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Join us for the 1st Legislative District Virtual Town Hall

Join us for the 1st Legislative District Virtual Town Hall

Dear neighbors, If you’re getting this e-newsletter for the first time, welcome! I’m Derek Stanford, your state senator from the 1st Legislative District. I send these email updates a few times during the legislative session and periodically when we’re out of session to keep you informed about what your public officials ...

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A new session begins

A new session begins

Dear neighbors, Together with the vast majority of Americans, I condemn the hateful violence and intimidation we saw this week in our nation’s capital and in our state capital. I am appalled that so many prominent Republicans, including the president, fed the flames of extremism that led to an armed insurrection ...

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See you after November!

See you after November!

Because of election year restrictions, I will be unable to update my website or send e-mail updates beginning May 11. However, my office will remain open, so if you need to contact me or my staff, please contact my office at (360) 786-7600 or Derek.Stanford@leg.wa.gov.

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Disaster Cash Assistance Program will help many who don't qualify for other state cash assistance programs

Disaster Cash Assistance Program will help many who don't qualify for other state cash assistance programs

April 17, 2020 Effective today, the Department of Social and Health Services’ Economic Services Administration (ESA) received approval to begin administering a Disaster Cash Assistance Program (DCAP) in response to the Governor’s declaration of a statewide emergency related to COVID-19.

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Information for Unemployed Workers

Information for Unemployed Workers

Dear neighbors, The good news is Washingtonians are doing a great job at following the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, and the curve is beginning to flatten. We have to keep up the good work and continue to stay home in order to make sure the curve continues to flatten. Unfortunately, ...

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Resources for relief for the self-employed, independent contractors and small businesses

Resources for relief for the self-employed, independent contractors and small businesses

Dear neighbors, I know many of you are self-employed, independent contractors, or small business owners who are struggling to make ends meet due to the COVID-19 response. Here are some resources that may help you through these tough times.

Paycheck Protection Program

The federal government has funded the Paycheck Protection Program with ...

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Special Update: Coronavirus

Special Update: Coronavirus

We wrapped up the 2020 legislative session last week, and updates about legislation will be coming soon. For now, I’d like to take a moment to assure you that the Legislature and our state agencies are taking our current health crisis very seriously. The Legislature’s Actions We have now appropriated $200 ...

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Update from Olympia

Update from Olympia

Dear neighbors, Don’t forget to come to my town hall this weekend! I will be there with my seatmates in the1st district, Rep. Shelley Kloba and Rep. Davina Duerr.  We’ll provide you with an update on this year’s legislative session and take questions about issues that are under ...

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Update from Olympia

Update from Olympia

Dear neighbors, The legislative session is advancing rapidly!  This week wraps up week 3 out of 8 weeks. In this first phase of the session, the Senate Committees are holding numerous public hearings each week to select bills to pass out of committee. This session, Feb. 7 is the last day to ...

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Update from Olympia

Update from Olympia

This Monday marked the beginning of the 2020 legislative session, and we got right down to business for this short, 60-day session. These short sessions occur in even-numbered years, and can often feel like a sprint to the finish line, with the entire legislative process condensed into just eight weeks! ...

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