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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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Special Election Restrictions

Special Election Restrictions

Due to this year's special election for the 40th Legislative District, Sen. Lovelett's page cannot be updated during the election-year freeze. There will be no new posts until after the election results have been certified in November.

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State budget invests in local volunteer projects to improve health of Salish Sea

State budget invests in local volunteer projects to improve health of Salish Sea

OLYMPIA — The 2019-21 Washington state operating budget invests $910,000 to NW Straits Commission for continued project support for Marine Resources Committees around Puget Sound.

"I'm so proud of the work the Northwest Straits Commission has done over its twenty year history in Washington state," said Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes). "This vital work ensures restoration and improved health of ...

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Lovelett calls on British Columbia to stop mining in headwaters of Skagit River

Lovelett calls on British Columbia to stop mining in headwaters of Skagit River

OLYMPIA — Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes) sent a letter to the Premier of British Columbia today calling on the provincial government to stop mining activity in the headwaters of the Skagit River.

"As a state legislator representing the communities and natural land of the Skagit River watershed, I am deeply concerned about the impacts of mining on the ecosystems ...

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See you in Friday Harbor!

See you in Friday Harbor!

I am thrilled to host a town hall on the San Juan Islands this Saturday, May 4 at 3 p.m. at the Brickworks in Friday Harbor. Please join me to hear more about what we’ve accomplished in the 2019 Legislative Session.

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Lovelett: Construction budget invests in environmental protection, local recreation, higher education

Lovelett: Construction budget invests in environmental protection, local recreation, higher education

OLYMPIA — The two-year capital construction budget passed unanimously today by the Legislature invests in priority infrastructure across the state in the areas of behavioral health, affordable housing, education, orca protection, and environmental health.

"Critical local projects for our communities that improve public safety, expand recreation and educational opportunities, and protect our environment are in this robust budget," ...

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Senate passes bill to streamline forest purchase for Blanchard Mountain

Senate passes bill to streamline forest purchase for Blanchard Mountain

OLYMPIA — The Senate’s bipartisan passage of House Bill 2119 today will streamline the creation of the Harriet A. Spanel State Forest.

This is a critical component of finalizing the transfer of timber land — including public and private lands — in Blanchard Mountain.

"So many community members have been working to preserve and designate ...

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Washington Senate honors Sikhs, passes stronger hate crimes legislation

Washington Senate honors Sikhs, passes stronger hate crimes legislation

OLYMPIA — Under current law, crimes motivated by hate are prosecuted as “malicious harassment.” HB 1732, passed today by the Senate, would more clearly call out these offenses for what they are by renaming the violations “hate crime offenses” in state law.

"We have a sorry history of hate in our country and, sadly, our state," said Sen. Liz Lovelett ...

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Senate passes legislation to protect southern resident orcas

Senate passes legislation to protect southern resident orcas

OLYMPIA — The state Senate passed bipartisan legislation today to protect Washington's most iconic animal —the southern resident orca.

"The decline of orcas in Puget Sound requires our action on many fronts, including improving their food sources, removing toxins in the water, and reducing noise from boats," said Sen. Liz Lovelett (D-Anacortes). "Few things are more emblematic of the dire consequences ...

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