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Listen to the March 19 telephone town hall for the 33rd Legislative District !

April 21, 2014 - Rep. Mia Gregerson

Listen to the March 19 telephone town hall for the 33rd Legislative District !

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

Video update! Legislative wrap-up…

April 15, 2014 - Rep. Tana Senn

Video update! Legislative wrap-up…

Rep. Tana Senn gives a legislative wrap-up of some of the successes and disappointments of the 2014 legislative session.

Governor signs Rep. Hansen’s bill to to boost college opportunity

April 7, 2014 - Rep. Drew Hansen

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

Rep. Habib’s bills to aid entrepreneurs, boost kids’ health signed into law

March 31, 2014 - Rep. Cyrus Habib

The state’s economy would get a boost from entrepreneurs tapping into an innovative source of financing to start businesses and create jobs, under the Washington Jobs Act of 2014, a bill signed by Gov. Inslee today. “Start-up businesses – from food trucks to software developers – can get the money they need to get off the ground,” the bill’s lead sponsor, Rep. Cyrus Habib of Kirkland, said when the bill passed the House earlier this year. “And ordinary people from … Continue reading

Rep. Jinkins’ bill allows physical therapists to perform spinal manipulation

March 28, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

Rep. Jinkins’ bill allows physical therapists to perform spinal manipulation

Today, Governor Inslee signed HB 2160 into law.  This compromise, finally brokered by Rep. Laurie Jinkins between physical therapists and chiropractors, was in the making for many years. Rep. Jinkins noted, “At a time when our nation is trying to increase access to healthcare, this sensible approach will do just that – allow more patients to access the treatment they need. Forty-eight states allow physical therapists to perform some form of spinal manipulation.  It’s time for Washington to get on … Continue reading

Rep. Goodman’s bill will save the lives of domestic violence victims

March 28, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

Rep. Goodman’s bill will save the lives of domestic violence victims

HB 1840, signed into law by Governor Inslee today, was the only gun safety bill to pass the legislature this session. Sponsored by state Rep. Roger Goodman, HB 1840 aligns Washington state law with federal law by removing firearms from those subject to protection orders.  Under federal law, when a protection order is issued against a domestic violence offender he must surrender his firearms.  Current state law allows domestic abusers to keep an arsenal of weapons. Rep. Goodman said, “At … Continue reading

Rep. Gregerson urges eligible individuals to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act by the March 31 deadline

March 28, 2014 - Rep. Mia Gregerson

Seattle & King County is coordinating more than two dozen enrollment events this week, which will be staffed by local organizations with certified “In-Person Assisters” for the Washington Healthplanfinder. March 31 is a federal and state deadline for purchasing an individual health insurance plan for 2014. Those who remain uninsured after this date may face a penalty on their 2014 taxes. Opportunities to acquire insurance after that date will be limited. (Exceptions: low-income individuals eligible for Medicaid may enroll year-round, … Continue reading

Air pollution identified as leading global killer

March 28, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

Air pollution identified as leading global killer

Around seven million people died from the effects of air pollution in 2012, according to a report released by the World Health Organization this morning. That’s one in eight deaths worldwide. The WHO’s report identifies the link between air pollution and cancer, strokes and other cardiovascular diseases, calling air pollution “the world’s largest single environmental health risk.” “Cleaning up the air we breathe prevents noncommunicable diseases as well as reduces disease risks among women and vulnerable groups, including children and … Continue reading

Rep. Jinkins appointed to Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee

March 25, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

Rep. Jinkins appointed to Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee

Last week, Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, was appointed by House Speaker Frank Chopp to the Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee. Rep. Jinkins replaces former State Rep. Jamie Pedersen on the Committee. “The Office of Civil Legal Aid does such important work in our communities, helping the most vulnerable among us,” Rep. Jinkins said. “Foreclosure, caregiver problems, access to disability services, these are difficult things for any of us to deal with. And for those living in poverty, who do not … Continue reading

As 2014 legislative season ends, education funding remains key

March 21, 2014 - Rep. Kristine Lytton

As 2014 legislative season ends, education funding remains key

The short 60-day legislative session that concluded last week in Olympia was remarkable for a number of reasons. For one thing, we adjourned on time. As our state grows more complex and our population continues to increase – with corresponding demands for a range of government services – it becomes more and more challenging to neatly wrap up a full year’s worth of the people’s business in two months, or even in the 105 days allotted for odd-numbered years. While … Continue reading

Univision tells the story of local Dreamers

March 19, 2014 - Rep. Zack Hudgins

Here’s the TV clip from Univision about the DREAM Act, which is now law. Read more about the Dream Act below: Statement by Rep. Hudgins on Senate allowing a vote on Dream Act Senado cede y somete el DREAM Act a votación Governor signs state Dream Act

Rep. Appleton on passage of the veterans’ tuition bill:

