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News Snippets from Senator Rolfes

News Snippets from Senator Rolfes

The Kitsap Arts and Crafts Festival is the second oldest festival in Washington and is celebrating its 55th anniversary this year. I’ll be making a few remarks to kick-off the event, which will be held in Kingston from July 25-27. The festival is a tribute to our area’s artists, artisans, and musicians, and is also a key formative event for local fine arts students. I hear from a lot of you that we need to put the A into STEM education (making it Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), so here’s your opportunity to check out how ...

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Interim Update from Senator Rolfes

Interim Update from Senator Rolfes

June 13, 2014 Dear Friends and Neighbors, It is wonderful to be back in Kitsap County now that the legislative session is over. I would like to take this opportunity to report on a few things that I’ve been working on since coming back from Olympia. Interim Update Ferries: This week, I hosted a meet-and-greet in Bremerton with the finalists for the top job at the Washington State Ferries. Captain George Capacci and John Ladenburg are the contenders for the position of Assistant Secretary of Transportation, Ferries Division, replacing David Moseley. The event was an opportunity for ferry riders and ...

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2014 Legislative Update: Nearing the Finish Line

2014 Legislative Update: Nearing the Finish Line

Dear Friends and Neighbors, We have now reached the final days of the 2014 legislative session, and while we will soon be returning to our districts, we still have a couple of days to finalize the state capital, operating, and transportation budgets. We have  made some good progress on other fronts too, and I wanted to briefly share those successes with you, as well as invite you to our Town Hall meetings this Saturday, March 15. A New Ferry for Washington I am happy to report Washington is on its way to getting a much needed new ferry. ...

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2014 Session Update: Weeks 3 & 4

2014 Session Update: Weeks 3 & 4

Dear Neighbors, We are just about at the halfway point of the 2014 session and this is another update on some of the action here in Olympia. Gun Initiatives In the final week of January, there were public hearings in the Senate Law and Justice Committee, as well as in the House Judiciary Committee, for two opposing initiatives related to background checks for gun sales in Washington. Initiative 594 would apply the criminal and public safety background checks to all firearm sales and transfers in our state, including those at gun shows and from online sales, with a few ...

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2014 Session Update: Week 2

2014 Session Update: Week 2

Dear Neighbors, Thank you for subscribing to this electronic newsletter.  Today marks the beginning of the third week of this year’s short, 60-day legislative session.   The Senate is still hearing bills in committees, and this week we will also begin the process of voting on bills to send to the House of Representatives for its consideration. In my last email, I highlighted our work on the big issues of the year – transportation and education funding.  This week, I’d like to let you know about a few bills we are considering in the Senate related to another big ongoing effort ...

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2014 Session Update: Week 1

2014 Session Update: Week 1

Dear Neighbors, Happy New Year! My colleagues and I head back to Olympia on Monday for what is scheduled to be a short, 60-day session. I have been elected by my Democratic peers to serve as their Floor Leader this session, which means I will help manage the debate and action on the Senate floor. I will also continue with my positions on the Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee and the Transportation Committee. Below I highlight some key issues heading into session. Public Education  This week, the State Supreme Court issued a statement requiring the legislature to develop ...

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Health Insurance News

Health Insurance News

Dear Neighbor, Thank you for taking the time to read this special healthcare edition of my e-news. As many of you already know, Oct. 1 was the opening day of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange and the online healthcare marketplace called the Washington Healthplanfinder, which you can access at www.wahealthplanfinder.org.  Although there were some expected glitches this first week, the interest and need for affordable health care was made clear.   Here is some information that you or someone you know might find useful. Projections and Outcomes Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), coverage through exchange plans takes effect Jan. ...

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