OLYMPIA - Jails in Pierce County face a backlog of inmates waiting for mental competency evaluations, creating additional pressure on already thin resources and in some cases threatening public safety. A bill signed by Gov. Jay Inslee is designed to cut into that backlog.
On Tuesday, Sen. Steve Conway attended a political forum on poverty wage jobs, attended by workers, community supporters and members of the SEIU and Teamsters unions.
OLYMPIA - In 2010, Tacoma school teacher Jennifer Paulson was shot and killed by a man who had been harassing and stalking her for several years. In the years following her death, her family sought a change in state law to create a court order required stalkers to stay away from their victims. On Saturday, their long efforts paid off.
OLYMPIA - Washington issues court orders that require perpetrators in domestic violence and harassment cases to stay away from their victims. However it does not issue orders that require stalkers to stay away from their victims. That changed on Tuesday with the passage of the Jennifer Paulson Stalking Protection Order Act.
The Washington State Senate has taken action to provide victims and law enforcement with a new tool to fight the crime of stalking. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD
OLYMPIA - While education, public safety and healthcare are vital pieces of any state budget, Sen. Steve Conway says job creation must be at the heart of any state spending plan. The Democrat from South Tacoma says the budget passed by the Senate last week lacks that heart.
"It is of critical importance that a state budget drive job creation," said Conway, D-South Tacoma. "The budget proposed by Senate Republicans makes a down payment in education and moves the state forward in healthcare, but it falls short of its responsibility to create the opportunity for men and women in Washington to find family wage jobs."
OLYMPIA - State lawmakers today officially paid tribute to the sacrifices of millions of American servicemen and women who served during the Vietnam War.
Senate Resolution 8643, sponsored by Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma, recognizes the divisive nature of the war, the polarizing effect it had on society at the time and the often unfair public criticism directed at soldiers when they returned home.