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Life-Saving 988 Hotline Goes Live in Washington State

Life-Saving 988 Hotline Goes Live in Washington State

I recently toured Frontier Behavior Health's 988 crisis hotline call center. I was pleased to have the two lead sponsors of the program, Sen. Manka Dhingra and Rep. Tina Orwall, join me along with 911 dispatchers, call center administrators, and other local legislators. In 2021, the Washington State Legislature passed HB 1477 to implement the national 988 crisis hotline, which ...

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Community meeting to address impact of Blake decision

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. Hosted by State Sen. Andy Billig of Spokane, the event will feature a panel of community leaders, including Superior Court ...

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2022 Legislature: Investing in Our Future

2022 Legislature: Investing in Our Future

As part of our effort to keep everyone updated on the details of the very productive 2022 legislative session, we recently sent a print newsletter to most of the registered voters in our district. The newsletter highlights significant investments made throughout Spokane as well as statewide efforts in many different policy areas including education, housing, health care, public safety, transportation, and ...

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On to the Interim and Save the Date

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 the legislative interim. The interim is the time between legislative sessions when we engage more deeply with the community, work on ...

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Billig bill to reconnect Spokane communities signed into law

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 Andy Billig, allows the Washington State Department of Transportation to more efficiently lease surplus property for things such as parks, ...

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

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 yet another example of how Washington leads the nation,” Sen. Andy Billig said. “This bill and the projects in it ...

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3rd Legislative District to Host Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday

3rd Legislative District to Host Virtual Town Hall on Wednesday

Join your Spokane legislators for a live virtual town hall on Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 6 pm. Sen. Andy Billig, Rep. Timm Ormsby, and Rep. Marcus Riccelli will share thoughts on their legislative priorities and answer your questions on the issues you care about. Submit questions ahead of time: Read More

Statements from Governor Inslee, Senate and House Democratic Leadership on delaying the Washington Cares Fund premium assessment

Statements from Governor Inslee, Senate and House Democratic Leadership on delaying the Washington Cares Fund premium assessment

OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee, together with Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig (D-Spokane) and House Speaker Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma), released the following statements this morning on delaying the Washington Cares Fund premium assessment: “I have been in ongoing discussions with legislators about the long-term care bill, which is set to begin collecting funds in January. This bill will help provide much-needed ...

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New Districts, New Staff, New Accountability

New Districts, New Staff, New Accountability

Redistricting Washington State and Spokane County

Efforts are currently underway to draw new boundaries for the state's 10 congressional and 49 legislative districts based on Census data gathered in 2020. The bipartisan Washington State Redistricting Commission is spearheading this work with its four appointed members, one from each caucus. The commissioners are tasked with proposing new maps, incorporating public input, and ...

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Mobile Office with your legislators at the Emerson Garfield Farmer's Market this Friday!

Mobile Office with your legislators at the Emerson Garfield Farmer's Market this Friday!

Come visit with Senator Andy Billig, Representative Timm Ormsby, and Representative Marcus Riccelli as they host a Mobile Office from 4:00-6:00 PM at the Emerson Garfield Farmer's Market Friday July 9th. We will be there to visit with constituents in the market and answer questions. The market runs from 3:00-7:00 PM every Friday at 2310 N Monroe in Spokane. We welcome ...

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