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Trudeau legislating from home after positive COVID test

Trudeau legislating from home after positive COVID test

OLYMPIA – Sen. Yasmin Trudeau (D-Tacoma), vice chair of the Senate Law & Justice Committee, will work the initial days of the 2022 legislative session from home after testing positive for COVID-19. “I’m grateful that I can isolate at home with my family to minimize the possibility of spread, and I’m especially glad that my husband and I were vaccinated against this virus,” said Trudeau. “It’s scary to have COVID when we have a little one here at home who’s too young to be vaccinated, but we’re monitoring all of our symptoms extremely closely and know that we ...

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Sen. Billig announces positive Covid test

Sen. Billig announces positive Covid test

Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig announced Saturday he has tested positive for Covid-19. Billig, who is fully vaccinated and boosted, said he has virtually no symptoms and has been quarantining since Tuesday after he thought he may have been exposed. “I am grateful to have been vaccinated and boosted, which I know has prevented me from having any significant symptoms.” said Billig, 53. “I also appreciate that we have the technology in place to facilitate a hybrid legislative session so Senators can fully participate in legislative activities even while they quarantine. I do not expect this positive test ...

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Sen. Lovick announces positive Covid diagnosis

Sen. Lovick announces positive Covid diagnosis

Sen. John Lovick announced Friday that he has tested positive for Covid-19. Lovick described his symptoms as “very mild” and expressed relief that he had previously been vaccinated and also received his booster shot. “I’m fine, I have a bit of a cold but other than that I feel OK,” said Lovick, 70. “One thing is for sure – I’m relieved that I’m both vaccinated and boosted. “I wear my mask, I wash my hands about 20 times a day and I still got it. This virus is nothing to mess around with and we all have to do ...

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Liias: Senate Transportation package will not include gas tax

Liias: Senate Transportation package will not include gas tax

OLYMPIA - Sen. Marko Liias (D-Everett), Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, shared the following statement regarding a transportation package today:

 "As we begin the 2022 session, I want to be clear that any transportation package I introduce in the Senate this year will not include a new gas tax. As our state continues to confront and recover from the pandemic, working class families still face the brunt of the economic burden. In light of these challenging times, it is imperative that we put people first to invest in communities and projects across the state without ...

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Trudeau: Housing bills would "build a stronger future for all"

Trudeau: Housing bills would "build a stronger future for all"

OLYMPIA -- Sen. Yasmin Trudeau (D-Tacoma) this week pre-filed two bills that would dismantle barriers to accessible housing in Washington. SB 5755 would establish a tax incentive program to foster development of affordable multifamily housing in urban areas. SB 5749 would ensure that landlords accept non-electronic forms of rental payments, like checks and money orders. “Our state is resilient, and we are both rebuilding and re-envisioning a stronger future for all of us,” said Trudeau. “These bills are part of that process. SB 5755 in particular will stimulate growth in urban areas, make it easier for working Washingtonians to ...

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Homes for WA introduced to provide more housing choices and easier commutes

Homes for WA introduced to provide more housing choices and easier commutes

OLYMPIA– On Wednesday, Rep. Jessica Bateman and Sen. Mona Das, introduced legislation to make it easier for Washington families to find safe and affordable homes, especially in areas near transit sites. The Homes for WA Act will re-legalize familiar housing options in these locations, like duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes. “Housing costs continue to skyrocket faster than wages can keep up. Families frequently spend half or more of their income simply to keep a roof over their heads,” said Bateman, D-Olympia. “These costs are unsustainable and mean a growing number of Washingtonians are at risk of falling into ...

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Trudeau sponsors two voting equity bills that will promote access to democracy

Trudeau sponsors two voting equity bills that will promote access to democracy

Sen. Yasmin Trudeau (D-Tacoma) announced that she will be sponsoring two policies during the 2022 legislative session that will protect and strengthen Washington state’s democratic systems. SB 5584 would allow local jurisdictions to use a system of ranked choice voting in local elections, which would help increase participation and representation. SB 5583 would end local jurisdictions’ use of “prison gerrymandering,” or the practice of counting incarcerated individuals as residents of the district in which they are imprisoned rather than at their last known residential address. These are the first bills Trudeau has filed since her tenure as state senator ...

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Statements from Governor Inslee, Senate and House Democratic Leadership on delaying the Washington Cares Fund premium assessment

Statements from Governor Inslee, Senate and House Democratic Leadership on delaying the Washington Cares Fund premium assessment

OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee, together with Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig (D-Spokane) and House Speaker Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma), released the following statements this morning on delaying the Washington Cares Fund premium assessment: “I have been in ongoing discussions with legislators about the long-term care bill, which is set to begin collecting funds in January. This bill will help provide much-needed care and coverage for Washingtonians as they age. However, legislators have identified some areas that need adjustments and I agree. We need to give legislators the opportunity to make refinements to the bill. Therefore, I am taking ...

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Wilson to chair Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee

Wilson to chair Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee

  OLYMPIA – Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn) has been chosen to chair the Senate Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee in the 2022 legislative session. “I’m honored to assume this new position,” said Wilson. “I will draw on my long experience as an educator to continue to address the root causes of the challenges facing our communities, including ensuring that the needs of our youth are met.” Wilson has served on the Senate Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee since 2018. The chair position became open earlier this fall when then-Sen. Jeannie Darneille retired from the Senate. “I look forward to ...

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Dhingra voted chair of Senate Law & Justice Committee

Dhingra voted chair of Senate Law & Justice Committee

REDMONDSen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond) has been chosen to chair the Senate Law & Justice Committee. “I’m honored to have the trust of my colleagues to lead our efforts to ensure the effective and equitable administration of justice in our state’s court system,” said Dhingra, who previously served as vice chair of the committee. During Dhingra’s tenure as vice chair, the Legislature passed legislation strengthening protections for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, lengthening the statute of limitations for rape, reducing firearm violence, and cracking down on financial fraud and identity theft. In the 2021 session, ...

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