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  • Senate committee passes bill to ban credit freeze fees

Senate committee passes bill to ban credit freeze fees

  • January 11th, 2018

OLYMPIA – A bill passed today by the Senate Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee would eliminate the fees that credit bureaus charge customers who want to freeze their credit reports to protect their personal […]

Ban on ‘conversion therapy’ to be heard in Senate

  • January 10th, 2018

What’s happening: The Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee will hear legislation to ban the practice of so-called “conversion therapy” for LGBTQ youth in Washington state.

When: 10 a.m. Thursday in Senate Hearing Room 2.

Where […]

  • Senate committee to hear Access to Democracy reforms

Senate committee to hear Access to Democracy reforms

  • January 9th, 2018

A package of elections reform bills to reduce barriers, increase transparency and boost turnout in elections statewide will be heard Wednesday by the Senate State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee.

SB 6002, Washington […]

Rolfes: Governor’s budget makes smart, targeted investments

  • December 14th, 2017

OLYMPIA – Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Kitsap County, incoming chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee, released the following statement after the release of the governor’s 2018 operating supplemental budget proposal.

“I appreciate the work […]

Senate Democrats offer preview of 2018 legislative agenda

  • December 7th, 2017

OLYMPIA – Senate Democrats offered a preview of their 2018 legislative agenda Thursday with the introduction of several bills during the start of the pre-filing period.

Topping the pre-file list is the Voting Rights Act. […]

Senate officially turns blue as Dhingra is sworn in

  • November 30th, 2017

SEATTLE – Manka Dhingra was sworn in Wednesday as the state senator for the 45th Legislative District. Dhingra’s swearing in gives Democrats a 25-24 majority in the Senate ahead of the 2018 Legislative Session.

“I’m […]

  • Rolfes to chair Senate budget committee

Rolfes to chair Senate budget committee

  • November 14th, 2017

OLYMPIA – Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Kitsap County, was chosen to chair the crucial Senate budget committee, Ways & Means, on Monday. This appointment follows the 2017 election results, which shifted control of the state […]

Nelson: Decision to end DACA is un-American

  • September 5th, 2017

OLYMPIA – Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson released the statement below following the Trump administration’s announcement Tuesday it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program:

“DACA kids are American kids. They are […]

Democrats, Republicans reach agreement on capital budget

  • July 19th, 2017

Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, released the statement below following a four-corner agreement on a Capital Budget:

“On Tuesday afternoon, Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate reached agreement on a full capital budget. This […]

Democrats, Republicans reach agreement on capital budget

  • July 19th, 2017

Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, released this statement today following a four-corner agreement late Tuesday on a Capital Budget:

“On Tuesday afternoon, Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate reached agreement on a full capital […]

Nelson: Senate Republicans – “Grow up and govern”

  • April 21st, 2017

Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson on Friday issued the statement below following a Senate Republican move to change their own two-thirds tax rule to hold an intentionally doomed vote on two tax bills with two […]

A closer look at the Senate Republican tax proposal

  • March 29th, 2017

Last week Senate Republicans passed their budget proposal on a straight party line vote. The Republican plan eliminates local school levies and imposes a $5.6 billion, statewide property tax. Currently, our existing local property tax funds can be […]

Nelson: Senate Republican budget “cold-blooded”

  • March 21st, 2017

OLYMPIA – Senate Democratic leader Sharon Nelson released the statement below Tuesday following the announcement of the Senate Republican budget:

“What we saw today was straight out of the Trump playbook.

“Republicans unveiled a budget that […]

Senate Democrats to hold town hall meetings in March

  • February 28th, 2017

Legislators will be holding town hall meetings with constituents across the state in March. Town hall meetings are chance for community members to meet with their state leaders, ask questions, and get an update […]

Looking forward on education funding

  • January 9th, 2017

Seven months ago, eight lawmakers representing each legislative caucus were asked to examine nine outstanding questions related to the basic education funding problems that remain and make recommendations to the Legislature on what should […]

  • Democrats release school funding recommendations

Democrats release school funding recommendations

  • January 4th, 2017

OLYMPIA – Democratic education leaders on Wednesday released final recommendations on a K-12 school funding package to ensure competitive wages for teachers and to resolve the McCleary case before the state Supreme Court.

Senate and […]

Senate Democrats announce committee assignments

  • December 21st, 2016

OLYMPIA – Senate Democrats on Wednesday announced their committee assignments for the upcoming 2017 legislative session.

“With six new members, Senate Democrats are energized heading into 2017 and we are ready to deliver on our […]

Nelson: Senate Democrats resolute against fear and division

  • November 17th, 2016

State Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island, released the following statement in response to recent actions by members of the Senate Republican Caucus following the presidential election:

Nelson: Hill’s passing a tremendously sad day for our state

  • November 1st, 2016

Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson issued the statement below following the news of the passing of Sen. Andy Hill:

“Today’s news leaves us all with heavy hearts. We are devastated to learn of Senator […]

Nelson: A positive revenue forecast is great news for our state and for Washington’s one million school kids

  • September 21st, 2016

Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson issued the statement below following Wednesday’s news that state revenue is expected to rise $334 million this biennium and $125 million in 2017-19:

Nelson: Despite budget deal, work on education is far from over

  • March 29th, 2016

Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson on Tuesday issued the statement below following the passage of the supplemental operating budget and the completion of the 2016 legislative session:

Nelson: Senate Republicans start backing away from “irresponsible” budget

  • March 11th, 2016

Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson issued the statement below following the latest Senate Republican budget proposal that backs away from devastating cuts to mental health, and other critical state services:

“I’m pleased to see that […]

Nelson: Senate Republicans completely miss the mark on education

  • February 24th, 2016

Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson issued the statement below following the unveiling of the Senate Republican budget:

“The Senate Republicans have ignored key issues important to the vast majority of Washingtonians all year. Their budget […]

Senate Democrats unveil the Bring Washington Home Act

  • February 4th, 2016

Communities throughout Washington are reporting a spike in their homeless population. What has long been a problem is quickly becoming a crisis.

