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Back home in Spokane!

Back home in Spokane!

Earlier this month, I was honored to attend a celebration for the expansion of the WSU Elson S. Floyd Medical School. The current cohort of students are all from Washington state, over half are women, and more than one-third are people of color. This fall, the school will expand from 60 to 80 students thanks to investments made in the ...

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Legislative update: What is a 'guber'

Legislative update: What is a 'guber'

Every year, the governor asks dozens of people from all over the state to serve on boards, commissions, and in agency leadership positions. These “gubers”, as they are affectionately called in Olympia, require the approval of the Senate with a simple majority vote just like regular legislation.

Regina Malveaux, the CEO of YWCA Spokane, was ...

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Remote testimony, early bill action & support for clean energy

Remote testimony, early bill action & support for clean energy

Last week the Senate Facilities and Operations Committee (the committee that oversees the administration of the Senate) approved a plan I put forward in conjunction with Sen. Mike Padden to make the Senate’s remote testimony pilot project permanent and to expand it. The Washington State Senate is one of only a handful of legislative chambers in the country that ...

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Spokane comes to Olympia

Spokane comes to Olympia

We are starting the third week of the legislative session and still very much in the committee phase when bills receive initial hearings to see if they have enough support to advance to the Senate floor for a full vote. There have already been 685 bills introduced in the Senate alone; 674 in the House. This is also ...

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Kicking off the 2019 session

Kicking off the 2019 session

On Monday, we welcomed our newly-elected members to the Senate and hit the ground running! This year, I will be serving on the Ways & Means, Environment, Energy and Technology, and Rules Committees in addition to my role as Senate Majority Leader. I dive into some of the goals and challenges facing the Legislature in this Read More

Countdown to the 2019 Legislative Session

Countdown to the 2019 Legislative Session

Happy New Year! The 2019 legislative session begins on January 14. In case you missed it, I explain more about my new role as Senate Majority Leader, our priorities for the session, and the Legislative Class of 2019 in this recent op-ed in the Spokesman Review.

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Leading from Spokane

Leading from Spokane

Senate Majority Leader It has been an eventful couple of weeks with a momentous election that saw the Washington State Senate Democratic majority increase, followed by my colleagues in the Senate choosing me to become the new Senate Majority Leader. It is an honor to serve our state as Majority Leader. Of course, serving the constituents of the 3rd Legislative District will ...

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Diving deeper in our community

Diving deeper in our community

While summer is the interim season between legislative sessions, there is still a lot of work to do. I use this time to prepare for the next legislative session, diving deeper into community issues, meeting with constituents and getting out to see our district in action. I Did the Time I recently met with Layne Pavey, founder of I Did the ...

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Sine Die!

Sine Die!

The last day of the legislative session is called ‘Sine Die,’ Latin for ‘without day,’ because the Legislature adjourns without setting a day to reconvene. We started the session with the goal of finishing in 60 days and are on pace to accomplish that goal later today. Step 3 of ‘How a bill becomes a law’ This year, I introduced twelve prime-sponsored bills, and four ...

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E News - Staying alive

E News - Staying alive

Staying alive We have now passed two cut-off dates, and the majority of bills that were introduced will not progress any further this session. Essentially, the legislative session is like a funnel. We started with nearly 4,000 bills introduced over 2017 and 2018 in both the House and Senate, but only about 600 will pass into law. The next cut-off is the "House ...

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