As Washington legalizes recreational marijuana use, the Senate Healthcare Committee is examining bills to ensure medical marijuana users will have reliable access to their medicine. Ian Cope reports. (TRT: 1:02) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD
WHAT: Senate Bill 6323
SPONSORED BY: Sens. Sharon Brown, Bruce Dammeier, Jim Honeyford, John Braun, Rodney Tom, Mike Padden, Jan Angel, Barbara Bailey, Randi Becker, Andy Hill and Pam Roach.
WHAT IT WOULD DO:
- Eliminates the terms of all current members of the Public Disclosure Commission.
- Turns control of the PDC over to one appointee from each of the four legislative caucuses.
- The four appointed members would then be asked to vote – by an affirmative vote of no less than three – for a fifth member who would serve as chair.
WHAT THE PDC DOES:
- It’s a nonpartisan organization which oversees our state’s election laws.
- PDC members are currently appointed by the Governor and confirmed with a vote in the Senate.
- A vote of the people created the PDC in 1972 through Initiative 276 which passed with 72 percent.
QUOTE FROM SEN. SHARON NELSON:
“I worry that if this bill were to become law, an absolutely integral partner in our system of checks and balances would fall victim to political gridlock. The PDC was established as a watchdog for voters and our political system in general. At a time when money is flowing into political campaigns at a rate greater than we’ve ever seen, we need the PDC more than ever.”
Last year the State Legislature got the ball rolling in fulfilling the state’s McCleary obligations. This year, Democrats want to keep it rolling. Ian Cope reports. (TRT: 1:15) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD
The Senate Democrats are rallying behind a bill to fund cost of living raises for Washington’s teachers. Ian Cope reports. (TRT: 56) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD
Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, and Sen. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond, today released the following statement on their co-sponsorship of a Senate bill signed by all 22 members of the Democratic caucus allowing cost of living allowance (COLA) raises for Washington state teachers:
“For the past two years, we have been talking about the importance of our education system and the need to meet our obligation to fully fund K-12 education. With the recent Supreme Court decision, it’s time we meet our obligation to our citizens and fulfill their desire to see our teachers paid like the hardworking professionals that they are.
“With the economy turning around and the positive news of the 777X contract it’s time now to give the teachers a COLA increase.
“Teachers are some of the hardest workers in our state. Yet increasingly, they are being asked to do more with less or, in this case, do more for less. It’s time we reverse this trend, listen to the people of Washington, and pay the men and women charged with broadening and enlightening our children’s minds the salaries they deserve.
“We are grateful that this bill has received the support of all 22 members of the Democratic Caucus and invite all members of the Senate to join us in showing Washington’s teachers that we appreciate their hard work and dedication.”
Sen. Rolfes: “The Republican Majority is denying the public a voice on these issues in the Senate”
Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Kitsap County, spoke on the Senate floor Thursday about some peculiar committee destinations for some recent pieces of legislation. Her remarks are below:
“We are noticing that a number of bills that have no fiscal impact and would traditionally go to a policy committee for a public hearing are being sent straight to ways and means.
“This is a concern because traditionally we use policy committees to give the public the opportunity to speak to how these policies will impact their daily lives.
“The chair himself has said that the testimony in Ways and Means must be limited to the fiscal impact of the bill.
“By bypassing the policy committees, the Republican Majority is denying the public a voice on these issues in the Senate.”
A Washington State Senator wants to see if lengthening the school year will help even the field between low income and middle and high income students. Ian Cope reports. (TRT: 1:05) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD