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Statements from Reps. Laurie Jinkins and Christine Kilduff on today’s announcement of federal de-certification of Western State Hospital:

“Since 2015 the Legislature has invested $380 million to increase behavioral health services and treatment capacity in our communities, as well as to address deficiencies at Western State Hospital that will improve treatment and safety for both patients and staff…. READ MORE

Slatter appointed to Future of Work Task Force

OLYMPIA – State Representative Vandana Slatter, D-Bellevue, was recently appointed to a state task force looking at issues related to changes in technology and the impact on industries and the workforce in Washington state. Continued advancements in technology, including automation,… READ MORE

How can we create more opportunity and jobs in rural Washington?

Lawmakers, local officials and stakeholders met in Port Angeles on May 10 to focus on rural economic development. From left to right: Rep. Mike Sells, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, Rep. Mike Chapman, Rep. Vandana Slatter, Rep. Steve Tharinger, Rep. Jake Fey, Rep. Tana Senn, Rep. Noel Frame and Speaker of the House Frank Chopp. Photo by Guy Bergstrom, courtesy of the House of Representatives.

Lawmakers meet with leaders and stakeholders in Port Angeles PORT ANGELES—A packed room of stakeholder and business leaders met with lawmakers from around the state to talk about boosting jobs and development in rural Washington. “The first job of leadership… READ MORE

Kilduff Passes New Laws to Fight Discrimination

OLYMPIA – Rep. Christine Kilduff, D-University Place, has led the charge on identifying and ending discrimination still on the books in Washington state. This year, Kilduff passed two new laws that take on discrimination in our property rolls and jury… READ MORE


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Putting People First: Major Progressive Policies in 2018

List of bills passed in 2018 from the Access to Democracy package
by Washington House Democrats

For years, House Democrats passed progressive policies only to see them stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate. With new leadership in the Senate this year, Democrats led the way on advancing major progressive policies to the governor’s desk. There is more... READ MORE

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Last session, the Senate GOP insisted on raising property taxes to fund education, a position that nearly led to a state government shutdown. This year, with a new majority in the Senate, Democrats passed property tax CUTS, along with expanded exemptions for seniors and veterans.

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Democrats passed new laws that PUT PEOPLE FIRST including a budget that fully funds education and cuts property taxes.


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