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Rep. Springer proves government does work!

March 5, 2014

Washington House Democrats

Rep. Springer proves government does work!

John Bagge is a caterer from Kirkland.  He works big events, sometimes two or three days in length.  And as a caterer John isn’t allowed to provide alcohol.  He came to his State Representative, Larry Springer, a fellow small business owner.  Springer thought this current situation seemed unfair and set about to make a change. Last night, in a 44-4 vote, the Senate followed the House in passing HB 2680, allowing caterers to provide alcohol at events. “One of the … Continue reading

45th District lawmakers to host town-hall meeting in Kirkland

February 14, 2014

Washington House Democrats

45th District lawmakers to host town-hall meeting in Kirkland

Members of Washington’s 45th Legislative District delegation will host a town-hall meeting on Saturday, February 22, in Kirkland. State Sen. Andy Hill and Reps. Larry Springer and Roger Goodman will be on hand to provide updates on the 2014 session, which is currently underway, and answer questions from residents about a variety of state issues of importance to the community. The event will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology, located at 11605 … Continue reading

Are you saving for retirement?

January 30, 2014

Washington House Democrats

Are you saving for retirement?

This week, at the public hearing for HB 2474, the retirement savings bill, Rep. Springer said, “It’s safe to say this is a bold undertaking, but to deal with a looming financial crisis, we must have a bold solution.  There are 38 million Americans who retire with no money saved for retirement. Where do we think these Americans will be at age 75 or 80 when they run out of savings?  At government’s doorstep needing public assistance.” HB 2474 would … Continue reading

Children’s Day!

January 20, 2014

Washington House Democrats

Children’s Day!

Children’s Day is one of the most fun days of the legislative session! Children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren of representatives and staff are welcome on the House Floor for a special day. Rep. Springer’s grand babies, (by way of his first Legislative Assistant, Amy Ockerlander) came to visit on Children’s Day. These adorable 15 month old twins sure keep Rep. Springer and his wife, Penny, on their toes!

Rep. Springer is open for the people’s business!

January 14, 2014

Washington House Democrats

Rep. Springer is open for the people’s business!

Yesterday, the 2014 legislative session began.  Today, Rep. Springer held his first business stakeholder meeting of the session! Each week, Rep. Springer brings together a wide variety of stakeholders, from the grocer’s association, to the agriculture community to the health insurance industry.  It is an informal, conversational, open forum.  Advocates bring their questions, comments and concerns. He, and other members of the caucus listen and respond to their questions. The Representatives love it because they don’t need to schedule 25 … Continue reading

Transportation talks…moving!

November 20, 2013

Rep. Larry Springer

Having a 21st century transportation system benefits everyone in Washington.  I know it, and the people of Washington know it.  I’ve heard repeatedly from moms, dads, workers, students, senior citizens and business owners who rely on our transportation system and want the legislature to pass a revenue package that keeps our communities connected and our businesses flourishing. I want the same thing.  Five months ago the House passed a $10 billion transportation revenue package, funded mainly through a 10.5 cent … Continue reading

Smart, Effective Legislation

August 1, 2013

Washington House Democrats

Smart, Effective Legislation

Ever wonder how our state knows which programs are saving taxpayers money and which ones are ineffective? How we know whether domestic violence offender treatment works or if smaller class sizes really do make a difference in student performance? We have all of these important facts at our fingertips thanks to the Washington State Institute of Public Policy (WSIPP). And this week, Representative Ruth Kagi, D-Seattle, and Representative Larry Springer, D-Kirkland were appointed to the Washington State Institute of Public … Continue reading

45th district representatives host telephone town hall

June 25, 2013

Reps. Roger Goodman & Larry Springer

45th district representatives host telephone town hall

Last Wednesday, Representatives Larry Springer and Roger Goodman hosted a special session telephone town hall for their constituents. For an hour, the 45th District Legislators heard from many constituents on a wide variety of issues: gas taxes, education funding, state spending, higher education, state parks and much more. Click here if you would like to listen to a replay of Rep. Springer’s and Rep. Goodman’s telephone town hall.

