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2019 Session Review: Fighting climate change

2019 Session Review: Fighting climate change

The growing threat of climate change is among the top policy, business and moral issues of our time. Human activities have caused current levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases to exceed all levels measured for at least the past 800,000 years – and we are witnessing the effects here ...

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2019 Session Review: Ending the cycle of debt

2019 Session Review: Ending the cycle of debt

Many people struggle with debt. Whether the debts are incurred intentionally (such as student loans) or unexpectedly (such as emergency medical bills), they can become overwhelming for consumers. Unfortunately, Washington state’s laws have helped contribute to an endless cycle of increasing debt for too many people. The ...

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2019 Session Review: Advancing civil rights

2019 Session Review: Advancing civil rights

Washington state has been fortunate for many years to have courageous champions in the state Legislature who stand up for historically-marginalized communities. Their work on behalf of communities of color, immigrants, and the LGBTQ community helped our state advance civil rights protections long before other states or the ...

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2019 Session Review: Improving public health

2019 Session Review: Improving public health

When Senate Democrats met late last year to prepare for the 2019 legislative session, we agreed that access to quality health care should be one of our top priorities. Washington state has dramatically improved access to health care over the last decade. The passage of the Affordable Care ...

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2019 Session Review: Reducing gun violence

2019 Session Review: Reducing gun violence

The 2019 legislative session wrapped up several weeks ago after a busy and productive 105 days in Olympia. We finished a “long” session on time for the first time in a decade. With Democrats in control of the Legislature for the second year, we made remarkable progress on ...

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Legislative update: Affordable housing & school construction

Legislative update: Affordable housing & school construction

Last week’s historic snow disrupted school, work, and life in general for many of us. As a parent with four kids in Seattle Public Schools, I know our entire family was itching for schools to reopen. The Legislature was also disrupted, as all committee hearings were canceled last ...

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Sen. Pedersen's legislative update: 2019 session begins

Sen. Pedersen's legislative update: 2019 session begins

The 2019 legislative session began on January 14. This will be a “long” regular session, because we will pass two-year operating, capital, and transportation budgets for the state before our scheduled adjournment on Sunday, April 28.

After the 2019 election, Democrats hold larger majorities in ...

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Sen. Pedersen's legislative update: 2018 budget highlights

Sen. Pedersen's legislative update: 2018 budget highlights

Dear friends and neighbors: Before the Legislature finished this year’s 60-day session last week, we passed supplemental operating, transportation, and capital budgets to fund everything from public schools to roads. These supplemental budgets are generally minor changes to the two-year budgets that we enact in the odd-numbered years. For my final ...

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