OLYMPIA – A bill prioritizing public safety passed the Senate on Friday. Senate Bill 5444, sponsored by Sen. Javier Valdez (D-Seattle), expands the list of public places where possessing weapons is strictly prohibited. Among the newly added locations are public libraries, zoos, aquariums, and transit stations or facilities used for public transportation services. The bill aims to extend common-sense safeguards to locations frequented by families, particularly those with children, in order to create environments free from the constant worry of potential harm. "This legislation underscores our commitment to safeguarding public spaces and ensuring the safety of our communities," Valdez commented. "By prohibiting weapons in these areas, we are taking proactive measures to mitigate potential ...Read More
Javier Valdez is the proud son and grandson of farmworkers and laborers. A product of public education, Javier holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in public administration from Baruch College, the City University of New York, as a participant in the National Urban Fellows program. Javier has worked for the City of Seattle for over 20 years, where he led Seattle City Light’s women and minority business (WMBE) program, served as a special assistant on WMBE programs in the Seattle Mayor’s Office, and currently as a senior equity and inclusion advisor with the City of Seattle Finance and Administrative Services Department.
Javier is vice chair of the State Government & Elections Committee and also serves on the Law & Justice and Transportation committees.
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Washington lawmakers are considering a new proposal to prohibit weapons, including firearms, in more public spaces in the state. Under the legislation, public libraries, zoos, aquariums, parks, transit stations and state or local public buildings would be added to the ...Read More