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Nguyen to chair Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee

Nguyen to chair Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee

Olympia– Sen. Joe Nguyen (D-White Center) was selected by the Senate Democratic Caucus to chair the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee in the 2023 legislative session. “Washington is a renowned environmental leader powered by a robust technology sector and an innovative energy industry,” said Nguyen. “The conversations in this committee aren’t just about our state’s immediate needs, but also about ...

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Senate prioritizes environment with Move Ahead Washington

Senate prioritizes environment with Move Ahead Washington

OLYMPIA– On Tuesday, the Senate passed Move Ahead Washington, SB 5974, an investment in our community and our environmental health. “We know that transportation is one of biggest carbon-emitting sectors in our state,” said Sen. Joe Nguyen (D-White Center). “This package responds to the climate crisis and makes brave investments in maintenance and preservation, including investments in multimodal with transit, ...

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Senate passes Nguyen bill to fast-track carbon reduction efforts

Senate passes Nguyen bill to fast-track carbon reduction efforts

OLYMPIA– Legislation passed today by the Senate would accelerate the state’s efforts to reduce carbon and pollution from residential and commercial buildings. “Residential and commercial buildings are the second-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Washington and account for 27% of statewide emissions,” said Sen. Joe Nguyen (D-West Seattle). “This legislation provides an accessible, incentive-based program to reduce the energy buildings ...

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Senate passes Nguyen bill to quickly site shelters and address homelessness

Senate passes Nguyen bill to quickly site shelters and address homelessness

OLYMPIA – Legislation that would allow temporary shelters or transitional encampments for people experiencing homelessness to be quickly sited passed off the Senate floor. Senate Bill 5428, sponsored by State Sen. Joe Nguyen (D-West Seattle), would give local jurisdictions a valuable option for relieving homelessness. “In the two years of the pandemic, we saw a critical housing issue go from bad ...

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New law ensures access to vital services for families

New law ensures access to vital services for families

OLYMPIA – Families that rely on Washington’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program will see an additional boost in benefits along with clarified expectations under legislation signed into law today by Gov. Inslee. Senate Bill 5214, sponsored by Sen. Joe Nguyen (D-West Seattle), will allow more families to continue using the vital social program during times of high statewide ...

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Governor signs bill to increase access to computer science degrees

Governor signs bill to increase access to computer science degrees

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law today that allows community and technical colleges in Washington to offer bachelor’s degrees in computer science. Senate Bill 5401, sponsored by Sen. Joe Nguyen (D-West Seattle), creates more options for Washington students to earn degrees and enter the competitive computer science workforce. “Allowing our community colleges to offer these degrees will ...

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Governor signs historic police arbitration reform bill into law

Governor signs historic police arbitration reform bill into law

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law today that sets in place the most comprehensive standards for police officer arbitration in Washington in decades. Senate Bill 5055, sponsored by Sen. Joe Nguyen (D – West Seattle), increases transparency and reduces the risk of bias in officer appeals of discipline and in the arbitrator selection process. Recent research ...

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Senate passes Nguyen bill to increase vital TANF investments

Senate passes Nguyen bill to increase vital TANF investments

OLYMPIA - Families that rely on Washington’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program could see an additional boost in benefits along with clarified expectations under legislation passed today by the Senate. Senate Bill 5214, sponsored by Sen. Joe Nguyen (D-West Seattle), would allow more families to continue using the vital social program during times of high statewide unemployment. The bill ...

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Senate Democrats choose Nguyen to be Assistant Floor Leader

Senate Democrats choose Nguyen to be Assistant Floor Leader

OLYMPIA – Sen. Joe Nguyen (D- White Center) was elected Assistant Floor Leader today by the Washington State Senate Democratic Caucus. “I am extremely honored that my colleagues chose me for this role and eager to get to work building a Washington that works for everyone this legislative session,” said Nguyen. The Assistant Floor Leader supports the Floor Leader in setting Senate ...

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Governor signs law to expand TANF benefits

Governor signs law to expand TANF benefits

Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law today a bill that expands access to Washington’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program by remedying cuts to services made during the Great Recession.

TANF works to alleviate some of the root causes of homelessness in Washington through resources such as cash assistance and job training for those in need. But the program ...

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