OLYMPIA – Yesterday, 58 members of the Washington State House of Representatives signed a resolution recognizing the importance of supporting the scientific community.
The bipartisan resolution, spearheaded by Rep. Vandana Slatter (D-Bellevue), describes the significance of scientific discovery and research in our lives, and the impact on Washington state of science and technological development.
Historically, Washington legislators have been at the forefront of supporting scientific research, helping establish national research institutions such as the National Cancer Institute, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Council on Environmental Quality.
In addition, Washington state’s economy and education system have greatly benefited from scientific discovery and technological advancement. Approximately 14,000 information and communication technology companies are located in Washington state and nearly 200,000 Washingtonians are employed in technology-related jobs. Washington state is also home to nationally recognized research universities, including the University of Washington and Washington State University.
The resolution comes in the wake of the announcement that a March for Science will be held in Seattle on Earth Day, Saturday April 22.
“It is unusual and concerning in today’s world that scientists feel compelled to march,” said Rep. Slatter. “They deserve all our voices in support of scientific discovery and evidence-based research, not only for our state’s future, but for the vitality of our democracy.”