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2 03, 2015

Legislative town hall meetings coming up March 14

March 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized|

OLYMPIA – As the legislative session hits the halfway mark, legislators are taking time to meet with their constituents across the state. Several town halls will take place on March 14 to offer people a chance to get an update on the 2015 session, ask questions and hear what lawmakers are working on in Olympia.

UPCOMING TOWN HALLS (Click here to download a list of town halls)

March 14

  • 1st District – Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe, Reps. Derek Stanford and Luis Moscoso
    Where: Northshore Senior Center in the Wellness Center, 10212 East Riverside Drive, Bothell, WA 98011
    When: 10 a.m.. – noon
  • 3rd DistrictSen. Andy Billig, Reps. Timm Ormsby and Marcus Riccelli
    Where: WSU-Spokane Riverpoint Campus, 600 North Riverpoint Blvd, Academic Center Auditorium, Rm #20, Spokane, WA 99202
    When: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • 5th DistrictSen. Mark Mullet
    Where: Issaquah Fire Station 73, 1280 NE Park Dr., Issaquah, WA
    When: Noon – 1 p.m.
    Where: Snoqualmie Library, 7824 Center Blvd. SE., Snoqualmie, WA
    When: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    Where: Tahoma School District Central Services Board Room, 25720 Maple Valley-Black Diamond Road SE., Maple Valley, WA
    When: 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • 11th District – Sen. Bob Hasegawa, Reps. Zach Hudgins and Steve Bergquist
  • When: 1-3 p.m.
  • Where: King County Regional Communications & Emergency Coordination Center (RCECC) 3511 NE 2nd Street, Renton, WA 98056
  • 21st District – Sen. Marko Liias, Reps. Lillian Ortiz-Self and Strom Peterson
    Where: Meadowdale High School, Great Hall, 6002 168th Street SW, Lynnwood, WA 98037
    When: 10:30 a.m.- noon
  • 23rd District – Sen. Christine Rolfes, Reps. Sherry Appleton and Drew Hansen
    Where: Bainbridge Island City Council Chambers, 280 Madison Ave. N, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
    When: 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
    Where: The Jenne-Wright Administration Center, Central Kitsap School District, 9210 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale, WA 98383
    When: 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • 27th District – Sen. Jeannie Darneille, Reps. Laurie Jenkins and Jake Fey
    Where: Evergreen State College – Tacoma Campus, 1210 6th Ave., Tacoma, WA 98405
    When: 10 a.m.-Noon
  • 29th District – Sen. Steve Conway
    Where: Garfield Book Co. at Pacific Lutheran University, 208 Garfield Street South #101, Tacoma, WA 98444
    When: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • 32nd District – Sen. Maralyn Chase and Rep. Cindy Ryu
    Where: Shoreline Fire Dept. 17525 Aurora Ave. N. Shoreline, WA 98133
    When: 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • 36th District – Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Reps. Reuven Carlyle and Gael Tarleton
    Where: Phinney Neighborhood Association, community room, 6532 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103
    When: 10 a.m. – noon
  • 37th District – Sen. Pramila Jayapal, Reps. Tomiko Santos and Eric Pettigrew
  • Where: Rainier Valley Cultural Center—3515 S Alaska St, Seattle, WA 98118
  • When: 9-11 a.m.
  • 38th District – Sen. John McCoy, Reps. Mike Sells and June Robinson
    Where: Everett Community Resource Center, 3900 Broadway Ave., Everett, Wa 98201
    When: 10-11 a.m.
  • 43rd District – Sen. Jamie Pedersen, Speaker Frank Chopp and Rep. Brady Walkinshaw
    Where: Erickson Theater, 1524 Harvard Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
    When: 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • 48th District – Sen. Cyrus Habib, Reps. Ross Hunter and Joan McBride
    Where: Redmond City Hall, 15670 NE 85Th St., Redmond, WA 98052
    When: 10 a.m.


