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Black History Month, Upcoming Floor Debates, Virtual Town Hall Recap

Black History Month, Upcoming Floor Debates, Virtual Town Hall Recap

Friends: We’re about one-third of the way through the 2021 legislative session and lawmakers are working quickly in the mostly remote environment on behalf of Washington residents. ICYMI: The Legislature approved nearly $4 billion in economic relief for Washingtonians, and we continue to work on getting additional relief to families and small businesses. Last week was a big week in health care as the Senate approved a bill to protect health care rights for women experiencing pregnancy complications and another ...

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COVID-19 Economic Relief Coming Soon!

COVID-19 Economic Relief Coming Soon!

Friends: We just wrapped up our fourth week of the 2021 mostly remote legislative session and I have big news to share regarding $4 billion in COVID-19 economic relief on the way to Washingtonians.


$1.7 Billion in unemployment benefit increases and business premium decreases Washington businesses were about to face massive unemployment insurance premium increases due to the pandemic-related layoffs. This would have put an unnecessary strain on so many small businesses that are already struggling to get by. Read More
COVID-19 Economic Relief: The 2021 Session is Underway!

COVID-19 Economic Relief: The 2021 Session is Underway!

Friends: First off, if you’re getting this e-newsletter for the first time, welcome! I’m Marko Liias, your state senator from the 21st Legislative District. I am one of your voices in the state Legislature in Olympia. I send these e-newsletters a few times a month during the legislative session and periodically when we’re out of session because it’s important you know what your public officials are doing on your behalf. Engaging with my constituents directly is one of my favorite ...

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WA Notify: Coronavirus Smartphone Notifications

WA Notify: Coronavirus Smartphone Notifications

Friends: It’s been a while since my last message. State ethics laws required my official Senate communications to stand down during the campaign season. Now that the elections are over, I’m excited to turn my full attention to the upcoming legislative session and get to work for the people of Washington! A lot has changed in our state since the Legislature was last in session in March. Not only will our 2021 legislative agenda look different compared to previous sessions, but how ...

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COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources

***UPDATE*** Click here for our COVID-19 Resource Guide. If you did not receive a copy in the mail, you can request one from my office by clicking here. And if you missed our COVID-19 telephone town hall, you can listen to that here.

Friends: These are difficult times to say the least. None of us has seen a public health crisis like this in our lifetimes. The coronavirus outbreak has challenged us in many ways, but I am so ...

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Update on the Coronavirus Outbreak

Update on the Coronavirus Outbreak

Friends: I hope you and your family are in good health and safe from the coronavirus. The situation is evolving rapidly, so I encourage you to stay up-to-date with the latest information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington State Department of Health, and the Snohomish County Health District. Washington's Joint Information Center just launched a new online portal that will organize helpful information and resources in one location. The site currently has information about what ...

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Coronavirus update

Coronavirus update

Friends and neighbors: Sadly, public health officials announced yesterday that four more Washingtonians have passed away after contracting coronavirus. I know all Washingtonians mourn their passing and send our condolences to their families and friends in this time of loss. Lawmakers are receiving regular updates from health department officials and I am confident that state and local agencies are taking all necessary actions to limit the spread of the virus and keep us safe. We all must do our part to keep ...

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Another great session putting people first

Another great session putting people first

This is Marko Liias, your state Senator from the 21st Legislative District. If you’re getting this message from me for the first time, welcome! I like to send a few updates while the Legislature is in session to help you stay informed on what lawmakers are doing on your behalf. During the rest of the year, I’ll send additional updates to let you know what I’m working on for the next legislative session and to hear about your priorities. If you do ...

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