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 the first state in the nation with an insurance benefit to help cover costs of these vital health care services. With more people than ever moving into the 65+ age bracket, we need to start planning today for these future needs.

Read more in the New York Times. 

Moving toward a 100 percent clean energy future

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Just over a decade ago, the Legislature made a commitment to reduce Washington greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels. With Senate Bill 5116, Washington is transitioning all electric utilities to 100 percent, carbon-neutral by 2030, and to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045. Moving to a cleaner future is the smartest choice for both our environment and economy.

Read more about Washington’s clean energy plan on Geekwire.

Strengthening data breach laws

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In the last decade, breaches of sensitive personal data have become much more common. These breaches are one of the most serious threats to our privacy. House Bill 1071, sponsored by Rep. Shelley Kloba, D-Kirkland, addresses this problem by expanding consumer data breach notifications to include more types of consumer information and reducing notification deadlines from 30 to 45 days. It also builds on the law I passed in 2015 that enhanced the protection of consumers financial data.

Learn more about the legislation here. 

Workforce Education Investment Act


In our proposed budget, we are making significant investments in financial aid and workforce education for Washington students. The Washington Workforce Education Investment Act renames the State Need Grant as the Washington College Grant and dramatically expands the program by adding $230 million to fully fund eligible students. It also allocates over $100 million to invest in services that connect students with degrees, certificates, and apprenticeships, leading to high-demand jobs like nursing, engineering, and computer science.

Read more about the Washington Workforce Education Investment Act here. 

Keep up with the Legislature with TVW Online


This legislative session is set to adjourn in less than a week, and this is when things move really quickly between chambers.

Remember you can keep up with everything we’re doing in Olympia through TVW, not only on your TV, but also online. Click on the image or scan the code for more information on how to access this great resource.

Rep. Zack Hudgins