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Wellman to serve on new student career-readiness committee

Wellman to serve on new student career-readiness committee

OLYMPIA – Sen. Lisa Wellman, D-Mercer Island, will serve on a new state task force responsible for recommending policies to increase the career and college readiness of public school students in Washington state. Wellman, the chair of the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee, will serve on the new Work-Integrated Learning Advisory Committee responsible for supporting the state’s goal ...

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Sen. Wellman's statement on ESB 6617

Sen. Wellman's statement on ESB 6617

Last night Governor Inslee vetoed ESB 6617, the Legislative Public Records Act. After hearing from the people of the 41st district, I believe it was the right decision. I initially supported the bill because I believe in the positive transparency reforms it would have enacted. However, I recognize the process through which the bill ...

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Senate approves Wellman’s ‘Breakfast After the Bell’ legislation

Senate approves Wellman’s ‘Breakfast After the Bell’ legislation

OLYMPIA – Legislation to expand the successful “Breakfast After the Bell” program to more students across the state passed the state Senate today with bipartisan support. The program would ensure more students — especially those with limited financial means — have access to a nutritionally balanced meal after the first bell of the school day. “We know students who get quality nutrition ...

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Wellman introduces bill to expand ‘Breakfast After the Bell’

Wellman introduces bill to expand ‘Breakfast After the Bell’

OLYMPIA – Sen. Lisa Wellman, D-Mercer Island, introduced legislation in Olympia this week that would expand the popular “Breakfast After the Bell” program to more schools around the state. The program would ensure more students -- especially those with limited financial means -- have access to a nutritionally balanced meal after the first bell of the school day. “This bill is about ...

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Wellman: Legislature should accelerate school improvements

Wellman: Legislature should accelerate school improvements

OLYMPIA – Sen. Lisa Wellman, D-Mercer Island, the incoming chair of the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee, issued this statement in response to the state supreme court’s announcement that it will retain jurisdiction over the McCleary K-12 funding case: “Today’s announcement reaffirms the progress made by the Legislature in 2017 but is also a reminder that our work to ...

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Wellman to lead Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee

Wellman to lead Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee

OLYMPIA – Sen. Lisa Wellman, D-Mercer Island, will serve as chair of the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education Committee when the Senate convenes for the 2018 legislative session. Wellman, a former educator, was chosen by her colleagues to lead the committee responsible for crafting policy that affects more than one million school-aged children in the state. “Education is the best tool ...

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Governor signs Wellman bill to protect privacy of sexual assault victims

Governor signs Wellman bill to protect privacy of sexual assault victims

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation today that will protect the personal information college sexual assault victims share with campus advocates. Senate Bill 5764, sponsored by Sen. Lisa Wellman, D-Mercer Island, exempts communication between advocates and their clients from state public disclosure laws. “Research shows 20 percent of women will be victims of sexual assault in college and their lives will ...

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Wellman bill to avert levy cliff signed into law

Wellman bill to avert levy cliff signed into law

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday signed legislation that will delay the so-called “levy cliff,” averting $358 million in cuts to K-12 schools in the next school year. Senate Bill 5023, sponsored by Sen. Lisa Wellman, D-Mercer Island, delays a scheduled reduction in the money school districts can collect through local property taxes already approved by voters. It also includes ...

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Senate approves Wellman’s bill to avert levy cliff

Senate approves Wellman’s bill to avert levy cliff

OLYMPIA – The Senate on Wednesday approved a one-year delay on what’s commonly called the “levy cliff,” averting a $358 million cut to K-12 schools. Senate Bill 5023, sponsored by Sen. Lisa Wellman, D-Mercer Island, would delay by one year a scheduled reduction in the money school districts can collect through local property tax dollars already approved by voters. "This is a ...

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Wellman speaks during Latino Legislative Day

Wellman speaks during Latino Legislative Day

OLYMPIA - Sen. Lisa Wellman, D-Mercer Island, joined leaders from Washington’s Latino community on Monday to raise awareness about the economic contributions of immigrants to Washington state and the impact of federal immigration executive orders on the state's economy.

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