Author Archives: akerndl

20 Feb
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The Times They Are a Changin’

Dear colleagues,  On the wall in my office is a framed poster from the 1950 Pendleton Roundup. Yup, I lived in Pendleton at the time. On a bright orange background, it features a cowboy on a wild bucking bronco, and ...

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20 Feb
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WA State Standard: WA state Sen. Sam Hunt to retire after 24 years in Legislature

Someone new will have to soon saddle up to represent the Olympia area in the Washington state Senate. Sen. Sam Hunt, a Democrat who represents the 22nd Legislative District, said on Tuesday he won’t seek reelection this year. Hunt has ...

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19 Feb
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Community projects receive funding in capital budget proposal

Dear friends and neighbors,  The Senate released its proposal this week for the state’s capital budget, which funds construction projects across the state – mostly buildings, but many other things too. This year’s supplemental budget proposal includes major funding increases ...

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12 Feb
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Azumi Calloway serves as a page in Washington State Senate  

OLYMPIA – Azumi Calloway served as a page for the Washington State Senate during the fourth week of the 2024 legislative session. Sen. Sam Hunt (D-Olympia) sponsored her time at the Legislature.    The page program offers a hands-on opportunity for ...

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09 Feb
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Improving civility in our political discourse

Dear friends and neighbors,   We are now more than halfway through the legislative session! We’ve been busy all week passing bills off the Senate floor. Bills that started in the Senate have to make it through the Senate by Tuesday ...

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06 Feb
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Bill to require AEDs in fitness centers passes Senate with unanimous support

Olympia — A bill that would require fitness centers to have at least one semiautomatic external defibrillator (AED) on hand passed the Senate with unanimous support on Tuesday.   Senate Bill 5592, sponsored by Sen. Sam Hunt (D-Olympia), was brought ...

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31 Jan
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Bill to end deceptive voter registration challenges clears Senate

OLYMPIA — A bill to ensure there’s a clear process for challenging voter registrations cleared the Senate floor with unanimous support Wednesday. It would also ensure no one is wrongly removed from the voting rolls or is led to believe ...

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29 Jan
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TOMORROW: Join us for the 22nd Legislative District’s virtual town hall

Dear friends and neighbors,  I’d like to remind you that my seatmates, Reps. Jessica Bateman and Beth Doglio, and I are hosting a virtual town hall tomorrow! We’d like to give you a mid-session update and learn more about the ...

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24 Jan
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Hunt bill to protect libraries passes Senate with unanimous support

OLYMPIA — A bill to protect libraries cleared the Senate with unanimous support Wednesday.  In 2023, petitioners in Columbia County gathered enough signatures to put a measure on the ballot to dissolve the Dayton library. However, this was stopped by ...

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24 Jan
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WA State Standard: WA lawmaker wants to make voting mandatory … sort of?

State Sen. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia, has introduced a bill to make voting compulsory in Washington. But under Hunt’s legislation, there’d be no punishment for citizens who ignore the requirement. Senate Bill 5209 calls for adding a sentence on every ballot that ...

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