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18 03, 2020

Billig: Governor has Legislature’s full support

March 18th, 2020|News Release|

OLYMPIA – Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig said the Legislature took steps before adjourning last week to swiftly support coronavirus response efforts by Gov. Jay Inslee, including the release of $200 million in emergency funds appropriated by the Washington State Legislature to help fund the state’s COVID-19 response.

The funds will be used for hospital surge capacity, testing, and other efforts at local health departments. The Legislature also authorized immediate funding that may be used for shelter needs related to COVID-19, which the Department of Commerce is already in the process of distributing to counties and cities.

“Leaders in the Legislature will continue to coordinate with the governor’s staff and our partners in local governments to mitigate both the health emergency and the economic crisis that is unfolding in our state,” Billig said. “I admire the work of the governor and his staff under difficult circumstances, and his important warning for all of us to do our part to stay away from public gatherings and slow the spread of coronavirus. In concert with his efforts, state leaders will continue to take any and all actions we can to protect the people of our state.”

Before the Legislature adjourned last week, lawmakers approved other key measures to protect Washingtonians during the coronavirus outbreak:

  • Ensuring people receiving unemployment insurance can continue to do so even if they can’t meet the work search requirement due to quarantine.
  • Supporting businesses that rehire employees who had to go on unemployment insurance because of the coronavirus emergency.
  • Reimbursing nursing homes that aid in the coronavirus response.
  • Allowing school employees to maintain health insurance eligibility for the rest of the school year even if they come up short of required work hours because of the coronavirus state of emergency.
  • Giving flexibility to the State Board of Education to allow high school seniors to graduate this year if they were on track before the emergency declaration.

“Public health is our first priority, with mitigating the economic impacts from this outbreak not far behind,” Billig said. “I know Washingtonians will remain resilient during this difficult time, while at the state level we’ll continue to do our part to deliver all the resources necessary to slow the spread of the virus and keep people safe.”

Primary state response websites:

Washington State’s official COVID-19 site: www.coronavirus.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Health: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
Washington Employment Security Department: https://esd.wa.gov/newsroom/covid-19

 

11 03, 2020

Takko secures $700,000 to cut traffic congestion in Aberdeen

March 11th, 2020|News Release|

The City of Aberdeen will receive $700,000 for the US 12 Highway-Rail Separation Project, thanks to a provision added to the Legislature’s final transportation budget by Sen. Dean Takko (D-Longview).

The money will fund preliminary work for an overpass and roundabout to raise South Chehalis Street above US 12 and Puget Sound & Pacific Railroad, where train traffic regularly causes congestion and backups on US 12.

The number of freight trains traveling along this corridor has significantly increased over the past 15 years and is predicted to continue growing in the coming decades.

The Port of Grays Harbor, at the western end of the Puget Sound & Pacific Railroad, is the closest port to Seattle with direct access to the ocean and is crucial for transporting timber, agricultural products, and autos, among other goods.

“This funding is crucial because it keeps this project moving and positions us competitively for big federal transportation grants,” said Takko. “Having more freight trains on the tracks is a sign of a strong economy — a good problem to have — but we need the overpass to cut down on traffic jams when those trains come through town.”

Without this funding, the project would miss a key deadline and the planning process would need to be restarted, setting the work back by months and costing an additional $300,000. The state’s $700,000 will help get the project construction ready by 2023, which will make it more competitive for federal INFRA and BUILD grant programs.

Local support for the project is strong. The City of Aberdeen, Grays Harbor County, and the Port of Grays Harbor together have committed $700,000 to match the state’s appropriation.

A 2019 cost-benefit analysis calculated that this project will return a benefit of $1.72 for every $1.00 invested.

11 03, 2020

Legislature doubles funding to respond to coronavirus

March 11th, 2020|News Release, Uncategorized|

OLYMPIA – The Legislature approved the 2020 supplemental operating budget today as the 60-day legislative session ended on time. In a late addition, lawmakers increased emergency coronavirus funding from $100 million to $200 million.

With the passage of House Bill 2965, a total of $175 million will be directed to state and local public health agencies and the remaining $25 million will be transferred into the newly created COVID-19 unemployment account to help businesses and workers disrupted by the pandemic.

