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
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
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
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
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
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
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
State representatives and senators from across Washington sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to not lift the ban on exporting oil. The lawmakers wrote: “While lifting this ban may benefit oil producers, it will be detrimental to the environment, the American people, and the people of Washington state in particular.” You can read the full text of the letter by clicking here or on the photo below.
Earlier this month Rep. Freeman walked with cancer fighter, survivors and supporters at the Relay for Life at Saghalie Middle School in Federal Way. Relay for Life is an overnight fundraising walk and run event. Rep. Freeman is currently fighting cancer himself. He attended to the event to support other cancer fighters and survivors. There, he spoke with other participants, saying: “Cancer affects so many of us: mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters. We all want to … Continue reading
Rep. Tina Orwall, an adoptee herself, knows what it’s like to miss important pieces of one’s own life puzzle. Not knowing if you’re at risk of hypertension or diabetes could make it harder for you and your medical team to look for specific signs, so finding out if these or other conditions run in your family is truly valuable information. But there are other reasons people are curious about who they are and where they came from. Rep. Tina Orwall … Continue reading
Rep. Jessyn Farrell’s statement on the Seattle City Council’s vote to raise the city’s minimum wage I wish to congratulate the Seattle City Council for today’s bold vote on a minimum wage increase for those who work in the city. We know our economy is stronger when an honest day’s work is rewarded with a fair wage. During the recovery, top earners have done quite well, the stock market has seen record highs, and corporate profits have never been better, … Continue reading
One of the biggest stories of the 2014 legislative session was the passage of the DREAM Act. This quick documentary tells the story of how, year after year, college students from around the state traveled to Olympia and never gave up on the dream of earning a university degree and giving back to the community. Related posts: Univision tells the story of local Dreamers American Dreams Statement by Rep. Hudgins on Senate allowing a vote on Dream Act DREAM Act … Continue reading
When the I-5 Bridge over the Skagit River collapsed last year it caused damage, destruction, loss of business and heartache to local residents. In accordance with Washington state law, drivers here are liable for damage they cause to a bridge along a state highway. Both the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) as well as individuals have brought suit against the trucking company responsible, yet none have been successful. The insurance company continues to deny responsibility for any damage. WSDOT … Continue reading
Click on the image below to read Rep. Gregerson’s report on the 2014 legislative session.
Thank you for the honor of serving in Olympia on behalf of our community. I am pleased we ended the short session on time and that I was able to preside as Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore in the final gavel of the 2014 session. This newsletter provides some brief updates of the session that I hope you find informative. I am happy to report that the Legislature passed four of my bills and they have all been signed into law … Continue reading
Rep. Gael Tarleton of Seattle greeted this week’s executive order by Gov. Inslee with a strong endorsement of its goals to reduce the state’s carbon footprint and to promote clean and green energy. The order defines the ways we will tackle these urgent problems, and notes that legislative actions will be required to accelerate our progress towards a cleaner future. “Climate change is the No. 1 environmental challenge for our generation, and every one of us must do his or … Continue reading
Letter to the editor The Columbian Thursday, April 29, 2014 To the editor, I applaud Federal Railroad Administration proposals for strengthening public safety, including a condition that trains hauling crude oil carry at least two crew members. It’s troubling that these trains today are crewed by only one person. Related legislation demanding greater safety made it partway through Olympia this year. I co-sponsored House Bill 2718 requiring at least two crew on trains moving hazardous materials. Although the proposal cleared … Continue reading
On March 19, Reps. Mia Gregerson and Tina Orwall and Sen. Karen Keiser hosted a live telephone town hall for residents of their 33rd Legislative District to discuss issues important to the community. Calls were placed to thousands of district homes with an invitation to participate in the event. The format resembled a giant conference call: Listeners posed questions directly to the legislators, and anyone on the line could hear both questions and responses. To listen to the one-hour telephone … Continue reading
Rep. Tana Senn gives a legislative wrap-up of some of the successes and disappointments of the 2014 legislative session.
More lower- and middle-income students will get a chance to go to college and gain high-demand skills under a bill by Rep. Drew Hansen that was signed into law April 3 by Gov. Inslee. “We believe, as a state and a nation, that every child should have the opportunity to succeed,” Hansen said. “Nothing is more critical to that opportunity and that success in the 21st century than a college education.” Hansen’s House Bill 2612 strengthens the Opportunity Scholarship Program, … Continue reading