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Senate passes Mullet bill requiring robust school counselor access

Senate passes Mullet bill requiring robust school counselor access

The Senate today passed legislation to ensure students have adequate access to school counselors, not only for career guidance but to address trauma and mental health needs during increasingly stressful times. “These are people with master’s degrees who are trained to change our kids’ lives, and yet they’re being tapped to pull recess duty or proctor tests or do whatever’s needed ...

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Senate passes Mullet bill to increase housing density in transit areas

Senate passes Mullet bill to increase housing density in transit areas

Cities would be able to attract more private dollars to build housing around transit stations under legislation passed overwhelmingly today by the Senate. “This can increase housing availability around the state,” said Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah), the bill’s sponsor. “By enabling local governments to pay for environmental review near transit hubs, we can encourage more housing development in those areas.” Senate ...

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Mullet continues push for adequate school counselor access

Mullet continues push for adequate school counselor access

Students would be assured of adequate access to school counselors, not only for career guidance but to address trauma and mental health needs during these stressful times, under legislation moving through the Senate. “Our schools employ counselors for a reason, and I happen to think it’s a very important reason,” said Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah), the bill’s sponsor. “I know our ...

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Senate passes Mullet bill to expedite organ transportation

Senate passes Mullet bill to expedite organ transportation

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Senate voted today to increase the expediency of vehicles carrying organ transplants by according them the privileges and paraphernalia of emergency vehicles. Donated organs have limited time outside of the body before they become unusable. However, because of the large service area of donation organizations in Washington state and in the Pacific Northwest overall, it can ...

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Senate passes Mullet bill expanding access to school counselors

Senate passes Mullet bill expanding access to school counselors

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Senate voted 43-3 today to approve legislation defining the duties of high school counselors. School counselors are highly educated and provide vital resources for the academic, career, personal, and social needs of all students. However, many counselors in Washington are asked to cover for other positions and perform tasks such as proctoring exams, acting as crossing ...

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Senate approves Mullet bill to expand access to retirement plans

Senate approves Mullet bill to expand access to retirement plans

OLYMPIA – The Washington Senate voted 26-20 today to approve legislation that would provide Washington State employees who have previously not had access to retirement plans an easier option going forward. Senate Bill 5740, sponsored by Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah), gives employers the opportunity to auto-enroll employees in a new state sponsored account, or to continue enrolling them in pre-existing ...

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Mullet encourages students to apply to be a Washington Senate page

Mullet encourages students to apply to be a Washington Senate page

OLYMPIA – Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah) encourages students in the 5th Legislative District to apply to serve as a page in the Washington State Senate during the 2020 legislative session. The Washington State Legislature has one of the finest page programs in the country. Each year, hundreds of students from communities across the state spend a week taking part in the legislative process ...

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Mullet responds to inaccurate reports on amendment to levy lid bill

Mullet responds to inaccurate reports on amendment to levy lid bill

OLYMPIA – Teachers’ salaries would not be cut and their rights to collectively bargain would not be restricted by legislation ensuring that school districts put money from additional local levy dollars toward needed services like librarians and counselors, Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah) emphasized today.

Mullet spoke out to address what he said were inaccurate reports ...

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Senate passes Mullet bill expanding employee access to retirement plans

Senate passes Mullet bill expanding employee access to retirement plans

OLYMPIA – The Washington Senate today voted 31-17 to approve legislation to provide employees in Washington who are not offered retirement benefits through their work easier access to retirement plans.

Senate Bill 5740, sponsored by Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah), requires certain employers to automatically enroll, at no cost, their employees in Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) in the ...

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Sen. Mullet pledges to focus on jobs, small businesses in leadership posts

Sen. Mullet pledges to focus on jobs, small businesses in leadership posts

RENTON – Sen. Mark Mullet (D-Issaquah) today pledged to continue working to create jobs, help small businesses thrive and give families and individuals the opportunity to succeed after he was chosen to chair the newly configured Senate Financial Institutions, Economic Development & Trade Committee. “As a small business owner with a background in finance, I know how important balance and an equal playing ...

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