“It’s crucial that the people of Washington have the full support of the Legislature behind them during these challenging times,” said Sen. Christine Rolfes, chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee. “Even after we leave Olympia today, we will be collaborating closely with Gov. Inslee’s office to ensure they have the resources and authority they need.”

The COVID-19 unemployment account will mitigate costs for businesses due to an expected increase in unemployment insurance claims.

The increased coronavirus funding was the only major change from the budget agreement reached between the House and Senate on Wednesday (see original press release immediately below). The Legislature finished its work on time for the third straight year and is scheduled to return next January for a 105-day session.

ORIGINAL RELEASE:

OLYMPIA – Budget leaders in the House and Senate today unveiled a $1 billion, 2020 supplemental operating budget that provides an additional $160 million to address housing and homelessness as well as $100 million to support the state and local response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The budget plan includes no new general taxes and complies with the state’s four-year balanced budget requirement. It leaves $3 billion in total reserves at the end of the biennium, the largest balance in state history. Over the four-year outlook, the reserves are expected to grow to $3.6 billion.

The budget includes significant new investments in childcare and early learning programs to address the immediate needs of working households.

“This budget will make progress on urgent needs across our state — public health, housing, childcare and climate resilience,” said Sen. Christine Rolfes, (D-Bainbridge Island), chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee. “It’s a plan that balances our needs with fiscal discipline. We’ve done our best to prepare our state for an uncertain, volatile economy.”

The budget adds a just over $1 billion in new spending to the $52.4 billion, two-year budget passed by lawmakers last April.

“This budget makes prudent and responsible investments where they are needed most. We confront the scourge of homelessness and commit significant resources to combat the coronavirus outbreak,” said Rep. Timm Ormsby (D-Spokane), chair of the House Appropriations Committee.

The additional $100 million in coronavirus funds fulfills a request by the state Department of Health.

“We continue to strengthen our foundational public health investments. This budget ensures our health departments have the resources they need to respond to any public health threat,” Rolfes said.

More than $150 million will target the immediate shelter needs of the state’s growing homeless population and support new affordable housing programs.

“Across our state, too many people are living in their cars or on the street. This budget ensures that more of our neighbors will be able to find and maintain safe, affordable housing,” said Rep. June Robinson (D-Everett), vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee.

Other highlights of the budget include additional funding for K-12 education, climate resilience, rural health clinics and nursing homes.

Highlights of the 2020 Supplemental Budget Proposal

  • $100 million to cover costs associated with the coronavirus outbreak, including a dedicated call center, monitoring, testing and support for local health jurisdictions.
  • $160 million to address homelessness and affordable housing, including:
    • $60 million in one-time funding to shelter homeless adults, families and youth across the state.
    • $15 million (per year) for the state’s Housing and Essential Needs program.
    • $40 million for the state’s Housing Trust Fund.
    • $10 million in rapid-response funding to help more individuals stay in their homes.
    • $15 million (per year) for permanent supportive housing.
    • $5 million for maintenance and preservation.
  • $50 million to address the climate crisis by investing in communities and projects to enhance mitigation and resilience.
  • $153 million to the state Department of Children and Families to reduce childcare rates for working families ($65M), strengthen the foster care system ($52M), expand early learning programs ($15M), and other increases.
  • $172 million for K-12 education in the form of local levy assistance ($46M), counselors in high poverty schools ($32M), special education ($2M), pupil transportation ($41M), paraeducator training ($14M), student mental health and safety ($3M), and other increases.
  • Health care: Investments in primary care physician rate increases ($10M), rural health clinics ($34M), family planning ($8M), foundational public health ($17M), and other increases.

Other budget items of note include:

  • $51 million to help meet the increasing demand for the state new Paid Family Leave Program
  • $18 million to support struggling nursing homes by increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates.
  • $25 million for wildfire suppression and prevention.
  • $24 million for operations at the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
  • $2 million for enhanced election technology and security.
  • $4 million for state parks.

About the Supplemental Budget
Supplemental budgets are passed in even years and allow the state to make mid-course corrections to the two-year budgets passed in odd years. It gives the state the opportunity to adjust spending to keep families safe, provide high-quality education, and address other emergent needs like public health.

