Category Archives: E-News

23 Apr
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Week 15 E-News: Sine Die, State v. Blake, Chauvin trial, and more

Sine Die On Sunday April 25, 2021, the Washington State Legislature will meet for its last day of the 105 day session before adjourning sine die, the final act of the Legislature. Sine die is Latin for “without a day” because the Legislature adjourns without setting a day to reconvene. We sine ...

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16 Apr
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Week 14: Free Credit Monitoring, Transportation Survey, and Bill Signings

As the second to last week of session draws to a close, many bills are undergoing the last step of the legislative process – attaining the governor’s signature. After the legislative chambers complete the reconciliation and concurrence processes, outlined in my ...

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09 Apr
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Week 13: The majority’s impact and opposite chamber cutoff

This Sunday was the final major legislative deadline in this session: the opposite chamber cutoff. For the next two weeks until the end of session, the House and Senate will focus on debating and passing the operating, capital, and transportation ...

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03 Apr
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E-News Week 12: Juvenile Justice Bills and Dead Bills

On Tuesday, the Ways & Means Committee held hearings on three bills relating to juvenile justice. Incarcerated youth, a disproportionate amount of whom are children of color, face adversity from beginning to end of their interaction with the penal system. ...

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29 Mar
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E-News From Olympia: Week 11

This week marked the release of the proposed 2021-2023 budgets. Operating, capital, and transportation budgets came out of House and Senate for consideration. That means 4-6 hour hearings from organizations, agencies and individuals for each budget. The operating budget funds ongoing ...

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19 Mar
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E-News From Olympia: Week 10

URGENT and Exciting News: Vaccine Appointments Available NOW for Educators, School Staff & Licensed Child Care Professionals COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available this weekend and next at local Walmart pharmacies for educators, teachers, school staff and licensed child care employees. Anyone ...

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12 Mar
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E-News Week 9

Announced Today: Governor’s option for reopening schools Today, Governor Inslee has announced that all school districts in the state must offer the option of in-person learning for all grades. As chair of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education committee ...

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05 Mar
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E-News: Week 8

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Townhall March 11th information  Join Rep. Tana Senn, Rep. My-Linh Thai and me for a live virtual town hall on Thursday, March 11 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The event will be streamed live on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. As we pass the halfway mark of session and ...

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26 Feb
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E-News Week 7: A Virtual Senate Floor, Ways & Means, Vaccine Finder & Update on the State Auditor’s Office

This session has been called “historic” many times, and for good reason. From dropping bills to caucus meetings, moving online has changed the entire legislative process. One of these changes is how we actually vote on the floor!

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20 Feb
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E-News Week 6: Day of Remembrance, SB 5096 Update, and Meet my Team

Today on the Senate floor we adopted Senate Resolution 8607, which recognizes the hurt and injustice against Japanese Americans, when, on this day in 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized the United States military to ...

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