Rep. Laurie Dolan grew up in Spokane and is a lifelong Washington resident. In fact, her family has lived in Washington for generations, and her grandfather served as the first city attorney in Port Townsend before Washington became a state. As a teacher and school director, Laurie spent her entire career tirelessly advocating for the needs of our children and our schools. Raised in a middle-class family, Laurie believes in making sure our economy helps working families.
Laurie earned her degree from the University of Washington and returned to Spokane in 1973 where she started teaching at Bancroft Elementary. At the time 97% of Bancroft Elementary students received free lunches. As a teacher, Laurie worked with children and families in poverty every day. In 1975, Laurie was asked to serve on the three-member bargaining team for the Spokane Teachers Association. New collective bargaining laws were in place, and Laurie helped her fellow teachers navigate difficult negotiations. In 1986 Laurie was hired as school director (like an assistant superintendent) for Spokane Public Schools. There she helped foster a cooperative working relationship between the teachers and management. In an effort to meet the needs of the school district, Laurie also administered alternative learning opportunities for Spokane students. In 2004, Laurie retired from education after 30 years helping children and families.
In 2005, Governor Gregoire hired Laurie as her policy director. Laurie worked with legislators, policy advisors, and advocates to improve the lives of Washingtonians. Since retiring in 2009, Laurie has served on the advisory board for Washington Aerospace Scholars’. Laurie and her husband, Art, traveled around the state encouraging Principals and Superintendents to enroll middle school students in the College Bound Scholars’ program.
In her first term, Rep. Dolan is looking forward to fighting for working families and helping find a solution to fully fund education. Rep. Dolan serves as Vice Chair of the Education and State Government Committees, as well as serving on the Finance Committee.
With new leadership in the Senate this year, Democrats led the way on advancing several major progressive policies to the governor’s desk. This list of accomplishments is impressive, especially given the short 60-day session calendar. But the work is not...
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My fellow 22nd Legislative District legislators and I sent out the end of session newsletter below. Please click below and read about the great Democratic accomplishments of 2018.
Who: Sen. Sam Hunt, Rep. Beth Doglio, and Rep. Laurie Dolan – The 22nd District legislators represent part of Thurston County, including Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater, and the unincorporated communities of Johnson Point, Cooper Point, Tanglewilde, Thompson Place and Boston Harbor. What:...
OLYMPIA – Washington high school students are getting a lesson in civics education soon thanks to a new law sponsored by Rep. Laurie Dolan, D- Olympia. HB 1896 requires high schools to provide a mandatory 0.5-credit standalone civics course by...
2018 Session Wrap-up We did it! What a whirlwind of a session! We’ve heard from many old timers that this was the fastest-paced, most intense session they’ve ever experienced…and we believe them! We want to thank each of you for...
I-940 Public Hearing – 7pm Tonight! (Tuesday, 2/20) Joint Committee Public Hearing on I-940 Tuesday, February 20, 7pmHouse Public Safety / Senate Law & JusticeHouse Hearing Room AJohn L. O’Brien Building 1. HI 940 – Law Enforcement2. SI 940 – Law Enforcement I-940 is...
Hearing on Tax Fairness – February 16 (tomorrow!) Public Hearing on Property Tax Relief Friday, February 16, 8amHouse Committee on FinancePublic Hearing on HB 2967House Hearing Room AJohn L. O’Brien Building Last session, Democrats were forced to compromise with the Republican...
Who: Rep. Laurie Dolan, Rep. Beth Doglio, and Sen. Sam Hunt, the 22nd Legislative District lawmakers representing Thurston County, including Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater. What: Town Hall meeting with 22nd Legislative District constituents. When: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Thursday,...
Breakfast After the Bell is a win for GRuB! One of the first bills approved by the House this session was HB 1508, or Breakfast After the Bell as we fondly like to call it. This bill expands programs that provide...
SAVE THE DATE: Town Hall Announced We will be holding our 22nd Legislative District town hall meeting in just a few weeks! Thursday, February 22, 6:30-8pm*SPSCC Lacey Event Center4220 6th Ave SELacey, WA 98503 *Doors open at 6pm for a...