Because of the urgency of this growing issue, Senate Democrats are sponsoring the […]

Senate Republicans gut bipartisan McCleary bill

  • January 28th, 2016

A cornerstone bill to address Washington state’s education funding obligations is at risk of being made irrelevant by amendments that will be proposed by Senate Republicans in the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education […]

  • Nelson: Focus on education now, save the politics for November

Nelson: Focus on education now, save the politics for November

  • January 14th, 2016

Sen. Sharon Nelson on Thursday urged the Legislature to allow the independent investigators examining the Department of Corrections early release error to continue their job without interference:

“The investigation into the appalling mistakes made at […]

  • Billig introduces charter schools legislation

Billig introduces charter schools legislation

  • January 5th, 2016

OLYMPIA – Charter schools would be accountable to locally elected school boards, making them constitutional and able to continue to receive funding under bipartisan legislation introduced today by Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane.

“At this point, […]

Voices from the 2015 Senate Education Listening Tour

  • November 19th, 2015


Voices from 2015 Education Funding Listening Tour
In the fall of 2015, Senate education leaders visited seven cities and listened to hundreds of stories from people who are impacted by […]

Nelson welcomes Takko to state Senate

  • October 23rd, 2015

OLYMPIA – Following the appointment of Rep. Dean Takko, D-Longview, to the Washington State Senate, Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island, released the following statement:

“Senate Democrats are excited to welcome now Sen. […]

Video: Beef Day 2015!

  • April 12th, 2015

It’s a “Game of T-Bones” as Sen. Brian Hatfield welcomes the Washington Cattlemen’s Association to Olympia for Beef Day 2015.

Sen. Nelson: Parliamentary tricks and phony rules stall budget process

  • April 3rd, 2015

Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson issued the statement below following the conclusion of budget amendments Friday morning:

“Tonight Democrats proposed numerous amendments, and saw one after another struck down.

“Why? That’s a good question. Other than […]

Senate Republicans stand in the way of ‘fair and balanced’ committee rule

  • March 25th, 2015

Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson today proposed a change to Senate rules which would require committee chairs offer equal time to opposing viewpoints.

Senate Democrats: Oil train bill lacks key safety provisions

  • March 9th, 2015

OLYMPIA – Following the passage of a bill that falls short on addressing needs related to oil train safety, Sens. Christine Rolfes, D-Kitsap County, Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, and John McCoy, D-Tulalip, released the […]

Legislative town hall meetings coming up March 14

  • March 2nd, 2015

OLYMPIA – As the legislative session hits the halfway mark, legislators are taking time to meet with their constituents across the state. Several town halls will take place on March 14 to offer people […]

Sen. Hobbs: Hold all taxes to the same standard

  • March 2nd, 2015

Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, on Monday challenged the constitutionality of the Senate Republican’s two-thirds procedural rule to create new taxes; a challenge which was upheld by the Lieutenant Governor. Hobbs explained his move […]

Washington Voting Rights Act passes out of committee

  • February 19th, 2015

The Senate Government Operations & Security Committee today passed the Washington Voting Rights Act on a bipartisan vote. The legislation, SB 5668, empowers local governments to tailor local solutions to systemic electoral issues, […]

  • Nelson: “Billionaire Protection Act” will hurt working families, small business

Nelson: “Billionaire Protection Act” will hurt working families, small business

  • January 14th, 2015

The nonpartisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy today released the 2015 edition of its “Who Pays?” report

Democrats’ bill would repair hole in women’s health coverage

  • January 7th, 2015

It would be illegal for employers in Washington state to provide health insurance plans that discriminate against employees’ by interfering with their access to contraception, under a bill sponsored by virtually the entire Senate […]

  • Senate Democrats release full leadership and committee appointments

Senate Democrats release full leadership and committee appointments

  • December 18th, 2014

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Senate Democratic caucus approved their full leadership and committee appointments on Thursday, for the upcoming 2015 legislative session.

Changes to leadership include Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane, assuming the role of […]

Retiring Sen. Adam Kline says farewell

  • December 1st, 2014

Senate Democrats said farewell to retiring member Sen. Adam Kline, D-Southeast Seattle, during a gathering of colleagues, staff and friends. Kline served in the Legislature for 18 years, nine as chair of the Judiciary […]

  • Rolfes: “I believe the Court has done us a favor”

Rolfes: “I believe the Court has done us a favor”

  • September 11th, 2014

Senate Democratic Floor Leader Christine Rolfes issued the statement below following today’s Supreme Court ruling:

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling that the state is in contempt for failing to adequately fund the education of Washington’s one million school […]

  • June revenue forecast shows increase in general fund revenue

June revenue forecast shows increase in general fund revenue

  • June 17th, 2014

The June revenue forecast, released Tuesday, shows an increase of $157 million in general fund revenue for the current biennium and projects a $238 million increase in the next.

During the next session, the Legislature […]

Video: Beef Day 2014!

  • March 6th, 2014

Sen. Brian Hatfield goes “Beef Mode” and welcomes the Washington Cattlemen’s Association to Olympia for Beef Day 2014.