Category Archives: E-News

02 Apr
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New laws advance LGBTQ+ rights

Dear friends and neighbors, This year’s legislative session produced several laws to improve life for our state’s LGBTQ+ community. As the senior member of our Legislature’s LGBTQ+ Caucus, I coordinate with my colleagues well before the session to ensure we ...

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02 Apr
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Legislature boosts funding for affordable housing projects

Dear friends and neighbors, This year’s legislative session gave us another opportunity to address the lack of affordable housing and the persistent homelessness we see in cities across our state. Building on historic investments made last year, the Legislature passed ...

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28 Mar
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Legislature passes new environmental protections

Dear friends and neighbors, As climate change continues to threaten our health and natural environment in Washington, we must adapt, mitigate, and be better prepared for heat waves, flooding, wildfires, and drought that scientists warn are inevitable. And we must ...

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21 Mar
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Legislature increases support for public schools

Dear friends and neighbors, As the father of four students and the husband of a special education teacher in Seattle Public Schools, I have great appreciation for the importance of supporting quality public schools. I recognize the challenges that our ...

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14 Mar
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New gun safety laws pass as 2024 session ends

Dear friends and neighbors, The 2024 legislative session officially adjourned for the year last week. During the 60-day session, legislators introduced 1,615 bills, and we expect that Governor Inslee will sign about 380 into law over the next few weeks. ...

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05 Feb
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2024 legislative session reaches halfway point in Olympia

Friends and neighbors, The first few weeks of the 2024 legislative session in Olympia have been busy, with dozens of public hearings and floor votes on legislation addressing critical issues facing our state. From affordable housing and public education to ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
25 Jul
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New laws promote racial justice and opportunity for all

Dear friends and neighbors, In recent years, our state has taken significant steps to extend justice and opportunity to all communities. We know that systemic inequities disproportionately affect communities of color and inflict a great social and economic cost on ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
20 Jul
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Legislature takes key steps to improve public safety

Dear friends and neighbors, All people deserve to be safe and feel safe in their community. The Legislature made meaningful progress this year that will help prevent crimes, strengthen our support for survivors, and improve law enforcement training and recruitment. ...

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Washington State Capitol Building
09 Jul
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Legislature increases public benefits and supportive services

A decade ago, while our state was struggling to recover from the Great Recession, the Legislature was hamstrung by voter initiatives that blocked tax increases. I was proud to work with Reps. Laurie Jinkins and David Frockt to bring a ...

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03 Jul
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Celebrating freedom and democracy

Dear friends and neighbors, Voting is the foundation of our democracy. As we celebrate Independence Day this week, I want to share good news about voting access here in Washington. Since 2018, Washington has led the country in legislation that ...

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