OLYMPIA – Voters in Washington elections may soon be able to register to vote on Election Day thanks to legislation sponsored by Rep. Laurie Dolan, D-Olympia. Democrats in the state legislature are proposing a series of bills to expand access...
Unless the Senate votes, $4.17 billion in construction projects won’t happen The House of Representatives passed a state capital budget on a 92-1 vote. But unless the Republican-controlled Senate acts, Washington state won’t have a construction budget this year. That...
Dear friends and neighbors, If there’s no budget deal by June 30, the state government shuts down on July 1—and that will hurt everyone. This would be the first time since Washington became a state in 1889 that lawmakers failed...
OLYMPIA – Democratic and Republican lawmakers in the Washington state House of Representatives are once again calling for immediate approval of HB 1046, which would delink high-stakes standardized tests as a requirement for students to earn a diploma. Nearly 16,000...
Thanks to those of you who came to our town hall meetings on Saturday, March 11. We learned a lot. It is an honor to serve the 22nd Legislative District and the more we hear from you, the better job...
Dear Neighbors: We’ve passed the halfway point in the 2017 legislative session. Here’s a quick update on the bills I’m working on for our community. Thurston County Courthouse The 39-year old Thurston County Courthouse is no longer meeting the needs...
OLYMPIA – Thurston County residents are one step closer to getting a new courthouse with the passage of HB 1344 by the state House of Representatives on Monday. HB 1344, sponsored by Rep. Laurie Dolan (D-Olympia) will allow bond levies to...
Did you miss our telephone town hall on Thursday? If so, you can listen to the reply by clicking on the audio player below. Thank you to everyone who joined us for a great discussion about the issues being debated...
March 28, 2017 HB 1913 is approved by the Senate Higher Education Committee. It now goes to the Senate Ways & Means Committee for further consideration. March 14, 2017 HB 1913 was heard in the Senate Higher Education Committee. Here...
March 29, 2017 HB 1851 was heard in the Senate State Government Committee. You can watch the testimony below: March 8, 2017 HB 1851 passed off the House floor by a vote of 69-28. You can watch the floor...
You’re invited… This Thursday, we will be hosting our first virtual town hall meeting! This is your way to engage with us from the comfort of your living room. Along with Senator Sam Hunt, we’ll give you a brief update...
Who: State Sen Sam Hunt, State Rep. Laurie Dolan and State Rep. Beth Doglio (22nd Legislative District). What: Telephone town hall meeting. When: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 2nd. Where: Via your telephone by calling 877-229-8493 and using ID Code 116276....
The House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee passed three bills Monday that could help close the gender wage gap and make a big difference in the pockets of many working families. The Equal Pay Opportunity Act, sponsored by Rep....
Today at 1:30 PM, the House Labor and Workforce Standards Committee will hear public testimony on two bills that would support Washington families by improving economic conditions for working women: HB 1506, Equal Pay, sponsored by Rep. Tana Senn...
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Email Updates To sign up for updates on HB 1521, please enter your contact information below. Email Address April 18, 2017 HB 1521 was signed by Governor Inslee today. Check out the bill signing photo below. And here’s a...
Email Updates To sign up for updates on HB 1484, please enter your contact information below. Email Address February 24, 2017 Today is the cutoff for fiscal bills to be approved by fiscal committees. Unfortunately, HB 1484 was not...
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Email Updates To sign up for updates on HB 1344, please enter your contact information below. Email Address April 6, 2017 HB 1344 was approved by the full Senate by a vote of 46-3. It’s now on its way to the...
With new leadership in the Senate this year, Democrats led the way on advancing several major progressive policies to the governor’s desk. This list of accomplishments is impressive, especially given the short 60-day session calendar. But the work is not over.
Below is a summary of some of the major bills we passed in the 2018 legislative session and some ideas we believe will be at the top of the list for 2019. Let us know what you think about these issues by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Also, be sure to read to the bottom of this e-newsletter for an important announcement about our communications with you over the next six months.
