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Kilduff: State budget invests in public schools, cuts college tuition

July 2, 2015 - Rep. Christine Kilduff

OLYMPIA—The new state budget puts a record amount of new funding into our public schools and cuts college tuition without raising new taxes. “This is a budget for the people, not the powerful,” said Rep. Christine Kilduff (D-University Place). “It’s a budget for middle class moms and dads with kids in public schools, for teachers and state employees who’ve gone year after year without a raise and for every college student struggling to pay the astronomical price of tuition. And … Continue reading

Gregory bill will put more qualified teachers in Washington classrooms

June 30, 2015 - Washington House Democrats

In the final hours of the final day of the final special session of 2015, Rep. Carol Gregory’s bill to expand Washington’s cohort of teachers with specialized skills cleared its final hurdle, passing out of the Senate with a solidly bipartisan 37-8 vote. Gregory (D-30th district, Federal Way), a former classroom teacher appointed to fill the House seat vacated by the death of Rep. Roger Freeman, knew coming in that one of the many problems in Washington’s public school system … Continue reading

Statement from Rep. Carol Gregory on the operating budget

June 30, 2015 - Washington House Democrats

“I want to congratulate my colleagues in the Legislature, and Gov. Inslee, for producing a bipartisan, compromise budget that fulfills the state’s responsibilities in so many important areas without requiring a general tax increase. “The good things that this budget does for healthcare, for foster children, for persons with mental illness – and their families – are tremendous.  As a former educator, of course, I’m pleased to have been able to vote for a budget that includes the largest increase … Continue reading

Joint Statement from Legislative Transportation Leaders on the Revenue Package Agreement

June 29, 2015 - Rep. Judy Clibborn

Monday, June 29, 2015 Joint Statement from Legislative Transportation Leaders on the Revenue Package Agreement Representative Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island), Senators Curtis King (R-Yakima), Joe Fain (R-Auburn), and Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens) have issued the following statement announcing the details of the transportation revenue package deal: “We are excited to unveil the details of a transportation revenue package agreement that will fund the infrastructure and services necessary to bring our transportation system into the 21st century. “These new investments will … Continue reading

Washington State Legislators Celebrate SCOTUS Decision on Marriage Equality

June 26, 2015 - Washington House Democrats

Washington State Legislators Celebrate SCOTUS Decision on Marriage Equality

In 2012, a bipartisan group of Washington legislators stood up for LGBTQ couples by voting “Yes” for marriage equality. Opponents sent the issue to a vote of the people, which Washington voters overwhelmingly approved. Today, Washington legislators and staff took to the steps of the capitol building to stand together, celebrate and thank the Supreme Court for its landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which held that all couples are equal under the Constitution, securing marriage equality in all 50 … Continue reading

Statements from the LGBTQ Caucus: marriage equality finally guaranteed in every state

June 26, 2015 - Washington House Democrats

Statements from the LGBTQ Caucus: marriage equality finally guaranteed in every state

OLYMPIA – Today the United States Supreme Court issued its much-awaited ruling on marriage equality across the country. In a landmark decision that will finally secure marriage rights for all couples, the Court ruled state bans on same-sex marriages across the country unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment, effectively granting couples in all 50 states the right to marry. Washington voters approved marriage equality in 2012. In response, Washington State House and Senate members of the LGBTQ Caucus released the following … Continue reading

We can do better for taxpayers and the State Patrol

June 25, 2015 - Rep. Hans Dunshee

Legislature sends both “revenge porn” bills to the governor

June 25, 2015 - Washington House Democrats

Legislature sends both “revenge porn” bills to the governor

OLYMPIA—Justice for victims of “revenge porn” is on the horizon once Governor Inslee signs a couple of bills that received unanimous votes in both chambers. House Bill 2160, sponsored by Rep. Sharon Wylie (D-Vancouver) will provide for civil liability against any person who intentionally and without consent distributes an intimate image of another person. The other legislation, House Bill 1272, sponsored by Rep. Vincent Buys (R-Lynden), creates the crime of disclosing intimate images as a gross misdemeanor on the first … Continue reading

Gov. Inslee signs Rep. Sherry Appleton’s Silver Alert Bill

June 10, 2015 - Washington House Democrats

OLYMPIA — Legislation signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee makes Washington the 42nd state to recognize the utility of “crowd-sourcing” to help rescue lost and vulnerable adults. Rep. Sherry Appleton’s Silver Alert Bill (HB 1021) sets up an emergency notification process to be used when seniors with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, as well as other developmentally disabled persons over 60, go missing. Based on experience in other states, one of the most effective methods called for … Continue reading

