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

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

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 forcibly remove and incarcerate more than 120,000 people of Japanese descent.

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E-News From Olympia: Week 5

E-News From Olympia: Week 5

Sometimes legislation comes from a very personal place. My daughter dealt with the challenges of a serious autoimmune disease for over 22 years. When faced with breast cancer, she chose to move forward with a mastectomy and breast implants. Had she been informed that “autoimmune” and implants were not a great combination, she would have refused that option – no question. But like so many women we heard from, she was not provided comprehensive information on the specific potential risks associated with this procedure.

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E-News From Olympia: Week 4

E-News From Olympia: Week 4

On Wednesday morning, we heard public testimony on my bill, SB 5383, in the Environment, Energy & Technology Committee. This is a bipartisan effort to enhance equitable access to telecommunication by allowing public utility districts to provide retail telecommunication services in unserved areas, effectively expanding the market. Under current law, a public utility district is not authorized to provide these services. We need more parties involved and providing the connectivity needed to access work, medicine, or school remotely.

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E-Newsletter: Week 3

E-Newsletter: Week 3

I thought I would post a photo of this week’s calendar to keep you informed of my various roles in the Senate. Most meetings and committees start at 7:30 or 8 a.m. and end at 6 or 7 p.m. After my last meeting of the day, I work on amending bills, reviewing the bills I’ll be hearing in committee, or answering emails.

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E-Newsletter: Week 2

E-Newsletter: Week 2

Dear Friends and Neighbors, If you’re getting this e-newsletter for the first time, welcome! I’m Lisa Wellman, your state senator from the 41st Legislative District. I am one of your voices in the state Legislature in Olympia. I will be sending updates each week during the legislative session because it’s important you know what your public officials are doing on your behalf. Your reactions to my newsletter last week were so positive that I’m encouraged to continue this practice. Thank you for your messages! You’ll be hearing from me weekly about the 2021 Legislative session. Let me know if ...

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E-Newsletter: An unprecedented Session 2021 begins

E-Newsletter: An unprecedented Session 2021 begins

Dear Friends and Neighbors, This week, we began a legislative session unlike any other. Due to the historic nature of this session, the constantly changing landscape, and the heightened need for communication, I’m planning to send a weekly newsletter keeping you updated with the day-to-day major activities of the Senate. On Monday, we convened on the Capitol campus in Olympia for the only in-person floor session of the year. As I started the drive from Mercer Island, I had a pit in my stomach. The reports of potential violence and intimidation put all of us on edge. Thankfully, the ...

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Wishing You A Safe Holiday

Wishing You A Safe Holiday

Dear Colleagues, Friends and Neighbors,

As the year draws to a close, I know we are all anticipating a very different New Year and are also cautiously optimistic for a safer time in the near future – a time when children can return to school, businesses can reopen, and families and friends can gather to celebrate important events together. I am holding out hope for the days I can hug my children and visit my grandchildren again, as I know many of you are as well.

Of course, we ...

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