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2021 legislative session begins

2021 legislative session begins

Dear friends and neighbors, The 2021 legislative session started this week under circumstances unlike any in our state’s history.  Our legislative buildings in Olympia were surrounded by security fencing. Hundreds of personnel from the Washington National Guard and State Patrol stood guard. Like most Americans, I’m deeply disturbed by the hateful violence and intimidation we saw in our nation’s capital and ...

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Pedersen bill would open up legislative records

Pedersen bill would open up legislative records

OLYMPIA – Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, introduced legislation today to subject the Legislature to the state Public Records Act and make a broad range of records available to the public and press.

“The people of our state value both open government and effective government.  This bill attempts to strike a balance between those important principles.” Pedersen said. “It’s time for the ...

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Pedersen enters second full term in state Senate

Pedersen enters second full term in state Senate

OLYMPIA – Sen. Jamie Pedersen (D-Seattle) started his second full term in the Washington State Senate today. Pedersen will continue to serve as chair of the Senate Law & Justice Committee. He will also serve on the Senate Ways & Means and Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education committees. Pedersen was first appointed to the Senate in 2013 and elected in 2014. ...

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Pedersen: Supreme Court ruling affirms the promise of equality for all

Pedersen: Supreme Court ruling affirms the promise of equality for all

OLYMPIA – Today the United States Supreme Court issued its much-awaited ruling on marriage equality across the country. In a landmark decision that will finally secure marriage rights for all couples, the Court ruled state bans on same-sex marriages across the country unconstitutional under the Fourteenth Amendment, effectively granting couples in all 50 states the right to marry. Washington voters approved marriage ...

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Pedersen chosen as top Democrat on Senate Law and Justice Committee

Pedersen chosen as top Democrat on Senate Law and Justice Committee

Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, will take over as the ranking Democrat on the Senate Law and Justice Committee as the legislature convenes the 2015 session. “We will have a lot of important issues to consider in 2015. I am excited to get to work with my colleagues on the committee as we face another challenging legislative session,” Pedersen said. The committee considers ...

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New Seattle University license plate provides boost to scholarship programs

New Seattle University license plate provides boost to scholarship programs

OLYMPIA — Seattle University will soon have its own specialty license plate. The bill (HB2100) creating the plate was the last piece of legislation introduced by Sen. Jamie Pedersen in the state House before he joined the Senate late last year. Proceeds collected from the new plates go toward scholarships for current and incoming students. “The 43rd district is proud to be ...

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43rd District legislators to hold Feb. 22 town hall

43rd District legislators to hold Feb. 22 town hall

Sen. Jamie Pedersen, House Speaker Frank Chopp and Rep. Brady Walkinshaw will be holding a legislative town hall on Feb. 22 at 1:30 p.m. at Seattle First Baptist Church on First Hill in Seattle. The lawmakers are taking a brief pause from the 2014 legislative session in Olympia to hear what’s on the minds of their constituents in the 43rd Legislative ...

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Pedersen chosen for committee seats on Health Care, Law and Justice

Pedersen chosen for committee seats on Health Care, Law and Justice

OLYMPIA – Sen.  Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, has been chosen by his colleagues to serve as the ranking member on the Senate Health Care Committee as the legislature convenes the 2014 session. “I am excited about the opportunity to work on helping people in our state have access to affordable, quality healthcare,” Pedersen said. The Senate Democratic Caucus announced committee changes for the ...

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Pedersen sworn in as senator for the 43rd Legislative District

Pedersen sworn in as senator for the 43rd Legislative District

State Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, was sworn into office to represent the 43rd Legislative District on Monday night at Seattle's Benaroya Hall. Pedersen replaces former Sen. Ed Murray, who resigned following his election as mayor of Seattle in November. The King County Council unanimously approved Pedersen's appointment earlier in the day. Pedersen has served since 2006 in the State House, where he ...

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