Category Archives: E-News/News Release

02 Feb
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Legislation redefining state’s hate crime laws clears Senate

OLYMPIA – Legislation to update the state’s hate crime law to include defacement of public property passed the Washington State Senate on a 35-14 bipartisan vote on Friday. Sen. Andy Billig (D-Spokane) introduced Senate Bill 5917 in response to vandalism ...

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24 Jan
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Cutoffs and Protecting the Spokane River

Dear friends and neighbors, Entering the fourth week of session, we are rapidly approaching the first policy committee cutoff. Any bill that has not been passed out of its policy committee by 5pm on Wednesday, January 31st will not progress ...

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22 Jan
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Tax Credit Update and How to Testify on a Bill

Dear friends and neighbors, It is week three of the legislative session and bills are moving through their respective policy committees and onto the floor. This newsletter includes an update on the Working Families Tax Credit, an important tax rebate ...

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10 Jan
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We Want to Hear From You!

Dear friends and neighbors, We are back in Olympia for the legislative session and we need your input. Join us Tuesday, January 16th, at 7pm for a live, interactive tele-town hall meeting. This will be an opportunity for you to ...

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29 Nov
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Majority Leader Re-Election and Billig’s Bills

Dear friends and neighbors, I am grateful to my Senate colleagues for re-electing me as the Washington State Senate Majority Leader. Since I was first elected as Majority Leader in 2018, my focus has been on leading the Senate to ...

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29 Aug
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Community meeting to address impact of Blake decision

A public meeting to explore how Washington can navigate the intersection of substance use disorder and the criminal justice system in light of the 2021 Blake decision is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Central Library in Spokane. ...

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02 May
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Billig: Top credit ratings are the “definition of fiscal responsibility”

Citing “strong fiscal governance” and “strong fiscal management practices,” the nation’s top credit rating agencies agree that the work of Washington’s budget writers should result in the state maintaining its strong credit ratings. Moody’s (Aaa), S&P (AA+) and Fitch (AA+) ...

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19 Mar
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On to the Interim and Save the Date

Last week we wrapped up the 2022 legislative session, adjourning sine die on Thursday night. For the moment, gone are the days of Senate floor debates, cutoff dates, and committee hearings. This week, we begin the part of the year called ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
14 Mar
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Billig bill to reconnect Spokane communities signed into law

A bill that offers a way to reconnect communities in Spokane split by Interstate 90 and the US 395 North Spokane Corridor was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday. Senate Bill 5853, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader ...

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15 Feb
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Billig: Move Ahead WA provides huge wins for Spokane, Eastern Washington

The Senate on Tuesday passed Senate Bill 5974 — Move Ahead Washington, a historic and community-centered investment in transportation projects throughout Spokane, Eastern Washington and the state as a whole. “Today marks a historic day for our state and provides ...

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