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Sen. Jeannie Darneille speaks on the Senate floor. She is holding a microphone with her right hand and gesturing with her left hand.
01 Dec
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Justice system reform top priority for Darneille in 2021 session

OLYMPIA – Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-Tacoma) will regain a seat on the Senate Law & Justice Committee for the upcoming legislative session after a two-year hiatus, and was reelected yesterday to chair the Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee*. “With ...

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Sen. Jeannie Darneille speaks on the Senate floor.
08 May
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See you after November!

Because of election year restrictions, I will be unable to update my website or send e-mail updates beginning May 11. However, my office will remain open, so if you need to contact me or my staff, please contact my office ...

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Woman working on a laptop computer.
13 Apr
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Information for Unemployed Workers

Dear neighbors,

The good news is Washingtonians are doing a great job at following the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, and the curve is beginning to flatten. We have to keep up the good work and continue to stay home ...

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Unoccupied booths and chars in an empty restaurant.
02 Apr
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Relief for small businesses, the self-employed and independent contractors

Dear neighbors,

I know many of you are small business owners, self-employed or independent contractors who are struggling to make ends meet due to the COVID-19 response. Here are some resources that may help you through these tough times.

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Sen. Darneille talking with two other senators on the Senate floor.
18 Mar
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Special Update: Coronavirus

Dear neighbors, We wrapped up the 2020 legislative session last week, and updates about legislation will be coming soon.  For now, I’d like to take a moment to assure you that the Legislature and our state agencies are taking our ...

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Sen. Darneille with Page Dana Hicks, March 3, 2020.
09 Mar
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Dana Hicks serves as page in Washington State Senate

Dana Hicks, 15, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of March 6. Pages are typically sponsored by the senator from their legislative district. Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-Tacoma) sponsored Hicks’s week in the Legislature.

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04 Mar
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Senate passes several criminal justice reform bills

OLYMPIASeveral criminal justice reform bills that moved out of the Senate Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee last week were passed in the Senate this week. “We are approving important legislation that puts people first by setting them ...

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Sen. Darneille speaks on the Senate floor while two other Senators hold up a purple and white flag.
20 Feb
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Update from Olympia

Dear neighbors: Please don’t forget to join us this Saturday for the 27th Legislative District town hall in Tacoma! It will take place from 10 am to noon at the Eastside Community Center, 1721 E 56th St., Tacoma.     ...

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Statue of lady justice holding scales of justice and sword, deep blue sky in background with wispy clouds.
18 Feb
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Senate passes bill to reform youth sentencing guidelines

OLYMPIALegislation passed today by the Senate would permit courts to consider the maturity of a defendant in sentencing decisions. Sponsored by Sen. Jeannie Darneille (D-Tacoma), Senate Bill 5488 would allow judges to use discretion when making sentencing ...

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This photo shows the view of a prison corridor from behind a barred door. Secure doors are seen lining the walls, and one door is open.
17 Feb
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Senate approves expansion of sentencing alternatives

OLYMPIA – Today the Senate passed legislation that would expand access to alternatives to incarceration for parents convicted of certain crimes and who have minor children.  Existing programs allow eligible persons to receive intensive community supervision and services in lieu ...

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