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Continuing the fight against COVID-19 and Stopping Sexual Harassment on College Campuses 

COVID-19: What comes next  Flattening the curve is only a precursor to reopen Washington. I’ve been working with colleagues to develop The Washington Corona Action and Recovery Plan (“WA Care”) with steps and criteria to reopen our economy and schools without a devastating rebound of COVID-19.   Experts suggest that... READ MORE

Graphics show why the stay home order was needed

Friends and Neighbors, Washington State has life and death public health policy choices to make. We were leading the nation in making some of these choices, but a review of... READ MORE

Why the “Stay Home-Stay Safe” Order Is a Necessary, Life and Death Decision

Washington State has life and death public health policy choices to make. We were leading the nation in making some of these choices, but a review of models shows why... READ MORE

Legislature passes first in the nation ban on “pass the harasser” on college campuses

OLYMPIA – The Washington state Legislature passed the first state law in the nation to end “pass the harasser” or “pass the predator” among Washington’s colleges and universities on Monday,... READ MORE

UPDATE: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Friends, We understand the concern surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and want to share the most up-to-date and relevant websites and contact information regarding this disease. King County is the epicenter of... READ MORE

House passes Pollet bill to protect students from lead in drinking water

OLYMPIA—On Wednesday, February 19, the Washington House of Representatives passed a bill that will protect Washington school children from lead in drinking water. House Bill 1860, sponsored by Rep. Gerry... READ MORE

House Committee Tackling Corruption, Fraud, Self-Dealing in “Special Purpose” Local Governments

WHO: House Local Government Committee, State Auditor, others WHAT: Work session on reforming special purpose district governance WHEN: Friday, January 17 at 10:00 am WHERE: House Hearing Room D, O’Brien... READ MORE

Seattle Times: Washington lawmakers may push colleges to share sexual misconduct findings against employees

The Seattle Times published a story on legislation I am introducing to require our state’s higher education institutions to share information about sexual misconduct by employees, to prevent abusive faculty and... READ MORE

MEDIA ADVISORY: Legislative Send-Off and 46th District Town Hall Meeting

Who: Sen. David Frockt, Rep. Gerry Pollet and Rep. Javier Valdez What: Pre-session Legislative Send-Off and 46th District Delegation Town Hall Meeting When: Thursday, January 9 from 7:00 p.m. to... READ MORE

Statement by Rep. Gerry Pollet Applauding the Washington Supreme Court and Calling on Legislature to Release Investigative Reports of Legislative Misconduct

OLYMPIA – “Our constituents have a right to know who their legislators meet with and what legislators promise to whom, as I’ve always believed and acted,” said Rep. Gerry Pollet,... READ MORE

Pollet statement on Washington’s first recorded case of an illness related to vapor products

OLYMPIA – Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-Seattle, released the following statement in reaction to the announcement of Washington’s first recorded case of an illness related to vapor products. “I am saddened... READ MORE

End of State Legislative Session Event: Kenmore & Lake Forest Park

Hello Neighbors, I’ll be appearing at Kenmore City Hall to report on the legislative session and respond to the City Councils and Mayors. Please join us! I will stay afterward... READ MORE

How Education Won in 2019 Legislative Session (and Where We Fell Short)

How We Won Levy Lid Increases to Avoid Layoffs in Schools Next Year I was working with our school districts, PTAs and education advocates before session to strategize how we... READ MORE

Tax to Curb Teen Vaping Passes Appropriations Committee

OLYMPIA – On Monday, April 22nd, the House Appropriations Committee passed legislation to curb teen vaping. House Bill 1873, sponsored by Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-Seattle, implements a 37 percent tax... READ MORE

Help us curb the teen vaping epidemic in Washington

The Legislature took strong action this year to prevent teen tobacco and vaping use. With passage of House Bill 1074, people under 21 are no longer able to purchase tobacco... READ MORE

Pollet introduces bill to boost special education funding

OLYMPIA– Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-Seattle, has introduced a bill, HB 1910, to fully fund  special education in schools across Washington. HB 1910 has fifteen co-sponsors including Reps. Senn, Kloba, Slatter... READ MORE

Pollet’s HB 1860 addresses lead in school water

OLYMPIA – Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-Seattle, introduced HB 1860 to require all public schools to test and remove lead contamination in school water across Washington. “One of Seattle’s schools in... READ MORE

Free college in Washington state? Rep. Pollet’s “Washington Promise” Bill (HB 1123)

OLYMPIA ­­– Under the new “Washington Promise” legislation introduced by Rep. Gerry Pollet, HB 1123, every low- and middle-income student in Washington would be assured the opportunity to attend college... READ MORE

KING 5 News: Cap on funding leaves kids with learning disabilities in limbo

KING 5 produced a story on special education funding in Washington state. This is an important story and shows what we need to continuing working on in the upcoming legislative... READ MORE

2018 End of Session Newsletter from Rep. Pollet

Click here to read Rep. Gerry Pollet’s end of session newsletter for the 2018 legislative session.

Report for End of 2018 Legislative Session

Dear 46th District neighbors, The 2018 Legislative Session began with high expectations for a short 60-day session. With a new Democratic majority in the State Senate, we could pass legislation... READ MORE

Rep. Gerry Pollet sets new standard for public records disclosure; becomes first legislator to publicly release his 2018 legislative session calendar

OLYMPIA – Rep. Gerry Pollet (D-Seattle) is the first state legislator to make his complete legislative session calendar available on-line for the public and news media. “I believe nothing is... READ MORE

Washington state passes bill protecting students from fees gouging financial aid

Contrasts with Trump/DeVos’ U.S. Dept. of Education Allowing Companies to Charge Students Washington State has a new law to ensure that college students do not lose part of their financial... READ MORE

First in Nation Protections for Students at For-Profit Colleges and Vocational Schools signed by Governor Inslee

Bill by Representative Pollet Responds to Fraudulent Claims to Entice Students into High Student Loan Debt and Trump Administration Relaxing Federal Oversight Olympia March 22, 2018 – Governor Inslee has... READ MORE

Deadly-force law needs to change, but not like this

From The Seattle Times Editorial Board – … But what is to stop the Legislature in the future from drastically altering any initiative without public support, then denying citizens the... READ MORE