E-Newsletters

An open letter to the people of Washington state on the need for police reform

An open letter to the people of Washington state on the need for police reform

An open letter to the people of Washington state: The Senate Democratic Caucus – fully recognizing that our own state Senate lacks the voice of even a single Black legislator, a voice that needs to ground us today and always – stands with our Black neighbors throughout Washington as we grieve ...

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Here’s some help for working people and small businesses

Here’s some help for working people and small businesses

The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on our economy. All across our state people are struggling to make ends meet and small businesses are struggling to stay afloat. We will get through this, but right now, we need to stay strong, work together and help each other out. If you ...

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Coronavirus info: How we can work together to keep our community safe

Coronavirus info: How we can work together to keep our community safe

Friends and neighbors I know that we are all concerned with the coronavirus outbreak and have many questions about what we can do to keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy. Here are a few helpful links that will answer many of your questions. This is the state portal to many answers ...

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E News: 2019 Budget Update

E News: 2019 Budget Update

Dear friends and neighbors,

We accomplished a lot during this year’s 105-day legislative session. In addition to passing a wide range of bills improving the quality of life in our communities, we finished on time and passed capital construction, transportation and operating budgets for the ...

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Midway through legislative session, Senate Democrats putting people first

Midway through legislative session, Senate Democrats putting people first

As we near the midpoint of the 2018 legislative session, I have been busily reviewing bills as a member of the Senate Labor & Commerce Committee, the Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee and the Senate Ways & Means Committee, which controls the state budget. The Senate is considering a ...

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Legislative Update 5/4/2017

Legislative Update 5/4/2017

Dear friends and neighbors, Late last month, the regular 2017 legislative session formally concluded. Unfortunately, this happened before the Legislature was able to reach agreement on an operating and capital budget. As a result, Gov. Inslee has initiated a 30-day special session so that we can finish our work. Like many of ...

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School siting bill signed into law; Bethel to get a new high school

School siting bill signed into law; Bethel to get a new high school

After years in waiting, the Bethel School District will finally be able to build a new high school. Bethel, like many school districts throughout Washington, has struggled to find space to build new schools. This has been a challenge for districts in areas with rapidly increasing populations and land development ...

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Legislative Update 4/3/2017

Legislative Update 4/3/2017

Dear friends and neighbors, We are now entering the last three weeks of the 2017 Legislative Session, which is scheduled to end on April 23. At this point in the process, we are wrapping up our work in standing committees. The action now heads to the Senate floor where we will vote ...

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Legislative Update 3/20/17

Legislative Update 3/20/17

Dear friends and neighbors, I would like to thank all of you who attended my town hall meeting at Bates Technical College. We had a lively conversation about car tabs, affordable health care, homelessness and K-12 funding. If you were not able to attend, you can always contact me anytime to ...

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Legislative Update 2/21/17

Legislative Update 2/21/17

Dear friends and neighbors, Thank you for taking the time to read my legislative e-newsletter. First off, I would like to thank all of you who participated in last week’s telephone town hall. Almost 5,000 people picked up their phones to participate. I only wish that we had more time to ...

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