Color Caucus in support of Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard’s call for increased diversity on campus: “Our state’s higher education system is responsible for educating students to face the challenges of our ever-changing global society. A diverse, inclusive student body helps prepare our future leaders to be productive public citizens in the real world – one comprised of people with different national, racial, religious, and cultural backgrounds. … Continue reading

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Feb. 22 town hall discussion

Please join me, Representative Pettigrew, and Senator Kline at a joint town hall for a chance to share your thoughts on the 2014 legislative session so far. We will provide a recap of the things we have been working on and what we expect to see in the last few weeks of the legislative session. Most importantly, we want to hear from you on the issues you’re concerned about most. Saturday, February 22nd 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Pacific Tower, … Continue reading

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House passes bill honoring Kip Tokuda

The House honored an inspirational leader on Tuesday with the passage of House Bill 2776, a bill that will rededicate an education program he was instrumental in creating as the Kip Tokuda Memorial Washington Civil Liberties Public Education Program. Kip Tokuda represented the 37th Legislative District in Seattle from 1994-2002 and was a civic and political leader among the Asian American community until his unexpected death on July 13, 2013. Tokuda was born in 1946, shortly after his American-born parents … Continue reading

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Santos bill to fight small business fraud clears the House

The Washington State House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday, HB 1674, that gives authority to the Office of Minority and Women’s Business (OMWBE) to investigate fraud and catch companies that exploit a system meant to protect women and minorities. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos of Seattle, aims to end abuse of state and federal programs that are designed to level the playing field for disadvantaged small businesses. “This is a very real situation in Washington,” … Continue reading

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