Category Archives: News Release

24 Mar
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Senate budget makes historic investments for recovery, resilience

OLYMPIA – Senate Democrats today introduced a sweeping, $59.2 billion two-year budget proposal to increase funding for vital state services, including targeted support for the state’s pandemic recovery efforts and historic investments to support Washington’s working families. The 2021-23 operating ...

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23 Mar
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Hobbs: Transportation budget “reflects the urgent need for infrastructure investments”

While Washington’s finances continue to recover and benefit from a better-than-expected revenue forecast and one-time federal money, the state’s transportation funding sources continue to languish. Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, the collection of gas tax, has been in decline. Gas ...

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23 Mar
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Dhingra proposes treatment-focused legal framework for controlled substances

OLYMPIA – Washington would extend its public-health approach to substance use disorder by establishing a new legal framework for the possession of controlled substances, under a bill introduced today by Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond). In a Feb. 25 decision in ...

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17 Mar
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Senate MOCC statement on acts of violence against AAPI communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 17, 2021 Senate MOCC statement on acts of violence against AAPI communities The Senate Members of Color Caucus today issued the following statement: “Waking up to yet another day of more Asian American lives lost at ...

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17 Mar
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Rolfes: March revenue forecast is ‘fantastic news for our state’

OLYMPIA – State Senator Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island), chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, released this statement following today’s Economic and Revenue Forecast Council meeting. “Today’s revenue forecast is fantastic news for our state. The challenge now is ...

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08 Mar
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Senate passes Das bill to allow civil suits for racially-motivated 911 calls

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 8, 2021 Senate passes Das bill to allow civil suits for racially-motivated 911 calls The Senate today passed legislation that would provide legal recourse to those who are victims of biased or discriminatory police notifications. “This ...

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07 Mar
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Senate Democrats pass capital gains excise tax

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 7, 2021 Senate Democrats pass capital gains excise tax Legislation to establish a state capital gains tax on the sale of stocks and bonds passed out of the Senate on a 25-24 vote yesterday afternoon. Sen. ...

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A child's hand holds a pencil in a large blue pencil grip aid, while practicing tracing zeros on a workbook page.
06 Mar
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Senate passes landmark Wilson bill to expand access to childcare

  OLYMPIA – Sweeping legislation passed today by the Senate would address one of the leading challenges for Washington households by dramatically increasing the accessibility and affordability of childcare while stabilizing and expanding an industry in crisis. “Childcare tops the ...

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Sen. Patty Kuderer
06 Mar
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Kuderer’s public financial cooperative bill passes Senate

A bill that would create a public financial cooperative in Washington state was approved by the Senate on Friday. The new public cooperative created by SB 5188, sponsored by Sen. Patty Kuderer (D-Bellevue), would provide alternatives for local and tribal governments ...

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05 Mar
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Senate passes Wilson bill to improve reentry services

  OLYMPIA – Today the Senate passed legislation that would improve public safety by ensuring access to services for formerly incarcerated or confined individuals reentering the community. SB 5304, sponsored by Sen. Claire Wilson, would provide a “warm handoff” when ...

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