March 18, 2014 - Rep. Sherry Appleton

“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Anytime you hear those words, you know the subject at hand is America. This great nation enjoys rights and freedoms that much of the world can only dream of. The credit for this, throughout history, belongs to our veterans.  This legislation is just a tiny token of the appreciation we owe our veterans and their families – a tiny, but important token. “I’ve been working on this legislation for nearly two years, but … Continue reading

Orwall, Gregerson, Keiser schedule telephone town hall for Wednesday, March 19

March 17, 2014 - Rep. Tina Orwall, Rep. Mia Gregerson

Orwall, Gregerson, Keiser schedule telephone town hall for Wednesday, March 19

Reps. Tina Orwall and Mia Gregerson, and Sen. Karen Keiser will host a telephone town hall for 33rd Legislative District residents from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19. At that time, constituents in the areas of Kent, SeaTac, Normandy Park, Des Moines, Burien and Renton will receive a phone call inviting them to stay on the line to participate in the town hall. In addition, residents who do not automatically receive a call may dial a toll-free participant number … Continue reading

Rep. Fitzgibbon proposal helps fund basic education with price on carbon pollution

March 11, 2014 - Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon

Rep. Fitzgibbon proposal helps fund basic education with price on carbon pollution

Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D-Burien) today introduced HB 2803, setting a price on emissions of climate change causing carbon pollution and using the proceeds to meet the legislature’s obligation to fund basic education laid out in McCleary v. State of Washington. “By the 2017-19 biennium, the state needs to secure an additional $4 billion to fund our schools. This bill provides one pathway to finding that revenue in a way that helps us achieve our statutorily targeted greenhouse gas reductions,” Fitzgibbon … Continue reading

Legislature passes bipartisan bill to protect foster children

March 10, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

Legislature passes bipartisan bill to protect foster children

Just under the House deadline last Friday at 5pm, in a unanimous vote, the House passed SB 6126, providing Washington’s foster children with attorneys. In most states all foster children have lawyers, but in Washington, they do not. Our state ranks 48th in the nation in the degree of legal representation offered to foster youth. Here, some counties have offer attorneys, but most do not.  Justice by geography is not justice. Rep. Roger Goodman, sponsor of the House companion bill … Continue reading

Legislature passes student success measure

March 7, 2014 - Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self

Legislature passes student success measure

Today, just a few minutes before the 5 o’clock cutoff deadline, the Washington State Senate gave its overwhelming approval to a measure aimed at boosting student success across the state. House Bill 2739, which passed the Senate on a 45-4 vote, requires a geographic analysis to identify communities where the effects of employment, health, safety and stability correlate with academic and behavioral indicators of student success. “We need this information to target strategic interventions where they are needed the most,” … Continue reading

Senate OKs Rep. Morris’ bill for third new ferry

March 7, 2014 - Rep. Jeff Morris

The state would update its aging ferry fleet with a new boat and sustain shipyard jobs under a bill approved by the Senate today. “This is a win for Washington,” said  Rep. Jeff Morris, who sponsored the proposal. “This bill is good news for businesses, commuters and  tourists, and for the boatbuilders and their families.” The state’s ferry fleet – the largest in the nation – includes some boats that date back to the Eisenhower Administration. The state Department of … Continue reading

Legislature passes bill requested by Governor and Attorney General to protect Washington’s military personnel and veterans

March 7, 2014 - Rep. Tina Orwall

Legislature passes bill requested by Governor and Attorney General to protect Washington’s military personnel and veterans

A bill jointly requested by Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Governor Jay Inslee to increase economic protections for Washington’s military personnel and veterans passed the Legislature today with strong bipartisan support. The Governor looks forward to signing it into law as soon as it hits his desk. Ferguson and Inslee worked with Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines, and Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, to secure approval of House Bill 2171. “As someone who comes from a family of veterans, I … Continue reading

Senate OKs Rep. Hansen’s marine jobs bill

March 7, 2014 - Rep. Drew Hansen

A two-year bipartisan effort to protect marine jobs and water quality took a major step toward fruition Friday with state Senate approval of a bill by Rep. Drew Hansen that attacks the problem of  derelict and abandoned boats and ships. “A lot of work has gone into this bill – by Democrats and Republicans, House members and senators, environmentalists, boaters, shellfishers, marina operators, industry representatives and more,” Hansen said after the Senate voted 45-4 for his House Bill 2457. “This … Continue reading

Rep. Morris’ tourism-promotion bill heads to governor

March 7, 2014 - Rep. Jeff Morris

State government will edge back into an official relationship with the marketing of Washington as a tourist destination under a bill by Rep. Jeff Morris that won final legislative approval March 6. “We need to tell the rest of the world how great our state is, and why it’s a terrific place to visit,” Morris, D-Mount Vernon, said. “Tourism means jobs for our state and a boost for our economy.” Morris’ House Bill 2229  calls on the Washington Tourism Alliance, … Continue reading