7 03, 2020

Bill mandating comprehensive sexual health education in public schools heads to Inslee’s desk

March 7th, 2020|Uncategorized|

A bill requiring comprehensive sexual health education (CSHE) in all public schools by the 2022-23 school year received final approval from the Washington State Senate on Saturday, and now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk to be signed into law.

The Senate had previously passed the bill, but because the House passed the bill with an amendment, it required another vote from the Senate. The Senate concurred with the House’s changes with a 27-21 vote.

Senate Bill 5395, sponsored by Sen. Claire Wilson (D-Auburn), would:

  • Require age-appropriate, medically accurate CSHE to be taught once from kindergarten to 3rd grade, once from 4th to 5th, twice in 6th to 8th, and twice in 9th to 12th.
  • Teach the concept of affirmative consent to older students so they can better recognize inappropriate behavior and their right to reject it.
  • Define CSHE and specify that curricula for kindergarten to 3rd grade must meet social and emotional learning standards.
  • Uphold the right of parents to review the curriculum and opt their children out of any portion of the instruction.
  • Require schools to notify parents when CSHE will be taught.
  • Establish new requirements for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to provide technical assistance so that districts can effectively implement the new standards.
  • Require CSHE curriculum to include information about affirmative consent.

“The hard work that we put into this bill — in both the House and Senate — is well worth it because it will improve safety for children statewide,” Wilson said. “We must ensure that our kids have the tools and knowledge they need to recognize and resist inappropriate behavior. This important education will help prevent younger kids from being targeted by pedophiles, and help teens who feel pressured to have sex.”

“It also helps students stay healthy in consensual relationships,” Wilson added. “Studies consistently show that the most effective programs include comprehensive sexual health or HIV education — or both — and the comprehensive approach is proven to reduce unintended pregnancy and STIs.”

Wilson noted that young people ages 15–24 represent one-fourth of the sexually active population but acquire half of all new STIs.

SB 5395 does not mandate any statewide curriculum. Instead, the bill gives local school districts the flexibility to determine what will best meet the needs of their students and families. All information must be appropriate and must meet existing state K-12 Health and Physical Education Learning Standards.

The goal of this legislation, Democrats argued during floor debates, is to give Washington students the tools they need to engage in safe, consensual relationships as adults, in addition to teaching them skills to identify and prevent sexual abuse.

The bill initially passed the Senate on Jan. 22 with a 28-21 voted, and passed in House on March 4 with a 56-40 vote. Now that the Senate has concurred on the House amendments, the bill is eligible for signing by the governor.

 

4 03, 2020

Senate fast-tracks $100 million for coronavirus response

March 4th, 2020|Uncategorized|

OLYMPIA — As more cases of coronavirus are being confirmed in Washington state, including the nation’s first known fatalities, the Washington State Senate today approved a $100 million funding package to ensure a comprehensive response from state and local public health organizations.

“The safety and health of our neighbors is paramount, and it’s important we give our state and local health departments the support they need to respond to this outbreak,” said Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, (D-Spokane). “We have excellent public health systems in our state, and I’m pleased we have found a bipartisan path forward to help address this crisis.”

“It’s important to the people of Washington that we get ahead of the curve on this, and stay ahead of the curve,” said Republican Leader Sen. Mark Schoesler (R-Ritzville). “This is a lot of money, but no one knows the full scope of this situation. The cost to our state will be much higher if we don’t manage this well.”

House Bill 2965 passed the Senate unanimously and will now head back to the House of Representatives for a final vote before Gov. Inslee can sign it into law.

The Senate amended the legislation to ensure Washingtonians can access unemployment benefits without meeting the work search requirement if they are under quarantine or isolation during the outbreak.

The conditions provided by this amendment expires June 30, 2021.

28 02, 2020

This Week in the Senate – Week 8: Marathon floor action

February 28th, 2020|This Week in the Senate|

This week, bills must make it through two additional cutoffs (a fiscal cutoff and a floor cutoff) in order to continue their journey toward becoming law.


