Rep. Tina Orwall

Rep. Orwall’s e-Newsletter for April 17, 2015

April 17, 2015

Rep. Tina Orwall

Rep. Orwall’s e-Newsletter for April 17, 2015

Dear Neighbors, We are in the 14th week of session and have passed the deadline for policy bills to pass out of the opposite house.  I’m pleased that my bills that were heard in the Senate have been passed. In addition to negotiations on the Operating budget and Capital budget, work is being done on Transportation.  We have passed our House Transportation Revenue Package that would make important investments in our community including work on SR 167/SR 405 and SR … Continue reading

Orwall’s DNA bills headed to Inslee’s desk

April 14, 2015

Rep. Tina Orwall

Orwall’s DNA bills headed to Inslee’s desk

OLYMPIA—Two measures relating to DNA evidence were approved by the Senate and are on their way to Gov. Inslee’s desk for his signature. Justice isn’t very well served when more than 6,000 rape kits are currently sitting on police department shelves across the state with no testing date in sight. But that’s about to change thanks to a measure requiring that all sexual examination kits be tested going forward. The main reason given for not testing these kits is that … Continue reading

Rep. Orwall’s e-Newsletter for April 8, 2015

April 8, 2015

Rep. Tina Orwall

Rep. Orwall’s e-Newsletter for April 8, 2015

Dear Neighbors, We are in week 13 of the legislative session and I am very thankful to report that all of my bills that passed the House have also been passed out of Senate Committees and are just waiting to be scheduled for Floor votes. The House and Senate have each passed operating budget proposals.  In my last newsletter I talked about some highlights of the House budget, which include key investments in early learning, K-12, and higher education (tuition … Continue reading

Ask Tina 5: Food assistance & tax on vaping products

April 7, 2015

Rep. Tina Orwall

Ask Tina 5: Food assistance & tax on vaping products

Rep. Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines) responds to constituent e-mails regarding food assistance programs, and saying that the House budget provides ample funding for them. The second e-mail is about taxing e-cigarettes and vaping products. Orwall says she understands the concern and recognizes that some people are quitting smoking by using these products, she is worried, however, that at their current price point youth are more able to get access to them.

Rep. Orwall’s e-Newsletter for March 30, 2015

March 30, 2015

Rep. Tina Orwall

Rep. Orwall’s e-Newsletter for March 30, 2015

Dear Neighbors, After years of budget cuts and tough economic times, I am proud that the budget proposed by the House last Friday makes real investments in the future of our economy and well-being of our children, families and communities. With this budget, we are supporting an economy that works for everyone, and asking everyone to pay their fair share. Highlights included in the House Democratic Budget Proposal: $3.2 billion – Additional K-12 spending, a 21% increase in funding over … 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.

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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.

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