- Implemented same-day voter registration and automatic voter registration.
- Passed voter pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds making it easier for them to vote when they turn 18.
- Passed the Washington Voting Rights Act.
- Created the DISCLOSE Act bringing transparency to hidden money in elections.
Education opportunities for all
- Fully funded our education obligations on time and putting the McCleary lawsuit to rest once and for all.
- Increased funding for special education in operating the budget.
- Expanded the Breakfast After the Bell program, which provides nutritious meals to school kids so they can start the day ready to learn.
- Put the state on the right path to fully fund the State need Grant within the next four years.
- Expanded financial aid for Dreamers so DACA recipients have more access to higher education.
- Preserved net neutrality protections.
- Prohibited credit freeze fees so you can freeze and unfreeze your credit accounts without charge when there’s a privacy breach like the notorious Equifax debacle.
- Created the Student Loan Bill of Rights to protect student loan borrowers from fraudulent and predatory practices.
- Banned conversion therapy.
- Required all state health plans to cover, without copay, the same preventive services required by federal law in the Affordable Care Act, such as disease screening and contraception.
- Covered hearing aids in health plans offered to Medicaid enrollees and PEBB covered employees.
- Created a drug take-back program requiring drug manufacturers to offer programs and services to take back unused prescription drugs.
Equality for women
- Passed the Equal Pay Act to eliminate pay secrecy, prohibit retaliation for asking for equal pay, and protect employees from receiving lesser career advancement opportunities based on gender.
- Created the Reproductive Parity Act ensuring women have the option of choosing the healthcare choices that are best for them and their families.
- Required Health care providers cover the cost of 3-D mammograms to better detect early signs of breast cancer.
- Addressed homelessness by funding homeless services and investments across the state.
- Prohibited housing discrimination by stopping landlords from turning away potential tenants who rely on Section 8 vouchers, Social Security, foster care vouchers or veterans benefits.
- Passed the Fair Chance Act or ‘ban the box’ legislation ensuring that everyone has an equal opportunity for employment.
- Pushed juvenile justice reforms reducing recidivism and racial disproportionality, and expanding juvenile court jurisdiction to age 25.
- Protected religious freedom by restricting state agencies from sharing personal religious affiliation information with federal authorities.
Big issues on deck for 2019
Without a doubt, one of the biggest disappointments this year was the lack of significant progress on climate legislation. The current White House policies on climate are the absolute wrong direction for this country, making it that much more important for states to step up and lead the way.
The Legislature considered several climate change bills this year like a carbon tax, limits on greenhouse gas emissions, and a clean fuels program. These bills did not make it to the governor’s desk, but will be a top priority for us and other lawmakers next session.
We all have a shared responsibility to protect what we have, to safeguard our quality of life, and to leave future generations of Washingtonians a cleaner, healthier state.
Common Sense Gun Safety
The start of 2018 was no different from the start of any other year in America regarding guns. Our country has a unique gun problem that is only getting worse. We have made little progress on curtailing mass shootings, homicides, and suicides in large part because policymakers around the country have done little to enact new laws that will make our communities safer.
Then came the students of Parkland who have put a new face on this issue and added new voices to the conversation.
They’ve joined millions in the country who agree “thoughts and prayers” are not enough to solve this problem.
This year, the Legislature passed a few gun safety bills including banning bump stocks, allowing people to voluntarily put themselves on a “no-buy” list, expanding restrictions for gun ownership for those who commit domestic violence.
But this is not enough. There’s more work to do next session to reduce the number of shootings in our communities.
Progressive Tax Reform
Washington state has the most unfair tax system in the country. Low and middle-income families pay far too much of their income in taxes will millionaires and billionaires live comfortably paying very little of their income in taxes.
This has to change if we want to see economic fairness and prosperity for all in Washington state.
Democrats have proposed a number of progressive tax solutions over the last few years, but Republicans have rejected those ideas. Progressive tax reform will be a top priority for us next session.
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Thanks again for allowing us to be your voices at the state capitol. It’s an honor to serve you!
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