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Lovelett bill to expand mental health care clears senate

Lovelett bill to expand mental health care clears senate

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 ...

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Lovelett bill adds funding options for affordable housing

Lovelett bill adds funding options for affordable housing

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. ...

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Inslee signs bill to strengthen derelict vessel prevention program

Inslee signs bill to strengthen derelict vessel prevention program

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 ...

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Governor signs bill to expand access to nutritious foods program

Governor signs bill to expand access to nutritious foods program

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 ...

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Senate passes bills to ensure health of natural waters

Senate passes bills to ensure health of natural waters

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.

Lovelett bill to boost fresh fruits and vegetables program passes Senate

Lovelett bill to boost fresh fruits and vegetables program passes Senate

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 ...

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Legislature considers Lovelett levy bills

Legislature considers Lovelett levy bills

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 ...

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Lovelett bills would expand access to environmental sustainability

Lovelett bills would expand access to environmental sustainability

OLYMPIA – Two bills to fund environmentally sustainable projects were heard in the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee today. Introduced by Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes), Senate Bill 6222 and SB 6223 would give more people access to clean energy. By creating a Community Solar Incentive Program, SB 6223 would allow more Washington State residents who have lacked the financial ...

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Welcome to the Legislature, Rep. Ramel!

Welcome to the Legislature, Rep. Ramel!

OLYMPIA – Following the resignation of Rep. Jeff Morris last week, Alex Ramel has been appointed to serve as a state representative for Washington’s 40th Legislative District in the State House of Representatives. Joining Rep. Debra Lekanoff (D-Bow) and Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes), Ramel will represent constituents living in San Juan, Whatcom and Skagit counties. “I’m looking forward to working with ...

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Lovelett sworn in as senator for 40th Legislative District

Lovelett sworn in as senator for 40th Legislative District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Jan. 13, 2020 OLYMPIA – Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes) was sworn in to the Washington State Senate today to represent the 40th Legislative District. Lovelett was appointed during the 2019 legislative session and was elected to retain the seat in November. “I am honored that the people of the 40th District chose me to represent them ...

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