Rep. David Sawyer
In what one member called a righting of past wrongs, the Senate gave final legislative approval March 5 to a bill that allows tribal members to clear their state criminal records if they were convicted of fishing violations before a federal court ruled that what they were doing actually was legal under federal treaties. “It is incumbent on us as a society to admit that we were wrong previously — and that we are righting those wrongs,” Sen. Bob Hasegawa, … Continue reading
Washington House Democrats
With a boost from House Speaker Frank Chopp, state Rep. David Sawyer of Tacoma is in line to help provide intervention and services to better the lives of infants and toddlers with disabilities. Sawyer has been nominated by Chopp to serve on the State Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and their Families, formerly (and still officially) known as the Birth-to-Six Interagency Coordinating Council. Gov. Inslee makes the formal appointment on the advice of the Speaker. The … Continue reading
Rep. David Sawyer
Published in the Tacoma News Tribune, April 25, 2013 Families are suffering, and opportunities for our most vulnerable and low-income families have been slowly diminishing in Washington. For the past few years, WorkFirst, the state’s initiative for helping low-income parents find and keep jobs, has suffered round after round of crippling cuts. When President Bill Clinton signed welfare reform into law back in 1996, the federal government handed states the responsibility of helping the poorest Americans meet basic needs and … Continue reading
Rep. David Sawyer has introduced two measures – House bills 1495 and 1496 – making it clear that state wildlife officials must respect the treaty rights of tribal hunters. In an interview with Northwest Sportsman magazine, Sawyer said: These are rights that already exist, and we need to recognize that as people of our word. Click here to read the full article on the bills.