Special times often call for Special Sessions

June 12, 2013

Larry Springer

  But a little history first. The Legislature finished on time without a special session in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and even 2009 at the beginning of the worst budget crisis in state history. As the global economic crisis deepened we had special sessions in 2010, 2011, and 2012 during which we cut our budget by more than $12 billion. Those cuts hurt. They hurt seniors, put college tuition out of reach for middle class families, cut funding for … Continue reading

The truth about taxes in Washington

April 4, 2013

Rep. Larry Springer

The truth about taxes in Washington

 Urban legends abound about any number of things, like the idea there is more nutritional value in the wrapper then there actually is in the Twinkie it wrapped.  While that myth is an amusing relic of our folklore, myths about taxes have real consequences that are not necessarily in the best interests of the residents of Washington State. We continually hear the mantra that taxes are too high and that because we have $2 billion more for this budget than … Continue reading

Bill to Aid Local Governments in Buying Local Passes House

February 27, 2013

Rep. Larry Springer

Legislation sponsored by Representative Larry Springer (D-Kirkland) that would ease restrictions on local government purchasing practices passed out of the House of Representatives on Wednesday afternoon. “This legislation helps cities and counties better serve their citizens while promoting local and small businesses,” said Springer. “I was glad to see it pass the house with bipartisan support.” HB 1268 would help local governments purchase local products by loosening restrictions on contract bidding. As the law is currently written, city and county … Continue reading

Rep. Springer Introduces Local Government Efficiency Legislation

February 6, 2013

Rep. Larry Springer

With local governments across the state struggling with budget woes, Rep. Larry Springer, D-Kirkland, is pushing a new set of bipartisan bills designed to streamline local government operations. “These efficiencies will not solve every local budget concern, but we owe it to our citizens to make sure our government is as organized and responsive to its citizens as possible,” said Springer. HB 1575 ends a requirement among county assessors to appraise public property that is tax-exempt. The primary concern in … Continue reading

House Democrats round out leadership team

November 29, 2012

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The House Democratic Caucus elected the remaining members of their leadership team today. Adding to the positions previously elected are: – Jim Moeller (Vancouver): Speaker pro tem-designate – Tina Orwall (Des Moines): Deputy Speaker pro tem-designate – Marcie Maxwell (Renton): Deputy Majority Leader for Education and Opportunity – Larry Springer (Kirkland): Deputy Majority Leader for Jobs and Economic Development – Joe Fitzgibbon (Burien): Deputy Majority Whip – Kris Lytton (Anacortes): Deputy Majority Floor Leader “We have a leadership team that … Continue reading

Springer: Time to move forward together on health care reform

June 29, 2012

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OLYMPIA—State Rep. Larry Springer hailed today’s Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act as a giant step forward toward more affordable health care. “The Supreme Court has ruled,” said Springer (D-Kirkland). “Hopefully, this decision means we can now put partisan bickering aside and find compromise to move our country forward. We need to keep working to make health care more affordable and accessible for all Americans, especially children and seniors.” Springer pointed out that Washington state has already … Continue reading

Higher-ed efficiency reforms signed into law

March 30, 2012

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OLYMPIA—A package of efficiency reforms that will enable colleges and universities to cut administrative costs and redirect savings to serving students was signed into law today by Gov. Chris Gregoire. “This is regulatory relief for college students that will cut bureaucratic costs and generate savings at every two- and four-year college in the state,” said state Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland), who sponsored the bill and led its passage through the Legislature. University of Washington President Michael Young said enactment of … Continue reading

Springer regulatory reform signed into law to protect Washington industries

March 29, 2012

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OLYMPIA—Washington industries located along the Puget Sound and other important waters dodged an expensive regulatory bullet today when Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law a new approach to protecting sensitive waters against bacteria in industrial storm water runoff. The law, sponsored by state Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland), replaces unworkable numeric limits on bacteria levels in industrial storm-water runoff with a new narrative standard that focuses on ensuring best management practices to protect sensitive waters. “This common-sense reform will protect our … Continue reading

House passes regulatory relief for colleges and universities

February 15, 2012

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OLYMPIA—State Rep. Larry Springer’s work on regulatory relief for Washington businesses and local governments could soon pay off for Washington’s cash-strapped colleges and universities. The House voted unanimously today for a package of regulatory relief for higher education that is expected to save public colleges and universities in Washington more than a million dollars. “A million dollars may not seem like much in the scale of things, but in times like these every dollar we divert from administrative costs to … Continue reading

House Democrats move priority bills before cutoff

February 14, 2012

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February 14, 2012 OLYMPIA – From foster care to health care, House Democrats are pushing forward on priority legislation this session. After today’s cutoff for House bills to clear the House, bill packages to better protect communities and create good jobs were among legislation moving forward to help Washington families. Landmark marriage equality legislation was signed on Monday and the Jobs Now proposal is exempt from cutoff. Important education legislation is coming over from the Senate. And the top session … Continue reading

