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Rep. Tarleton: Give fish a chance

January 21, 2015

Washington House Democrats

Rep. Tarleton: Give fish a chance

OLYMPIA – Rep. Gael Tarleton (D-Ballard) introduced a bill, HB 1162, that would limit the use of suction dredging in Washington rivers and streams. Suction dredges are aquatic vacuums used by miners to collect and sort precious metals at the bottom of river beds. The practice can harm fish habitats and their spawning grounds. Suction dredging is mostly unregulated in Washington state. Tarleton’s bill would require the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to establish a workgroup and study the … Continue reading

Mandatory paid vacation introduced in the House

January 20, 2015

Washington House Democrats

Mandatory paid vacation introduced in the House

OLYMPIA – Rep. Gael Tarleton (D-Ballard) introduced a bill, HB 1163, that will require most public and private employers in Washington to provide paid vacation leave for qualifying workers. “It’s time we bring fairness and equality back to the workplace,” said Tarleton. “As a society, employees are increasingly overworked and are not seeing the benefits from a growing economy, especially if they’re working multiple jobs to earn a living and take care of their families.” Under the proposal, a minimum … Continue reading

Tarleton elected Deputy Majority Floor Leader

January 14, 2015

Washington House Democrats

Tarleton elected Deputy Majority Floor Leader

OLYMPIA – Rep. Gael Tarleton (D-Ballard) was elected Deputy Majority Floor Leader by her peers in the House Democratic Caucus today. “We face many challenges this session, but I’m ready to do my part to ensure we fund kids and teachers, and support healthy communities and economic opportunities for all Washingtonians,” said Tarleton. The Deputy Floor Leader assists the Majority Floor Leader in managing which bills come up for a vote and structuring the debate in the House. In addition … Continue reading

Lawmakers elect Tarleton, Bergquist, Ryu, Riccelli and McBride to leadership

January 14, 2015

Washington House Democrats

Lawmakers elect Tarleton, Bergquist, Ryu, Riccelli and McBride to leadership

OLYMPIA — House Democrats elected a wide mix of lawmakers to posts in leadership: three women and two men, an experienced lawmaker from Spokane and a freshmen from Federal Way. Deputy Floor Leaders: Rep. Gael Tarleton (D-Ballard) and Rep. Steve Bergquist (D-Renton). As deputy floor leaders, Tarleton and Bergquist will help shepherd legislation on the floor the House of Representatives, where all 98 lawmakers have the final say on bills before they go to the Senate or to the governor’s … Continue reading

Puget Sound Business Journal: Feds approve Seattle-Tacoma Seaport Alliance

December 4, 2014

Rep. Gael Tarleton

Puget Sound Business Journal: Feds approve Seattle-Tacoma Seaport Alliance

The Seaport Alliance is a historic milestone for our state. This joint effort by the two ports will define how to best serve the community and respond to the global economy of the 21st century. I am thrilled at this opportunity to show how public ports negotiate as equal partners with private shippers and of the federal government’s approval to move forward. The ports of Seattle and Tacoma have won federal approval to start technical negotiations to form the Seaport … Continue reading

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Seattle’s Working Waterfront

The city of Seattle cherishes its connections to the water – it’s all around us. The state legislature created a taskforce on maritime and manufacturing industries, which I co-chair.

This bipartisan, bicameral group is exploring what we need to do to hold onto the jobs and industrial lands for our maritime and fishing companies. Protecting our waterfront will provide our communities with sustainable fisheries, a healthy environment and future economic opportunities we can depend on.

This is why I love our working waterfront:

This segment shows the working waterfront and what it means for the future of our children and the many jobs that are part of maritime and manufacturing sectors:

Economic Resilience of Maritime and Manufacturing Taskforce covers several core sectors including fishing and seafood processing, ship and boat building, maritime logistics, military security and federal operations support, passenger water transportation and tourism.

This link includes information on the Taskforce, upcoming public meetings and work sessions and the Final Work Plan, which maps out the work of the Taskforce.

Below is also a list of Economic Impact Studies for an in-depth look at varying sectors in the Maritime Industry and their tremendous contributions to our state’s economy:
Port of Seattle
Port of Tacoma
WA State Maritime Cluster Impact Study
City of Seattle Maritime Cluster
Commercial Fishing Industry

Additional Resources on the Working Waterfront and Maritime & Manufacturing Industries:
National Working Waterfront Network
Sea Grant Washington
Department of Commerce Maritime Industry