Sen. Guy Palumbo of Maltby and faith leaders speak up for religious freedom and Senate Bill 5308. (TRT: 39) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD
Hours before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reinstate the President’s travel ban, faith leaders and dozens of supporters came together in support of religious freedom. Sen. Guy Palumbo of Maltby spoke during the press conference:
Senate Bill 5308 will limit an agency from disclosing personal religious affiliation to the federal government for the purpose of creating a religious database. The bipartisan bill has not yet had a hearing in the Senate.
OLYMPIA – Right to work legislation drew more than 1,100 people to the Senate to have their voices heard in opposition to the bill. (TRT: 72) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD
On Wednesday, in a sea of neon green and fluorescent orange, laborers led by the building trades and skilled craftsmen filled the halls and hearings rooms of the Senate. Approximately 1,100 people signed in to oppose Senate Bill 5692, also known as a “Right to Work” bill. Sen. Rebecca Saldaña of Seattle is a member of the Senate Commerce, Labor & Sports Committee where the hearing took place:
Often, when businesses look at where to relocate, the availability of skilled labor is one of the most important factors. With more than 800 people wanting to testify in opposition to the bill, a potentially historic number, their voices and stories will be difficult to ignore.
For the first time, the State of Washington recognized January 11 as Human Trafficking Awareness Day. (TRT: 58) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD
Wednesday, Jan. 11th marked the state’s first Human Trafficking Awareness Day as an official day of recognition. Sen. Maralyn Chase of Edmonds has worked on this issue for a number of years and is worried that there are still too many young girls and women who are potential targets.
Between 2002 and 2016, the State of Washington passed more than 40 anti-human trafficking laws. Human Trafficking Awareness Day was created in 2016 to raise the profile on the issue, to help educate people about potential warning signs, and to honor all victims of human trafficking.
Nearly a quarter of new mothers have to return to work just two weeks after giving birth. Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Des Moines, is sponsoring a paid family and medical leave proposal that would give security to Washington families who need to take time away from work to care for their families. (TRT: 57 ) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD
Sen. Karen Keiser of Des Moines has worked in the legislature on the issue of paid family and medical leave over the last 20 years. On Tuesday, surrounded by many colleagues, working men and women, moms, dads and children, she announced her sponsorship of Senate Bill 5032 – legislation that would create paid family and medical leave in the State of Washington. Sen. Keiser:
Keiser is hopeful that with a large group of supporters from many key industries across Washington that the proposal will be successful and allow Washingtonians the security of being with loved ones when they’re needed the most.
Deputy Senate Democratic Leader, Sen. Andy Billig of Spokane says that Senate Democrats are focused on creating opportunity and building prosperity for all Washingtonians, which includes fully funding basic education for our state’s 1.1 million schoolkids. (TRT: 57) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD
Monday marked the beginning of a new Legislative Session, which is poised to be one of the more difficult sessions in recent memory due to the State Supreme Court’s deadline to fully fund basic education in our state. Deputy Leader of the Senate Democrats, Andy Billig of Spokane:
In a show of deep respect, nearly every member of the Senate stood and spoke in honor of the leadership, friendship and principles he exhibited throughout his extensive legislative career. Gov. Jay Inslee also made a special appearance in the Senate chamber and spoke of Hargrove’s dedication to the least among us.
Hargrove, a long-time, champion of the human services offered this final heartfelt advice to his colleagues:
The Senate passed the supplemental transportation budget on Tuesday evening, 44 to 5. (TRT: 0:60) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD
The Washington State Senate on Tuesday evening passed an $8.6 billion dollar Supplemental Transportation Budget that will continue to support investments to our state’s public infrastructure system. Sen. Steve Hobbs of Lake Stevens was the lead negotiator for the Senate Democrats.
Project highlights include funding for road preservation, our state ferries, storm water and fish passage barriers, additional rail services between Seattle and Portland, pay increases for state troopers, 405 tolling improvements, and more.
The Senate passed the supplemental transportation budget 44 to 5. It will now go to the House of Representatives before heading to the governor’s desk.
Sen. Pramila Jayapal of Seattle and Sen. Cyrus Habib of Bellevue voiced their support to a packed room of supporters of the Washington State Voting Rights Act after it was moved to the Senate floor calendar on Tuesday. (TRT: 1:28) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD
A group of over 120 supporters of the Washington Voting Rights Act packed a Senate Hearing room on Tuesday to voice their support of House Bill 1745, the Washington Voting Rights Act. The House of Representatives has passed the bill out of the chamber four years in a row – and each year it has stalled in the Senate. Sen. Pramila Jayapal of Seattle has worked with her Republican counterparts to address concerns with the bill.
On Tuesday, the Washington Voting Rights Act was moved to the Senate floor calendar – a move that puts it one step closer to being voted on. Sen. Cyrus Habib of Bellevue, the bill’s sponsor in the Senate:
The constitutional amendment, SJR 8211, to require a 2/3rds super majority vote to raise taxes, failed on Friday in the state Senate. (TRT: 1:50) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD
During the Senate’s debate on Friday of the constitutional amendment that would require a 2/3rds supermajority vote in the legislature to raise taxes, Democratic Sen. Jim Hargrove of Hoquiam detailed the different reasons voters may have approved of Initiative 1366 that passed in the 2015 general election.
According to Initiative 1366, both chambers of the state legislature need to adopt and send a constitutional amendment to the voters that would require a 2/3rds majority to raise taxes by April 15, 2016, or else the sales tax rate will decrease by one percent. Last month, a King County Superior Court judge ruled the entire initiative unconstitutional. The State Supreme Court is expected to weigh in soon.