Springer bill for emergency medical services passes House

February 11, 2012

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OLYMPIA—Fire chiefs, fire commissioners and front-line firefighters don’t always speak with one voice. But they were united in calling for swift passage of a bill by state Rep. Larry Springer to streamline the levy system for reauthorizing emergency medical services. Today, the House agreed, voting 70-25 to pass Springer’s measure (House Bill 2474) to allow a simple majority of voters to reauthorize six- and 10-year emergency medical services (EMS) levies. The bill preserves the supermajority requirement for passing original EMS … Continue reading

House passes Springer bill to save Washington industries from birds and small animals

February 10, 2012

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OLYMPIA—It seemed to make sense in 2009:  protect sensitive waters by mandating rigid numerical limits on how much bacteria can be discharged under the rules governing industrial storm-water permits. The problem is that the Department of Ecology failed to factor in the bacteria that birds and other small animals deposit on industrial properties.  Follow-up investigations found that the critters’ deposits were preventing the vast majority of affected industries from meeting the state standard, despite their best management and water-treatment efforts. “The … Continue reading

Larry in the News

January 4, 2012

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Highlights from recent news coverage of Larry. Sammamish legislators cast eye toward budget as session starts Larry suggest specific government reforms and describes the need for fiscal responsibility during the 2012 session, in the Jan. 2 edition of the Sammamish Review. Planning Association Names Springer Legislator of the Year Larry was recently named the “Legislator of the Year” by the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association. This link takes you to news coverage of the honor at the Redmond … Continue reading

Planning leaders name Springer “2011 Legislator of the Year”

December 9, 2011

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OLYMPIA— State Rep. Larry Springer’s leadership for new laws that help local communities save tax dollars and plan for better futures was celebrated last night by the Washington chapter of the American Planning Association (APA), which honored Springer as their 2011 Legislator of the Year. “As a former mayor of Kirkland, well known for its good planning, his long record of public service shows his understanding of and commitment to the principles of good planning,” said Jill Sterret, President of … Continue reading

House Dems plan aims to connect Boeing jobs to Washington workers

December 9, 2011

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OLYMPIA – House Democrats today released a legislative package aimed at better training and educating aerospace workers the Boeing Company and their suppliers need right now – and in the future. “With the labor deal now ratified to keep the 737 MAX airplane line in Washington, we want to take the next steps to ensure Washington workers can make careers at Boeing and related businesses,” said House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan (D-Covington.) The aerospace package – three education bills and … Continue reading

Larry Springer statement on the Wenatchee Bridge Loan

December 5, 2011

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Dec. 5, 2011 The Washington House of Representatives today voted 56-33 to provide a $42 million bridge loan to the Wenatchee Public Facilities District to respond to a bond default. House Bill 2145 also includes provisions to ensure that the state treasury is repaid in full, with interest, for the loan. Following is the statement of Rep. Larry Springer, D-Kirkland, on House Bill 2145. Springer is Deputy Majority Floor Leader for Jobs & Economic Development in the House of Representatives, … Continue reading

State House Democrats applaud news of Renton landing the 737 MAX, contract deal

November 30, 2011

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OLYMPIA – No one knows airplanes better, and no region of the world builds them better, than Washington State. That’s the message House Democrats in Olympia conveyed as news broke of a tentative deal between Boeing and its machinists’ union, leading to the announcement that Renton will be the home of the new 737 MAX. Pointing to the economic benefits the 737 MAX project will bring to communities in Washington, and especially in South King County, House Majority Leader Pat … Continue reading

Springer law brings fiscal relief to cities and counties across Washington

May 16, 2011

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OLYMPIA—Help is on the way to Washington cities and counties, which are struggling to maintain services during the economic downturn without piling on additional taxes. Gov. Chris Gregoire today signed a pair of bills proposed by Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland) that will give local governments immediate relief from costly state mandates and provide more flexibility in how they can use existing revenues. “Local leaders and citizens throughout the state asked for alternatives to slashing services or raising taxes, and we … Continue reading

Springer bill to speed homeless services signed into law

May 3, 2011

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OLYMPIA—A new law signed today by Gov. Chris Gregoire will streamline and strengthen state privacy rules in order to speed housing and other assistance to the homeless. “The faster we can connect people who are homeless with the services they need, the sooner we can stabilize their situation and put them on the path to housing and a better life,” said Larry Springer (D-Kirkland), the lead sponsor of the new law (HB 1811). Springer’s bill allows personally identifying information about … Continue reading

Legislature approves Springer’s REET Flexibility Bill

April 8, 2011

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OLYMPIA—Washington’s lawmakers agree with Rep. Larry Springer that cash-strapped local governments need an alternative to raising taxes or seeing parks and facilities fall into disrepair. The Senate today passed a Springer proposal dubbed the REET Flexibility Bill, which allows cities and counties to use up to $1 million of their existing Real Estate Excise Tax collections to pay for the maintenance and operation of parks and other facilities. State law currently requires those taxes to be used to finance new … Continue reading

