Liz In The News

Washington State Wire: “It’s debilitating.” What’s driving Washington’s ferry problems?

Washington State Wire: “It’s debilitating.” What’s driving Washington’s ferry problems?

Frustration is mounting over cancelled sailings and service disruptions to Washington State Ferries, and there are calls among lawmakers to make funding ferries a priority in the next legislative session’s transportation package. On Oct. 7, the Washington State Department of Transportation ...

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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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La Conner Weekly News: Stand up and speak out for better ferries

La Conner Weekly News: Stand up and speak out for better ferries

Ferries are not just green-and-white boats to the families and businesses of the 10th District. To us, those boats are vital connections to work, school, and services like doctors and dentists. Reliable ferries are essential to our local economy and quality ...

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The Daily Chronicle: Bill Would Tax Vacation Rentals to Give Cities Funding to Build Affordable Housing

The Daily Chronicle: Bill Would Tax Vacation Rentals to Give Cities Funding to Build Affordable Housing

A proposed bill in the Washington State Senate would give cities a tool to fund affordable housing construction by taxing vacation rentals listed on sites such as Airbnb and VRBO. Introduced by Sen. Liz Lovelett, an Anacortes Democrat, SB 5012 would ...

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The Olympian: Here’s how Democrats want to address Washington racial, environmental disparities

The Olympian: Here’s how Democrats want to address Washington racial, environmental disparities

Several state legislators are reviving the Healthy Environment for All Act, a law that aims to address decades of racial and economic disparities that affect the health of people who live and work in more heavily polluted areas of Washington ...

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Go Skagit: Legislators plan for start of 2021 session

Go Skagit: Legislators plan for start of 2021 session

With the state legislative session opening Monday, COVID-19 is on the top of the minds of legislators who represent residents of Skagit County. They say they plan to fight for relief for businesses and families who are struggling because to the ...

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Go Anacortes: Sen. Lovelett, Rep. Ramel leading in 40th District | 2020 Primary

Go Anacortes: Sen. Lovelett, Rep. Ramel leading in 40th District | 2020 Primary

State Sen. Liz Lovelett, D-Anacortes, and state Rep. Alex Ramel, D-Bellingham, were leading their Republican challengers Tuesday in their bids for full terms in the Legislature from the 40th District. Senate candidates Lovelett and Charles Carrell, and House candidates Ramel and ...

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