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More education bills approved by House before key cutoff

February 18, 2014

Washington House Democrats

More education bills approved by House before key cutoff

Another round of education bills were approved by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, the final day to consider House policy bills during the 2014 legislative session. Breakfast After the Bell HB 2536 – Sponsored by Rep. Zack Hudgins (D-Tukwila), HB 2536 creates a Breakfast After the Bell program to help students start their days of learning with adequate nutrition. Nearly half of Washington’s one million public school students are eligible for free and reduced meals at school. Nourishment plays … Continue reading

Stanford leads work toward crucial public-works funding

January 31, 2014

Rep. Derek Stanford

Stanford leads work toward crucial public-works funding

“State support for local public-works projects dropped off a cliff last year, derailing projects for cities, counties, and ports all over our state,” Rep. Derek Stanford said today. “This lack of appropriate support has halted projects that are critical to public health and job growth. We need to fix this.” Stanford is prime sponsor of a legislative proposal (House Bill 2244) to restore funds to the state’s capital budget for urgently needed public-works projects. His measure received its first public … Continue reading

Stanford Does JLARC, Part Deux

August 7, 2013

Washington House Democrats

Stanford Does JLARC, Part Deux

It goes by the beguiling moniker “JLARC,” and its raison d’être is boosting efficiency and accountability in the public sector. Doing more with less, some call it, or just plain old working smarter. But call it what you will, the fact of the matter is that taxpayer dollars simply have to be stretched as far as possible. In that good-government vein, state Rep. Derek Stanford has been reappointed to this very entity: the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Committee (JLARC) … Continue reading

Reps. Luis Moscoso & Derek Stanford – Update on Special Session II

June 13, 2013

Reps. Luis Moscoso & Derek Stanford

Reps. Luis Moscoso & Derek Stanford – Update on Special Session II

We are back at work in Olympia today.  It was certainly not our plan to still be here but, unfortunately, our education budget is still not approved. Governor Inslee made it pretty clear in his remarks this week why we’re at this impasse; both sides need to be willing to compromise and to focus on one goal – agreeing on a budget that meets our constitutional obligation to fund our kids’ education. We encourage you to click on the image below and … Continue reading

House advances environmental, natural resource legislation

March 7, 2013

Washington House Democrats

House advances environmental, natural resource legislation

Protecting our state’s quality of life is the overarching theme of several environmental and natural resource-related measures championed by House Democrats. The House has advanced a package of bills protecting people and the environment from toxic chemicals and pollution, and promoting responsible stewardship of resources. “In order to have a strong economy that supports good jobs, we have to strive for a healthy and sustainable quality of life in our state,” said Rep. Dave Upthegrove (D – Des Moines), who … Continue reading

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