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    Sen. Billig, Reps. Ormsby and Riccelli to hold telephone town hall

Sen. Billig, Reps. Ormsby and Riccelli to hold telephone town hall

January 27th, 2020|

Sen. Billig and Reps. Ormsby and Riccelli of the 3rd Legislative District will give an update on the 2020 legislative session on Tuesday.

Who: State Sen. Andy Billig, State Reps. Timm Ormsby and Marcus Riccelli
What: Telephone town hall
When: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 6 – 7 p.m.

The majority of the live town hall discussion will focus on answering questions directly from constituents. Under the telephone town hall format, thousands of constituents will receive automatically generated telephone calls to their homes in the 3rd Legislative District at 6 p.m. Constituents may ask a question by pressing *3 on their phones during the call. The legislators will answer as many questions as they can get through during the one-hour call.

Those constituents whose questions are not addressed during the live call have the option to leave a voicemail for the legislators with their question or comment. Constituents who do not automatically receive a call may join the conversation beginning at 6 p.m. on Jan. 28 by calling 877-229-8493 and entering the ID code 116276 after the prompt. Those with mobile phone numbers can sign up online to ensure they receive a call.

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    Spokane’s Carla Olman Peperzak will be honored as Washington’s Person of the Year

Spokane’s Carla Olman Peperzak will be honored as Washington’s Person of the Year

January 24th, 2020|

Carla Olman Peperzak, a holocaust survivor and member of the Dutch resistance during World War II who helped hide Jewish people during the Nazi invasion of Holland, will be honored in February as Washington’s Person of the Year.

Peperzak, 95, became a US citizen in 1958 and moved to Spokane in 2004. She continues to speak regularly about her experiences as a teenager during WWII which include serving as a messenger for the Underground movement, forging documents to protect Jews from concentration camps and publishing a newsletter about the work of Allied forces.

“Carla Peperzak is a hero. She stood up to unspeakable evil and helped change the course of history,” said Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig. “This recognition is a fitting tribute to a remarkable and courageous person that continues to make sure we never forget the atrocities of the holocaust.”

Billig and other community members are encouraging the Spokane School Board to name a new middle school after Peperzak. You can read Billig’s letter to the board here.

“I can’t think of a more appropriate tribute, but more importantly a middle school named after a hero like Carla will help ensure that the lessons of the holocaust are never forgotten,” Billig said.

Peperzak will be awarded Washington’s Person of the Year on Feb. 20 at the governor’s mansion.

For more information on Peperzak’s award and her work in the Dutch Resistance, click here.

Click here to view a resolution honoring Peperzak in 2015 and click here to view Billig’s floor speech from that day.

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    The Everblue State: Welcome to the 2020 Session with Sen. Andy Billig

The Everblue State: Welcome to the 2020 Session with Sen. Andy Billig

January 14th, 2020|

The Everblue State is back for the 2020 Legislative Session with a special episode with Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig.

Billig gives us an update on what Senate Democrats are working on this year, and the issues he hopes the Legislature will tackle in the coming decade. He also takes a retrospective look at his favorite bills in the last 10 years.

As an added bonus, he answers our question about which Senate Democrat he would draft for a minor league baseball team.

Make sure to listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Billig statement on House Speaker Laurie Jinkins

January 13th, 2020|

Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig (D-Spokane) today extended congratulations to Rep. Laurie Jinkins on becoming the first female and openly lesbian Speaker in Washington state history.

“This is a significant moment for the Washington State Legislature and our entire state. It signals a more inclusive future – not only in the halls of government but for households across the state.

“Having enjoyed working with Speaker Jinkins since we both joined the Legislature in 2012, I am excited to team up as the leaders of our respective chambers as we build opportunity, prosperity and equity across the state.”