Rep. Kevin Van De Wege

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House OKs elections bills highlighting fairness, efficiency

January 27, 2014

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House OKs elections bills highlighting fairness, efficiency

Equity, common sense emphasized in voting measures sent over to the Senate  The state House of Representatives today approved plans for major improvements in the elections system. Aimed at helping turn the “one person-one vote” American dream into a reality for every Washingtonian, five elections bills cleared the House and were sent on to the Senate. Although rights don’t come much more American than voting, far too many citizens today are systematically and systemically denied a fair shake at marking … Continue reading

Statement from Rep. Kevin Van De Wege on House passage of the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act

January 22, 2014

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Statement from Rep. Kevin Van De Wege on House passage of the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act

“For the third time, a majority of the state House agreed that we don’t have to choose between our families’ health and their safety. The Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act bans the use of six different toxic chemicals found in common household products under the veil of ‘fire safety’. This list includes Tris – a known carcinogen. Studies show that these chemicals actually make household fires more lethal by increasing the toxicity in the smoke inhaled by firefighters, first responders … Continue reading

Reps. Van De Wege, Tharinger accepting page applications for 2014 legislative session

December 20, 2013

Reps. Van De Wege and Tharinger

Reps. Van De Wege, Tharinger accepting page applications for 2014 legislative session

Do you know a young person interested in expanding their civic education or public service? Representatives Kevin Van De Wege (D- Sequim) and Steve Tharinger (D- Dungeness) are now accepting page applications for the coming legislative session that begins in January and runs until mid-March. “Students are learning about Washington state government and the legislative process in their classrooms each day,” said Rep. Van De Wege. “Taking part in the page program is a great way for young people to … Continue reading

Inching towards a budget agreement

June 21, 2013

Reps. Van De Wege and Tharinger

State budget writers are inching closer to an agreement that will hopefully be presented to legislators for approval next week.  Time is of the essence – the fiscal year ends June 30. We are fighting for a budget that takes a good step toward funding education without rigging the system against seniors, kids, and people with disabilities. The negotiators received two shots of good news this week: ·         The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council reported they expect $231 million more … Continue reading

Van De Wege, Tharinger schedule Port Townsend, Sequim town hall meetings

April 8, 2013

House Democrats

Van De Wege, Tharinger schedule Port Townsend, Sequim town hall meetings

As the lawmakers turn their focus to writing the operating budget for the coming biennium, State Representatives Kevin Van De Wege (D-Sequim) and Steve Tharinger (D-Dungeness) are making a last-minute swing through the Northern Olympic Peninsula to solicit input from their constituents. The lawmakers will be holding two town hall meetings on Wednesday, April 10th. The first will be at the Port Townsend Community Center from 4:00-5:00 PM. The second will be held at the Sequim Library from 6:30-7:30 PM. … Continue reading

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Rep. Van De Wege talks to Blue Heron Middle School kids
Rep. Van De Wege and Blue Heron Middle School kids
Rep Kevin Van De Wege and Rep Steve Tharinger talks with kids from Blue Heron Middle School