House passes Springer local-government relief package

March 5, 2011

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OLYMPIA—A former mayor of Kirkland is leading the charge to replace state mandates on local governments with taxpayer-friendly choices that can help communities grow and weather the remainder of the economic downturn. On Friday, the House passed a trio of bills introduced by state Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland) to ease growth challenges and fiscal crises that are impacting local budgets. Fiscal relief for cities and counties Springer’s Fiscal Relief for Cities and Counties bill (HB 1478) sailed through the House … Continue reading

Unprecedented L&I reform package to save millions, prevent harm to workers

March 5, 2011

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OLYMPIA – In a sweeping reform package for the state Department of Labor &  Industries (L&I), the House passed new efficiency and oversight measures adding flexibility for employers and injured workers, and stricter accident prevention enforcement.  In total, the package potentially saves the workers’ compensation system tens of millions of dollars each year and drive down employer premiums. The changes come in the wake of an overhaul to the state unemployment insurance forged with broad bi-partisan participation. “That same spirit … Continue reading

45th District legislators to hold town hall in Woodinville

February 23, 2011

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OLYMPIA…Residents of the 45th Legislative District will have the opportunity to speak with State Sen. Andy Hill of Redmond and Reps. Larry Springer and Roger Goodman of Kirkland during a town hall on Saturday, March 12. The meeting will run from 10:30 a.m. until noon in the council chambers at Woodinville City Hall. The three legislators are eager to answer questions and share their thoughts on the current legislative session, now under way in Olympia. Each welcomes ideas and input … Continue reading

House gives businesses a break and workers a bump

February 9, 2011

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OLYMPIA—With an unprecedented unanimous vote, the House of Representatives approved legislation today to provide timely tax relief for businesses and much needed help for jobless workers. “With an Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund of $2.5 billion, it became very clear that we needed to do something that benefits the businesses that have paid into it, and the workers who are unemployed,” said Rep. Mike Sells (D-Everett), who Chairs the Labor and Workforce Development Committee and sponsored HB 1091. “We’re One Washington, … Continue reading

House passes Springer bill to allow fundraising by public hospitals

February 7, 2011

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OLYMPIA—The House voted unanimously today to pass a law proposed by state Rep. Larry Springer that would give public hospitals clear legal authority to accept gifts and engage in fundraising. “You can imagine the shock at Evergreen Hospital and other public hospitals when the state auditor found that they lacked the legal authority to do the kinds of fundraising they’ve done for years,” said Springer (D-Kirkland).  “I think it’s particularly important to be sensitive to the needs of these districts … Continue reading

Springer idea could slash Kirkland annexation costs

January 31, 2011

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 OLYMPIA—Counting the people who will be added to the City of Kirkland by the June 1 annexation of the Juanita, Finn Hill and Kingsgate areas will cost Kirkland taxpayers an estimated $225,000. But much of that money could be saved if the Legislature listens to Rep. Larry Springer and allows the count to be based on the new federal census. “Why not use the data generated by the federal government to help with that count?,” asked Springer (D-Kirkland). “At a … Continue reading

Springer calls for protections against abuses of eminent domain

January 19, 2011

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OLYMPIA—State lawmakers should prohibit government from seizing private property and transferring it to developers in order to boost economic development and tax receipts, witnesses told the House Judiciary Committee today. They were testifying for a bill proposed by state Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland) that would impose a statewide ban on using eminent domain for private economic development. “There are appropriate uses of the power of eminent domain, but taking private property and turning it over to developers for the sake … Continue reading

House Democrats: Deputy Majority Leaders to focus on top agenda areas

January 11, 2011

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OLYMPIA – On the first day of what most observers believe will be a very challenging Legislative session, House Democrats elected two Deputy Majority Leaders to coordinate and focus caucus action in two areas key to Washington’s future: education and opportunity, and jobs and economic development. “The persistent recession is consuming much of the legislature’s time and focus, as it must,” said Majority Leader Pat Sullivan (D-Covington). “But we also must have a vision for what kind of state we … Continue reading

Time to raise fuel efficiency standards

November 19, 2010

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Our changing climate, the hundreds of billions of dollars sent overseas to pay for imported oil, and the devastated shores of the Gulf of Mexico and the Kalamazoo River are all examples of why we must put a stop to our dangerous over-dependence on oil. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced their intent to work on fuel economy and global warming pollution standards for vehicles in model years 2017 to 2025. Implementing stronger … Continue reading