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Reps. Kagi and Ryu to host telephone town hall

February 20, 2014

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Reps. Kagi and Ryu to host telephone town hall

Reps. Kagi and Ryu will give constituents a mid-session update and answer constituent questions and concerns on state issues. Under the telephone town hall format, thousands of constituents will receive automatically generated telephone calls to their homes in the 32nd Legislative District just before 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 26. The constituents may ask questions for their representatives to answer live by pressing *3 on their phones during the call, and may listen to the questions from their neighbors. If constituents … Continue reading

The dream of MLK is alive today

January 20, 2014

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Reps. Kagi and Ryu tell students to keep dreaming!

January 20, 2014

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Reps. Kagi and Ryu tell students to keep dreaming!

Last week, Reps. Kagi and Ryu met with a group of students from LEAP (Latino/a Educational Achievement Project).  LEAP’s mission is ensuring all students graduate from high school with the skills they need to succeed for work or for college! On the first day of session the House passed of the Dream Act, allowing all deserving children, regardless of their immigration status, a fair shot at financial aid for college.   With this in mind, Reps. Kagi and Ryu offered … Continue reading

Governor signs Neighborhood Safe Streets Act by Rep. Ryu

May 17, 2013

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Governor signs Neighborhood Safe Streets Act by Rep. Ryu

Click here for a previous story explaining how the Neighborhood Safe Streets Act will save money and lives.

32nd District representatives hosting March 19 telephone town hall

March 15, 2013

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State Representatives Ruth Kagi and Cindy Ryu are jointly hosting a one-hour town hall-style conversation with their 32nd Legislative District constituents on March 19.  The call begins at 6:15 p.m., and will go out to households across the district. Participants who choose to stay on the line can simply listen to the discussion, or participate by asking a question.  To ask the representatives a question, participants press *3 on their phone keypads. The topic of the town hall is the … Continue reading

Photo Gallery: Ryu with Murray and Cantwell

March 6, 2013

Rep. Cindy Ryu

Photo Gallery: Ryu with Murray and Cantwell

 

Photo gallery: Ryu speaks to International Leadership Foundation

February 27, 2013

Rep. Cindy Ryu

Photo gallery: Ryu speaks to International Leadership Foundation

Neighborhood Safe Streets passes House

February 20, 2013

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Neighborhood Safe Streets passes House

The Seattle Bike Blog does a great job explaining the Neighborhood Safe Streets bill (House Bill 1045), which passed the House on a vote of 86-10. Right now, cities and counties must pay for an engineering report to raise – or lower – speed limits. It makes sense for raising the limit, to ensure a road can handle higher speeds. But it’s a waste of time and money for state law to require engineering reports to lower a speed limit. … Continue reading

Ryu elected vice chair of Business and Financial Services

December 14, 2012

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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

Cindy’s April 13 E-memo

April 13, 2012

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Cindy’s April 13 E-memo

  Dear Friends: I have just completed my freshman term representing you, and counting the one day special session on April 11, I have sat through six sessions. I am delighted to be back home and look forward to spending the summer with my family, friends, neighbors and community. The two 2012 special sessions were dominated by the supplemental operating budget. By the end of the regular session, the House and Senate were unable to agree upon a supplemental operating … Continue reading

New law expected to restore air rescue and evacuation services

March 30, 2012

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OLYMPIA—An insurance reform that clears the way for air rescue and evacuation services to be offered again to Washington consumers was signed into law today by Gov. Chris Gregoire. “Air evacuation and rescue services save lives and this law ensures that Washington families and businesses will be protected by these services again,” said Rep. Cindy Ryu (D-Shoreline), who sponsored House Bill 2188 and led it to unanimous approval in both the House and Senate. Travelers, businesses, non-profit organizations, and others … Continue reading

Rep. Ryu’s March 13 E-memo

March 13, 2012

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Rep. Ryu’s March 13 E-memo

Dear Friends: I know many citizens I serve wonder why the Legislature is starting a special session. Even in Olympia, some people ask why the Democrats in the House of Representatives didn’t simply vote to agree with the Senate Republican budget, in order to end the 2012 session on time. Some wonder: If three Democratic Senators could support and pass the Senate Republican budget, why couldn’t Democrats in the House support it? I can only speak for myself. It is … Continue reading

