Rep. Kristine Lytton
Deputy Majority Floor Leader

As 2014 legislative season ends, education funding remains key

March 21, 2014

Rep. Kristine Lytton

As 2014 legislative season ends, education funding remains key

The short 60-day legislative session that concluded last week in Olympia was remarkable for a number of reasons. For one thing, we adjourned on time. As our state grows more complex and our population continues to increase – with corresponding demands for a range of government services – it becomes more and more challenging to neatly wrap up a full year’s worth of the people’s business in two months, or even in the 105 days allotted for odd-numbered years. While … Continue reading

Rep. Kristine Lytton talks about cut-off, collaboration and communication in new “Capitol Ideas” interview

February 25, 2014

Washington House Democrats

Rep. Kristine Lytton talks about cut-off, collaboration and communication in new “Capitol Ideas” interview

In the latest “Capitol Ideas” audio podcast, Rep. Kristine Lytton goes behind the scenes to explain some arcane legislative terms and practices, and talks about what has and hasn’t happened at this point in the short 2014 session. You can subscribe to “Capitol Ideas” here, or on iTunes. 

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

Rep. Kristine Lytton named Legislator of the Year by U.S. Humane Society

February 3, 2014

Washington House Democrats

Rep. Kristine Lytton named Legislator of the Year by U.S. Humane Society

State Rep. Kristine Lytton has been given the U.S. Humane Society Legislator of the Year Award for successfully brokering a resolution to years of conflict between Washington ranchers and the gray wolves that began returning to the state two decades ago. The Anacortes Democrat shares the award with Bainbridge Island Sen. Christine Rolfes.  The goal of their work was to find non-lethal solutions to the expansion of the wolf populations, solutions that could assure ranchers and other rural landowners that … Continue reading

Rep. Lytton to help oversee efforts to improve failing schools

July 26, 2013

Rep. Kristine Lytton

Rep. Kristine Lytton has been named a charter member of Washington’s Education Accountability Oversight Committee.  The bipartisan panel will monitor implementation of a new law approved during the 2013 legislative session that is designed to help persistently failing public schools improve their performance through support, guidance and, if necessary, direct intervention by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). The new law, largely drafted by former school director Lytton, directs OSPI to develop criteria to determine which schools … Continue reading

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