March 11

  • 21st District – Sen. Marko Liias, Reps. Lillian Ortiz-Self and Strom Peterson
    When: 6-7 p.m.

March 19

  • 49th District – Sen. Annette Cleveland, Reps. Jim Moeller and Sharon Wylie
    When: 6-7 p.m.

March 25

  • 33rd District – Sen. Karen Keiser, Reps. Tina Orwall and Mia Gregerson
    When: 6-7 p.m.
18 12, 2013

Governor proposes “hold steady” supplemental budget

December 18th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing what he calls a “hold steady” supplemental budget for the 2014 Legislative Session. Click here for a link to the budget documents.

The $250 million supplemental budget includes maintenance-level increases for rising caseloads in K-12 education and corrections, increased participation in the College Bound scholarship program, wildfire funds and fixes to the 2013-15 biennial budget.

In continuing the state’s efforts to bolster its support for K-12 education, Inslee’s budget includes $3 million for new teacher mentoring, $1 million for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Alliance and $250,000 for early warning dropout prevention.

The governor’s budget also includes $10.3 million to provide youth mental health services to high-need patients, $10.8 million in fire suppression costs for the Department of Natural Resources, and $5.1 million to open a new medium security unit at the Washington State Penitentiary.

The governor also highlighted the fact that one-time fixes used in the 2013-15 budget will not be available for the 2015-17 budget, leaving budget writers with many holes to fill in the next biennium.

The 2014 legislative session begins on Jan. 13.

17 12, 2013

Pedersen sworn in as senator for the 43rd Legislative District

December 17th, 2013|Uncategorized|

State Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, was sworn into office to represent the 43rd Legislative District on Monday night at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall.

Pedersen replaces former Sen. Ed Murray, who resigned following his election as mayor of Seattle in November. The King County Council unanimously approved Pedersen’s appointment earlier in the day.

Pedersen has served since 2006 in the State House, where he was chair of the House Judiciary Committee. He also served on the House Appropriations Committee, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government, and the House Higher Education Committee.

“I am honored to serve the people of the 43rd Legislative District,” Pedersen said. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues in the Senate.”

He was joined by his family and Seattle Mayor-elect Murray during the ceremony, which took place prior to a performance by the Seattle Men’s Chorus. Pedersen has sung with the chorus since 1996. Pedersen lives on Capitol Hill with his husband, Eric Pedersen, and their sons Trygve, Leif, Erik and Anders.

12 12, 2013

Sen. Nelson’s statement on Boeing’s decision to relocate research and tech jobs

December 12th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Senate Democratic leader Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island, released the statement below Thursday in response to a decision by Boeing to move research and technology jobs to other states resulting in the loss of as many as 1,200 jobs:

“Boeing’s announcement that it’s moving 800-1,200 jobs out of Washington State is both unfortunate and disappointing.

“Our state and Boeing have a long and prosperous relationship, and the loss of these high tech jobs will have an impact throughout Washington.

“The pool of talent in Washington State is deep. Our state has long been a destination for people across the nation and from around the world in search of high tech jobs. This is of course in addition to the thousands of Washingtonians who have been innovators in this and other fields for generations.

“Our thoughts are with the families across the state that will be impacted by Boeing’s decision.”

27 11, 2013

McCoy appointed senator for the 38th Legislative District

November 27th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Sen. John McCoy, D-Tulalip, took the oath of office today to become senator for the 38th Legislative District.

McCoy, who has served in the state House since 2003, fills the vacancy left by the resignation of former senator Nick Harper.

“It is an honor to represent the people of the 38th Legislative District and I am excited to get to work with my new colleagues in the Senate,” McCoy said.

McCoy was sworn in following a unanimous vote by the Snohomish County Council.

21 11, 2013

Nelson renews effort to ban toxic chemicals from children’s items

November 21st, 2013|Radio|

Less than 24 hours after being elected as Senate Democratic Leader, Sen. Sharon Nelson is making good on her promise to keep Democratic priorities in the limelight. Ian Cope reports.


