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  • Access to Democracy bills signed into law

Access to Democracy bills signed into law

  • March 19th, 2018

TUKWILA – Five bills aimed at increasing voting access, representative government and exposing hidden money in elections were signed into law Monday by Gov. Jay Inslee.

The Access to Democracy package – which includes The […]

  • Governor signs bill banning credit freeze fees

Governor signs bill banning credit freeze fees

  • March 13th, 2018

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee today signed a bill to eliminate the fees that credit bureaus charge customers who want to freeze their credit reports to protect their personal information.

Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, sponsored […]

  • Senate approves $400 million statewide property tax cut

Senate approves $400 million statewide property tax cut

  • March 7th, 2018

OLYMPIA – The Senate today approved an approximately $400 million property tax cut, giving homeowners a break on their 2019 tax bill to offset the large increase in this year’s taxes that was passed […]

2018 budget agreement increases education funding, cuts taxes

  • March 7th, 2018

OLYMPIA – Budget leaders in the House and Senate today announced a 2018 supplemental operating budget plan that will provide property tax relief while directing additional funding to K-12 education, mental health care and […]

  • Ban on credit freeze fees clears Legislature

Ban on credit freeze fees clears Legislature

  • February 23rd, 2018

OLYMPIA – A bill to eliminate the fees that credit bureaus charge customers who want to freeze their credit reports to protect their personal information is headed to the governor following passage yesterday by […]

  • Senate passes Dhingra bill to provide property tax relief for seniors, veterans

Senate passes Dhingra bill to provide property tax relief for seniors, veterans

  • February 16th, 2018

OLYMPIA – The Senate yesterday unanimously passed legislation introduced by Sen. Manka Dhingra, D-Redmond, to provide property tax relief to those who can least afford an increase—senior citizens, persons […]

  • Senate approves sweeping bill to expand rural broadband access

Senate approves sweeping bill to expand rural broadband access

  • February 14th, 2018

OLYMPIA – With lightning-fast Internet and 5G service just around the corner, the Washington Senate approved a sweeping bill Wednesday that paves the way for expansion of high-speed broadband services in rural and underserved […]

  • Senate Democrats to hold town hall meetings Feb. 17

Senate Democrats to hold town hall meetings Feb. 17

  • February 12th, 2018

OLYMPIA — Legislators will be holding town hall meetings with constituents in person across the state in February. Town hall meetings are chance for community members to meet with their state leaders, ask questions, […]

  • Senate passes automatic voter registration

Senate passes automatic voter registration

  • February 11th, 2018

OLYMPIA – The Senate today passed legislation introduced by Sen. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia, to implement automatic voter registration at Washington state agencies.

“Voting is a right, not a privilege,” Hunt said. “We need to make […]

Hasegawa’s wrongful death legislation moves off the Senate floor

  • February 11th, 2018

OLYMPIA – Sen. Bob Hasegawa’s, D-Beacon-Hill, released the following statement today following passage of legislation to allow non-residents to receive compensation in wrongful death incidents.

“Washington is one of three states in the nation that […]

  • Senate passes Hasegawa bill to avoid institutional racism

Senate passes Hasegawa bill to avoid institutional racism

  • February 11th, 2018

OLYMPIA — Future legislative proposals will be assessed for disproportionate or unintended impacts on racial and ethnic populations, under legislation passed today by the Senate.

“Passing this bill is an important step towards understanding if […]

  • Senate approves ban on credit freeze fees

Senate approves ban on credit freeze fees

  • January 18th, 2018

OLYMPIA – The Senate today approved a bill to eliminate the fees that credit bureaus charge customers who want to freeze their credit reports to protect their personal information.

Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, sponsored Senate […]

  • 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 […]