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Governor signs Lovelett bill to expand farmworker housing

Governor signs Lovelett bill to expand farmworker housing

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law today a bill to increase community-based housing opportunities for local farmworkers in Washington. Sponsored by Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes), Senate Bill 5396, passed with bi-partisan support, addresses a shortage of seasonal and annual farmworker housing by extending an existing sales-and-use tax exemption. The exemption will now extend to housing where at least 50% of the occupants are farmworkers and to housing used by seasonal farmworkers but also used by other occupants for parts of the year. “Farmworkers are a crucial part of our communities across the state, and we should be doing more to ensure they have access to quality housing,” said Lovelett. “I am proud to have worked with colleagues from ...

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About Sen. Lovelett

As a fifth generation Anacortes resident, Liz is rooted and invested in the 40th District. She has served as a community leader, championing affordable housing, water management, school construction, oil train safety, and improving lives for people in her community. She has served Anacortes as a city council member, and regionally as a board member for several organizations.

Liz is a mother, sister, and daughter of Anacortes residents. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree at Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, studying politics, environmental science and public health. She has been a small business owner and operator, and is a proud homeowner.

Read Sen. Lovelett’s full biography here.

Liz In the News

Crosscut: Washington climate activists disagree about how to cut carbon

Crosscut: Washington climate activists disagree about how to cut carbon

By Levi Pulkkinen

A landmark bill in the state Legislature has split environmentalists, with some questioning whether it will reduce pollution in communities hardest hit by it.

Competing efforts to enact landmark climate change legislation have fractured the state’s environmental coalition ...

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KGMI: State Senate passes bill to prevent sub-minimum pay for persons with disabilities

KGMI: State Senate passes bill to prevent sub-minimum pay for persons with disabilities

A bill to prevent paying sub-minimum wage to persons with disabilities passed the Washington State senate last Thursday. SB5284 would eliminate so-called sub-minimum wage certificates that allow employers to pay disabled employees less than minimum wage. Democrat Emily Randall called it an ...

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KGMI: State Senate committee hears bill to extend COVID unemployment benefits to undocumented workers

KGMI: State Senate committee hears bill to extend COVID unemployment benefits to undocumented workers

A state Senate bill that would extend COVID unemployment benefits to undocumented workers got a committee hearing in Olympia yesterday. Seattle Senator Rebecca Saldaña, a Democrat, is a primary sponsor of the bill intended to cover 270,000 persons in Washington. Senate Bill ...

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