Category Archives: Tina Orwall
It’s hard to believe we are nearly halfway through session. This week was fiscal cuttoff, and we will be spending long hours voting on bills on the House floor next week. Thank you for your calls, emails and letters letting me know which bills and issues are important to you! ______________________________ Update on my bills In 2005 the Legislature required each county to establish a Veterans’ Assistance Program to provide relief for indigent veterans and their families. HB 1213 simplifies … Continue reading
Watch Rep. Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines) respond to constituent emails on Breakfast After the Bell (House Bill 1295), and on investments in higher education: not increasing tuition and supporting State Need Grants, as well as other programs to help students.
Children’s Day 2015 Last Monday was Children’s Day at the state Capitol. This is a great tradition that allows young ones to see the Legislature in person. This is always a fun day at #waleg! Check out the House Democrats Facebook page for more photos from Children’s Day 2015! Hasina Freeman, daughter of Farhana Satti & David Freeman, joined me at the podium for Children’s Day! (Photo courtesy of Legislative Support Services) ________________________________________________________ Update on my bills I’m very excited … Continue reading
Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s agency-request bill to raise the state’s legal smoking age to 21 passed a key legislative hurdle today. The House Health Care & Wellness Committee approved the bill in a bipartisan 12 to 3 vote. “This legislation will protect young Washingtonians from the health consequences of a lifetime of addiction,” Ferguson said. “If we do nothing, more than 100,000 kids in our state are currently projected to die prematurely from the effects of smoking. But if we … Continue reading
These wonderful students from the Youth Ambassador leadership class at Pacific Middle School testified in the Education Committee this week on Rep. Tana Senn’s bill to develop standards for Social Emotional Learning (SEL). You can read more about this bill here. ___________________________________ Improving the free breakfast program for all students Experts have been telling us for years that hungry children don’t learn as well in the classroom as those who start off the day with a healthy breakfast. Rep. Zack … Continue reading