Washington State House Democrats


E-newsletter: News from Olympia during a busy week

Hello from Olympia!

We are wrapping up our fourth week of the 2018 Legislative Session. It has been a busy week as we are approaching policy committee cutoff – the first of many legislative deadlines designed to keep us on track during this 60 day session. I am proud of what we have accomplished so far this session. The following newsletter provides as an update on some of the work we have done.

Protecting net neutrality, internet privacy


A pair of bills working their way through the House would protect net neutrality and consumers’ internet privacy in our state. House Bill 2282, which I co-sponsored, advanced out of committee this week. It would ensure that under the state’s consumer protection authority, Washington would continue to safeguard net neutrality for consumers despite the Federal Communications Commission’s rollback of these protections last month. Specifically, the bill protects consumers from:

  • Blocking of lawful content by internet service providers;
  • “Throttling,” or slowing down, of lawful content by internet service providers; and
  • Favoring of certain content over others by internet service providers due to special deals (“paid prioritization”)

Also under consideration is House Bill 2200, which prevents Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from using customers’ private information – such as browsing and search history – to market to them without their consent. This bill passed the House three times last year on a strong bipartisan basis, only to fail to advance in the Senate. With the new leadership in the Senate, the chances of its success this year are much better.

Life is about second chances


The revolving door of prison can be hard to escape – once you have been arrested or convicted, there are far-reaching consequences that can make it hard to succeed. One of the barriers that people face is trying to get a job with a criminal record.

Under current law, most job applications include a box you have to check if you have a criminal record. The application doesn’t ask for an explanation or any details on the circumstances surrounding your arrest or conviction. When employers see that box checked, they generally don’t call the applicant back for an interview.

I believe everyone should get a fair chance to tell their story. Everyone should have the opportunity to earn a living and provide for their families.

That is why I am supporting the Fair Chance Act, which would prohibit employers from asking about an applicant’s criminal background until after the employer initially determines that the applicant is otherwise qualified for the position. The bill includes exemptions, such as financial institutions, law enforcement agencies and jobs that involve working with children or vulnerable people.

This legislation is good policy; it reduces recidivism and helps local economies. Currently, 29 states and over 100 local jurisdictions already have some version of this law in their books.

Meet Daniel Lugo – Our New Legislative Assistant

Daniel Lugo

Please meet Daniel Lugo, my new legislative assistant! Daniel graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a degree in Political Science and also received his minor in Law, Societies, and Justice. Daniel fervently believes in the pursuit of equity for all. Through his lived experience as a foster care alumni, Daniel knows how essential it is that all individuals be treated with true dignity and respect. He couldn’t be more excited to serve the 33rd legislative district and welcomes the idea of becoming an integrated member of the community. You’re more than welcome to visit Daniel down in Olympia during session or back in our district office during interim!