Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On Wednesday, we reached the halfway mark of this Legislative session.

Good bills die as Legislative cutoff passesfloor
I am disappointed at the number of great policies and bills that didn’t get past the cutoff. As a Democratic caucus, we tried to open up dialogue and create reasonable policies around gun safety, mental health and protecting vulnerable families – however, the Republican majority disagreed. I will continue to advocate for women, children and the vulnerable as we move forward with the budget and move to the second half of the session.

Town Hall Meeting tomorrow!
I encourage you to visit your 27th District delegation at a town hall meeting tomorrow, Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Jason Lee Middle School Cafeteria.

We’re eager to hear your questions, comments and suggestions so that we may continue to serve you, help our state recover and emerge better and stronger. If you intend to speak, please arrive early to sign in. Sign-in and information booths open at 9:30 a.m.

We are pleased to be hosting Walgreens Mobile Health—a service provided to community events with health screenings and information. We will also have a representative from Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Services to provide information at the town hall.

Tacoma Smelter Plume Yard Sampling & Cleanup Program
Public Comment Period begins March 14 – April 29, 2013

The Washington State Department of Ecology’s “Yard Program” will begin sampling and cleaning up  residential yards in some of the most contaminated areas of the Tacoma Smelter Plume — Ruston, west Tacoma and southern Vashon-Maury Island.

For more information to see if your yard may participate in the program, please visit the Tacoma Smelter plume website: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/tcp/sites_brochure/tacoma_smelter/2011/ts-hp.htm. There you will find separate fact sheets for the different regions the program serves, and a Frequently Asked Questions sheet.If you have comments or questions, please contact Amy Hargrove at Amy.Hargrove@ecy.wa.gov or 360-407-6262.

Comment period information and program service area map:http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/tcp/sites_brochure/tacoma_smelter/2013/yard-Sampling.html

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow at our town hall meeting. If you are unable to make it, please continue to contact my office either by phone 360-786-7652 or email me at Jeannie.Darneille@leg.wa.gov with any questions or concerns you may have. I look forward to hearing from you.

Take care,

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Sen. Jeannie Darneille