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

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 die when both chambers are finished with their legislative business or at midnight on the last day, whichever happens first. At that time, the chamber doors of both bodies are opened so the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House can see each other across the rotunda. Members, staff, and visitors gather in the wings of ...

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

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 last newsletter, and have agreed to the final form of the bill, it must be signed by the House Speaker and the Senate President. Once Speaker Jinkins and Lieutenant Governor Heck sign the bill, they deliver it to Governor Inslee’s office. These days it’s all electronic, but it can still take a bit of time. Bills that are ...

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Week 13: The majority's impact and opposite chamber cutoff

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 budgets, bills necessary to implement the budget (NTIB), and bills that require concurrence (explained below). This is always an exciting week, as it means more of my bills complete the legislative process. On Monday, my bill allowing students to substitute a computer science course for a 3rd year math or science credit passed the House with bipartisan support. ...

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

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. Taking preemptive action can keep them from entering the system in the first place and the proper programs can set them up for success when they leave. The legislature has taken this responsibility to heart this session and, as a result, we heard the following bills:

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E-News From Olympia: Week 11

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 state expenditures for our K-12 system, early learning, higher education, employee compensation, healthcare and public health, mental health, human services, and natural resources. Yes, it’s the big one and K-12 accounts for more than half the budget so there’s lots of work for me as Chair of that area. The capital budget funds one-time infrastructure projects. In our ...

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E-News From Olympia: Week 10

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 who is eligible can call 1-833-886-0023 to schedule an appointment. Appointments are also available to some of their household members.

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E-News Week 9

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 I am thrilled to hear this from the Governor and am in full support. Thanks to the availability of vaccines for educators and school staff, along with guidelines from the Department of Health, we are finally able to begin returning to normal. We have long recognized that the pandemic has been a challenging and even traumatic experience for our students ...

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E-News: Week 8

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 House of Origin Cutoff, we will share our thoughts on our legislative priorities and answer your questions on the issues you care about. You can submit questions ahead of time here. We look forward to seeing you there!

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