Ryu bill on special-needs transportation clears House

February 10, 2012

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OLYMPIA—The statewide council responsible for coordinating special-needs transportation may live beyond June, if the state Senate follows the lead of Rep. Cindy Ryu and the House of Representatives. The House voted 56-41 on Friday for Ryu’s proposal to expand, reform and permanently reauthorize the Agency Council on Coordinated Transportation (ACCT), which would otherwise expire on June 30. Opponents of the bill argued that the Legislature should allow agencies with sunset provisions to die. Ryu countered that the Agency Council on … Continue reading

House passes Neighborhood Safe Speeds Bill

January 30, 2012

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House passes Neighborhood Safe Speeds Bill

OLYMPIA—The House today voted unanimously to join AARP-Washington, the Washington State PTA and many Washington cities in calling for quick enactment of the Neighborhood Safe Speeds Bill. The proposal by state Rep. Cindy Ryu (D-Shoreline) would allow local governments to lower speed limits to 20 miles per hour on non-arterial roads without conducting expensive traffic studies. “Today’s vote is a big step toward helping local governments save lives and tax dollars by giving them more local control over the future … Continue reading

House unanimously approves Ryu bill to expand opportunities in cosmetology

January 27, 2012

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OLYMPIA—The state House of Representatives today unanimously agreed with state Rep. Cindy Ryu that online learning opportunities would greatly expand college and job opportunities for Washingtonians who are considering careers in cosmetology, barbering and related fields. “Fields like cosmetology and manicuring are perfect examples of how the Internet could help students get through college coursework and into jobs more quickly,” said Ryu (D-Shoreline). “It could help students with work and family commitments to earn degrees more quickly, reduce travel time … Continue reading

Ryu bill to save traveler-rescue services passes House unanimously

January 23, 2012

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OLYMPIA—When travelers are stricken by serious injuries, earthquakes or threats to their safety from volatile political situations overseas, they often turn to companies like Global Rescue for help that can rescue them from harm.  But when Global Rescue needed regulatory relief to continue operating affordably in Washington State, they turned to Rep. Cindy Ryu for help. Today, Ryu (D-Shoreline) led unanimous House passage of a measure that aims to protect traveler-rescue services in Washington from being buried beneath costly new … Continue reading

Ryu calls for annual Patient Safety Day observance

January 9, 2012

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OLYMPIA—In an effort to highlight awareness of medical errors and health-care caused infections that kill nearly 100,000 Americans annually, state Rep. Cindy Ryu (D-Shoreline) wants to establish an annual Patient Safety Day in Washington. The annual celebration would coincide with World Patient Safety Day, which has been celebrated each July 25 since 2001. “We could save thousands of lives and countless dollars by reducing deaths and injuries from medical errors and infections,” said Ryu. “The key is to heighten awareness … Continue reading

Rep. Cindy Ryu’s “Reaching for the American Dream” video makes White House top 20

January 6, 2012

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OLYMPIA—When the White House asked Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to tell their stories in a nationwide video challenge, state Rep. Cindy Ryu (D-Shoreline) wanted to share her experiences as a Korean-American who is pursuing the American dream and working  as a state lawmaker to help others achieve their dreams.   The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders recently announced that Ryu’s “Reaching for the American Dream” video has been selected as one of only 20 semi-finalists … Continue reading

Ryu nets appointment to key trade policy committee

July 5, 2011

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OLYMPIA—State Rep. Cindy Ryu has won an appointment to the special joint House and Senate committee that oversees trade policy for the Washington State Legislature. Ryu, who represents the 32nd District in the House of Representatives, is a former mayor of Shoreline and past President of the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce. “Rep. Ryu is opening people’s eyes to new global economic opportunities that allow even the smallest businesses to create jobs tied to international trade,” Speaker of the House Frank … Continue reading

