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Kuderer, Baumgartner introduce legislation to put WIAA under state oversight, expand state basketball playoffs

Kuderer, Baumgartner introduce legislation to put WIAA under state oversight, expand state basketball playoffs

Today, Sen. Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue, and Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, introduced legislation to put the Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association under state oversight. “Right now there’s no clear oversight for the WIAA,” said Baumgartner, Republican leader of the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee. “I’ve heard from countless parents that there is no transparency in their decision-making process. This bill ensures that parents ...

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Senate committee to hear Access to Democracy reforms

Senate committee to hear Access to Democracy reforms

A package of elections reform bills to reduce barriers, increase transparency and boost turnout in elections statewide will be heard Wednesday by the Senate State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee.   SB 6002, Washington Voting Rights Act

  • Enables cities, counties, school boards and other local elected bodies to voluntarily adopt changes to their elections system that will improve representation in ...

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Kuderer to serve as Assistant Floor Leader in Senate Majority

Kuderer to serve as Assistant Floor Leader in Senate Majority

OLYMPIA – Ahead of the 2018 Legislative Session, Sen. Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue, was elected by members of the Washington State Senate Democratic Caucus to serve as the Assistant Majority Floor Leader. “I am honored to serve on the leadership team as the assistant floor leader in a Democratic majority,” said Kuderer. “I am ready to govern and help improve the ...

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Kuderer: 48th LD projects and jobs at risk without state capital budget

Kuderer: 48th LD projects and jobs at risk without state capital budget

OLYMPIA – Thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in local projects across the state are at risk if the Washington State Legislature adjourns without adoption of a state capital budget. “It is irresponsible to adjourn this legislative session without a capital budget,” said Sen. Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue. “The capital budget not only funds critical infrastructure investments across our state, it ...

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Kuderer bill addresses ST3 expansion, offers relief from high costs of vehicle license tabs

Kuderer bill addresses ST3 expansion, offers relief from high costs of vehicle license tabs

Senate Bill 5955 will offer car owners in King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties some relief from increases to vehicle license tabs under the motor vehicle excise tax (MVET), one of the primary funding sources for the expansion of light rail, the sounder, and bus rapid transit under Sound Transit 3. “There is no doubt that people across our region had ...

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Kuderer: "It's time to negotiate, our 1.1 million kids are waiting"

Kuderer: "It's time to negotiate, our 1.1 million kids are waiting"

OLYMPIA – Sen. Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue, today released the following statement on the 103rd day of the 105- day legislative session as Senate Republicans refuse to negotiate a final budget and brought forward a capital gains tax without the context of a budget: “I refuse to lend my name or reputation to a political stunt. Forcing a piecemeal vote on potential ...

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Kuderer’s first Senate bill, to help sign language interpreters, signed into law

Kuderer’s first Senate bill, to help sign language interpreters, signed into law

OLYMPIASenate Bill 5142, signed into law Monday by Gov. Jay Inslee, will allow educational interpreters more time to complete certification exams while continuing to provide sign language interpreting services to children in schools. “Today’s bill signing is a win for our students and a win for their interpreters,” said the bill’s prime sponsor Sen. Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue. “We ...

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Kuderer: “Action on the levy cliff a huge win, now we must focus on funding education”

Kuderer: “Action on the levy cliff a huge win, now we must focus on funding education”

Sen. Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue, issued the following statement after the Senate voted to take action on the levy cliff bill, Senate Bill 5023, preventing a $358 million cut to school districts across the state: “School districts, teachers, and kids across the state will have some certainty tonight after passage of the levy cliff bill. Their locally approved funding will ...

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School districts across the state need certainty, local funding at risk

School districts across the state need certainty, local funding at risk

Our state's 295 school districts stand to lose approximately $358 million if the Washington State Senate fails to act on the "levy cliff" bill, House Bill 1059. The education of our kids is too important to continue to delay, which is why I am proud to stand with Senate Democrats as we try to bring the bill to a vote ...

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Kuderer proposal for same day voter registration heard in Senate committee

Kuderer proposal for same day voter registration heard in Senate committee

On Wednesday, Senate Bill 5192 was heard in the Senate State Government Committee. The bill proposes to allow voters the opportunity to register in person up until 5 p.m. on the day of a primary, special or general election. The bill would also update the online and mail in registration deadline from 29 days prior to an election day ...

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