Category Archives: Tina Orwall
Dear Neighbors, The revenue forecast released this week projects $400 million in new revenue (you can read reports by the Seattle Times, the Everett Herald and the Associated Press), and while this is certainly welcomed news, it’s only half of the story as we still don’t know what the caseload will be. But this new information has gotten conversations started again among budget writers. I will keep you posted on any new developments regarding the state budget. Over the past … Continue reading
This morning, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a measure sponsored by Rep. Tina Orwall to test all rape kits. Under House Bill 1068, law enforcement must submit a request for testing to the crime lab within 30 days of receipt of a sexual assault examination kit. The new law also creates a task force to review best practice models for managing all aspects of sexual assault examinations and for reducing the number of existing untested rape kits. Read more about … Continue reading
Yesterday, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law Rep. Tina Orwall’s measure requiring that DNA products secured in connection with a felony violent or sex offense be preserved: throughout the length of the defendant’s sentence when convicted in connection with the case; for 99 years or until the defendant’s death when the defendant was convicted and sentenced to a determinate plus sentence in connection with the case; for 99 years or throughout the period of the statute of limitations when the … Continue reading
Foster youth often face a difficult transition into adulthood when services typically end. Legislation signed into law Monday, sponsored by Sen. Joe Fain and Rep. Tina Orwall, will provide extended benefits to young adults ages 19-21 with medical conditions who do not already qualify for extended foster care, which requires them to be enrolled in school, job training or employed. Services include foster care placement, medical services, transitional living services and help meeting their basic needs.
2015 Regular Session Ends The legislature adjourned (Sine Die) on April 24th. As you likely have heard, we were unfortunately not able to come to agreement on the budget and Governor Inslee called for a special session, which started on April 29th. I am hopeful that we will be able to compromise and reach an agreement soon on the operating, capital and transportation budgets. I am proud of our House budget which aligns our shared values and makes real investments … Continue reading