Juvenile holding facilities would be prohibited from subjecting teens to solitary confinement, under legislation heard today by the Senate Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee. “There’s been a longtime assumption that solitary confinement can improve behavior, but studies show just the opposite,” said Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn). “Rather than discouraging violence and assaults on staff and youth, solitary confinement actually increases ...Read More
The time between sessions, interim, is the time when deeper learning can happen around issues and concerns of importance to constituents and the state. This interim my focus has been to deepen my learning around things new to me, and deepen my listening around things I know more about. Areas of learning this interim included:
- NW Seaport Alliance in Tacoma ...Read More
Organizations may apply as early as Oct. 1 for competitive grants through the state Early Learning Facilities (ELF) program, Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn) said today.
“The Legislature invested $18 million in ELF this year because we see a critical need to increase access to high-quality child care and early learning, particularly for children from low-income and at-risk households,” Wilson said. ...Read More
Having been entrusted by you to represent one of the most diverse districts in the state, I consider it my responsibility as your state senator to make sure all communities feel their voices are heard — and to make sure I am easily accessible.
To that end, we have opened a district office in Federal Way in the Chamber ...Read More
My first year as 30th District state senator has focused on three priorities: the education of our children, access to adequate health care, and transportation in and around our 30th District communities. Here are highlights of those efforts during the 2019 legislative session. (For more information on a topic, simply click on the bill number)
Throughout the 2019 legislative session, and even since the session finished in the wee hours of April 28, folks have asked me what my first session as a state senator felt like. In a wide-ranging interview with The Washington State Wire, I said it was “like jumping on a hamster wheel and drinking out of two fire hoses at the same time,” among ...Read More
In a wide-ranging interview with The Washington State Wire, Sen. Claire Wilson discussed everything from her career in education, to being a freshman in the Senate, to fighting for legislation on consent and healthy relationships, to making sure all Washingtonians have a chance to be heard. You can read the interview here.Read More
The state’s newly created state LGBTQ Commission will meet Saturday with stakeholders to discuss the commission’s initial steps, Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn) said today.
Wilson’s Senate Bill 5356 was signed into law earlier this month by Gov. Jay Inslee, establishing a commission to identify concerns specific to LGBTQ individuals and apply those concerns to inform practices and policies at ...Read More
The state will explore ways to improve educational opportunities for incarcerated Washingtonians, as a result of legislation signed into law this month by Gov. Jay Inslee.
“It’s critical that people receive the resources necessary for successful re-entry into the community once they have paid their debt,” said Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn), the sponsor of SB 5433. “Leaving prison without a ...Read More
A pair of bills to expand access to early learning programs critical to student success were signed into law today by Gov. Jay Inslee.
Senate Bill 5437, sponsored by Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn), makes more students eligible for the state’s early childhood education and assistance program (ECEAP) by increasing the income-level of households from which students can qualify. The ...Read More