Category Archives: News Release

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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06 Oct
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Bipartisan group of WA senators to Biden: Don’t abandon Hanford workers

OLYMPIA — A large bipartisan, bicameral group of Washington state legislators has signed a strong letter of protest urging the Biden administration to withdraw its challenge to the Washington state law strengthening workers’ compensation access for workers at the Hanford ...

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09 Aug
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Senate Majority Leader Billig and Speaker Jinkins comment on Gov. Inslee’s vaccine mandate for some state employees, health care workers

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23 Jul
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Dhingra & Pedersen: Police have a responsibility to show up and help people in crisis

Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond), chair of the Senate Behavioral Health Subcommittee and vice chair of the Senate Law & Justice Committee, and Sen. Jamie Pedersen (D-Seattle), chair of the Senate Law & Justice Committee, today released the following statement on ...

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06 Jul
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Legislature’s 2021 budgets bring big investments to 30th district

  The budgets approved by the Legislature this year brought significant investments to the 30th Legislative District, which includes Federal Way, Algona, Pacific, Milton, Des Moines and Auburn. “I’m proud to have supported and advocated for investments that will make ...

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01 Jul
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New state childcare provisions in Fair Start for Kids Act to take effect

  Several provisions of the Fair Start for Kids Act, the system overhaul the Legislature passed this year in response to the state’s childcare crisis, take effect today. “In Washington, over half a million children do not have access to ...

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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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27 May
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Senate MOCC issues statement on AG decision in Manuel Ellis case

The Washington State Senate Members of Color Caucus today issued the following statement in response to the Attorney General’s most recent action in the case of Manuel Ellis’ death. “As the Members of Color Caucus of the Washington State Senate, ...

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18 May
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Nobles bill on use-of-force data collection to build trust through transparency

OLYMPIA — Today the governor signed legislation into law that will establish an advisory group to assist with the design, development, and implementation of a statewide database for police use of force. This database will enable use of force data ...

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