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Senate passes bills to help youth in foster care or facing homelessness

Senate passes bills to help youth in foster care or facing homelessness

OLYMPIA – The Senate today overwhelmingly approved three bipartisan measures to help children and youth who are in foster care or experiencing homelessness. Senate Bills 6222 and 6223, sponsored by Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, would expand extended foster care eligibility and improve educational opportunities and outcomes. Senate Bill 6274 , sponsored by Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, would create ...

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Bill to fight ticket bots by requiring licenses passed by Senate committee

Bill to fight ticket bots by requiring licenses passed by Senate committee

OLYMPIA – A consumer protection bill to help prevent computer programs from sweeping up event tickets sold on the Internet and reselling them at inflated prices passed yesterday out of the Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology. “Anyone who has gone to a concert, the theater or a ball game knows that there’s a major problem with ticket bots sweeping ...

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Rural broadband bill approved by Senate committee

Rural broadband bill approved by Senate committee

OLYMPIA – A bill designed to expand access to broadband services in rural communities throughout the state was unanimously approved Thursday by the Senate Energy, Environment and Technology Committee. Senate Bill 5935, sponsored by Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, creates a new state Office on Broadband Access, launches an advisory group and directs it to identify barriers and opportunities for superfast ...

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Lawmakers approve state construction budget, big investments in 36th District

Lawmakers approve state construction budget, big investments in 36th District

OLYMPIA – Lawmakers in Olympia passed a long-overdue $4.2 billion capital budget last night, funding vital infrastructure projects around the state like public schools, colleges and universities, parks, and environmental projects. This budget includes a record $1 billion for public schools, which will help the state’s 295 local school districts achieve the state’s K-3 class size reduction goals. Lawmakers from the 36th ...

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36th Legislative District town hall to be held January 6

36th Legislative District town hall to be held January 6

Who: State Sen. Reuven Carlyle, State Rep. Gael Tarleton, and State Rep. Noel Frame (36th Legislative District) What: Town hall meeting When: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Saturday, January 6

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Carlyle to chair Senate Energy, Environment & Technology Committee in new Democratic majority

Carlyle to chair Senate Energy, Environment & Technology Committee in new Democratic majority

OLYMPIA – Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, will serve as chair on the Energy, Environment & Technology Committee (EET) in the Washington state Senate. Seizing a one-seat majority after a special election victory in Washington’s 45th Legislative District, Senate Democrats will now set the agenda for policy committees and floor voting. Following a year of limited action on pressing environmental issues, the ...

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Legislature passes series of landmark bills expanding opportunity for homeless, foster youth

Legislature passes series of landmark bills expanding opportunity for homeless, foster youth

OLYMPIA – A package of bills passed by the Legislature will expand opportunity, protections and support for homeless and foster care youth. Each of the bills, from those designed to facilitate on-time high school graduation (HB 1444) and greater housing stability (SHB 1867) to those reducing barriers to obtain identification cards (SB 5382) and car insurance (Read More

Carlyle announces state funding for Magnolia, Queen Anne & Ballard schools

Carlyle announces state funding for Magnolia, Queen Anne & Ballard schools

Senate budget includes $20.1M for Seattle Schools as House negotiations begin OLYMPIA – In addition to nearly $1.1 billion for school construction statewide, Seattle Public Schools would receive a special allocation of $20.1 million dollars for school construction projects in the 2017 capital budget passed by the Washington State Senate, according to Sen. Reuven Carlyle. “As Seattle grows, thousands of additional kids ...

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Legislature takes key step forward on education with Senate passage of ‘levy cliff’ bill to prevent loss of levy dollars

Legislature takes key step forward on education with Senate passage of ‘levy cliff’ bill to prevent loss of levy dollars

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Senate passed a major bill to prevent the loss of hundreds of millions in local levy dollars currently funding schools. Addressing Senate Bill 5023, extending Washington state’s impending “levy cliff,” Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, released the following statement: “I am thankful that our colleagues heeded the call of countless parents, teachers, and school administrators to ...

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36th Legislative District legislators respond to Seattle Public Schools budget shortfall

36th Legislative District legislators respond to Seattle Public Schools budget shortfall

Seattle Public Schools is facing a $74 million budget shortfall and may be forced to increase class sizes, cut special programming and disrupt staffing as described in a letter sent out from the district. “I am so sad that we haven’t been able to fix the levy cliff in time to prevent these changes from being enacted,” said Rep. Gael ...

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