The Caucus Newsroom

Statements from Reps. Laurie Jinkins and Christine Kilduff on today’s announcement of federal de-certification of Western State Hospital:

“Since 2015 the Legislature has invested $380 million to increase behavioral health services and treatment capacity in our communities, as well as to address deficiencies at Western State Hospital that... READ MORE

Slatter appointed to Future of Work Task Force

OLYMPIA – State Representative Vandana Slatter, D-Bellevue, was recently appointed to a state task force looking at issues related to changes in technology and the impact on industries and the... READ MORE

Lawmakers, local officials and stakeholders met in Port Angeles on May 10 to focus on rural economic development. From left to right: Rep. Mike Sells, Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, Rep. Mike Chapman, Rep. Vandana Slatter, Rep. Steve Tharinger, Rep. Jake Fey, Rep. Tana Senn, Rep. Noel Frame and Speaker of the House Frank Chopp. Photo by Guy Bergstrom, courtesy of the House of Representatives.
How can we create more opportunity and jobs in rural Washington?

Lawmakers meet with leaders and stakeholders in Port Angeles PORT ANGELES—A packed room of stakeholder and business leaders met with lawmakers from around the state to talk about boosting jobs... READ MORE

List of bills passed in 2018 from the Access to Democracy package
Putting People First: Major Progressive Policies in 2018

For years, House Democrats passed progressive policies only to see them stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate. With new leadership in the Senate this year, Democrats led the way on advancing... READ MORE

Kilduff Passes New Laws to Fight Discrimination

OLYMPIA – Rep. Christine Kilduff, D-University Place, has led the charge on identifying and ending discrimination still on the books in Washington state. This year, Kilduff passed two new laws... READ MORE

Ryu: New state tourism effort means jobs

OLYMPIA—During the Great Recession, funding ran dry for the state’s tourism board. Now, lawmakers and stakeholders are being appointed to a new statewide tourism authority to boost efforts to bring... READ MORE

Gov. Inslee signs Substitute House Bill No. 2367, March 15, 2018. Relating to establishing a child care collaborative task force. Primary Sponsor: Kristine Reeves
Reeves Appointed to Task Force Charged with Addressing Child Care Costs

OLYMPIA – State Representative Kristine Reeves, D-Federal Way, is recognized in Olympia for spearheading legislation to increase affordability and access to childcare this year. Because of her efforts, Reeves has... READ MORE

Rep. Javier Valdez appointed to Pesticide Application Safety Work Group

OLYMPIA – Pesticide application is an important public health and workplace safety issue. This year the Legislature passed SB 6529 creating a work group, charged with reviewing data to help... READ MORE

Senn Receives 2018 Champion for Children and Youth Award

OLYMPIA – State Representative Tana Senn, D-Mercer Island, was recently honored for her work advocating for policies and investments to promote positive outcomes for children and youth. On Tuesday, April... READ MORE

One Washington: Lawmakers host rural summit in Port Angeles on May 10

OLYMPIA—Lawmakers and leaders from near and far, including Speaker of the House Frank Chopp and state Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, are scheduled to come to Port Angeles on... READ MORE