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Rep. Pat Sullivan and Rep. Reuven Carlyle response to Senate Republican Budget Release

March 31, 2015 - Washington House Democrats

Rep. Pat Sullivan and Rep. Reuven Carlyle response to Senate Republican Budget Release

R’s rely on “…gimmicks, gambles and a lot of marijuana.” “House Democrats proposed a sustainable budget that began fixing our unfair tax system while making critical, ongoing investments in education, mental health care and other vital services. “Unfortunately, Senate Republicans have given us an unsustainable budget that relies on gimmicks, gambles and a lot of marijuana. It is a budget that barely provides short-term relief to long-term problems. “Their proposal shifts money from one program to another to make it … Continue reading

Statement from Rep. Carol Gregory on the proposed current-law state Transportation Budget

March 31, 2015 - Washington House Democrats

“I’m pleased that the transportation budget released this week by House Transportation Chair Rep. Judy Clibborn provides funding for the state to make substantial progress on, and in some cases complete, more than a dozen significant transportation projects in the 30th legislative district. Improving the I-5/SR 161/SR 18 interchange is the largest single project, and it will also be the most noticeable to motorists. But many other projects are also included, projects that will help with traffic flow, ease the … Continue reading

Rep. Sherry Appleton resumes service on state Sentencing Guidelines Commission

March 30, 2015 - Washington House Democrats

Rep. Sherry Appleton resumes service on state Sentencing Guidelines Commission

After a two-year hiatus, State Rep. Sherry Appleton (D-Poulsbo, 23rd district) was appointed on Friday (Mar. 27) to serve once again as a member of the Washington State Sentencing Guidelines Commission. According to its website, the Sentencing Guidelines Commission is directed by state law “to evaluate and monitor adult and juvenile sentencing policies and practices, recommend modifications to the governor and the Legislature and serve as a clearinghouse and information center on adult and juvenile sentencing.” Appleton served on the … Continue reading

MEDIA ADVISORY: Closing the opportunity gap press conference

March 27, 2015 - Washington House Democrats

MEDIA ADVISORY: Closing the opportunity gap press conference

OLYMPIA—Next Wednesday, Representatives Sharon Tomiko Santos (D-Seattle), Lillian Ortiz-Self (D-Mukilteo), Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle) and Brady Walkinshaw (D-Seattle) will hold a press conference on how the House Democratic operating budget helps close the opportunity gap by addressing the educational needs of all students from cradle to career. The event will be held in Seattle at El Centro de la Raza at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1. The legislators will be joined by other House Democrats, including lawmakers from the Members … Continue reading

Media advisory: 19th District lawmakers host town hall by phone April 1

March 26, 2015 - Rep. Dean Takko

Thursday, March 26, 2015 MEDIA ADVISORY WHO: Please join 19th District lawmakers Sen. Brian Hatfield, Rep. Brian Blake and Rep. Dean Takko WHAT: A town hall by telephone–a chance for you to ask questions of your local lawmakers. WHEN: 6 p.m. April 1 WHY:  The 19th District is huge, and we’ve found that town halls by telephone are convenient for folks who can’t drive to Aberdeen or Longview if we’re having an in-person town hall there. This is another way … Continue reading

Rep. Mike Sells’ e-Newsletter for March 25, 2015

March 25, 2015 - Rep. Mike Sells

Rep. Mike Sells’ e-Newsletter for March 25, 2015

We had a great turn out at the town hall, thank you to everyone who gave up part of their Saturday morning to come out and address some of the pressing issues facing our area. If you missed it, take a look at my legislative video update where I discuss education funding, WSU Everett, and accountability for aerospace tax breaks. —————————————————  Investments in our education system are rightly a main concern for constituents, so I want to provide some additional … Continue reading

Early starts and second chances

March 19, 2015 - Washington House Democrats

Early starts and second chances

Town Hall Meeting Every year during the busy legislative session representatives head back to their home districts to host town hall gatherings. Last Saturday morning dedicated constituents of the 37th Legislative District gathered over coffee and doughnuts to get an update about the session and discuss issues of importance to them. This year, Rep. Pettigrew was joined by Rep. Santos and Sen. Jayapal. The top concerns from the community included education, funding for the safetynet and fixing our unfair tax system. … Continue reading

Companion bills would allow personal marijuana home grows

March 19, 2015 - Rep. Brian Blake

Companion bills would allow personal marijuana home grows

Clarity, limited bureaucracy and patient protections are the goals of bipartisan marijuana legislation introduced today by Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, and Rep. Brian Blake, D-Aberdeen. Senate Bill 6083, sponsored by Kohl-Welles, and House Bill 2196, sponsored by Blake, would permit individuals 21 years of age or older grow up to six marijuana plants for personal use. Only one home grow would be allowed per residence. Anyone who grows marijuana for personal use would be able to possess up to 8 … Continue reading

49th LD lawmakers to host telephone town hall meeting

March 17, 2015 - Rep. Sharon Wylie

49th LD lawmakers to host telephone town hall meeting

Reps. Sharon Wylie and Jim Moeller, and Sen. Annette Cleveland, will join constituents over the phone at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, for a telephone town hall. 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 such a call and invitation, they can dial the toll free number 877-229-8493, … Continue reading

Mid-session update: House passes legislation boosting minimum wage, equal pay, sick leave

March 17, 2015 - Rep. Cindy Ryu

OLYMPIA—At the beginning of the year, lawmakers had introduced thousands of ideas. Now that the legislative session is more than half over, it’s clear what ideas are still alive and have a chance of becoming law. “Jobs, education and transportation are still the big issues,” said Rep. Cindy Ryu (D-Shoreline). “Solutions for our families and neighborhoods can come from reforms and policy changes, or by money in the budget. I’m happy to say key reforms have passed the House and … Continue reading

