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Free to Finish College program set to get pilot funding in 2016 supplemental budget

OLYMPIA – In an unprecedented effort to find affordable ways to make the dream of a college degree a reality, the Washington House of Representatives budget funded a pilot of... READ MORE

College Success Foundation funding may be coming to Bremerton

OLYMPIA – Chair of the House Higher Education Committee Rep. Drew Hansen (D-Bainbridge Island) secured funding for new college counsellors and advisors for Bremerton High School and its feeder middle... READ MORE

Your input on higher education opportunities in Kitsap County

What new higher education opportunities would you like to see in Kitsap County? As many of you know, I chair the House Higher Education Committee, which means I focus on expanding... READ MORE

Rep. Hansen chosen Legislator of the Year by the Washington Student Association

OLYMPIA – Washington state’s largest higher education advocacy group, the Washington Student Association (WSA), recently named Rep. Drew Hansen (D-Bainbridge Island) its 2018 Legislator of the Year. The organization, which... READ MORE

New College Opportunities for Kitsap County Jobs

Hello – the 2018 legislative session has now ended, and I wanted to share the news that we successfully funded some new college opportunities locally to help people get jobs and... READ MORE

State budget includes big boosts to financial aid, career training, computer science slots

OLYMPIA – Over the next four years, thousands of additional students will have the opportunity to afford college thanks to a major commitment by state lawmakers to eliminate the funding... READ MORE

Final state budget increases higher ed access, options for Kitsap Peninsula

OLYMPIA – State legislators have approved a final supplemental budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which includes new investments expanding higher education access and options for Kitsap County residents, including... READ MORE

Governor signs Hansen’s first-in-nation net neutrality bill into law

Governor Inslee signed HB 2282 into law this afternoon, protecting a free and open internet for Washington consumers. Rep. Drew Hansen (D-Bainbridge Island), the bill’s prime sponsor, was there for... READ MORE

Net neutrality protections headed to governor’s desk

OLYMPIA – Legislators have protected a free and open internet in the state of Washington with bipartisan legislation now headed to the governor’s desk. On a 35-14 vote, the state... READ MORE

House budget completes expansion of UW computer science slots

OLYMPIA – The state House today passed a supplemental budget for the 2017-2019 biennium that includes major new investments in higher education. In addition to fully funding the State Need... READ MORE

Statement by Rep. Drew Hansen, D-Bainbridge Island, on today’s official publication in the Federal Register of the Federal Communications Commission’s reversal of net neutrality rules

“Today the FCC took the official step of publishing in the Federal Register its decision to repeal net neutrality rules. Doing so continues to move this bad decision forward at... READ MORE

House budget proposal would expand higher education access on Kitsap Peninsula

OLYMPIA – The budget proposal released today House Democrats includes funding that expands access to higher education on the Kitsap Peninsula. It allocates money for a four-year early childhood education... READ MORE

House budget proposal includes major wins for higher education

OLYMPIA – The state funding backlog for a program providing college financial aid to students from families with low incomes is on track to be fully eliminated under the budget... READ MORE

Come to our town hall meetings this Saturday!

We make it a tradition to hold town hall meetings where we can hear from our bosses – the people. We’re elected representatives; we work for you—it’s not the other... READ MORE

MEDIA ADVISORY: Town hall meetings in Bremerton, Poulsbo with 23rd Legislative District lawmakers

Who: Rep. Sherry Appleton, Rep. Drew Hansen, and Sen. Christine Rolfes, the legislators from the 23rd Legislative District representing part of Kitsap County, including Bainbridge Island, Poulsbo, Kingston, Silverdale, and... READ MORE

House passes bipartisan measure protecting net neutrality in Washington state

OLYMPIA –Washington consumers’ access to a free and open internet is protected under bipartisan legislation passed by the state House today. House Bill 2282, which safeguards net neutrality, advanced on... READ MORE

Hansen’s New Hope Act removes barriers; provides hope for second chance

OLYMPIA – On a bipartisan vote, the House Committee on Public Safety moved forward legislation today providing rehabilitated, formerly incarcerated individuals a chance to rebuild their lives after leaving prison.... READ MORE

E-NEWSLETTER: Protecting net neutrality in Washington state

Dear friends and neighbors, We are partway through the 2018 legislative session, and I wanted to write about something important to many of you: protecting net neutrality in Washington state. As... READ MORE

Net neutrality bill advances in state legislature

OLYMPIA – Protecting net neutrality in Washington state took a major step forward today with advancement of legislation by the House Committee on Technology & Economic Development. On a bipartisan... READ MORE

Bill protecting DACA recipients from losing college aid advances

OLYMPIA – On a bipartisan vote, the House Higher Education committee moved legislation forward today that would protect state financial aid eligibility for undocumented students. In particular, House Bill 1488... READ MORE

WATCH: Rep. Drew Hansen on the New Hope Act

Rep. Drew Hansen, D-Bainbridge Island, is the sponsor of the New Hope Act (House Bill 2890), which would provide rehabilitated, formerly incarcerated individuals a chance to rebuild their lives after... READ MORE

MEDIA ADVISORY: Public hearing on legislation giving formerly incarcerated individuals a second chance upon re-entry (HB 2890)

Who: Rep. Drew Hansen, D-Bainbridge Island, prime sponsor of HB 2890, and Tarra Simmons, law school graduate and formerly incarcerated person who successfully appealed the Washington State Bar Association’s decision... READ MORE

WATCH: Rep. Drew Hansen on protecting net neutrality in Washington state

When the Federal Communications Commission repealed net neutrality last month, Rep. Drew Hansen (D-Bainbridge Island) was ready with a bill to protect a free and open Internet in Washington state.... READ MORE

WATCH: Press conference in support of HB 1488 – Expanding eligibility for the College Bound scholarship to undocumented students

Rep. Drew Hansen (D-Bainbridge Island) is joined by Sens. David Frockt (D-Seattle) and Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas Island) in a press conference before a public hearing on House Bill 1488 on January... READ MORE

WATCH: Rep. Drew Hansen on protecting DACA students from losing College Bound state financial aid

House Bill 1488, sponsored by Rep. Drew Hansen (D-Bainbridge Island), would make several changes to state law to protect financial aid eligibility for undocumented students, including protecting DACA students from... READ MORE

MEDIA ADVISORY: Press conference and public hearing on legislation to expand eligibility for the College Bound scholarship to undocumented students (HB 1488)

Who:     Rep. Drew Hansen, D-Bainbridge Island, Chair of the House Higher Education Committee What:   Press conference on House Bill 1488 (Washington Dream Act 2.0), which protects undocumented students from losing... READ MORE

Net neutrality protected in Washington state under bill proposed by Rep. Hansen

OLYMPIA – In anticipation of today’s Federal Communications Commission vote to repeal net neutrality regulations, Rep. Drew Hansen (D-Bainbridge Island) introduced legislation Wednesday protecting Washington consumers’ access to a free... READ MORE