Housing

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

Rep. Tharinger named Vice Chair of Finance Committee

December 12, 2014 - Rep. Steve Tharinger

Rep. Tharinger named Vice Chair of Finance Committee

Representative Steve Tharinger (D-Dungeness) has been named vice chair of the Finance Committee for the 2015 Legislative Session of the State House of Representatives. “Funding our education system and crucial state services is a big task and as the Finance Committee vice chair, I plan on working with members of both parties to revise the state’s tax system to better align with Washington state’s 21st century economy.  The current tax system deprives the state from needed revenue to fund rural … Continue reading

Development notification

February 25, 2014 - Rep. Gael Tarleton

Development notification

Here is a small victory for the neighborhoods overwhelmed with development – the Seattle City Department of Planning and Development recommends implementing some notification requirements for development. This would give our neighbors a chance to voice their concerns before any building begins in single-family zones. Throughout this session, Rep. Pollet and I have been fighting for House Bill 2311, which will give our communities due process and notice of adjacent land-use decisions. We’ve received a great deal of support from … Continue reading

Robinson wants to cut costs for prospective renters

January 24, 2014 - Rep. June Robinson

Robinson wants to cut costs for prospective renters

Repetitive rental-screening for prospective tenants frequently entails dire financial consequences for all too many Washington citizens in search of a home, according to Rep. June Robinson. “Although landlords reasonably, understandably require this screening before selecting their renters, a redundant screening process can be particularly onerous for low-income folks,” said Robinson, who is prime-sponsoring “a measure that I believe is a great win-win, both for landlords and for their potential tenants.” Robinson’s House Bill 2537 will receive its first public hearing … Continue reading

Statement from Rep. Tharinger on co-chairmanship of ‘age wave’ committee

September 30, 2013 - Rep. Tharinger

Representative Steve Tharinger (D-Dungeness) has offered the following statement regarding his appointment as co-chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Aging and Disability: “Washingtonians are living longer, healthier and more independent lifestyles than ever before. This is great news – but it also presents us with a unique set of challenges. Last session, we created the Joint Legislative Committee on Aging and Disability to come up with a plan of action to meet the long-term needs of a population that … Continue reading

Strong housing market means revenue growth for state

August 9, 2013 - Washington House Democrats

Strong housing market means revenue growth for state

​In what comes as good news for the state budget, the housing market continues to show strength across Washington, according to a report this week from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. Comparing July 2013 to July 2012, the report said that prices and sales volume both were higher this year, while listed homes are selling quickly. The housing industry is a key component of the state economy and generates significant government revenue through sales taxes on construction activity and excise … Continue reading

Tharinger appointed to committee preparing for “age wave”

August 7, 2013 - Rep. Steve Tharinger

Tharinger appointed to committee preparing for “age wave”

Last legislative session, Rep. Steve Tharinger (D-Dungeness) secured funding to create the Joint Legislative Committee on Aging and Disability. The committee will be tasked with coming up with a plan of action to meet the needs of a population that grows older every day. “Fourteen percent of Washington’s population is over the age of 65,” said Rep. Tharinger. “In the district I represent, that figure is closer to 30 percent. We must come up with a plan to meet the … Continue reading

Rep. Brian Blake’s Legislative Update – March 11, 2013

March 11, 2013 - Rep. Brian Blake

Rep. Brian Blake’s Legislative Update – March 11, 2013

Dear neighbors, These last few days have been long with late evenings and even Saturday working to pass bills on the Floor. But we have to do it this way. If we stuck to a 9-5 schedule, chances are we’d run out of time and many bills would die.  While it may seem like many of the bills we pass are unimportant to some people, they are vital to the folks who are affected by those legislations.  Passage of some … Continue reading

Rep. Luis Moscoso’s Legislative Update – March 8, 2013

March 8, 2013 - Rep. Luis Moscoso

Dear Neighbors, Since my last update the legislative process has progressed past two sets of deadlines that bills must survive to continue being considered. Now, my colleagues and I are spending our days (and many nights) on the floor of the House debating and voting on amendments and bills. I’d like to take this opportunity to go over some of the more noteworthy legislation we’re discussing during these long days. Education My House colleagues and I are focused on improving schools to build a better … Continue reading

House Finance Committee: Heavy lifting ahead

January 21, 2013 - robertsg

House Finance Committee: Heavy lifting ahead

The majority Democrats in the House decided to spread the fiscal load a little bit this year, dividing committee oversight of revenue and of budgeting (previously combined under the Ways and Means Committee). Rep. Carlyle chairs the newly constituted revenue panel, the Finance Committee. With the state facing some daunting financial challenges, the committee’s task will not be an easy one, as Crosscut.com said in an article on the outlook for the 2012 legislative session: Meanwhile, just across the capitol, the … Continue reading

Ryu elected vice chair of Business and Financial Services

December 14, 2012 - nietol

Ryu elected vice chair of Business and Financial Services

Rep. Cindy Ryu returns to the House of Representative to serve her second term, but this time with more responsibilities on her plate. Earlier this week, Ryu’s peers elected her as vice chair of the Business and Financial Services Committee, which considers licensing and regulation of businesses and professions, issues relating to insurance, banks and credit unions, as well as consumer protection issues relating to motor vehicles, financial services, and insurance. “I am excited to assist Chair Kirby in considering … Continue reading

Orwall lauded as 2011 Housing Hero

June 27, 2011 - nietol

OLYMPIA- In recognition of her outstanding legislative work to lend homeowners a helping hand in the midst of Washington state’s worst foreclosure crisis, State Rep. Tina Orwall recently received the 2011 Housing Hero Award from a group of housing and homeless organizations.   “It was a great honor to receive this award,” said the Des Moines Democrat. “I am very proud of our work to create a fair process to protect homeowners and keep them in their homes whenever possible. … Continue reading

Reps. Hudgins and Orwall fight against unfair foreclosure practices

March 10, 2011 - mcvicara