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E-Newsletter: A budget that puts people first

Investing in Washington’s workforce today and tomorrow Our Legislature made huge strides in building Washington’s workforce by helping families afford college and apprenticeships with the Workforce Education Investment Act. This legislation makes public... READ MORE

E-Newsletter: Moving toward a 100% clean energy future

Washington leads nation with Long-Term Care Trust Act This week, the Legislature passed the Long-Term Care Trust Act, which creates a social security program providing long-term care services. Washington will now become... READ MORE

Rep. Zack Hudgins’ statement on the Washington Privacy Act

Statement from Rep. Zack Hudgins, D-Tukwila, on the Washington Privacy Act No version of the Washington State Privacy Act (Senate Bill 5376) was voted out of the State House of... READ MORE

E-Newsletter: Engaging students with STEAM education

Legislators team up, compete with students and robots As chair of the House Committee on Innovation, Technology and Economic Development, I am dedicated to increasing access to STEAM education. House Bill... READ MORE

Legislative Update: A Balanced Approach to Washington’s Budget

Dear neighbors, This week, House Democrats rolled out three major budget packages and a state revenue plan for the next two years. The proposals reflect our values and commitment to... READ MORE

MEDIA ADVISORY: 11th District Telephone Town Hall March 25

Who: State Reps. Steve Bergquist and Zack Hudgins, Sen. Bob Hasegawa What: Telephone Town Hall with 11th District constituents When: Monday, March 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. Where:... READ MORE

E-Newsletter: Keeping your data secure and private

Dear Neighbors, We have been debating bills on the House floor all last week. Here are some highlights. Making your vote count by moving away from caucuses and towards a... READ MORE

Hudgins bill gives students experiencing homelessness some relief

OLYMPIA – On Wednesday, the Washington House of Representatives passed legislation (HB 1278) giving high school students heading to college who experience homelessness some relief, and hope for the future.... READ MORE

E-newsletter: Who has the right to repair?

Session Week Seven Update: Policy and fiscal cutoff We have reached fiscal cutoff. With hundreds of bills introduced each session, it can be a challenge keeping the process on track. Cutoff... READ MORE

E-Newsletter: Deadly force initiative signed into law

Deadly force initiative signed into law by Gov. Inslee I-940 was the first bill signed into law by Gov. Inslee this session. I am glad that this voter led initiative was... READ MORE

E-Newsletter: Rural and widespread broadband are top priority

Dear neighbors, It has been a busy two weeks of the long 105-day legislative session. Once again I plan to focus my legislative agenda on fixing problems in our electoral... READ MORE

2018 End of Session Postcards from Rep. Hudgins

Click in the images below to read Rep. Zack Hudgins’ end of session postcards for the 2018 legislative session.    

Summary of the legislative session

Summary of legislation passed in 2018 We have phenomenal research staff at the Legislature. The House and Senate each have their own nonpartisan research staff that research policy issues, draft... READ MORE

Celebrating Cesar Chavez and news round up

Celebrating civil rights icon Cesar Chavez Last weekend, I went to Yakima to watch Governor Jay Inslee sign HB 1939, establishing March 31 as Cesar Chavez Day in Washington State.... READ MORE

Gov. Inslee will sign Cesar Chavez Day bill on Saturday in Yakima

(Scroll down for Spanish version)  Gov. Jay Inslee will sign a bill to recognize Cesar Chavez Day as a state holiday during a celebration in Yakima on Saturday morning. Chavez,... READ MORE

Legislative wrap up

The 2018 legislative session ended last Thursday, March 8. It was a busy session: 1,410 bills were introduced and 308 passed the legislature in 2018, compared with 2,174 and 399... READ MORE

Session wrap up

The 2018 legislative session ended March 8. It was the second year in the biennium, meaning that it was a short session of only 60 days. Despite the tight time... READ MORE

MEDIA ADVISORY: Governor Inslee to sign Access to Democracy bills

Who: Rep. Zack Hudgins (D-Tukwila) What: Bill signing with Governor Jay Inslee When: Monday, March 19 2:30 p.m. Where: Foster High School – 4242 S 144th St, Tukwila, WA 98168... READ MORE

Washington State Legislature passes historic election reforms

This has been a historic in year for Washington in regards to our elections and voting system. This year in Olympia, we passed election reforms (many with bipartisan support) aimed... READ MORE

Jesse Jones’ Push for ‘Free Credit Freeze For All’ Heads to Governor’s Desk

From JesseJones.com – Jesse Jones has been on his crusade for ‘Free Credit Freezes for All’ since last year.  He wanted to make sure Washington consumers would not have to pay... READ MORE

Washington Voting Rights Act passes legislature

From The Seattle Globalist – The Washington Voting Rights Act has passed both chambers of the legislature — sending the bill to Gov Jay Inslee. … “It sets up a collaborative process for communities... READ MORE

Washington’s Voting Rights Act aims to give minorities more voice at polls

From KUOW.org – State lawmakers passed the Washington Voting Rights Act this week, meant to give underrepresented minority groups a larger voice in elections. And that could mean more district-based voting... READ MORE

Legislature passes Rep. Hudgins sponsored bill aimed at securing Washington’s elections

OLYMPIA – Our republic needs good participation in order to stay robust. Participation is the result of many factors – what’s on the ballot, ease of participating, and how transparent... READ MORE

Bill removing fees on credit freezes for consumers moves forward

OLYMPIA – The House and Senate continue to work together to protect consumers after the largest credit reporting agency breach in history. Bills that would eliminate the $10 fee currently... READ MORE

House Democrats offer supplemental budget proposal

This week, House Democrats revealed their proposed supplemental budget for 2018. HB 2299 received a public hearing in the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday and a committee vote on Wednesday. You can... READ MORE