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Rep. Appleton retains chairmanship of House Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee

December 17, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

Once again, State Rep. Sherry Appleton (D-23rd, Poulsbo) has been tapped by her colleagues to chair the House committee on Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs.  The panel is charged with considering issues relating to, among other things, community development, veteran-related legislation, tourism and the government-to-government relationship of the state and Indian tribes. The committee also considers bills relating to housing, including the accessibility and affordability of housing, state assistance to low-income housing, housing authorities, and the Housing Finance Commission. … Continue reading

Reps. Blake and Kretz to hold “Planning for Fire Season 2015” meeting in Brewster January 5

December 17, 2014 - Rep. Brian Blake

Reps. Blake and Kretz to hold “Planning for Fire Season 2015” meeting in Brewster January 5

Rep. Brian Blake (D-Aberdeen), Chair of the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee, and Rep. Joel Kretz (R-Wauconda) will host presentations by local and state officials for the local community about preparations for the upcoming 2015 fire season on January 5th. The discussion will revolve around the roles and responsibilities of state and local agencies regarding wildfire fighting, protection of homes, evacuation orders and other areas related to fire. Special focus will be given to preparations for the next fire … Continue reading

Wylie to vice chair Commerce & Gaming Committee and serve on Finance and Technology & Economic Development

December 16, 2014 - Rep. Sharon Wylie

Wylie to vice chair Commerce & Gaming Committee and serve on Finance and Technology & Economic Development

  State Rep. Sharon Wylie is back in Olympia to begin her third term representing the 49th Legislative District in the House of Representatives. This coming session Wylie will vice chair the Commerce & Gaming Committee (previously known as Government Accountability & Oversight), and will also serve on the Finance and the Technology & Economic Development Committees. “Working closely with the Liquor Control Board over the past two years, I expect we’ll see strong legislation that protects minors but also … Continue reading

Hudgins to release package of stronger cybersecurity laws

December 15, 2014 - bergstromg

Hudgins to release package of stronger cybersecurity laws

OLYMPIA – Your private information is stored on countless servers, both public and private. With data breach after breach in the news these days, how can we do a better job of protecting your private information from hackers? “Every week, there are new stories about data breaches,” said Rep. Zack Hudgins, D-Tukwila, chair of the new General Government and Information Technology Committee in the House of Representatives. “It doesn’t have to be this way. We can do a better job … Continue reading

House committees, chairs finalized

December 10, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

House committees, chairs finalized

The House Democratic Caucus today approved the committee chairs and vice chairs for the upcoming legislative session. (Click here for a complete HDC committee list.) Policy Committees Agriculture and Natural Resources: Rep. Brian Blake (Aberdeen), chair; Rep. Kris Lytton (Anacortes), vice-chair Business and Financial Services: Rep. Steve Kirby (Tacoma), chair; Rep. Cindy Ryu (Shoreline), vice-chair Commerce and Gaming: Rep. Chris Hurst (Enumclaw), chair; Rep. Sharon Wylie (Vancouver), vice-chair Community Development, Housing, and Tribal Affairs: Rep. Sherry Appleton(Poulsbo), chair; Rep. June … Continue reading

Senator-Elect Habib: trade delegation to China is about jobs in Washington

December 4, 2014 - Senator-Elect Cyrus Habib

Senator-Elect Habib: trade delegation to China is about jobs in Washington

A prominent state lawmaker from King County is taking part in a bipartisan trade mission to China that includes state and local officials from around the United States. “Washington depends on international trade more than any other state, and China is one of our biggest markets,” said Senator-Elect Cyrus Habib (D-Kirkland), who was elected in November to the Washington State Senate after serving one term in the state House of Representatives. “This is an opportunity to build a stronger relationship, … Continue reading

Why aren’t so many rape kits sent to the lab?

November 26, 2014 - Rep. Tina Orwall

Why aren’t so many rape kits sent to the lab?

The numbers are staggering: out 0f 1,641 rape kits booked into evidence over a period of 10 years, why did the Seattle Police Department only test 365? Rep. Tina Orwall, a Des Moines Democrat, will introduce legislation this coming session to address the problem. Watch this KING 5 news segment for the story:  

Washington revenues still below pre-recession level

November 25, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

Washington revenues still below pre-recession level

Despite relatively good financial news over the past several years, Washington’s budget still has not fully recovered from the financial crisis. According to a new report released by the Pew Charitable Trust, revenues are still down 2.3 percent compared to what they were in 2008 when adjusted for inflation. It’s not that our economy is not doing well. We are consistently rated one of the best states for business and have the lowest unemployment rate since the start of the recession: … Continue reading

Rep. Jim Moeller: Revenues are up, and that’s good news–but there’s more to the story

November 19, 2014 - Rep. Jim Moeller

Rep. Jim Moeller: Revenues are up, and that’s good news–but there’s more to the story

Statement by Speaker Pro Tem Jim Moeller on the state’s budget forecast: It’s good news that revenues are going up a bit more. It would be better news if politicians and interest groups stopped repeating the myth that economic growth alone is enough. Growth will not fully fund education, fix our crumbling bridges and take care of veterans and the disabled. We can do better, and must do better, for kids in public schools, for our seniors and disabled and … Continue reading

House Democrats select leaders for 2015-16

November 18, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

House Democrats select leaders for 2015-16

The House Democratic Caucus met in Olympia today and selected a number of leaders for the next Legislature. Frank Chopp (Seattle): House Speaker-designate Pat Sullivan (Covington): Majority Leader Eric Pettigrew (Seattle): Majority Caucus Chair Kevin Van De Wege (Sequim): Majority Whip Kris Lytton (Anacortes): Majority Floor Leader The remaining members of the HDC Leadership team, including the Speaker pro tem-designate, will be elected at a future date. The Speaker-designate and Speaker pro tem-designate must be elected by the entire House … Continue reading

