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E-Newsletter: Governor Inslee's Reopening Plan

E-Newsletter: Governor Inslee's Reopening Plan

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Because of election year restrictions, this is the last e-newsletter you will receive from me until November. During that time, I will also be unable to update my website. Before those restrictions take effect, I wanted to update you about some important issues currently facing Washingtonians. Most of you will have heard that Governor Jay Inslee has announces a plan for re-opening Washington state. I stand behind the governor and his plans. For the sake of our health and our economy, we must take a phased-in, measured approach to re-opening the various parts of our ...

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Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus Information

When to seek medical evaluation and advice: If you have a cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, speak with your healthcare provider before going to a medical facility. Do not go to an emergency room. If you believe you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms, call 9-1-1.

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E-Newsletter: Coronavirus Resources

E-Newsletter: Coronavirus Resources

Dear Friends and Neighbors of the 41st Legislative District, My thoughts go out to you and your families as you work to keep yourselves and your families healthy during this coronavirus outbreak. We are all deeply saddened for the families who have suffered loss or who are currently suffering. I’m sure that many of you are scared, worried and stressed as we all try to get through this unprecedented event. It can be hard in times like these to know where to turn, and where to find the most up-to-date and accurate information. www.coronavirus.wa.gov This website contains a wealth of ...

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E-Newsletter: Coronavirus Update and Information

E-Newsletter: Coronavirus Update and Information

Dear Friends and Neighbors, I wanted to send an update to our community with some resources and information about coronavirus from the Washington State Department of Health and Public Health: Seattle & King County. These resources include ways to keep yourselves and your loved ones healthy, and to help slow the spread of coronavirus. In addition to the resources from our local and state health departments, I'd like to share a website put together by Mercer Island High School student Avi Schiffran. This website compiles data, maps, FAQs, prevention information and statistics. You can find the information here: https://ncov2019.live/data If you're currently ...

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Survey: Parents & guardians, what is your experience with school bullying/harassment policies?

Survey: Parents & guardians, what is your experience with school bullying/harassment policies?

This interim, the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee is working to learn more about state and federal laws regarding harassment, intimidation, bullying and discrimination — and how those laws are being implemented in Washington schools.

We know that school safety is a growing concern for students and parents statewide. We also know that creating a safe school environment isn’t just about headline-grabbing issues like school shootings. We must consider the social and emotional well-being of students and confront the issues they face in their daily lives.

That’s why the Senate Early Learning & K-12 ...

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A historic 2018 session ends on time!

A historic 2018 session ends on time!

Greetings from Olympia! The final gavel fell on the 2018 legislative session last night and I couldn’t be more proud of what our new Democratic majority accomplished this year. We started 60 days ago with big goals and we were able to deliver legislation that will improve lives in communities across the state. I have a lot to share!

Education

The biggest investment we made this year was in education, and as chair of the Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee, I spent a bulk of the session focused on ...

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Sen. Wellman's Olympia update

Sen. Wellman's Olympia update

Greetings from Olympia! As 2018 begins, I’m happy to report some exciting changes in the Legislature. After five years of Republican control, Democrats gained a one-seat majority after winning a special election last November in the 45th Legislative District. With Senate Democrats back in the majority, our caucus now has the power to set the agendas of committees and floor action, determining which bills will be heard and brought up for vote. This change in power gives us opportunities to pass important legislation that puts people first! I recently visited Enetai ...

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Sen. Wellman's Olympia Update

Sen. Wellman's Olympia Update

Dear friends, The Legislature is through with the 2017 sessions (for now), and we’re in the interim. Much was accomplished but much was left unfinished in a very long and contentious political arena. I want to bring you up to speed on how I’m spending my time. After session I immediately sent word to all the 41st school districts to ask their operations people how the budget decisions relative to McCleary would work for them. They were busy trying to determine the immediate and longterm impacts and not ready to report. I’m continuing to monitor progress and ready to ...

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