Uli Fuamaila and his wife, Loto, moved from Lake Stevens to Federal Way a few years ago. She needed to be closer to her doctors, and he wanted to be closer to his job driving a paratransit bus for Metro’s Access program, based in Bellevue. Though Fuamaila had already retired from his career in manufacturing, he had gone back to work to help pay for Loto’s mounting medical bills. Then, in 2015, Loto passed away. Fuamaila stayed in Federal Way and continued to drive for Metro. Click here to read more...Read More
Sen. Lisa Wellman (D-Mercer Island) spoke with the News Tribune about legislation that would allow school bonds to pass with a simple majority. The article focuses on Bethel High School and the myriad capital updates needed in the aging building.
“There are districts that haven’t been able to get bonds passed to do anything for years. It’s heartbreaking at times,” Wellman acknowledged.
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YAKIMA, Wash. - Washington Senator Lisa Wellman is speaking with local educators about ways to improve school safety. Wellman said she wants to find out what's working, what isn't and what else needs to be done. "It is about guns and physical safety but it is also about the fact that we have 30,000 kids in the United States committing suicide," she said. Wellman said they want teachers to be aware of the kids who are feeling like outsiders in their schools and what can be done to help them feel included in the community. Read more of this report from ...Read More
From the Bellevue Reporter The Washington state Senate recently passed legislation extending juvenile justice jurisdiction for some youthful offenders to age 25. The bill is now in the House and was placed on second reading by the Rules Committee on Tuesday. Current Washington law requires that 16-17 year olds who commit certain crimes are automatically tried as adults without any consideration of brain development, criminal history, upbringing or other potentially mitigating circumstances. Some of these crimes include: first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary (if the offender has a prior felony or misdemeanor), and any violent offense in which the offender is alleged ...Read More
From KOMONews.com: OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Washington State Senate voted Wednesday to pass legislation that could help improve the early detection of breast cancer in women, according to a Senate press release. Senate Bill 5912 would require that health insurance providers cover the 3D mammography, which has been show to improve the early detection of breast cancer by 40 percent, according to the release. "This legislation will help ensure that economic circumstance or the type of insurance you have is not a barrier to accessing this life-saving technology," Sen. Patty Kuderer said in the release. The bill will now move to the ...Read More
Sen. Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue, recently co-taught a math lesson in an eighth-grade Algebra I class at Stella Schola Middle School in Redmond. Kuderer was invited into the classroom by National Board Certified teacher Brigitte Tennis. The two led the lesson on the core concepts of logical thinking and perseverance using a problem involving gummy bears on gymnastics teams. After solving the original problem, students were given an enrichment extension so they could apply the pattern they had discovered to move gummy bears on mats from one side to the other, within given parameters. Student Sarrah Khan commented, “This was ...Read More
The following segment with Sen. Patty Kuderer appeared on KING 5's New Day Northwest on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Sen. Patty Kuderer and Chaitra Vedulapalli from Ignite Washington talk about the importance of women-owned businesses and the role they play in our state's economy. They also discuss the upcoming InnovateHER challenge for women business owners. https://king5.com/embeds/video/281-2595050/iframe?jwsource=clRead More
OLYMPIA — State lawmakers are looking at ways to remove lead from public water lines that connect to schools, day-care centers and other facilities. Rep. Jessyn Farrell, D-Seattle, has sponsored House Bill 1805, which is scheduled for a public hearing 8 a.m. Thursday in the House Environment Committee. Farrell’s proposal would require public water systems by 2020 to replace water lines that are not lead-free and that hook up to buildings providing public K-12 and charter schools, preschools, early child-care programs and family day-care providers. The bill sets a more ambitious long-term goal: By 2030, public water systems would have ...Read More