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Monthly Archives: February 2017

E News- Spokanites in Olympia

February 21st, 2017|

Last Friday marked what is known around here as policy cutoff day. It is one of the first hurdles in the lifecycle of a bill becoming a law. At this point, any policy bill (non-budget related) that hasn’t been voted out of its policy committee will not continue through the legislative process this session. This week we will work on passing bills out of the fiscal committees and then the focus will go to considering bills as a full Senate.

Spokanites Testify in Support of Oil Train Speed Limits

Last week in the Senate Transportation Committee, Spokane City Councilperson Breean Beggs and Mike Petersen, the executive director of the Lands Council, testified in support of Senate Bill 5098, which would allow cities such as Spokane to set lower speed limits for trains carrying hazardous materials like Bakken crude oil.

You can watch their testimony by clicking here.

Hearing You Loud and Clear

Thank you to all the constituents who braved the pass on Monday to spend their President’s Day in Olympia. Members from Washington CAN, Planned Parenthood, NAMI Spokane, the Spokane County Young Democrats, and the Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council all made the trip from Spokane to share their voices on issues important to them.

I truly value your input and I am able to do my job most effectively when I hear from you. Anytime there is an issue you care deeply about, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Spokane Town Hall

To update you on what has been happening so far here in Olympia and to receive your input, my 3rd District seatmates and I will hold a Spokane town hall meeting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Mar. 11. This meeting is a perfect opportunity for constituents to provide feedback and have questions answered on a variety of topics including education funding, job creation, health and wellness, transportation improvements, etc.

Town Hall Meeting Details:

  •  9:30 -11 a.m. Saturday, March 11
  • Washington Cracker Factory/Terrain, 304 W Pacific Ave.

Keeping in Touch

If you have a comment, idea or question, please let me know. I would love to hear from you!

You can email me at andy.billig@leg.wa.gov or call me at 360-786-7604.

Onward!

Andy

E News- Federal Official to Testify on Billig Bill

February 6th, 2017|

Tele-Town Hall

Last week, my seatmates and I hosted a tele-town hall. I hope you were able to participate and found the event to be informative. If you were not able to tune in, you can listen to the event in its entirety by clicking here.

Stopping Foreign Money in elections

Our bill, SB 5570, to prevent foreign-owned companies from contributing to political campaigns in Washington state will receive a public hearing in the State Government Committee on Wednesday.

Under federal law, foreign nationals are prohibited from making political contributions or financing campaign activities whether acting as individuals or as a corporation. SB 5570 requires that corporations donating to campaigns in Washington state declare whether their ownership is comprised of less than 50 percent foreign nationals.

Ellen L. Weintraub, a Federal Election Commissioner, is travelling all the way from Washington D.C. to testify in support of this bill. You can read a New York Times op-ed she wrote about this issue by clicking here.

Spokane Hall of Fame

Is there someone you know in the Lilac City who has inspired you by his or her contributions to our community as a leader, volunteer, teacher or artist? If so, nominate them for the 3rd annual Spokane Citizen Hall of Fame Awards. Nominations are due by Feb. 15.

This year, I am proud to nominate Lori Wyborney, the principal of Roger’s High School. Lori is responsible for implementing a school wide program intended to improve literacy among all of her students. In 2015, Lori was named the Washington State Principal of the Year.

Keeping in Touch

Please keep in touch throughout the legislative session. I value your input as we work to improve opportunity and prosperity in our state. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have a comment, idea or questions.

You can reach me by email andy.billig@leg.wa.gov or by phone at 360-786-7604.

Onward!

Andy

Billig bill aims to stop foreign money in politics

February 6th, 2017|

Olympia – Sen. Andy Billig’s, D-Spokane, Senate Bill 5570 that would prevent foreign-owned companies from contributing to political campaigns in Washington state will receive a public hearing in the Senate State Government Committee on Feb. 8 at 8 a.m.

“We have an obligation to keep Washington’s elections free, fair and in accordance with federal law,” said Billig. “As American citizens, our First Amendment rights grant us the freedom to participate in elections. That right is not afforded to foreign nationals or corporations with foreign owners. ”

Under federal law, foreign nationals are forbidden from directly making political contributions or financing campaign activities whether acting as individuals or as a corporation.

SB 5570 requires that corporations donating to campaigns in Washington state declare whether their ownership is comprised of less than 50 percent foreign nationals.

“The threat of foreign influence on American elections became all too real this past election cycle. This should be of tremendous concern to every American, regardless of party,” said Commissioner Ellen L. Weintraub of the Federal Election Commission, who has long advocated for better enforcement and clarification of federal law prohibiting foreign spending in U.S. elections. “Sen. Billig’s bill is an innovative and commendable step that will help prevent foreign influence from seeping into Washington’s elections through corporations.”

Weintraub is travelling all the way from Washington D.C. to testify in support of the legislation at the public hearing.

“Transparent elections are the foundation of a healthy democracy,” added Billig. “That foundation is eroded when big money is spent without disclosure, especially if that funding originates overseas. That isn’t right and it must be stopped.”