Everyone ages 16 and over are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. I got my first shot a few weeks ago and am looking forward to getting my second shot soon. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, according to the CDC. People can return to their normal pre-pandemic activities once they are fully vaccinated. Please continue to mask up, avoid gatherings, and get vaccinated as soon as you can. The end is almost here if we all do our part!Read More
Senate Democrats released our 2021-23 operating budget on Thursday. And let me just say, this is an outstanding budget. Exactly one year ago, the coronavirus was spreading out of control. Extraordinary measures were enacted to protect public health and control the spread of the virus. Thousands lost their jobs and the economy was in free fall virtually over night. There were calls from some lawmakers and editorial boards for the Legislature to convene a special session to slash the budget at a ...Read More
Friends: We’ve officially entered the second half of the 2021 mostly remote legislative session. As I reflect this weekend about what lawmakers have accomplished so far, I’m still in a small state of disbelief that this work is getting done – and getting done safely - during a pandemic.Read More
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 ...Read More
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
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More