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Monthly Archives: September 2013

E-newsletter – Mobile Offices and Target Zero

September 20th, 2013|

Target Zero
One of my goals for the interim period between sessions is to go out and see state government in action so that I understand the facts on the ground when we are making budget and policy decisions in Olympia.
Recently, I had the opportunity to ride along with Washington State Patrol Trooper Scott Davis during a Target Zero Task Force shift.
Target Zero is a coordinated law enforcement, judicial, and educational program to crack down on DUIs.  The goal is to reduce traffic fatalities in the state of Washington to zero by 2030. Target Zero has been in place in several other counties with great success and we provided funding in the recently passed 2013-15 transportation budget to expand the program to Spokane County. Trooper Davis kept me up past my bed time (we were on the road from 9pm to 3:30am) but it was worth it to see this effective program in action. I could not have been more impressed with the skill and professionalism demonstrated by Trooper Davis as I watched him take two drunk drivers off the road. His professionalism and compassion were enough to even earn him a heartfelt “thank you” from one of the people he arrested after the process was completed!
Thank you to Trooper Davis and all the other law enforcement officers who help keep us safe each day (and night…and early morning!).


Trooper Davis

Trooper Davis, pictured above

Legislative update in your real (and/or electronic) mailboxes
Your 3rd Legislative District team joined together to create a 2013 Legislative Update Report that was sent to residents in the district this week. You can read the newsletter in PDF Form HERE. In the newsletter, Rep. Ormsby, Rep. Riccelli and I provide updates on issues that are priorities for Spokane, including: investment in education, economic opportunity and infrastructure, preserving the safety net, and improving health care.

Mobile Office
Once again this year, Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District delegation will host a series of mobile office meetings to receive feedback and answer questions from constituents. These meetings include all three 3rd LD legislators (Reps. Ormsby & Riccelli and me) and will provide people the opportunity to make comments and ask questions about state government. We love the feedback and it helps us to better do our job of representing you. I hope to see you at one of our mobile offices.

Tuesday, September 24th
North Central neighborhood
Chairs Coffee
113 W. Indiana
4:00 to 5:30 p.m. (drop-in anytime)
Thursday, October 17th
East Central neighborhood
South Perry Farmer’s Market
924 S. Perry Ave.
4:00pm to 5:30pm (drop-in anytime)
Wednesday, November 13th
Hillyard neighborhood
North East Community Center
4001 N. Cook St.
3:30 to 5:00 PM (drop-in anytime)


Keeping In Touch
Please don’t hesitate to contact our office with questions or comments at any time. If you have feedback, I’d like to hear from you. You can reach me by e-mail (andy.billig@leg.wa.gov) or by phone at 509-209-2427.  And if you know someone who would like to get their own copy of my weekly e-newsletter, please send them to my website at http://www.senatedemocrats.wa.gov/senators/billig/ and click on the link to “Sign up for my e-newsletter” – I’ll be glad to keep them in the loop!

Billig Named to Thrive by Five Washington Board of Directors

September 16th, 2013|

State Sen. Andy Billig (D-Spokane), a member of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee, has been named to the Thrive by Five Washington Board of Directors. Seattle-based Thrive is the state’s leading public-private partnership for early learning.

Billig, a first-term senator, made a name for himself during the 2013 legislative session as a champion for children, sponsoring two successful bills that expanded opportunities for children through quality early learning programs and a quality foster care system. One bill strengthened the state’s largest early learning program, Working Connections Child Care, which delivers safe, high-quality early learning opportunities for children from low-income families and helps their parents get back to work. The other bill directed that every attempt be made to keep siblings together in the foster care system.

"The evidence is clear that early learning is the best investment in our future that our state can make," said Billig. "Thrive by Five Washington is doing significant and hard work with state and community partners to create a quality early learning system across our state. I look forward to being part of an organization that is fiercely committed to making sure every child has the opportunity for a great start in school and life."

In addition to his work as a state senator, Billig is the co-owner and former president and general manager of the Spokane Indians baseball team. Billig lives in Spokane with his daughter.

Billig is one of four legislators on the Thrive board. He joins Sen. Steve Litzow, chair of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee; Rep. Ruth Kagi, chair of the House Early Learning and Human Services Committee; and Rep. Maureen Walsh, ranking minority member of the House Early Learning and Human Services Committee.

The 35-member Thrive board is an active and committed group of state, community, business and philanthropic leaders. Members serve three-year terms. See full board list.
Thrive by Five Washington and the Foundation for Early Learning recently announced a merger to take effect Jan. 1, 2014.

About Thrive by Five Washington

Founded in 2006 by Washington state businesses and foundations, Thrive by Five Washington is the state’s leading public-private partnership for early learning works and most closely with the Department of Early Learning and Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to implement the state’s 10-year Early Learning Plan. With racial equity as a driving force, Thrive focuses on three strategic initiatives that are creating a long-term statewide commitment to early learning and helping more families have the information and support they need to help their children thrive in school and life. Those initiatives include deepening parent and caregiver knowledge of child development through the "Love. Talk. Play." campaign for families of infants of toddlers; developing a high-quality home visiting system to serve at-risk families; and building and mobilizing state and local partnerships. www.thrivebyfivewa.org