New law promises more help to small businesses

May 10, 2011

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OLYMPIA—A new law signed by Gov. Chris Gregoire today ensures that small businesses will get upgraded services from the state Department of Commerce and Washington’s 34 Associate Development Organizations (ADOs). ADOs are designated by counties to serve as the primary local partners of the Department of Commerce in state efforts to help Washington’s businesses thrive and expand. Some ADOs serve more than one county. “Small businesses are the economic heart of local communities and they need to be at the … Continue reading

Ryu bill to fight mortgage fraud signed into law

April 20, 2011

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OLYMPIA—Gov. Chris Gregoire agrees with state Rep. Cindy Ryu that a mainstay of mortgage-fraud prosecutions in Washington needs to continue for at least five more years.  On Wednesday, Gregoire signed into law Ryu’s HB 1191, which extends the life of Washington’s mortgage lending fraud prosecution account for at least five more years. “The criminals who engage in mortgage fraud are often extremely sophisticated and ruthless, and county prosecutors need this tool to take on complex scams and bring the criminals … Continue reading

Ryu’s first law helps communities create jobs

April 15, 2011

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 OLYMPIA—Gov. Chris Gregoire today signed the first state law authored by Rep. Cindy Ryu. The law creates a new economic development tool that enables communities to invest in cutting edge research and job opportunities. Ryu’s measure, House Bill 1937, allows communities to use Local Improvement District funding to finance local research laboratories, training centers, and other key facilities that are built in Innovation Partnership Zones.  “I’m proud that my first law focuses on a new way to help communities create … Continue reading

Cindy Ryu Statement on the Introduction of House Bill 2078

April 11, 2011

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On Monday, 11 freshman Democratic state representatives introduced House Bill 2078, which reduces preferential tax breaks in order to provide $170 million in 2011-13 for K-3 class size reduction. Thirty-six other Democrats have since joined the effort. Rep. Cindy Ryu (D-Shoreline), one of the original sponsors of House Bill 2078, issued the following statement. Today I am announcing that I and ten other freshman Democratic Representatives are proposing House Bill 2078. It seeks to raise roughly $170 million to reduce … Continue reading

Ryu fraud-fighting bill passes Legislature, heads to Governor

April 8, 2011

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OLYMPIA—State Rep. Cindy Ryu’s effort to preserve a key component of state and local efforts to combat mortgage fraud has cleared the final legislative hurdle and now only needs the signature of Gov. Chris Gregoire to become law. On Thursday, the Senate voted 47-1 for Ryu’s proposal to cancel the scheduled July termination of Washington’s mortgage fraud prosecution account and extend its life to the end of June, 2016. The House voted 97-0 for the measure earlier in the legislative … Continue reading

Ryu economic development bill heads to the Governor

April 5, 2011

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OLYMPIA—Communities in Washington could soon have new opportunities to invest in cutting-edge economic development and job-creation strategies. The state Senate voted unanimously Monday for a proposal by Rep. Cindy Ryu (D-Shoreline) to allow communities to invest in local research laboratories, training centers, and other key facilities that are built in Innovation Partnership Zones (IPZs). “Innovation Partnership Zones are already responsible for creating and keeping thousands of cutting-edge jobs in Washington, but I know communities can achieve even more if they … Continue reading

House unanimously passes Ryu bill to spur broader economic development efforts

March 1, 2011

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Bill aims to increase help for small businesses OLYMPIA—The House of Representatives agrees with Rep. Cindy Ryu that the state Department of Commerce should ask Washington’s 34 Associate Development Organizations (ADOs) to provide more help to small businesses in every part of the counties they serve. The House voted 98-0 for Ryu’s House Bill 1916, which seeks to expand the development organizations’ outreach to small business. Counties designate ADOs to serve as the Department of Commerce’s primary partner in local … Continue reading

32nd District lawmakers to hold town hall meeting

March 1, 2011

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OLYMPIA –Sen. Maralyn Chase and Reps. Ruth Kagi and Cindy Ryu will host a special 32nd District town hall meeting in Lake Forest Park on Saturday, March 12 at the Third Place Commons. The three lawmakers will provide an update on the 2011 Legislative Session and invite residents to share their comments and questions about the most important issues facing 32nd District families, businesses and communities. The event is free and open to the public. The 2011 Legislative Session began … Continue reading

