Category Archives: News Release

23 Aug
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Hansen appointed to Washington State Senate to represent 23rd Legislative District

PORT ORCHARD – Rep. Drew Hansen (D-Bainbridge Island) has been appointed to represent the 23rd Legislative District in the Washington State Senate. Hansen, who has served in the state House of Representatives since 2011, was selected to fill the open ...

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25 Jul
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Senate leaders react to Washington’s historically high credit ratings

OLYMPIA – Budget leaders in the Washington State Senate responded to news that the state has maintained its historically high ratings from the nation’s top credit agencies. Reports from Moody’s (Aaa), S&P (AA+) and Fitch (AA+) cited the state’s strong ...

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11 Jul
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Higher Education Chairs Issue Statement on SCOTUS Rulings for Affirmative Action, Loan Forgiveness

OLYMPIA – Sen. Emily Randall, D-Bremerton, and Rep. Vandana Slatter, D-Bellevue, chair the Senate and House Higher Education & Workforce Development committees. In the wake of the Supreme Court decision striking down affirmative action protections in college admissions, overturning almost ...

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03 Jul
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Gas companies set gas prices. Here are some of the factors they consider before setting them.

HOW ARE GAS PRICES DETERMINED? 57% of what consumers pay for a gallon of gas is for crude oil 18% for refining 12% for distribution and marketing 13% for taxes The current global trading price of crude oil is roughly ...

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30 Jun
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WA LGBTQ Caucus issues statement in response to SCOTUS ruling in 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis

June 30, 2023 At a time of increased nationwide violence and hatred directed towards the LGBTQ+ community, the United States Supreme Court has sided today with forces of division and taken a step back in the march toward a more ...

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15 Jun
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Sens. Dhingra, Kuderer attend White House event detailing efforts to protect reproductive rights in Washington state 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A year after the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision upended abortion rights, lawmakers from around the country met in the nation’s capital to detail their efforts to ensure reproductive freedom in their home states.  Sens. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) ...

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24 May
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Almost 96 percent of bills passed in 2023 received bipartisan support

A new analysis from nonpartisan legislative staff shows that 95.89 percent of bills that passed the legislature in 2023 did so with bipartisan support. The legislature passed 487 bills during the 2023 legislative session, 467 of which received the ‘yes’ vote ...

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16 May
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Bill to address Supreme Court’s Blake decision signed into law

OLYMPIA — A bill to amend Washington’s drug possession laws and expand access to pretrial treatment programs was signed into law Tuesday, after passing both the House and Senate with bipartisan support.  Senate Bill 5536, sponsored by Sen. June Robinson ...

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16 May
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Legislature prioritizes funding, policy to tackle behavioral health

OLYMPIA — Washington state’s behavioral health system is coming out of the 2023 legislative session with nearly $1 billion in new funding and crucial innovative initiatives established. “With the rollout of Washington’s new 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, our state ...

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15 May
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Lovelett bill protecting endangered southern resident orcas signed into law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 15, 2023   Press Inquiries | 360.786.7853, courtney.james@leg.wa.gov  OLYMPIA – Legislation to further protect Washington’s endangered southern resident orca population was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee today. Senate Bill 5371, sponsored by Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes), requires ...

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