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Statement from Sen. Liz Lovelett, Rep. Debra Lekanoff, and Rep. Alex Ramel on the fire in downtown Friday Harbor

Statement from Sen. Liz Lovelett, Rep. Debra Lekanoff, and Rep. Alex Ramel on the fire in downtown Friday Harbor

Senator Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes), Representative Debra Lekanoff (D-Anacortes), and Representative Alex Ramel (D-Bellingham) released the following statement in response to the fire in downtown Friday Harbor: “We are saddened to see the devastation in our community following the fire in downtown Friday Harbor. Thank you to San Juan Island Fire & Rescue, Orcas Island Fire and ...

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Bill to conserve Washington kelp and eelgrass forests signed into law

Bill to conserve Washington kelp and eelgrass forests signed into law

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee today signed legislation to conserve and restore the plants that are foundational to the state’s marine ecosystems.   Senate Bill 5619, known as the Kelp Forest and Eelgrass Meadow Conservation Initiative, was sponsored by Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes) at the request of the Department of Natural Resources.

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Inslee signs Lovelett bill to allow campaign funds to pay childcare

Inslee signs Lovelett bill to allow campaign funds to pay childcare

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee today signed legislation that explicitly allows candidates running for office in Washington state to use campaign funds for child and other dependent care.    Senate Bill 5855, sponsored by Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes), clarifies existing rules regarding the use of campaign funds. 

“This legislation is an ...

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Lovelett bill to provide transitional food assistance signed into law

Lovelett bill to provide transitional food assistance signed into law

OLYMPIA – Legislation to provide transitional food assistance to more families and update statutes to reflect changes at the federal level was signed into law by Gov. Inslee this week. Senate Bill 5785, sponsored by Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes), directs the Department of Social and Health Services to provide additional food assistance to households that successfully transition off Temporary ...

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Lovelett bill to improve C-PACER implementation signed into law

Lovelett bill to improve C-PACER implementation signed into law

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee today signed legislation into law that will clarify implementation of a bill passed in 2020 that enabled the creation of a Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy and Resiliency (C-PACER) program. C-PACER provides local governments and building owners a private-sector financing tool for important projects such as energy efficiency improvements and seismic upgrades. Since the passage of House Bill 2405 in 2020, five counties in Washington have approved ordinances to adopt ...

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Lovelett bill to provide transitional food assistance unanimously clears Senate

Lovelett bill to provide transitional food assistance unanimously clears Senate

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Senate today approved legislation to provide transitional food assistance for more families. Senate Bill 5785, sponsored by Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes), would direct the Department of Social and Health Services to provide transitional food assistance to households that no longer receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The transitional food assistance would last for five months ...

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Senate unanimously passes Lovelett bill to conserve and restore kelp forests

Senate unanimously passes Lovelett bill to conserve and restore kelp forests

OLYMPIA – Today the Washington State Senate unanimously approved legislation to conserve and restore the plants that are the foundation of our marine ecosystems and key in our fight against ocean acidification. Senate Bill 5619, known as the Kelp Forest and Eelgrass Meadow Conservation Initiative, was sponsored by Sen. Liz Lovelett (D – Anacortes) at the request of the ...

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Senate passes Lovelett bill to improve C-PACER implementation

Senate passes Lovelett bill to improve C-PACER implementation

The Washington State Senate passed legislation today to clarify a law passed in 2020 that enabled the creation of a Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy and Resiliency (C-PACER) program.   Senate Bill 5862, sponsored by Sen. Liz Lovelett (D – Anacortes), passed on a unanimous vote Wednesday.  C-PACER provides local governments and individual building owners a private sector financing tool for important projects such as energy resiliency improvements and seismic upgrades. Since the passage of House Bill 2405 in 2020, five counties in Washington have ...

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Committee hears Lovelett bill to allow campaign funds to pay for childcare

Committee hears Lovelett bill to allow campaign funds to pay for childcare

OLYMPIA – Legislation to explicitly authorize candidates running for office in Washington state to use campaign funds for childcare was heard in the Senate State Government & Elections Committee today. Senate Bill 5855, sponsored by Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes), would clarify rules on the use of campaign funds.

“This legislation is an important step to create elected bodies that looks more ...

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Joint 40th District Delegation Ferry Statement

Joint 40th District Delegation Ferry Statement

Dear Neighbors and Friends, Washington State Ferries (WSF), being our state’s marine highway system, and only transportation option available for most San Juan County residents, is in dire straits. The unprecedented frequency of service disruptions passengers has endured, either through severely delayed sailings or cancellations, has been, and continues to be unacceptable. While these problems have been particularly bad this summer, ...

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