Rep. Sam Hunt

Week 10 Update: Voter registration, educational opportunity and increasing the smoking age

March 23, 2015

Rep. Sam Hunt

Week 10 Update: Voter registration, educational opportunity and increasing the smoking age

Democracy for the people, by the people! You may have heard that this week Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed a bill into law that will automatically register people to vote when they renew their driver’s license. Increasing voter turnout assures that democracy represents people, not corporate interests. House Democrats are working on legislation to increase voter registration in Washington state. House Bill 1294 allows 16- and 17-year-olds to preregister to vote when they get their driver’s license. The teens would not be … Continue reading

Week 8 Update: Passing the state Voting Rights Act, strengthening families and the middle class

March 6, 2015

Rep. Sam Hunt

Week 8 Update: Passing the state Voting Rights Act, strengthening families and the middle class

Washington Voting Rights Act clears the House 50 years after Martin Luther King’s march from Selma to Montgomery, and 50 years after passage of the federal Voting Rights Act, there are still communities in Washington that struggle to make their voices heard in local elections. When our electoral system disenfranchises any individual or group, it undermines the very core of our democracy. The City of Yakima recently lost a lawsuit under the federal Voting Rights Act because polarized voting was … Continue reading

Washington Voting Rights Act Passes House

March 5, 2015

Washington House Democrats

Washington Voting Rights Act Passes House

Thursday, March 5, 2015 Washington Voting Rights Act Passes House OLYMPIA – The House of Representatives approved the Washington Voting Rights Act today with bipartisan support. The bill, sponsored by Representative Luis Moscoso (D-Mountlake Terrace), would help ensure fair and equitable elections without the need for federal intervention. “I believe that, just like 50 years ago, it is time for us to make history today,” said Moscoso. “All Washingtonians must have the opportunity to participate in local decisions.” The legislation … Continue reading

Week 6 Update: An outdated and broken tax system, the minumum wage and carbon pricing

February 20, 2015

Rep. Sam Hunt

Week 6 Update: An outdated and broken tax system, the minumum wage and carbon pricing

This week’s newsletter features three important “hot button” topics: the state’s outdated tax structure, minimum wage, and carbon pricing. Washington ranks 35th in the country in the combined total of state and local taxes paid and has the most regressive state tax system in the nation. I hope you will take a few minutes and watch Representative Reuven Carlyle’s video explanation of Washington taxes. Rep. Carlyle chairs the House Finance Committee and is one of the state’s leading experts on … Continue reading

Week 4 Update: Signing up for health insurance, closing the opportunity gap and funding early learning

February 6, 2015

Rep. Sam Hunt

Week 4 Update: Signing up for health insurance, closing the opportunity gap and funding early learning

Hello neighbors, Today is Day 30 of the 105-day legislative session and time seems to be accelerating here on the Capitol Campus as we approach the last push to vote policy bills out before they “die.” Next Friday is our policy committee cutoff. This means Feb. 20 is the last day for House policy bills to be voted out of House policy committees or the bills do not progress any further in the legislative process. As I mentioned in my … Continue reading

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