49th District Town Hall on Monday, June 15 at the library

June 8, 2015 - nietol

49th District Town Hall on Monday, June 15 at the library

Representatives Sharon Wylie and Jim Moeller, and Senator Annette Cleveland will hold a town hall meeting on Monday, June 15th, from 6 to 8pm at the Columbia Room of the Vancouver Community Library located at 901 C Street Vancouver, 98660. The lawmakers will provide an update on what has been going on in Olympia regarding budget negotiations, as well as other issues of importance to the people of Vancouver. 49th District constituents are encouraged to attend with questions and their … Continue reading

Rep. Bergquist: Open, honest government, because citizens deserve the truth

June 3, 2015 - Rep. Bergquist

As a citizen and a voter, you deserve to know who’s really paying for campaign ads. That’s why I wrote House Bill 2256, which would toughen up the requirements and close loopholes that let wealthy special interests dump money into campaign without citizens being the wiser. Often, they’re using nonprofit organizations to funnel all this money. This reform would do three major things: Require nonprofit organizations to report political contributions and expenditures totaling over $25,000 to the state’s Public Disclosure … Continue reading

Appleton’s Silver Alert Bill awaits governor’s signature

June 2, 2015 - Washington House Democrats

The headlines out of Olympia these days all seem to be about the budget impasse, but lawmakers came together long enough last week to create a new law that’s almost guaranteed to save Washington lives. Bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate OK’d Rep. Sherry Appleton’s Silver Alert Bill (HB 1021), which sets up an emergency notification process to be used when seniors with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, as well as other developmentally disabled persons over 60, go … Continue reading

Orwall receives national award for work on suicide prevention

June 2, 2015 - Rep. Tina Orwall

Orwall receives national award for work on suicide prevention

OLYMPIA–Last Thursday, the Washington State Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) presented the Allies in Action State Award to Rep. Tina Orwall for her continued leadership for expanding suicide prevention and mental health initiatives across Washington state. The award was presented to Orwall at her Des Moines office by Cristi Comes, AFSP-Washington State, Board of Directors Vice Chair, and Grace Finch, AFSP-Washington State Area Director. “I am honored to receive this award and grateful to work on … Continue reading

21st LD Telephone town hall on Tuesday, May 26 at 6 pm

May 21, 2015 - Washington House Democrats

21st LD Telephone town hall on Tuesday, May 26 at 6 pm

Sen. Marko Liias, D-Lynnwood, Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self, D-Mukilteo, and Rep. Strom Peterson, D-Edmonds, will host a telephone town hall on Tuesday, May 26 at 6 pm to update their constituents on what is happening in Olympia during the special legislative session. Constituents can participate one of two ways: a wide swath of constituents across the district will receive a call a few minutes before the town hall begins, inviting them to stay on the line; or, if they don’t receive … Continue reading

Measure to test all rape kits signed into law today

May 14, 2015 - Rep. Tina Orwall

Measure to test all rape kits signed into law today

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

Making the special session special

May 13, 2015 - Washington House Democrats

Making the special session special

Halfway through the special session, Senate budget leads are still refusing to enter into serious negotiations with the House to produce a compromise budget.  This is frustrating, but I was privileged to put politics aside for a day and host a wonderful group of students and parents from Auburn’s Camelot Elementary School.  Being able to meet the leaders of tomorrow and their families is a genuine honor.  Our future is truly in good hands.

Inslee signs DNA preservation bill into law

May 12, 2015 - Rep. Tina Orwall

Inslee signs DNA preservation bill into law

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 with medical concerns to receive extended care

May 12, 2015 - Rep. Tina Orwall

Foster youth with medical concerns to receive extended care

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.

Governor signs Kilduff law to give every disabled person a chance

May 4, 2015 - Rep. Christine Kilduff

OLYMPIA—Parents and children who’ll be helped by the ABLE Act came to the state capitol to join Gov. Jay Inslee he signed the bill into law. “If you believe in pathways to independence, if you believe in incentivizing saving and planning, this is the bill in which we can get that done,” said Rep. Christine Kilduff (D—University Place), author of House Bill 2063. The new law provide a state framework to implement the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience Act … Continue reading

Putting all children first

April 27, 2015 - Washington House Democrats

Putting all children first

Protecting homeless children Children who live on the streets are at risk of dropping out of school, falling into a life of crime or becoming victims of human trafficking. There are 38,000 homeless students in our schools and over 7,000 of them are alone, on the streets, with no support. The current system has failed them. We must do better. The Homeless Youth Act still reduce child homelessness and allow us to better protect these children and prevent & reduce … Continue reading