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Hitting the Cutoff

Hitting the Cutoff

The 2021 Legislative session is approaching the half-way mark and we have just passed our committee “cutoff” date. All bills that have not passed out of committee by now are “dead” for the session, except for budget-related bills. The next step in the session is two weeks of long days on the Senate floor as we pass bills before the next ...

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COVID-19 Relief & Recovery

COVID-19 Relief & Recovery

This year, the legislature has been focused on bills that provide COVID-19 relief and spur economic recovery. We have acted quickly to prioritize these bills in the first few weeks of session. There is more work to do, but I am pleased with the progress we have made so far.

Vaccination Acceleration and more

Vaccination Acceleration and more

It is both a health and economic priority to get COVID-19 vaccines distributed and administered as soon as possible. The vaccination process will continue to be a focus for me and the rest of the Legislature. I was initially concerned with the speed of the process but after several briefings with the Department of Health, I have confidence that the initial ...

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

The new year has arrived and the 2021 legislative session starts on Monday. I am always excited to represent the Spokane community in the State Senate, but this year it feels more important than ever. We have big challenges, but also the opportunity to build back a robust recovery that works for everyone. For an overview of priorities for this Legislative ...

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Looking ahead to the 2021 session

Looking ahead to the 2021 session

Due to COVID-19, the Legislature will be working mostly remotely for the 2021 session. As we work on the logistics of the legislative session and determine the best way to get our work done on behalf of the people of Washington state, we have had the following goals in mind:

  • A session that is safe for legislators, staff, and the ...

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Sen. Billig statement on the conclusion of the 2020 session

Sen. Billig statement on the conclusion of the 2020 session

“I am so proud of the work we’ve done on behalf of the people of this state, but all of our thoughts right now are with the people and communities across Washington impacted by the coronavirus and with the public health professionals who are working around the clock to stop its spread.

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Spokane legislators to host town hall meeting

Spokane legislators to host town hall meeting

OLYMPIA – Legislators representing Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District will host a town hall on Saturday, Feb. 22, to provide an update on the 2020 legislative session in Olympia and take questions from community members. Who: Sen. Andy Billig and Rep. Marcus Riccelli When: Saturday, Feb. 22, 10-11:30 a.m. Where: Women’s Club Spokane, 1428 W. 9th Ave, Spokane The Legislature is in the midst of ...

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Sen. Billig, Reps. Ormsby and Riccelli to hold telephone town hall

Sen. Billig, Reps. Ormsby and Riccelli to hold telephone town hall

Sen. Billig and Reps. Ormsby and Riccelli of the 3rd Legislative District will give an update on the 2020 legislative session on Tuesday. Who: State Sen. Andy Billig, State Reps. Timm Ormsby and Marcus Riccelli What: Telephone town hall When: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 6 – 7 p.m. The majority of the live town hall discussion will focus on answering questions directly from constituents. Under the telephone town ...

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Spokane’s Carla Olman Peperzak will be honored as Washington’s Person of the Year

Spokane’s Carla Olman Peperzak will be honored as Washington’s Person of the Year

Carla Olman Peperzak, a holocaust survivor and member of the Dutch resistance during World War II who helped hide Jewish people during the Nazi invasion of Holland, will be honored in February as Washington’s Person of the Year. Peperzak, 95, became a US citizen in 1958 and moved to Spokane in 2004. She continues to speak regularly about her experiences as ...

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The Everblue State: Welcome to the 2020 Session with Sen. Andy Billig

The Everblue State: Welcome to the 2020 Session with Sen. Andy Billig

The Everblue State is back for the 2020 Legislative Session with a special episode with Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig. Billig gives us an update on what Senate Democrats are working on this year, and the issues he hopes the Legislature will tackle in the coming decade. He also takes a retrospective look at his favorite bills in the last 10 ...

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