OLYMPIA – A bill to create more opportunity for housing near transit centers passed the Senate on a bipartisan 40-8 vote today. Senate Bill 5466, sponsored by Sen. Marko Liias (D-Everett), provides development targets near light rail and bus rapid transit stations and gives local jurisdictions flexible tools to meet these targets in ways that reflect the unique characteristics of their communities. Washington is currently facing a massive housing shortage, and ...Read More
A bill to restrict the sale of high-capacity firearm magazines in Washington was approved by the state Senate on a 28-20 vote Wednesday. Senate Bill 5078, sponsored by Sen. Marko Liias (D – Everett), prohibits the manufacture, sale, import or transfer of large-capacity magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. The approved legislation does not ban the current possession of a high-capacity magazine.
“My community has seen firsthand the devastating impact that gun violence can have on families,” said Liias. “We need to act now to protect residents across the state from unnecessary harm, ...Read More
Friends and neighbors, With week three of the 2022 Legislative session coming to a close, we have been working hard to pass some exciting bills both in Committees and on the Senate floor. Bills move fast during short, 60-day sessions, and that’s certainly no different this year! Keep reading this newsletter for a few bill updates and an opportunity to hear from your 21st District legislators.[vc_single_image image="3028" img_size="full" alignment="center" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" link="https://www.facebook.com/events/5076851419012704"]Join our upcoming 21st District Town Hall! Join Reps. Lillian Ortiz-Self, Strom ...Read More
E-newsletter: exciting news for the 2022 session! Friends and neighbors, I hope you are having a safe and healthy holiday season so far. With the 2022 legislative session right around the corner, we are eager to rise to the challenge and pass legislation to meet the needs of our communities. Even with a short 60-day session, we have plenty of work ahead and no shortage of motivation to get the job done! One exciting bit of news for the upcoming session is that ...Read More
Dear friends and neighbors, I’m super excited to invite you to a special edition “Infrastructure Week” livestream with my friend and colleague, Sen. Mona Das! TODAY (11/17) at 6:30pm, we’ll be joined by an incredible guest-star – Heather Kurtenbach – who introduced President Biden when he signed the “Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act” bill earlier this week. Click the image below to join us on the live stream! [vc_single_image image="2943" img_size="large" onclick="custom_link" img_link_target="_blank" link="https://www.facebook.com/senmarkoliias/posts/10158842068094121"]Sen. Das and I were invited to be present for the bill signing, where we ...Read More
Congrats to Washington State Ferries on the successful virtual grand opening of the new Mukilteo Ferry Terminal. This is the first new ferry terminal built in our state in 40 years. And it was much needed as the Clinton-Mukilteo run is one of the state’s busiest with more than 4 million ferry users each year.
This is a great example of federal, state, local, and tribal governments working together to build strong communities. The Washington State Department of Transportation ...Read More
We wrapped up the 2020 session a few months ago. And once again with Democrats in control of the Senate for the third session in a row, we were able to enact so many great progressive policies that were held up over the previous five years.
Some accomplishments that I’m particularly proud of that I’ve been able to get over the finish line over the last three years include:
Student Loan Bill of Rights: This bill created new protections for Washingtonians from ...