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New law ensures access to vital services for families

New law ensures access to vital services for families

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] 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

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]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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Governor signs facial recognition regulations into law

Governor signs facial recognition regulations into law

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee today signed into law comprehensive regulations on the use of facial recognition technology in Washington. Senate Bill 6280, sponsored by Sen. Joe Nguyen (D-White Center), prohibits the use of facial recognition technology for ongoing surveillance and limits its use to acquiring evidence of serious criminal offense following authorization of a search warrant. “Right now, we have ...

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Coronavirus Resources

Coronavirus Resources

Though this is a period of uncertainty, there are resources available across the state if you find yourself in need of them. Below is a running list of those resources that will continue to be updated as more information becomes available. General information For any general questions you may have about what’s open and closed, coronavirus testing, and government actions taken so ...

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Governor approves legislation to increase availability of ZEVs

Governor approves legislation to increase availability of ZEVs

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law today a bill that will create a pathway for more zero emissions vehicles to be sold in Washington State. Sponsored by Sen. Joe Nguyen (D-White Center), Senate Bill 5811 requires auto dealerships to stock a set percentage of zero emissions cars for sale on their lots. “This is an important step in giving ...

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Coronavirus funding in the Legislature

Coronavirus funding in the Legislature

Neighbors in the 34th, We set off this session with the goal to pass a strong supplemental budget tackling homelessness, transportation, and countless community works projects in our communities. While these goals were all still met, the increasing public health crisis threatened by the coronavirus pandemic demanded an urgent response as well. In the final accounting, we appropriated $200 million. $175 million ...

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