Senate Ways & Means

FISCAL CUTOFF (OPPOSITE HOUSE)
Monday, March 2
Senate Ways & Means Committee: 10 a.m., then 1:30 p.m. in SHR 4
Senate Transportation Committee: 1:30 p.m. in SHR 1

All House bills that impact the budget must be passed out of the Senate Ways & Means or Transportation committee by end of day Monday. And, all of the Senate bills with a budget impact must be passed out of the House Appropriations or Transportation committee.


Senate Floor

MARATHON FLOOR ACTION
Tuesday, March 3 – Friday, March 6
Senate Floor

Senators will spend much of their time on the floor Tuesday through Friday considering House bills that have previously been passed off the House floor and out of Senate committees. Floor session is currently scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. each day, but the schedule is subject to change. Full weekly schedules can be found here.


Senate Floor

FLOOR CUTOFF (OPPOSITE HOUSE)
Friday, March 6
Senate Floor

All House bills must be passed of the Senate floor, and all Senate bills must be passed off of the House floor in order to continue through the legislative process. Bills will then head to Governor Jay Inslee’s desk for signing or to conference to reach agreement on amendments.

The Senate will begin consideration of the final bill by 5 p.m.


 

27 02, 2020

Senate passes budget focused on homelessness, working families

February 27th, 2020|News Release|

OLYMPIA – The 2020 supplemental operating budget (SB 6168) passed today by the Senate directs an additional $115 million to critical investments to address the state’s homelessness crisis.

The Senate proposal was approved on a 33-16 vote and includes nearly $1 billion in new spending overall, including significant increases for childcare and early learning as well as a historic investment to speed up financing and construction of the new UW Medicine Behavioral Health Teaching Facility.

“With this budget, we are able to address three of the biggest challenges our state faces — affordable housing and homelessness, behavioral health, and climate change,” said Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island), chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee and chief budget writer. “This is a realistic, sustainable and responsible budget that will make a difference in people’s daily lives while also leaving the state in a historically strong fiscal position.”

The proposed budget supplements the $52.4 billion, two-year budget passed by lawmakers last year while reserving $2.9 billion in the state’s rainy day fund to guard against a downturn in the economy.

The budget also includes an additional $10 million – with flexibility built in – to support local health officials as they prepare to respond to the global coronavirus outbreak.

“We have strengthened funding for foundational public health over the last several years, and we build in flexibility to ensure our health departments have the resources they need to respond to any public health threat,” Rolfes said.

Other highlights of the budget include additional funding for K-12 special education programs, election security, rural health clinics, and nursing homes.

Highlights of the 2020 Supplemental Budget Proposal

The Senate proposal invests $315 million in one-time revenue projected in the February forecast, including:

  • $115 million to address homelessness by increasing shelter capacity and keeping vulnerable families housed.
  • $100 million to address the climate crisis by investing in communities and projects to enhance mitigation and resiliency.
  • $100 million toward a new UW Behavioral Health Hospital, which lawmakers approved in 2019 to address a workforce shortage and a lack of adequate beds for patients.

Several other funding increases include:

  • $128 million in K-12 education dollars for local levy assistance ($46M), special education ($21M), pupil transportation ($41M), paraeducator training ($12M), and other increases.
  • $184 million in health care dollars for managed care ($61M), primary care physician rate increases ($10M), rural health clinics ($34M), family planning ($8M), and other increases.
  • $116 million to the state Dept. of Children and Families to reduce childcare rates for working families ($27M), strengthen the foster care system ($20M), expand early learning programs ($5M), and other increases.

Other budget items of note include:

  • $33.7 million to support struggling nursing homes by increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates.
  • $20 million for wildfire suppression and prevention.
  • $10 million for enhanced election technology and security.
  • $10 million to cover the costs associated with the coronavirus outbreak, including a dedicated call center, monitoring, and support for local health jurisdictions.

Click here to find budget documents and summaries.

About the Supplemental Budget
Supplemental budgets are passed in even years and allow the state to make mid-course corrections to the two-year budgets passed in odd years. It gives the state the opportunity to adjust spending to keep families safe, provide high-quality education, and address other emergent needs like mental health care.

