Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, on Thursday signed on to co-sponsor a pair of bills aimed at securing the construction of Boeing's 777x here in Washington.
"This is the first step in what will hopefully be a quick process that results in tens of thousands of jobs being created in Snohomish County and throughout the region," Hobbs said. "I think when the rest of my colleagues realize what’s at stake, they will follow suit."
Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, was named recently to a task force established to determine the best methods to help Washington state convince Boeing to build the new 777x airplane here.
The task force - which includes legislators from both parties, as well as labor leaders, business interests and representatives from the aerospace community - held its first meeting on Oct. 2.
Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, issued the following statement after learning of the passing of Sen. Jean Berkey. Berkey, who served 10 years in the legislature and six in the Senate, died Aug. 21 following a brief illness:
"Sen. Berkey was a great advocate for seniors, open government, affordable health care and education. We have lost a true champion for these important issues.
Hobbs, who was also honored by the Children's Alliance in 2012, was selected this year for his work to fully restore the Apple Health for Kids program as part of the final budget. The program, which Hobbs has fought to protect over the last several years, ensures that all kids get equitable access to health care by paying the same monthly premium as other families at the same income level.
Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, worked a last-minute deal with budget writers Friday to include language in the 2013-15 operating budget which extends a tax break to businesses on the purchase of equipment and machinery used in the production of renewable energy.
Sen. Hobbs honored as Legislator of the Year by the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance 6/12/2013
Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, was selected this week as the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance's Legislator of the Year.
Hobbs earned this recognition in part for his work on the Fair Tenant Screening Act, Part 2 (Senate Bill 5568) which eliminates barriers to housing for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. Because of the bill, which was signed by Gov. Inslee on April 23, it will soon be illegal for tenant screening companies to report on a housing applicant's status as a survivor of these crimes, protecting them from potentially discriminatory housing practices.
The guest editorial below was written by Sen. Steve Hobbs and was published on May 21 in the Lake Stevens Journal. You can also read the article here.
A bill that will protect the privacy of Washingtonians who wish to keep their social media passwords to themselves and away from their employers was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee.
Senate Bill 5211, sponsored by Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, would make it illegal for any employer or potential employer in the state to request a password or any related account information for the purpose of gaining access to any social networking site maintained by a current or prospective employee.
Current research indicates one in five veterans suffer from some type of behavioral health issue once they return to civilian life.
Which is why Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, sponsored Senate Bill 5797 which encourages the use of specialty courts in the state, with an emphasis on the use of Veterans Treatment Courts. The bill was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday.