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    Join your 36th District lawmakers to discuss the 2020 legislative session

Join your 36th District lawmakers to discuss the 2020 legislative session

February 17th, 2020|

OLYMPIA – Join your 36th Legislative District lawmakers for a “drop-in” town hall meeting as we enter the final weeks of the 2020 legislative session!

Your citizen legislature has been considering action on a variety of issues, including climate change and the environment, consumer data privacy, behavioral health, housing affordability, accountability and fairness in our state’s tax code, election security, juvenile justice and many other important issues that impact our community.

Constituents are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts on the Legislature’s work so far. No RSVP is required, but a comment on the event page letting us know you’re attending would be welcome.

Out of respect for the venue and to avoid paper waste, please refrain from bringing signs, flyers and other similar materials.

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

What: “Drop-in” town hall meeting

When: Sunday, Feb. 23, from 2 – 4 p.m.

Where: Lagunitas Seattle TapRoom & Beer Sanctuary, 1550 NW 49th Street

Why: Engage directly with your 36th District lawmakers as they enter the final weeks of the 2020 legislative session in Olympia

Senate passes Carlyle’s Washington Privacy Act

February 14th, 2020|

OLYMPIA – The Washington Senate today overwhelmingly approved the Washington Privacy Act, one of the nation’s strongest consumer data privacy protection measures.

Based on global standards and best practices, the act strengthens consumer access and control over personal data held by companies and it regulates the use of facial recognition technology.

A bipartisan group of senators voted 46-1 in favor of Senate Bill 6281, 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 builds on central elements of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 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 opt out of the processing of data in key areas.

The act also requires companies to disclose data management policies in order to increase transparency and establishes limits on the commercial use of facial recognition technology.

An overview of the bill is available here.

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

Washington residents overwhelmingly favor efforts to defend data privacy. In a Crosscut Elway poll released in January, 84 percent of respondents said consumer protections for personal online data should be strengthened.

On Wednesday, the Washington, D.C.-based Future of Privacy Forum released a side-by-side comparison of the Washington Privacy Act with the CCPA – the only existing comprehensive consumer privacy law in the United States – and the GDPR.

The group concluded that, in the absence of a comprehensive federal law, “the Washington Privacy Act could serve as a useful regulatory model for other states and for Congress that improves upon the CCPA, provides rights to Washington residents, and helps companies build effective data protection programs.”

Carlyle lauds passage of bill to support floating homes

February 12th, 2020|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) today welcomed unanimous Senate passage of a bill that will help ensure the continued vitality of Seattle’s historic floating home community.

Senate Bill 6027 cuts red tape that hindered residents of floating, on-water residences – which, unlike houseboats, lack propulsion – from repairing or remodeling their homes.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jamie Pedersen (D-Seattle), also ensures that floating home residents whose residence is on state-owned aquatic land do not face higher rents than residents of houseboats.

“Floating homes and houseboats are part of the heartbeat and the history of our district and city,” said Carlyle, who cosponsored the bill. “This important legislation gives people living in floating, on-water residences greater protection, as well as more certainty and clarity in dealing with regulators.”

The bill will now proceed to the House of Representatives.