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 prosecuting 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.
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...
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....
Session Update and Saturday Town Hall
by Washington House Democrats
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 of our community. It must be renovated or replaced soon. Unfortunately, if Thurston County voters decide to build a new courthouse, there’s a state law that’s slowing down those efforts.
Currently, state law requires the bonds used to build these kinds of facilities to be repaid within nine years. That nine-year requirement makes it nearly impossible to finance such a large project like a courthouse. It would be an enormous burden on taxpayers.
My bill, HB 1344, will allow bond levies to be repaid within 25 years instead of the current requirement of nine years. This is a much more reasonable time frame to finance a new courthouse and is a fairer process for taxpayers.
Click here to watch my brief floor speech in support of this important measure.
Watching the vote tally on my first bill to win approval by the House of Representatives.
Click here to read a story on this issue from Walker Orenstein of The News Tribune. And here’s a great piece by The Olympian Editorial Board calling for this bill to become law.
HB 1344 is scheduled for a public hearing tomorrow in the Senate Committee on Local Government at 1:30 p.m.
State agencies need as many tools as possible to recruit and retain high-quality employees, especially when competition for these employees is as fierce as it is today.
HB 1521 is a small bill, but an important one, for newly-hired state employees. Sometimes family and personal circumstances don’t wait until you have been in a job for six months, a standard probationary period, and this bill would allow employees to access earned vacation during those first six months.
This is a great family-friendly bill that will help us retain our valuable state employees. The bill passed the House floor and is awaiting action in the Senate State Government committee.
PERS 1 & TERS 1 COLA
Retirees showed up to testify in favor of restoring well-deserved COLAs.
I had a bill that would have created a small, but important long-overdue cost-of-living adjustment for PERS 1 and TERS 1 retirees. These are our oldest Washington state retirees, and they have not received a COLA since 2011.
Unfortunately, that bill did not make it out of the House Appropriations committee, but I’m not giving up! I’m working with my colleague Rep. Norm Johnson of Yakima on ways to include these COLAs in the state operating budget.
Representative Johnson and I also submitted a joint budget proviso request to increase the PEBB Medicare-eligible retiree subsidy from $150 to $183 per retiree per month for the 2017-19 biennium.
The House of Representatives has approved HB 1843, a bill that ends the state’s reliance on local levies and fully funds public schools. Our bill will put high-quality teachers in our classrooms and give every child opportunities to learn.
We have also been looking at the most effective ways to pay for these investments and are working within our caucus to determine the plan that has the best chance to succeed. The next revenue forecast will be out soon, which will be followed by a House budget proposal that fully funds our schools, protects families, and makes our tax code more fair.
Join the Conversation!
Please join me, Senator Hunt, and Representative Doglio for a town hall discussion this Saturday, March 11 at 2 p.m. at the SPSCC – Lacey Campus. We want to hear your opinions and answer your questions about the issues that are important to you.
Thank you for the opportunity to represent you at the Legislature. Please contact me any time to share your comments and ideas.
Allowing bond levies to be repaid within 25 years instead of the current requirement of nine years.
A great family-friendly bill that will help us retain our valuable state employees.
Providing a much-deserved cost-of-living adjustment to some of our state’s retirees.
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