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Rep. Pollet’s work secures first in the nation consumer protections for e-cigarettes and “vape” products.

OLYMPIA – Washington will become the first state in the nation to ensure e-cigarettes and “vape” products are labeled with health warnings and nicotine content. “Washington is taking a big... READ MORE

Why I Opposed Charter School Bailout Bill

I heard from hundreds of constituents asking me to oppose the charter school bailout legislation which passed the House on March 9th, and only a few constituents asking me to... READ MORE

House passes first-in-nation measure to protect students from excesses of for-profit colleges.

OLYMPIA – Thousands of students in Washington and across the country have incurred massive student loan debts and been defrauded by for-profit colleges and universities using deceptive marketing practices. Today... READ MORE

House passes first in the nation consumer protection bill on e-cigarettes and “vape” products

OLYMPIA – Washington will be the first state in the nation to ensure consumers know the actual nicotine content and what toxic and carcinogenic substances are in e-cigarettes and “vape”... READ MORE

Free community college proposal gets public testimony in house Higher Education Committee: will open the door to opportunity for Washington families

OLYMPIA – The House Higher Education Committee heard public testimony today on HB 2820, the Washington Promise. Rep. Gerry Pollet, (D-Seattle), introduced the Washington Promise program in the House (Sens.... READ MORE

Washington Promise to be heard in House Higher Education Committee

MEDIA ADVISORY Who: Representative Gerry Pollet (D-Seattle) What: The Washington Promise (a bill to provide tuition free community college) will receive a public hearing in the House Higher Education Committee.... READ MORE

Pollet pushes bill to reign in for-profit college excesses

OLYMPIA – On the day after the Washington House of Representatives Higher Education Committee held a hearing on the legislation to protect students of for-profit colleges from deceptive claims and... READ MORE

Excerpts from the FTC lawsuit against DeVry University

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION, Plaintiff, v. DEVRY EDUCATION GROUP INC., formerly known as DeVry Inc., a corporation; DEVRY UNIVERSITY, INC., a corporation; and... READ MORE

Rep. Pollet to propose ending tax loopholes to fund basic education

Olympia –Rep. Gerry Pollet (D-Seattle) will propose recommendations to close over $170 million worth of tax loopholes in order to help meet our children’s constitutional rights to basic education on... READ MORE

46th Legislative District Town Hall Meeting

Sen. David Frockt, Rep. Gerry Pollet and Rep. Jessyn Farrell will host two pre-session town hall meetings. The meetings will take place before the start of the 2016 Legislative Session,... READ MORE

Group of House Democrats sends letter to Inslee supporting acceptance of refugees

OLYMPIA – Today a group of 18 House Democrats sent a letter to Governor Inslee commending his leadership in the potential resettlement of thousands of families and orphans from war-torn... READ MORE

Why Running Start is not in jeopardy from Supreme Court’s charter school decision.

The Washington Supreme Court decision striking down the charter school initiative as unconstitutional because it sends public school funding directly to unaccountable private charter schools does not jeopardize our state’s... READ MORE

Statement from Rep. Pollet on the Supreme Court ruling regarding charter schools

There is no escaping the reality that our state is failing to come close to fully funding public schools and providing each child in Washington with their constitutional rights to... READ MORE

Will our children be better off from the 2015 Legislative Session?

Dear Friends and Neighbors, We just finished the longest legislative session in state history. Our schools will have significant new funding, teachers will get a small cost of living increase... READ MORE

Washington Legislature Passes Bill Ending Use of Isolation and Restraint of Special Education Students

Washington Legislature Passes Bill Ending Use of Isolation and Restraint of Special Education Students 150 deaths nationwide per year from use of restraints on students OLYMPIA – The support of... READ MORE

46th District Legislators Telephone Town Hall March 24, 2015

46th District Legislators Telephone Town Hall March 24, 2015 An opportunity for residents of NE and N Seattle, Kenmore and Lake Forest Park to ask their legislators questions and give... READ MORE

First bill in nation to address youth access to e-cigarettes and protect public health gets hearing

Nation’s First Comprehensive Youth Prevention and Public Health Regulation of E-Cigarettes to Have Initial Hearing (HB 1645) The nation’s first bill proposing a comprehensive youth prevention and public health protection... READ MORE

Protecting all students from restraint and isolation

OLYMPIA – The House of Representatives passed House Bill 1240 today to ensure that no child be regularly restrained or forcibly put into isolation at school as a matter of... READ MORE

Rep. Gerry Pollet’s statement on the Senate Republican’s Higher Education proposal

“Washington families deserve a higher education system that provides each and every student the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential without breaking the bank to do so. That is why... READ MORE

Seattle Legislator proposes to open meetings of Seattle Zoo Board and similar public private entities

When the Seattle Zoo’s board met to decide the fate of its elephants, it refused to let news reporters and the public observe its discussion and vote. Rep. Gerry Pollet... READ MORE

Coalition of groups, Rep. Gerry Pollet praise WWU president’s call for increasing diversity at public higher education institutions

A coalition of multicultural-awareness groups and state Rep. Gerry Pollet, vice-chair of the House Higher Education Committee, today offered praise for Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard’s recent call to... READ MORE

House measure to address lower class sizes will alleviate severe overcrowding

Bipartisan school-construction legislation introduced in the state House of Representatives today will go a long way toward relieving severe overcrowding in Seattle schools, and meet our obligations to provide lower... READ MORE

Seattle schools: Bipartisan House design to address lower class sizes will alleviate severe Seattle-schools overcrowding

Bipartisan school-construction legislation introduced in the state House of Representatives today will go a long way toward relieving severe overcrowding in Seattle schools, and meet our obligations to provide lower... READ MORE

Opportunity for higher education for all citizens

Fair’s fair. All Washington residents willing to work for a good education should have a fair and equal opportunity to earn it — regardless of their income, race, ethnicity, or... READ MORE

46th District Tele-Town Hall meeting Feb. 25

MEDIA ADVISORY FROM THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 Who:  State Rep. Gerry Pollet, state Rep. Jessyn Farrell, and state Sen. David Frockt — 46th Legislative District Democratic... READ MORE