“Sherwood Forest Archers…Arrows to the Future”

March 10, 2015 - Washington House Democrats

“Sherwood Forest Archers…Arrows to the Future”

No matter how intense a given day can get here in the Legislature, especially as cut-off approaches and bills are falling by the wayside, a visit from young people is a wonderful reminder of just what we’re supposed to be doing as lawmakers.  Our job is to make the future a better place for everyone who will live there, and more than anyone, that means our children and our grandchildren.  Today I had the privilege of meeting students and teachers … Continue reading

Helping families move forward

March 10, 2015 - Washington House Democrats

Helping families move forward

Dear Neighbor, Last Thursday marked the halfway point of the legislative session. The House and Senate are busy passing bills before the House of Origin cutoff on Wednesday, but I wanted to take a moment to update you on some important bills before the legislature. The Early Start Act Nearly half of Washington’s kindergarteners arrive at the door not ready to succeed in school. These children begin behind in language, math and social emotional skills, and most stay behind in … Continue reading

Appleton’s Silver Alert bill approved by House

March 6, 2015 - Washington House Democrats

Appleton’s Silver Alert bill approved by House

OLYMPIA – “This bill will save lives.” That’s how a colleague of Rep. Sherry Appleton (D-23rd district, Poulsbo) summed up House Bill 1021, one of Appleton’s priority bills for the 2015 legislative session. Known as the Silver Alert bill, it sets up an emergency notification process that goes into action when a senior with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, as well as other developmentally disabled persons over 60, go missing. The Silver Alert bill was OK’d by a 95-3 margin … Continue reading

MEDIA ADVISORY: House to address mental health & health care systems on Monday

March 6, 2015 - Washington House Democrats

“Healthy Washington” bills to be considered on Monday House focusing on mental health and health care system bills passed out of committees OLYMPIA – Washington’s health care and mental health system have been the focus of many representatives this year, stemming from stories across the state about the need for improvements. The House of Representatives has been hearing many bills, from how we respond to potentially violent individuals suffering from mental health crises, to how we will approach the long … Continue reading

Federal Way tourism bills OK’d by House and Senate

March 5, 2015 - Washington House Democrats

OLYMPIA – It seems certain that Federal Way will soon have the autonomy to aggressively promote tourism in the city, thanks to the passage of twin bills in both the House and Senate in the last two days.  HB 1279 and its Senate companion remove a roadblock that has stymied Federal Way’s ability to tell the world just what a great place it is. Rep. Carol Gregory (D-30th, Federal Way), co-sponsor of the House bill, said “Those of us who are fortunate … Continue reading

House OK’s Gregory bill easing college bite for many military dependents

March 5, 2015 - Washington House Democrats

House OK’s Gregory bill easing college bite for many military dependents

OLYMPIA – The state House Thursday gave a unanimous thumbs-up to Rep. Carol Gregory’s bill that would make it easier for children of military personnel who are killed, go missing, or become disabled, to attend college in Washington.  Gregory’s HB 1644 revamps current state law to align with a related federal statute, allowing students up to 31 years old to take advantage of a state tuition waiver while receiving a monthly stipend from the federal government. “These are young people … Continue reading

House passes minimum wage and paid sick leave bills

March 3, 2015 - Washington House Democrats

House passes minimum wage and paid sick leave bills

OLYMPIA—This afternoon the House of Representatives passed two middle-class prosperity measures that will strengthen the economy and protect working families. “When recession hits, working families are hit the hardest.  When the economy recovers all the gains go to the wealthy few,” said Rep. Mike Sells, D-Everett, Chairman of the House Labor Committee. “Our economy should work for everyone, so strengthening the minimum wage and providing working families with much needed sick and safe leave are tried and true methods that will … Continue reading

UPDATE: Today’s House vote on Minimum Wage bill likely at 2 p.m. instead of 4

March 3, 2015 - Washington House Democrats

UPDATE: Today’s House vote on Minimum Wage bill likely at 2 p.m. instead of 4

The House of Representatives will consider the minimum wage bill, as well as other middle-class prosperity bills today starting at 2 p.m. instead of 4 p.m. as previously announced.   The House Rules room will be open to members of the media and stakeholders at 2 p.m. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – The House of Representatives will debate House Bill 1355 as well as other middle-class prosperity bills … Continue reading

House passes “revenge porn” bill unanimously

March 3, 2015 - Rep. Sharon Wylie

House passes “revenge porn” bill unanimously

A measure that would allow victims of revenge porn to seek civil liability was passed on a unanimous vote by the House of Representatives yesterday. House Bill 2160 would provide for civil liability against any person who intentionally and without consent distributes an intimate image of another person. “People are very seriously harmed when they become victims of revenge porn,” said Rep. Sharon Wylie (D-Vancouver), the bill’s prime sponsor.  “Images on the Internet can live forever. They can affect somebody’s … Continue reading

House passes Orwall bill to ensure all rape kits get tested

March 2, 2015 - Rep. Tina Orwall

House passes Orwall bill to ensure all rape kits get tested

This morning, on a vote of 82-15, the House of Representative passed House Bill 1068, requiring law enforcement agencies to submit all sexual assault examination kits to the Washington state patrol crime laboratory for testing. It also creates a workgroup to study the issue of untested kits and review best practices for how to respond to victims of sexual assault. “This is a bill about justice for all and about protecting women and children,” said Rep. Tina Orwall, the bill’s … Continue reading