Author Archives: aaronw

22 Nov
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Steve Hobbs, appointed 16th Secretary of State, resigns from Senate

Sen. Steve Hobbs, longtime chair of the Senate Transportation Committee and the second longest-tenured member of the Senate Democratic Caucus, officially resigned from the Senate on Monday, Nov. 22 and will assume his duties as Washington’s 16th Secretary of State ...

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26 Oct
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Walkinshaw releases new VRA-Compliant Legislative map

Today, Senate Democratic Caucus appointee Commissioner Brady Piñero Walkinshaw released an updated proposal for Washington’s new legislative district map. This new map follows definitive analysis released last week that the final adopted map must include a majority-Hispanic district in the ...

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21 Oct
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New definitive analysis by UCLA Voting Rights Expert: final Washington state legislative plan must include VRA-compliant district in the Yakima Valley 

The Senate Democratic Caucus today released analysis from Dr. Matt A. Barreto, Political Science & Chicana/o Studies and Faculty Director of the UCLA Voting Rights Project, that demonstrates a requirement under the federal Voting Rights Act to draw a majority-Hispanic/Latino ...

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30 Jun
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Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig calls on Rep. Walsh to apologize and “educate himself about the history of the Holocaust and Jim Crow laws”

Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig released the statement below Wednesday in response to Republican Rep. Jim Walsh’s comparison of Washington’s COVID public health rules to the Nazi persecution of Jews and a Supreme Court ruling that upheld Jim Crow laws: ...

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23 Jun
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Sens. Billig and Van De Wege react to the passing of former Senator Mark Doumit

Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig and Chair of the Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee Sen. Kevin Van De Wege issued the statements below following the passing of former Senator and Representative Mark Doumit. Doumit represented the 19th Legislative ...

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25 Apr
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Billig: “The 2021 legislative session saw the end of incremental change and the beginning of a fundamental transformation”

“When we began this session 105 days ago, we had a choice.  We could come in to do the minimum and get out of town. Instead, we chose to rise to the moment as a Legislature and as a state ...

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16 Apr
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This Week In The Senate – Week 15: SINE DIE

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15 Apr
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Senate passes bill to address Supreme Court’s Blake decision

Washington would re-establish a statewide legal framework pertaining to controlled substances and expanding behavioral health treatment options, under a bill passed today by the Senate. In a Feb. 25 decision in the case of State v. Blake, the Washington State ...

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11 Apr
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This Week In The Senate – Week 14: Forward Washington, floor action and just two weeks left

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03 Apr
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This Week In The Senate – Week 13: Floor action intensifies, Blake Decision response and an important cutoff

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