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, ...Read More
[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 ...Read More
April 27, 2021
A bill aimed at expanding community-based support systems for Washingtonians living with mental illnesses passed the Washington State Senate today. Engrossed Senate Bill 5328, sponsored by Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes), would make funding available to establish Clubhouse services statewide. Clubhouses are voluntary programs that enable those struggling with mental illnesses to focus on their strengths in a collaborative setting. The ...Read More
Sen. Liz Lovelett (D- Anacortes) has pre-filed a bill which would provide local governments the option to fund affordable housing and social service programs through a special excise tax on internet-based, short-term vacation rentals.
The bill allows government bodies of towns, cities, or counties to opt in with a simple majority vote of their council. ...Read More
OLYMPIA – The state Department of Natural Resources will receive additional funding to address derelict vessels under a measure signed by Gov. Jay Inslee this week. Senate Bill 6528, sponsored by Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes), will increase investments in the Derelict Vessel Removal Program (DVRP) – the state's key mechanism for addressing the problem of sunken or neglected boats in ...Read More
OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law today a bill that will establish a minimum allocation for fresh foods for those enrolled in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program in Washington. Senate Bill 6309 will require the Department of Health to allocate a minimum of $28 for WIC recipients during the summer months, to be used on ...Read More
OLYMPIA – A slate of bills passed out of the Washington State Senate this week would work to protect Washington’s beautiful coastlines through varying measures. Two bills sponsored by Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes) and four she co-sponsored with her Senate colleagues provide multiple steps towards further protections for Washington’s coastal waters.
OLYMPIA – A bill that would promote healthy foods and diets for those enrolled in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program passed unanimously out of the Washington State Senate today. Sponsored by Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes), Senate Bill 6309 would establish a minimum investment amount in the fresh fruits and vegetables aspect of the WIC program, making it ...Read More
OLYMPIA – School districts could go to the voters to approve larger levy increases, under three bills heard this week by the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee. As a budget deficit looms for small school districts, Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes) sponsored three bills to offer districts different ways to access more funding. Many districts across the state have reported ...Read More