Air quality study
One important achievement this year was securing $250,000 in the state operating budget for a study to determine noise, vibration, and air quality issues in our area.
Sexual Assault Kit reform updates
A few years ago, I learned that most sexual assault kits (SAKs) in our state were being stored on shelves instead of being sent to the lab for testing.
Many people have been involved in the process, but I want to highlight the work and dedication of Rep. Gina McCabe, Sens. Ann Rivers and David Frockt, U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Capt. Monica Alexander and the staff from the State Patrol, courageous survivor voices, and all of the hard working members of the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Task Force.
Here’s a brief progress report on what the $4.4 million state investment is accomplishing:
Washington awarded SAKI Grant
The U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance recently released the FY 2017 National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) award recipients. Thanks to Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s tireless efforts, Washington was granted $3 million to build on the accomplishments of the SAFE Task Force and create a holistic victim-centered approach to address the SAKs backlog by:
Half of the grant money will pay for the testing of 2,100 rape kits—that contain forensic evidence collected from a victim’s clothing and body—out of the estimated 6,000 untested kits statewide.
The other half will be spread out over three years to fund an investigative team that will travel across the state to conduct an inventory of the untested kits and will help local police departments prioritize the kits for testing.
Highline’s Puget Sound Skills Center gets a new Health Sciences building
Last month I attended the grand opening of the new Health Sciences building at the Puget Sound Skills Center. The 2015-2017 state Capital Budget included $19.4 million for this project. As it was fully funded by the state, it had no impact on the school district’s capital fund.
The new 26,500 square feet building includes:
Learn more about this amazing building in this Daily Journal of Commerce story.
Thank you for reading this e-newsletter. If you have any questions or need more information on any of the topics discussed above, please don’t hesitate to contact my office.