Monthly Archives: March 2019

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    36th Legislative District lawmakers to hold ‘drop-in’ town hall

36th Legislative District lawmakers to hold ‘drop-in’ town hall

March 8th, 2019|

OLYMPIA – Join Sen. Reuven Carlyle, Rep. Noel Frame and Rep. Gael Tarleton for an informal “Drop-In” Town Hall on March 24 at Lantern Brewing (938 N 95th St) in Seattle.

Drop in anytime from 2 to 4 p.m. that works for you. The 36th Legislative District lawmakers will aim for casual, small group conversation and try to swap out who is at the table to ensure everyone gets a chance to be heard.

Kids and dogs are welcome! Beverages are no-host. No RSVP is required.

Who: Sen. Reuven Carlyle, Rep. Gael Tarleton and Rep. Noel Frame.

What: “Drop-in” town hall meeting. Drop in anytime during the two-hour window that works for you.

When: Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Lantern Brewing, 938 N 95th St, Seattle

Why: To meet with constituents in an informal setting to discuss issues and answer their questions.

Senate passes Carlyle’s Washington Privacy Act

March 6th, 2019|

OLYMPIA – The Washington Senate today overwhelmingly approved the Washington Privacy Act, one of the nation’s strongest privacy protection measures based on global standards to strengthen consumer access and control over personal data held by companies and the government.

A bipartisan group of senators voted 46-1 in favor of Senate Bill 5376, sponsored by Sen. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle).

“We’re so proud that Democrats and Republicans voted together to recognize that consumer privacy is essential and that data belongs to individuals,” said Carlyle, who chairs the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee. “This bill carefully, responsibly takes the best practices from Europe, California and other states to build a data privacy regulatory framework that will help set a standard and lead the nation in bringing our data privacy laws into the 21st century.”

The comprehensive act reflects central elements of the European Union General Data Protection Regulation and gives Washington residents meaningful tools to determine how their personal data is used and shared. That includes the right to know who is using consumers’ data and why, the right to correct inaccurate personal data, the right to delete certain personal data, and the right to restrict the sale of data in key areas.

The bill also sets out steps companies must take to prevent practices that might compromise the security of personal information and limits how companies and law enforcement can use facial recognition technology to ensure it is not irresponsibly deployed.

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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    Bill committing Washington to 100 percent clean energy passes Senate

Bill committing Washington to 100 percent clean energy passes Senate

March 1st, 2019|

OLYMPIA – The Washington Senate today approved a sweeping, historic bill to commit the state to 100 percent clean energy from renewable and zero-emission sources.

Senators voted 28-19 in favor of Senate Bill 5116, sponsored by Sen. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle). The bill would require all electric utilities in Washington to transition to a 100-percent, carbon-neutral electricity supply by 2030 and to 100-percent carbon-free electricity by 2045.

“It’s simply time to move past the era of carbon into the next generation with modern, 21st-century energy systems using integrated wind, hydro and solar power,” Carlyle said. “I’m proud that this is the strongest, 100-percent clean energy bill adopted in the nation, and we thank Hawaii and California for paving the way. Now, it’s up to the other states to follow our lead.”

Electricity remains the largest source of carbon emissions worldwide and is the third-highest emitting sector in Washington, after transportation and buildings.

Senate Bill 5166 would make Washington one of the first states in the nation to commit broadly to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from electricity while adopting a precise action plan to do so. It is also the most extensive measure on climate action that Washington’s Legislature has adopted since 2008, when it committed the state to reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels.

The bill is part of a wider package of Senate legislation to make a meaningful reduction in Washington’s carbon footprint.

It now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.