21 11, 2013

Sen. Eide on transportation package: “There’s no excuse to come up short.”

November 21st, 2013|Radio|

Senate Transportation Committee co-chair Tracey Eide made the following statement (click to download print copy) following a four-hour public hearing during which scores of public officials, business interests and private citizens urged the committee to pass a transportation revenue package to relieve congestion, increase transit options and maintain public safety. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD


20 11, 2013

Sen. Sharon Nelson elected Senate Democratic Caucus Leader

November 20th, 2013|Radio|

The Washington State Senate Democrats have a new leader. Ian Cope reports.  (TRT: 57 sec) CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

9 11, 2013

Legislature passes aerospace bills aimed at 777X contract

November 9th, 2013|Radio|

Two bills designed to win the manufacturing site for a new generation of Boeing airliners have cleared the Washington State Legislature. Ian Cope reports. (TRT: 1:29) CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

8 11, 2013

Legislature working to secure Boeing 777x contract

November 8th, 2013|Uncategorized|

Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday announced that the legislature would return to work Thursday in an effort to pass a package of bills to convince Boeing to build its new line of 777x airplanes here in Washington.

Boeing said that if this legislation is passed and if the machinists union votes to approve their new contract, the 777x will be constructed here.

The House held hearings on these bills Thursday and the Senate is scheduled to do the same Friday afternoon.

The bills in question, Senate Bill 5952 and 5953, work in a variety of ways to help create an economic environment for Boeing to succeed.

SB 5952 will:

  • Extend expiration of all commercial airplane tax incentives until 2040. Incentives are now set to expire in 2024. Extending this incentive will bring an estimated $21 billion in new revenue to the state in 2025-2040 through creating new jobs in the aerospace sector.
  • Expand the current sales and use tax exemption on construction of buildings to manufacture “superefficient airplanes” to include all commercial airplanes and suppliers of wings and fuselages.

SB 5953 will:

  • Expand training capacity – Increase community and technical college enrollments by 1,000 FTEs in high-demand aerospace fields such as composite materials manufacturing and repair, quality assurance, machine maintenance and pre-engineering.
  • Develop a squadron of composite wingmakers – Ensure skilled workers will be able and ready to fabricate composite wings by developing training programs at the Washington Aerospace Training & Research Center in partnership with Boeing.
  • Complete Central Sound Aerospace Training Facility under development in Renton. This multi-institutional training facility serving a multi-age population will expand training capacity and provide important hands-on experiences for incumbent training for the many aerospace-related suppliers in south King County and north Pierce County.

SB 5953 also includes legislation to streamline the permitting process by:

  • Assigning “Project of Statewide Significance” designation.
  • Snohomish County and city of Everett have already completed significant environmental permitting for plant expansion/new development and committed to four-week permit processes, assuming eventual project is consistent with assumptions.
  • Potential build-to-suit/leaseback of new building at Paine Field (if desired).
  • Already awarded $2 million CERB loan (Community Economic Revitalization Board) for Paine Field facility.
  • Establish an Advanced Permitting Grant Program in the Department of Commerce to help local jurisdictions develop planned action environmental impact statements in and around large manufacturing sites like those already in place in Everett and Renton.

Part of the plan also includes changes to water quality standards by:

  • Develop balanced, practical solutions that achieve water quality goals, limit permittee costs and footprint requirements, minimize the risk of third-party litigation and ensure the state’s ability to retain and attract business.
  • Final rules will be based on sound science, produce benefits for the environment and for human health, provide feasible compliance pathways and ensure a competitive economic climate.

Depending on who you ask, a long delayed transportation revenue package could also be included as part of the deal. Senate Republicans, however, stood in the way of infrastructure investments during the regular 2013 session and appear to reject the need for legislative action during this current special session. Instead, they’ve proposed delaying action again and returning later in the year for yet another special session, which would be the fourth special session of 2013. The Legislature has never before held four special sessions in a single calendar year.