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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

Public Records

As Saturday’s front page story in the Seattle Times noted, I was the prime sponsor of the bill (2886) supported by the Times to put the Legislature fully under our... READ MORE

Bill ensuring every kindergartner through second grader is screened for reading obstacles that are indicators of dyslexia passes legislature

OLYMPIA – One in five students have difficulty learning to read or see numbers due to dyslexia Dyslexia is a learning disability that causes learning difficulties in reading, writing, and... READ MORE

Message to the 46th legislative district on my commitment to open legislators’ records to public disclosure, and going far beyond the law to make my own records available so you know who your representative meets with.

As the Seattle Times front page story (2-24-18) noted, I was the prime sponsor of the bill that would have put the Legislature fully under our Public Records Act, and... READ MORE

MEDIA ADVISORY – 46th Legislative District Telephone Town Hall

Who: Sen. David Frockt, Rep. Gerry Pollet, and Rep. Javier Valdez – The 46th Legislative District legislators representing part of King County and the city of Seattle including Lake Forest... READ MORE

Washington House passes bill to ensure opioid overdose reversal medicine is available at public schools and college dorms

The Washington House of Representatives adopted a bill today which would ensure that the opioid overdose reversal medication, naloxone (also known as Narcan), will be available at public high schools... READ MORE

House passes Rep. Pollet bill to protect students from deceptive practices by for-profit colleges and career schools

Olympia – The Washington House of Representatives passed legislation to protect students at for-profit colleges or career schools in Washington from deceptive and fraudulent advertising and recruitment claims. HB 1439,... READ MORE

Dori vs Rep. Pollet: Why Washington property taxes are higher

Yesterday I took part in a lively debate with local radio show host Dori Monson. “Well, there are two things people need to know,” Pollet said. “First, you have to... READ MORE

Rep. Gerry Pollet introduces bill to open legislative records to public

OLYMPIA – Rep. Gerry Pollet (D-Seattle) has introduced a bill to significantly increase the openness of the state legislature. HB 2886 would amend the Public Records Act to open most... READ MORE

Capital budget passes bringing much needed resources for 46th Legislative District projects

OLYMPIA – Rep. Gerry Pollet (D-Seattle) and Rep. Javier Valdez (D-Seattle) laud the much-delayed passage of the capital budget today in Olympia. “Our children’s education and health along with the... READ MORE

Lift lives and incomes by investing in community colleges

From The Seattle Times –  The opportunity of free community college for every qualified student could change tens of thousands of lives. Providing that opportunity will also increase support for... READ MORE

We Want to Hear From You!

Frockt, Pollet, Valdez invite constituent feedback, host town hall meetings Sen. David Frockt, Rep. Gerry Pollet and Rep. Javier Valdez will host a pair of town hall meetings in the... READ MORE

Lawmakers push Washington State University to stand up to hate

Olympia – Several lawmakers signed on to a letter with House Higher Education Committee Vice-Chair Rep. Gerry Pollet (D-Seattle), asking Washington State University to take concrete action to stand up... READ MORE

Disability Rights Groups Say State’s Education Funding Plan Shortchanges Special Ed

From KNKX.com –  Groups that advocate for kids with disabilities are weighing in on the state’s education funding plan passed by lawmakers in June. They have submitted a friend-of-the-court brief... READ MORE

Legislative Update!

Friends, We are halfway through the 2017 legislative session, and I want to hear from you how I can best work for what is important to you for the remainder... READ MORE

MEDIA ADVISORY: 46th District legislators to hold telephone town hall

Who: State Representatives Jessyn Farrell and Gerry Pollet, together with State Senator David Frockt What: Telephone town hall meeting When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Where:... READ MORE

Vapor products, e-cigarettes could be taxed under new bill

From the Associated Press via The Seattle Times: OLYMPIA — Measures to tax vapor, e-cigarettes and other nicotine products are being considered by lawmakers in Washington state. A bill in... READ MORE

Rep. Pollet interview with KING-5 about beryllium exposure sickness at Hanford

From KING5 – Dave Aardal conducted some of the most dangerous work at Hanford during his ten years of employment at the former nuclear weapons production facility. Part of his... READ MORE

Representative Gerry Pollet’s statement testifying for HB 1925, to protect school children from harmful levels of lead in school drinking water.

“As a University of Washington School of Public Health faculty member, I was taken by surprise by repeated statements from school officials and state and local agencies in the past... READ MORE

Editorial: Promise program would open community college for more

From the Everett Herald – The good news that we’ve reported before, courtesy of a report by the Washington Roundtable, is that between now and 2021 Washington state can expect about... READ MORE

Rep. Pollet and Sen. Frockt propose the Washington Promise free community college tuition program

OLYMPIA – Rep. Gerry Pollet (D-Seattle) and Sen. David Frockt (D-Seattle) have introduced the Washington Promise. The Washington Promise would assure qualifying high school students that they will be able to... READ MORE

Seattle Representative Gerry Pollet proposes treating tax exemptions like budget line items

OLYMPIA – While education is constitutionally underfunded and children’s classrooms are overcrowded, the state offers hundreds of tax exemptions that account for hundreds of millions of dollars, with little to... READ MORE