Rep. Reuven Carlyle

Bipartisan group of lawmakers seeks to replace death penalty with life in prison without parole

January 26, 2015

Washington House Democrats

Bipartisan group of lawmakers seeks to replace death penalty with life in prison without parole

OLYMPIA – A bipartisan group of state lawmakers introduced a bill today that would replace the death penalty in Washington state with a sentence of life in prison without parole. House Bill 1739, sponsored by Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) and co-sponsored by Reps. Maureen Walsh (R-Walla Walla), Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines) and Chad Magendanz (R-Issaquah), would also require the convicted individual to work to pay restitution to victims and their families. “We realize this is a painfully difficult and profoundly serious public … Continue reading

Session begins, please take my survey

January 19, 2015

Rep. Reuven Carlyle

Session begins, please take my survey

Dear Friend, Welcome to the 2015 Legislative Session in Olympia! As a part-time citizen legislator I work hard to ensure that your voice in state government is heard. We all know that the wide range of important public policy issues facing our state this session is historic, and now more than ever it’s important to speak out. As chair of the tax-writing House Finance Committee I am working hard to improve our broken, unfair and economically inefficient tax structure. As … Continue reading

House passes Carlyle reform to end secrecy for tax prefences

February 19, 2014

Rep. Reuven Carlyle

Speech on the House floor shortly before the passage of House Bill 2201: Excerpt of the blog post (The moral hazard of tax preference secrecy) on this issue: How much do Washington state taxpayers spend on tax preferences, how much financial value in tax preferences does a company receive, and how much do these companies actually pay in state taxes to put it all in context? The uncomfortable reality is that we do not know how many tax dollars are being … Continue reading

Lawmakers host 36th District Legislative Action Day

February 7, 2014

Rep. Reuven Carlyle

Lawmakers host 36th District Legislative Action Day

The time has come for the annual 36th District Legislative Action Day in Olympia. If there is an issue being discussed this session that you would like to weigh in on, or if there is something you would like to bring to the attention of your legislators, come to Olympia on Monday, Feb. 17th, for the chance to meet with Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Representatives Reuven Carlyle and Gael Tarleton to get your voice heard. “Your ideas and comments are … Continue reading

House passes Moter Voter for students by Rep. Bergquist

January 27, 2014

Rep. Steve Bergquist

House passes Moter Voter for students by Rep. Bergquist

Here are highlights from today’s floor debate about House Bill 1279, which would allow high-school students to register to vote—using the successful Motor Voter program – when they apply for their driver’s license. The legislation by Rep. Steve Bergquist (D-Renton) passed 54-42-0-2. Remarks by Rep. Bergquist Remarks by Rep. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) Remarks by Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane)

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