Category Archives: News Release

22 Jan
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Senate passes Wilson’s comprehensive sexual health education bill

The teaching of science-based, age-appropriate sexual health education would be expanded to more school districts and grade levels, under legislation passed today by the Senate. “Some people hear the words ‘sex education’ and mistake the focus of the curriculum, which ...

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21 Jan
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Legislature honors Franklin on Senate floor, celebrates oral history

A groundbreaking former state lawmaker has chronicled her experiences in the Legislature in a biographical oral history that will be celebrated at a book-signing reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center in Tacoma. ...

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20 Jan
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Wilson bill would address critical needs of early learners

Early learners would get the assistance and support they need to avoid falling behind their peers in kindergarten and throughout life, under legislation heard today by the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee. “Not everyone is ready to learn ...

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13 Jan
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Bills on consumer data privacy, facial recognition introduced

OLYMPIA – A bipartisan group of Washington state senators and representatives today unveiled a pair of bills strengthening consumer access and control over personal data and regulating the use of facial recognition technology. Sen. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) — sponsor of ...

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20 Dec
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Statement from Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig (D-Spokane) on the independent investigation of Rep. Matt Shea

“The investigators’ report of Rep. Matt Shea’s involvement in domestic terrorism makes it clear Rep. Shea has no place in the Washington State Legislature. The report’s conclusion is unequivocal and chilling: Rep. Shea is a ‘present and growing threat of ...

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19 Dec
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Statement from Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig (D-Spokane) on today’s Supreme Court ruling on public records

“We are still reviewing the court’s decision, but as I’ve said throughout this process, I believe the Legislature should continue to take steps toward greater transparency. Long before this decision came down, we started establishing an institutional infrastructure to help ...

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31 Jul
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Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig’s statement on election of Rep. Laurie Jinkins as Speaker-designate

Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig (D-Spokane) released this statement following the election of Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma) as the Speaker-designate of the Washington State House of Representatives: “I would like to extend congratulations to Laurie Jinkins on being elected the ...

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01 Jul
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Stanford appointed 1st Legislative District senator

OLYMPIA – Derek Stanford was unanimously appointed state senator for the 1st Legislative District this morning at a joint meeting of the King and Snohomish County councils in Bothell. “I’m excited to get to work in the Senate, and I’m ...

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24 May
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Governor signs bill creating commission on LGBTQ inequities

The state’s newly created state LGBTQ Commission will meet Saturday with stakeholders to discuss the commission’s initial steps, Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn) said today. Wilson’s Senate Bill 5356 was signed into law earlier this month by Gov. Jay Inslee, establishing ...

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24 May
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Sen. Billig: “I thank Sen. Palumbo for his hard work in the Senate and for Washington”

Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig released the following statement Friday following the resignation of Sen. Guy Palumbo: “Sen. Palumbo has informed me he intends to resign his seat in the state senate, effective today. “Sen. Palumbo has done an excellent ...

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