Washington House Democrats
Dear Neighbors, The legislative session is finally over! It took us much longer than we anticipated to reach an agreement but I am pleased that we passed a bipartisan budget that makes new investments in K-12, early learning, higher education, mental health and other vital services. We were able to make these critical investments by an improved revenue forecast and $425 million in new revenue by closing tax loopholes. OPERATING BUDGET This session was a definite win for education across … Continue reading
Washington House Democrats
OLYMPIA—Justice for victims of “revenge porn” is on the horizon once Governor Inslee signs a couple of bills that received unanimous votes in both chambers. House Bill 2160, sponsored by Rep. Sharon Wylie (D-Vancouver) will provide for civil liability against any person who intentionally and without consent distributes an intimate image of another person. The other legislation, House Bill 1272, sponsored by Rep. Vincent Buys (R-Lynden), creates the crime of disclosing intimate images as a gross misdemeanor on the first … Continue reading
Rep. Tina Orwall
OLYMPIA–Last Thursday, the Washington State Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) presented the Allies in Action State Award to Rep. Tina Orwall for her continued leadership for expanding suicide prevention and mental health initiatives across Washington state. The award was presented to Orwall at her Des Moines office by Cristi Comes, AFSP-Washington State, Board of Directors Vice Chair, and Grace Finch, AFSP-Washington State Area Director. “I am honored to receive this award and grateful to work on … Continue reading
Rep. Tina Orwall
Dear Neighbors, The revenue forecast released this week projects $400 million in new revenue (you can read reports by the Seattle Times, the Everett Herald and the Associated Press), and while this is certainly welcomed news, it’s only half of the story as we still don’t know what the caseload will be. But this new information has gotten conversations started again among budget writers. I will keep you posted on any new developments regarding the state budget. Over the past … Continue reading
Rep. Tina Orwall
This morning, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a measure sponsored by Rep. Tina Orwall to test all rape kits. Under House Bill 1068, law enforcement must submit a request for testing to the crime lab within 30 days of receipt of a sexual assault examination kit. The new law also creates a task force to review best practice models for managing all aspects of sexual assault examinations and for reducing the number of existing untested rape kits. Read more about … Continue reading
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Rep. Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines) shares her thoughts on the House Operating Budget, highlighting investments in education to fund McCleary, lowering class sizes, and mental health. She also talks about the revenue package, which includes a capital gains tax, closing tax loopholes, a B&O tax but also a B&O tax credit, and internet sales.
Rep. Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines), reports that her bill to test all rape kits already had a hearing in the Senate. Her legislation on preserving DNA was also heard in the Senate this week and the Associated Press ran a story on why this is such an important issue. The measure to increase the smoking age to 21 will be heard in the Finance Committee on March 24, and she encourages people to read a report by the Institute of Medicine that includes information on the positive impact of increasing the age to 21.
AP story on DNA preservation: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/bill-would-require-post-conviction-preservation-of-dna/
IOM report on raising smoking age to 21: http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2015/TobaccoMinimumAgeReport.aspx
Watch Rep. Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines) talks about mental health issues, including suicide prevention training in higher education institutions, and suicide prevention for veterans, she also mentions a bill to help veterans at the county level get the services they need.
Rep. Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines) talks about graduation requirements, the need for reforms to our mental health system, and the reasons behind her bill on restricting the legal age for smoking.
Rep. Tina Orwall talks about some community safety bills she’s working on this session, such as rape kits that are never tested, civil liability for revenge porn offenders, and human trafficking. She says her new position as vice chair of the Public Safety Committee is a great fit for her. Lastly, she talks about this years’ priorities: education, mental health and transportation.
2014 Legislative Session Report to the 33rd District
Rep. Tina Orwall talks about four of her bills that are headed to the governor for his signature, including her suicide prevention bill, her legislation for early intervention for juvenile gun offenders, and her bill to help victims of the sex trade rebuild their lives. Rep. Tina Orwall talks about her leading policy bills, including her bill to provide evidence-based treatment for juvenile gun offenders, and her bill to vacate prostitution records for victims of the sex trade. Rep. Tina Orwall talks about the work the House is doing during round-the-clock floor action. She also introduces her intern, Twila Begay. They talk about the suicide prevention bill, HB 2315, and the experience Twila has gained by working in Rep. Orwall’s office this session. Rep. Tina Orwall discusses her current legislation, which includes two education bills, one to improve running start participation, and the other one to ensure students can receive IB credit. She also talks about a bill to help victims of the sex trade reenter society, and a bill for preserving crime-related DNA so the wrongly accused can be exonerated. Rep. Tina Orwall talks about the need to mirror federal protections for veterans and service members in our state, and about the importance of the DREAM Act for Washington students. Cristina Martinez Montano, a Kent Meridian senior, talks with Rep. Tina Orwall, about the Washington DREAM Act.