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Join us for a 33rd District Virtual Town Hall

Join us for a 33rd District Virtual Town Hall

Dear neighbors, We’re just past halfway through the 2021 legislative session, and my seatmates and I want to hear from you, as well as update you on our work on your behalf. Please join all three lawmakers from the 45th District—Rep. Tina Orwall, Rep. Mia Gregerson and me—for a town hall meeting ...

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Halftime Report

Halftime Report

Dear neighbors, Halfway through the legislative session, the Senate has made great progress to address the most pressing issues affecting us here in Washington—from pandemic recovery to health care to police accountability to fair pay for a hard week’s work. We have until April 25 to finish the work we have ...

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Fast-tracking pandemic relief

Fast-tracking pandemic relief

Dear neighbors, At the Legislature, we have been working hard to put pandemic relief on a fast track. This week, we passed a historic $2.2 billion package that will expand testing and vaccine distribution, provide support to schools, make grants available for small business, and help thousands meet basic needs with ...

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Urgent alert: Vaccine sites opening Monday near us, register Saturday

Urgent alert: Vaccine sites opening Monday near us, register Saturday

Dear neighbors, On Monday, Feb. 1, King County will open two community vaccination sites, one at the ShoWare Center in Kent and the other at the General Services Administration complex in Auburn. They will be operating six days a week, providing 500 shots per day. Registration for these sites will be open ...

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Improving health—at work and in the community

Improving health—at work and in the community

Dear neighbors, This past Monday, a legislative session unlike any in our state’s history began. Despite threats of violence, and the necessity of conducting most legislative business remotely to protect public health, it has been a success so far. Legislators and staff have been working for months to ensure that the session ...

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Supporting Washington’s Workers

Supporting Washington’s Workers

Dear neighbors, Your 2021 Washington State Legislative session will convene on Monday in Olympia. As President Pro Tempore, I will preside over the opening session of the Senate. There are some concerns about possible protests, but I am confident our Washington State Patrol will be able to handle whatever situation develops. ...

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Aid for businesses and workers

Aid for businesses and workers

Dear neighbors, As we approach the holidays, I hope you are staying healthy and safe. I know we all want to see our family and friends. But with COVID numbers increasing dramatically in Washington, we are seeing more cases now than we did at the peak this spring. Now is a ...

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The nation's first public option is open for enrollment

The nation's first public option is open for enrollment

Dear Neighbors, If you’re looking for health insurance, now is the time to act. Open enrollment in the Washington State health care exchange opened on November 1. For coverage starting January 1, the deadline to enroll is December 15; and for coverage starting February 1, the deadline is January 15. See below ...

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Update on small business assistance

Update on small business assistance

Dear Neighbors, As I wrote you last week, our federal, state and local governments are stepping up assistance for people and businesses affected by the pandemic. In addition to the rental, mortgage, and child care assistance that I listed in my previous e-newsletter, they are also offering generous help for ...

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Rental, mortgage, and child care assistance

Rental, mortgage, and child care assistance

Dear Neighbors, As we enter the fall still feeling the effects of the pandemic, state and local governments are stepping up assistance for people in need. If you need emergency help with food, housing, or other services, contact King County Crisis Connections (call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 877-211-9274). If ...

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