Ryu’s fraud-fighting bill wins unanimous House approval

February 26, 2011

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OLYMPIA—State Rep. Cindy Ryu reached a major milestone today in her effort to save Washington’s Mortgage Lending Fraud Prosecution Account. The House of Representatives voted 97-0 for Ryu’s proposal to cancel the scheduled July termination of the fraud-fighting account and extend its life to the end of June, 2016. “Criminals continue to prey on Washington’s residents with a variety of mortgage fraud schemes,” said Ryu (D-Shoreline), who represents the 32nd District. “Local prosecutors would not have the resources to pursue … Continue reading

Ryu earns the 2011 President’s Award from the Korean American Bar Association

February 22, 2011

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 OLYMPIA—The Korean American Bar Association (KABA) of Washington has bestowed its 2011 President’s Award to State Rep. Cindy Ryu, the first Korean-American woman to serve in the Washington State House of Representatives. The coveted award is presented annually to an individual whose accomplishments have advanced the interests of Korean-Americans at large, but in particular those residing in the state of Washington. “Receiving this award from KABA and its President, Jerry Chiang, is an honor I will cherish for the rest … Continue reading

House passes Ryu bill to help cities save lives and money

February 7, 2011

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Unanimous vote makes Ryu the first freshman to pass a bill from the House in 2011 OLYMPIA—The House voted unanimously today for a proposal by state Rep. Cindy Ryu that would allow local governments to lower speed limits to 20 miles per hour on non-arterial roads without conducting expensive traffic studies. The 92-0 vote for House Bill 1217 made Ryu (D-Shoreline) the first freshman lawmaker to pass a bill from the House of Representatives in the 2011 session. “I’m very … Continue reading

Kagi, Ryu bill to encourage cooperative planning for Point Wells development

January 18, 2011

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OLYMPIA — To promote consistent, orderly urban development, state Reps. Ruth Kagi, D-Lake Forest Park, and Cindy Ryu, D-Shoreline, have introduced legislation to ensure that Snohomish County, the City of Shoreline and the Town of Woodway will work cooperatively in addressing the impact of development at Point Wells, an unincorporated area on the north side of the Snohomish-King County border. Newly re-zoned for urban-center land use by Snohomish County, Point Wells currently is an industrial site that developers hope to … Continue reading

Rep. Cindy Ryu’s maiden speech honors Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 18, 2011

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January 17, 2011 OLYMPIA—State Rep. Cindy Ryu today devoted her first speech in the House of Representatives to honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ryu (D-Shoreline), who serves the 32nd Legislative District, said that she and many other lawmakers would not be in the Legislature if Dr. King’s dream had died with him. She is the first Korean-American woman to serve in the state Legislature. Ryu quoted a Korean translation of a line from Dr. … Continue reading

Cindy Ryu makes history in Olympia

January 11, 2011

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Ryu is the first Korean-American woman to serve in the Washington State Legislature Jan. 11, 2011 OLYMPIA—History was made in the Washington state capitol on Jan. 10 when Cindy Ryu took the oath of office and officially became the state representative for the 32nd Legislative District, which includes Shoreline, Kenmore, Edmonds and other communities in North King and South Snohomish County. Ryu became the first Korean-American woman ever to serve in the Washington State Legislature. “I did not come to … Continue reading

Cindy Ryu sworn in as 32nd District Representative

January 11, 2011

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Cindy Ryu sworn in as 32nd District Representative

Jan. 11, 2011

OLYMPIA–Cindy Ryu was sworn in Jan. 10 as the new state representative for the 32nd Legislative District, which stretches across North King and South Snohomish counties and includes Shoreline, Edmonds, Lake Forest Park, and Kenmore.

“It is a wonderful honor and privilege to represent the parts of the state I love best, where I’ve lived and worked and raised a family with my husband,” said Ryu, a Democrat.

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