24 02, 2020

Senate budget proposal targets homelessness, early learning and childcare, climate resiliency

February 24th, 2020|News Release|

OLYMPIA – Senate Democrats today unveiled their 2020 supplemental operating budget, proposing to invest an additional $115 million this year to directly address the state’s homelessness crisis.

“This is a realistic, sustainable and responsible budget that will make a difference in people’s daily lives,” said Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island), chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee and chief budget writer. “Our economy remains strong and our state’s bond rating is at historic highs, but we also recognize the growing needs of our growing state.

“I’m proud this budget makes targeted investments without any new taxes. It’s a budget that reflects the values of our great state by promoting strong families, healthy communities, and an economy that works for everyone across the state.”

The Senate proposal includes nearly $1 billion in new spending, including significant increases in funding for childcare and early learning as well as a historic investment to address climate change impacts across the state. The proposed investments will strengthen the $52.4 billion, two-year budget passed by lawmakers last year while reserving a total of $2.9 billion in the state rainy day fund to guard against a downturn in the economy.

“This is a smart budget that will make critical investments while leaving our state’s finances on solid footing when we return next January to write the next biennial budget,” Rolfes said. “I look forward to passing our budget off the Senate floor later this week and working with my colleagues in the House to deliver a strong, balanced budget to the governor and finish the people’s work on time.”

Highlights of the 2020 Supplemental Budget Proposal

The Senate proposal uses $315 million in one-time revenue received in the February forecast to invest:

  • $115 million to address homelessness by increasing shelter capacity and keeping vulnerable families housed.
  • $100 million to address the climate crisis by investing in communities and projects to enhance mitigation and resiliency.
  • $100 million toward a new UW Behavioral Health Hospital, which lawmakers approved in 2019 to address a workforce shortage and a lack of adequate beds for patients.

The Senate proposal makes several other funding increases:

  • $128 million in K-12 education spending for local levy assistance ($46M), special education ($21M), pupil transportation ($41M), paraeducator training ($12M), and other increases.
  • $184 million in health care spending for managed care ($61M), primary care physician rate increases ($10M), rural health clinics ($34M), family planning ($8M), and other increases.
  • $116 million to the state Dept. of Children and Families to reduce childcare rates for working families ($27M), strengthen the foster care system ($20M), expand early learning programs ($5M), and other increases.

Other budget items of note include:

  • $33.7 million to support struggling nursing homes by increasing Medicaid rates.
  • $20 million for wildfire suppression and prevention.
  • $10 million for enhanced election technology and security.
  • $5 million to cover the costs associated with the coronavirus outbreak, including dedicated call center, monitoring, and support for local health jurisdictions.

Click here to find budget LEAP documents and summaries.

About the Supplemental Budget
Supplemental budgets are passed in even years and allow the state to make mid-course corrections to the two-year budget passed in odd years. It gives the state the opportunity to adjust its spending to keep families safe, provide high-quality education, and address other emergent needs like mental health care.

21 02, 2020

This Week in the Senate – Week 7: Budgets and another cutoff

February 21st, 2020|This Week in the Senate|

This week, House and Senate Democrats will unveil their supplemental operating and transportation budgets, giving the first look at what could be funded during the 2020 legislative session. The session will also hit another cutoff on Friday, with all policy bills needing to be passed out of their opposite house committees in order to stay alive.


Senator Christine Rolfes

BUDGET ROLLOUT MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Monday, Feb. 24
1:45 p.m., Senate Democratic Caucus Room

Senate Democratic Caucus leaders will give their first look at the 2020 supplemental operating budget. A public hearing on the budget will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Senate Ways & Means Committee.


Football

SPORTS BETTING
Monday, Feb. 24
10 a.m., SHR 1

The Senate Labor & Commerce Committee will hear a bill (House Bill 2638) that would legalize sports betting in tribal casinos.


Interstate 5

TRANSPORTATION BUDGET HEARING
Wednesday, Feb. 25
3:30 p.m., SHR 1

The Senate Transportation Committee will take public comment on the Senate Democratic Caucus 2020 supplemental transportation budget proposal.


