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Legislature addresses health care access and affordability

Legislature addresses health care access and affordability

Dear friends and neighbors, The passage of the Affordable Care Act and the Legislature’s quick action to expand Medicaid eligibility has allowed more than 650,000 Washingtonians to gain health care coverage over the last decade. As a result, our state’s uninsured rate has plummeted to single digits. Just last week, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act for ...

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Legislature acts on justice reform in 2021 session

Legislature acts on justice reform in 2021 session

Dear friends and neighbors, Since Democrats regained the majority in the Washington State Senate in 2018, addressing systemic racial disparities in our criminal justice system and ending the era of mass incarceration have been high on our priority list. Over the last three years, we have worked to end the practice of locking up minors for non-criminal offenses, created a program ...

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Democrats in Legislature work to advance civil rights and equity

Democrats in Legislature work to advance civil rights and equity

Dear friends and neighbors, Happy Pride 2021! There is much to celebrate this Pride Month as we emerge from the pandemic and collectively reflect on progress the LGBTQ community has made in the fight for equality. Next week we will also celebrate Juneteenth (June 19), the day in 1865 on which the last slaves in the U.S. learned that they had been ...

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Supporting workers and small businesses

Supporting workers and small businesses

Dear friends and neighbors: When the Legislature convened in January, we were prepared to act swiftly to support the thousands of workers and small businesses suffering due to the pandemic. For many of our neighbors, the last year has been filled with financial anxiety and hardship. In the first month of session, we passed a $2.2 billion relief package to help ...

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Legislature delivers long-overdue tax reform

Legislature delivers long-overdue tax reform

Dear friends and neighbors, Washington has led the nation with smart policy at the state level on many issues over the years, but tax fairness isn’t one of them. For decades, tax policy experts have reported that our state has the most regressive tax structure in the United States. The state’s lowest-income residents pay six times more in state and local ...

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Nation-leading police accountability bills signed into law

Nation-leading police accountability bills signed into law

OLYMPIA – A package of law enforcement accountability legislation was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee today, increasing state oversight of police conduct, banning dangerous and unnecessary police practices, and raising standards for police conduct. “The public outcry over a series of high-profile deaths of members of Black, Indigenous, and people of color communities has now led to the most significant new ...

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Legislature takes action on housing, homelessness

Legislature takes action on housing, homelessness

Dear friends and neighbors, The housing and homelessness crisis is among the most urgent challenges our region faces. In the past year, we’ve again learned valuable lessons about how essential affordable housing is, since during the pandemic your home became the only safe place for you to be. When the 2021 legislative session wrapped up a few weeks ago, I was ...

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Climate action in the state legislature

Climate action in the state legislature

In the final days of this year’s session, the legislature reached agreement on several historic pieces of legislation to decrease carbon emissions in our state and protect the environment.

Combatting climate change

The Climate Commitment Act (SB 5126) puts our state on a path to net-zero carbon emissions by the year 2050. The cap-and-invest legislation places a hard cap on carbon ...

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Legislature adjourns; police accountability bills approved

Legislature adjourns; police accountability bills approved

Dear friends and neighbors, The 2021 Legislature has adjourned for the year. While the 105-day session was conducted mostly on Zoom, we managed to complete our work on time for the fourth year in a row and enact historic policies to improve life here in Seattle and across the state. In the coming weeks, I will send more detailed updates on ...

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Progress on police accountability & town hall coming up

Progress on police accountability & town hall coming up

Dear friends and neighbors: We are nearing the halfway mark of the 105-day legislative session in Olympia. Our top priority this session has been to help the people of our state make it through the pandemic. The legislature passed and Gov. Inslee signed a $2.2 billion measure (HB 1368) to expand testing and vaccine distribution, provide support to schools, ...

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