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Legislative Update: Key bills win approval before the gavel falls

Legislative Update: Key bills win approval before the gavel falls

Dear Friends and Neighbors, The Legislature started a 30-day special session today in order to negotiate a budget and fully fund education. Unfortunately, Senate Republicans are still refusing to come to the table and negotiate. While this is extremely frustrating, progress was made on a number of issues this session through bipartisan work and cooperation. I’d like to share with you five important bills that passed in the final days of the regular 2017 session. These new laws will have a positive impact on people in our community and throughout Washington, and I am glad they were able to ...

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Internet privacy, transportation budget and Navy Day at the Capitol

Internet privacy, transportation budget and Navy Day at the Capitol

Dear Neighbors, The regular 2017 session is set to end on April 23, and the Legislature has passed a number of good bills leading up to the deadline. This includes measures to ensure accommodations are made for pregnant workers in Washington, a bill to reduce distracted driving and a bill to help better identify children with mental health challenges. Women may be interested to know that the final bill passed by the Senate was legislation to allow contraceptives to be dispensed on an annual basis, rather than in restricted three-month increments.

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Budget Update

Budget Update

There are three separate budgets that fund all the responsibilities of the state. They are passed on a biennial basis, or every two years, with smaller supplemental budgets passed in alternating years. Operating Budget The operating budget is the main budget for the state. This funds everything from public schools and universities to state agencies and the mental health care system. You can view the operating budget here.

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Legislative Update: Town Hall Wrap-Up, Education & News You Can Use

Legislative Update: Town Hall Wrap-Up, Education & News You Can Use

Last weekend, Representative Hansen and I held two town hall meetings to discuss issues most impacting our communities with constituents. We had record turnout in both Bremerton and Bainbridge Island with standing room only. Thanks to everyone who came and participated - with a special thanks to those who helped set up and take down chairs, and for the patience of those who didn't get a seat. We will look for a larger meeting space next time! We discussed a wide range of issues, including:

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Legislative Update: Kitsap Voices on the Hill

Legislative Update: Kitsap Voices on the Hill

Dear Neighbors, The 2017 legislative session began a month ago today. These first weeks are dedicated to hearing bills in committees and developing budget proposals.

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End of 2016 Update

End of 2016 Update

After seeing many people in our community share concerns on social media about billing from urgent care visits last year, my office brought the complaints to the attention of the Attorney General’s (AG) Office.

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Post-Session Update

Post-Session Update

The regular 60-day session is over, but unfinished business regarding the supplemental budget remains. Negotiations are progressing and I expect we’ll be finished with the special session as early as this week. I will send another update when the budget is finalized, but in the meantime I’d like to share with you some information on bills and activities that people in our district have shown interest in.

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Legislative Update: Nearing the finish line

Legislative Update: Nearing the finish line

My job as the state Senator for the 23rd District requires me to log a lot of miles around Kitsap County, and I have driven Highway 16 more times than I can count. On Feb. 23, I was honored to speak at the ceremony to dedicate Highway 16 as “Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu Memorial Highway.” Tragically, he was shot and killed while on duty in 2012.

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