Courthouse

OPEN COURTS
Tuesday, Feb. 25
10 a.m., SHR 4

The Senate Law & Justice Committee will hear a bill (House Bill 2567) designed to make courts accessible to all, regardless of immigration status


bOEING

CHANGES TO BOEING TAXATION
Wednesday, Feb. 26
3:30 p.m., SHR 4

A bill (Senate Bill 6690) that would suspend Boeing’s preferential B&O tax rate will be heard in the Senate Ways & Means Committee.


 

10 02, 2020

Upcoming Town Halls

February 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Members of the Senate Democratic Caucus and their seatmates in the House Democratic Caucus have upcoming town halls scheduled to discuss the 2020 Legislative Session, priority legislation and issues important to their districts. Find your lawmaker and their upcoming events in the list below:

1st Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22, 3-5 p.m. with Sen. Stanford and Reps. Duerr and Kloba at Cascadia Community College.

3rd Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22, 10-11:30 a.m. with Sen. Billig and Reps. Riccelli and Ormsby at the Woman’s Club of Spokane ballroom (1428 W 9th Ave., Spokane).

5th Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22, three events with Sen. Mullet and Reps. Callan and Ramos.

  • 1st: Maple Valley
    When: 9:30-10:30 a.m.
    Where: Tahoma High School Performing Arts Center
    23499 SE Tahoma Way, Maple Valley, WA 98038
  • 2nd: North Bend
    When: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Where: North Bend City Hall
    920 SE Cedar Falls Way, North Bend, WA 98045
  • 3rd: Issaquah
    When: 1:30 -2:30 p.m.
    Where: Blakely Hall At Issaquah Highlands
    2550 NE Park Dr, Issaquah, WA 98029

11th Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-noon with Sen. Hasegawa and Rep. Hudgins at the Teamsters Hall, Room 303 (14675 Interurban Ave. S, Tukwila).

21st Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-noon with Sen. Liias, and Reps. Ortiz-Self and Peterson at Mariner High School Commons (200 120th St SW, Everett).

22nd Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 26, 6:30-8 p.m. with Sen. Hunt and Reps. Doglio and Dolan at the Twin Star Community Foundation Event Center on the SPSCC Lacey Campus (4220 6th Ave. SE, Lacey)

24th Legislative District Town Hall – TBA with Sen. Van de Wege

27th Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22, 10 a.m.-noon with Sen. Darneille, Speaker Jinkins and Fey at Eastside Community Center (1721 E 56th St, Tacoma).

29th Legislative District Town Hall – POSTPONED

30th Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22 with Sen. Wilson at Algona Elementary School. Time TBA.

34th Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 23, 3-4:30 pm, Sen. Nguyen at Elliot Bay Brewery (255 SW 152nd St, Burien).

36th Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 23, 2-4:00 p.m. with Sen. Carlyle and Reps. Frame and Tarleton at the Lagunitas Taproom in the Free-Lard area (1550 NW 49th St., Seattle).

37th Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 29, noon-2 p.m. with Sen. Saldaña at New Holly Gathering Hall (7054 32nd Ave. S, Seattle).

40th Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 29, 10:30 a.m. – noon with Sen. Lovelett at Anacortes Educational Service District in the Reid Harbor Room (1601 R Ave, Anacortes).

41st Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m with Sen. Lisa Wellman and Reps. Tana Senn and My-Linh Thai. Bellevue College, Room N201 (3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue).

43rd Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22, 1:30 to 3 p.m, Sen. Pedersen, Rep. Chopp and Rep. Macri at Seattle First Baptist Church (1111 Harvard Avenue, Seattle)

44th Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22, 9:30 a.m. with Sen. Hobbs and Reps. Lovick and Mead at Lake Stevens Senior Center (2302 Soper Hill Rd., Lake Stevens).

45th Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with Sen. Dhingra and Reps. Goodman and Springer at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, West Building, Room 404 (11605 132nd Ave. NE, Kirkland)

47th Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 23, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. with Sen. Das at Cascade Hall (12401 SE 320th St, Auburn).

48th Legislative District Town Hall – Feb. 22, 10:30 a.m.-noon with Sen. Kuderer and Reps. Slatter and Walen at Redmond City Hall (15670 NE 85th St, Redmond).

49th Legislative District Town Hall – TBA with Sen. Cleveland.