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Sen. Sam Hunt announces his retirement after nearly 24 years in the Legislature

Sen. Sam Hunt announces his retirement after nearly 24 years in the Legislature

OLYMPIA – Sen. Sam Hunt (D-Olympia) announced Tuesday he will retire after his term ends in January 2025. He has served as a state senator since 2017 and before that served as a state representative in the House from 2001-2016.   During Hunt’s tenure as chair of the House State Government and Tribal Affairs Committee and as chair ...

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Azumi Calloway serves as a page in Washington State Senate  

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 students to find out how state government works. During a week-long interactive learning experience, students are visited by ...

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

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 forward by constituents.  Brian Reiter passed away at age 49 after suffering a sudden heart ...

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Bill to end deceptive voter registration challenges clears Senate

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 they are not entitled to vote.
Hunt bill to protect libraries passes Senate with unanimous support

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 a Columbia County court.   According to reporting from the Seattle Times, roughly two-thirds of ...

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Sens. Hunt, Wellman seek bipartisan support for school construction legislation: 4 Republicans needed to pass in Senate

Sens. Hunt, Wellman seek bipartisan support for school construction legislation: 4 Republicans needed to pass in Senate

OLYMPIA— A resolution introduced in the Senate calls for a Washington state constitutional amendment to allow school bond issues to pass with support from a simple majority of school district voters. Currently, a 60% supermajority is needed to approve bonds for school building, maintenance or safety measures.  A minority of voters shouldn’t be able to ...

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Senate budget proposal would invest over $227 million in 22nd District

Senate budget proposal would invest over $227 million in 22nd District

OLYMPIA — The Senate Ways & Means Committee passed its capital budget proposal Friday, investing more than $227 million in projects throughout the 22nd Legislative District if passed. The suggested funding would go toward behavioral health facilities, youth services, community projects, legislative campus construction, recreation and more. Some of proposed district-wide investments include:

  • Nisqually Tribe Healing Village Mental Health Facility (Olympia) - ...

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Senate passes measure requiring gyms to keep hearts pumping

Senate passes measure requiring gyms to keep hearts pumping

Olympia– On Tuesday, the Senate unanimously passed a measure requiring fitness centers to acquire and maintain at least one semiautomatic external defibrillator (AEDs). Senate Bill 5592, sponsored by Sen. Sam Hunt (D-Olympia), says the bill was brought forward by a constituent.

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Hunt bill would increase license renewal frequency for older drivers

Hunt bill would increase license renewal frequency for older drivers

Olympia – Sen. Sam Hunt (D-Olympia) has sponsored legislation to increase road safety by reducing the length of time before an older driver’s license expires. Washington saw the second-highest increase in road fatalities in 2022, despite road deaths declining nationwide. Senate Bill 5560 joins a slate of bills aimed at promoting traffic safety this session. “This isn’t always a comfortable conversation, ...

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Hunt, Mena proposal makes voting a civic duty

Hunt, Mena proposal makes voting a civic duty

Olympia–A new proposal sponsored by Sen. Sam Hunt (D-Olympia) and Rep. Sharlett Mena (D-Tacoma) would make voting a civic duty. Universal civic duty voting (SB 5209/HB 1220) would require eligible voters to register and submit a ballot. The proposal would allow voters to obtain a waiver for registering to vote and allow voters to submit a full, partial, ...

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