Rep. Roger Freeman: 1965 – 2014

October 29, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

Rep. Roger Freeman: 1965 – 2014

Statement from House Speaker Frank Chopp and Democratic Caucus Chair Eric Pettigrew on the passing of Representative Roger Freeman: “Our hearts and prayers are with the family of Rep. Roger Freeman today. We have lost a treasured colleague and friend, but they have lost their husband and father. “Roger was a deeply spiritual man who lived his faith every single day. As a legislator, he was passionate about social justice, strong families, and educational opportunities for all. “We will miss … Continue reading

Seattle prospers – but rich-poor gap also grows

October 13, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

Seattle prospers – but rich-poor gap also grows

We blogged last week about how income inequality is growing in Washington. Now we have new information about the increasing gap between high earners  and lower earners in Seattle. The richest 20 percent of Seattle residents earned an extra $15,000 in 2013, compared to 2012 – more than the total average income of the bottom 20 percent of workers. That’s according to a new story by Gene Balk in The Seattle Times, which crunched numbers from the Census Bureau to … Continue reading

Tuesday, September 30th

September 30, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

Print   Associated Press Colorado high court considers pot firing case Inslee: SBA approves emergency help for wildfires Boeing moving jobs to Oklahoma City, St. Louis Senators ask for more oil train notifications 2 more charter schools look likely to get approval SBA approves emergency help for Washington wildfires UW’s med school to accept deferred-action students U.S .grants $450M to link job training to employers Boeing moving jobs to Oklahoma City, St. Louis Colorado high court considers pot firing case … Continue reading

Chronic absenteeism: not your father’s hooky

September 9, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

Chronic absenteeism: not your father’s hooky

How time flies.  Seems like only yesterday, but it’s been a few weeks since the last time we ran across a major study that confirmed what House Democrats have long maintained:  Funding education, by itself, is a good thing, but without sufficient attention to social programs, many of those education dollars will be unproductive at best. Now this: Johns Hopkins University education researchers Robert Balfanz and Vaughan Byrnes studied the relationships between poverty and chronic absenteeism, and between chronic absenteeism … Continue reading

The Daily E-Clips: August 20, 2014

August 20, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

Print Associated Press Panel votes on limiting free meals for lawmakers (Hansen, Pedersen) Oregon state regulators reject coal terminal on Columbia Prison company pays $8 million in back wages Aberdeen Daily World Certification of primary vote today; recount likely Friday in commissioner race Ballard News Tribune Lockhaven tenant fights back against ‘illegal eviction’ and ‘retaliation’ Bellingham Herald (subscription required) Blog: Lobbyist limit proposed for WA legislators: 12 free meals a year Blog: Pro-coal terminal group’s statement appears to sidestep reality … Continue reading

The Daily E-Clips: August 14, 2014

August 14, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

PRINT Associated Press State jobless rate falls to 5.6% Large mudslide closes 30 miles of US Highway 12 Aberdeen Daily World Forest Service holding open house to talk about roads Solutions for Olympic Gateway Mall access six to seven years away Bothell-Kenmore Reporter Washington State Parks announces ‘free day’ for Aug. 25 Columbian Editorial: In Our View: Bertha Offers Vital Lessons (transportation funding) The Daily News State’s unemployment rate drops to 5.6 percent Everett Herald (subscription required) Boeing starts demo … Continue reading

Wednesday, July 9

July 9, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

PRINT Associated Press Attorney General: eFoodHandler certificates worthless Heat wave forecast for Washington Whooping cough among farmworkers in Grant County Wildfire spreads to nearly 8 square miles, threatens homes near Entiat Washington state pot shop customers cheer first legal sale How marijuana goes from garden to store Hundreds line up for legal pot in Washington state Corinthian To Close Campuses In 11 States Bellingham Herald First legal marijuana store opens in Bellingham to hundreds of customers Columbian C-Tran allocates $6.7 … Continue reading

Joe Fitzgibbon – Talking Transit

June 30, 2014 - Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon

Joe Fitzgibbon – Talking Transit

What would the 34th district look like if bus service suddenly vanished? Take a minute to imagine what changes our community would undergo. Seniors would no longer be able to get to medical appointments. Thousands more cars would be on the road each day, spewing carbon into the air and jamming up our streets. People who cannot afford to own a car would be stranded and unable to get to work or to local businesses. While the possibility of bus … Continue reading

Rep. Moscoso Receives Award for Public Service

June 25, 2014 - Rep. Luis Moscoso

Rep. Moscoso Receives Award for Public Service

Representative Luis Moscoso, D-Mountlake Terrace, received the Tikkun Olam Award for Public Service last week at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. “I believe that Washington should be a safe and welcoming community where everyone, regardless of race or religion, should be able to pursue their American Dream,” said Moscoso. “I am humbled by the recognition of my work towards making that vision a reality.” Named after the traditional Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam, or ‘repair … Continue reading

Rep. Morris’ attempt to protect personal privacy from airborne voyeurs making news — again

June 24, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

Rep. Morris’ attempt to protect personal privacy from airborne voyeurs making news — again

Last February, the House gave an overwhelmingly bipartisan thumbs-up to Rep. Jeff Morris‘ HB 2178, a bill that would have made it a crime to invade an individual’s presumably private space with camera-equipped airborne drones.  Buoyed by that 92-6 House vote and widespread public support, the bill sailed over to the Republican-controlled Senate for consideration . . . and like so many other House bills, became a victim of that chamber’s inaction. Fast-forward a few months, and HB 2178 is … Continue reading