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    Carlyle welcomes partnership for sustainable fuel at Sea-Tac Airport

Carlyle welcomes partnership for sustainable fuel at Sea-Tac Airport

May 2nd, 2018|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, welcomed the Port of Seattle’s announcement yesterday that 13 airlines – including Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Horizon Airlines, Spirit Airlines and more – have agreed to collaborate on a work plan to give all airlines at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport access to sustainable aviation fuel, a low-carbon and sustainably produced biofuel alternative to jet fuel.

“Cross-industry partnerships like this one will be critical to breaking the logjam that prevents progressive industries in our state from accessing affordable renewable fuels,” Carlyle said. “We can address carbon reduction in a meaningful way by focusing on transportation, and I am pleased to see our local port and aviation partners leading this effort.”

The partners agreed to work to meet specific sustainable aviation fuel timetable and goals approved by the Port of Seattle Commission in December 2017 that call for a minimum of 10 percent of sustainable jet fuel to be produced locally from sustainable sources within 10 years, increasing to 50 percent by 2050.

Widespread use of sustainable aviation fuel can reduce carbon emissions and other air pollutants, helping to reduce the community and environmental impact of existing and forecasted growth at Sea-Tac.

The work plan will explore the use of sustainable aviation fuels as well as a variety of other mechanisms that could contribute to carbon and air emission reductions, including technology, operations, infrastructure and future aircraft technology.

More information is available on the Port of Seattle’s website.

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

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

April 25th, 2018|

Who: State Sen. Reuven Carlyle, State Rep. Gael Tarleton, and State Rep. Noel Frame (36th Legislative District)

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

When: Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Where: Peddler Brewing Company, 1514 NW Leary Way, Seattle, WA 98107

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

We’ll 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! We’ll provide some snacks; beverages are no-host. No RSVP is required.

Questions? Call our legislative offices – Carlyle (360) 786-7670 / Tarleton (360) 786-7860 / Frame (360) 786-7814 – or email us at reuven.carlyle@leg.wa.gov, noel.frame@leg.wa.gov or gael.tarleton@leg.wa.gov.

E News: 2018 Legislative Session Report

April 2nd, 2018|

Dear friend,

The Washington State Legislature concluded our work for the 2018 session on time. Here’s a high-level update on our work in Olympia this year.

Environment & Technology

As the new chair of the Senate Energy, Environment & Technology Committee, I’m proud to lead efforts to tackle some of the most complex, difficult and important public issues facing our state.  My goal is to follow the science, data and evidence as we move forward addressing pressing issues from climate change to Puget Sound cleanup to net neutrality, Internet privacy and much more.

Carbon: As lead sponsor of sweeping carbon pricing legislation, I’m proud that we passed this unprecedented legislation through two major committees, a first in a state legislature in the country. We transformed the policy issue by working with utilities, business, environmentalists and policy thought leaders to place a price on carbon to invest in next-generation energy and mitigation of climate impacts.

Salmon: We passed legislation to protect wild salmon stocks by phasing out non-native Atlantic salmon net pens.

Net neutrality: Washington is the first state to protect net neutrality. Net neutrality is a 21st century version of the American town square and it’s our right to preserve access to the free flow of information instead of handing it over to public or private entities.

Gender Equality

We passed the Equal Pay Act, a policy of vital importance to workplace equity statewide. We also passed three bills to combat workplace sexual harassment.

We passed the Reproductive Parity Act, requiring health insurance plans that offer maternity coverage to cover contraception and abortion, and address reproductive health disparities for women.

We passed a ban on conversion therapy by requiring science and evidence-based approaches to related counseling impacting the LGBQ community.

Responsible Gun Safety

The Legislature passed modest, common sense legislation to ban bump stocks that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire more rapidly and to prohibit domestic violence abusers from possessing a firearm. Unfortunately, we failed to secure a final vote on major school safety legislation (SB 6620). As a father and a legislator I am personally committed to continuing efforts to ensure our gun safety laws are particularly responsive to the needs of school safety.

Budgets

We passed our supplemental budget, which funds nearly $1B in additional public education funding, meeting the key final requirements of the McCleary education plan. We made progress in our mental health programs, assisting foster youth and more. The University of Washington and higher education received full funding of our state need grant, allowing tens of thousands of additional young people to receive state aid for college. Finally, our capital budget provides $7.8 million for Coe Elementary School to meet severe overcrowding.

Property Taxes

As a strong opponent of our local and state over-reliance on property taxes, I played a leading role in ensuring we used some of our revenue growth to lower the property tax burden in 2019 by $0.30/$1,000. This is one-time but extremely important help to reduce the impact of the property tax increases passed last year to meet the McCleary education funding plan from Olympia as well as local property tax increases passed by voters. I voted against the original property tax increase because I felt it was excessive and too burdensome on the middle class and low-income residents of our district.

Repealing the Death Penalty

After sponsoring legislation to repeal the death penaltyeach of my nine years serving in the Legislature, I was honored to partner with my Republican colleague Sen. Maureen Walsh and others across the aisle to pass a bill this year. For the first time, the bill passed out of the Senate with a strong bipartisan vote, but it failed to see action in the House of Representatives.

Vulnerable Children & Youth

The Legislature passed my bill SB 6222 to expand extended foster care eligibility. This priority bill for the foster care community allows youth transitioning into adulthood to receive housing and other key services until they are 21.

After several years of effort, “Breakfast after the Bell” finally passed the Legislature. School breakfast is linked to improved outcomes for students, including fewer discipline incidents, better attendance and better performance on standardized tests. We’re proud to move forward with this proven, cost-effective approach towards educational success.

Access to Democracy

Less than two weeks into this session, the Senate passed bills ensuring equal representation in majority minority communities (SB 6002), extending the period for voter registration (SB 6021) and increasing transparency of hidden political contributions (SB 5991). We also passed a measure allowing 16- and 17-year olds to pre-register to vote (HB 1513).

Public Records Transparency

A court ruled that the Legislature is fully subject to the Public Records Act. In attempting to clarify key aspects of the transparency issue, the Legislature faced unprecedented criticism for passing SB 6617 with an overwhelming bipartisan, supermajority vote. I was one of only seven senators to vote against the bill. The Governor ultimately vetoed the bill at the request of legislators to provide time for a more thoughtful approach to the issue next year. I believe the process was flawed and in today’s era of distrust of government we need to err on the side of openness and disclosure.

Conclusion

As the federal government struggles under the current administration and congressional leadership, state-level leadership is more important than ever. As major institutions are struggling, our ability as a citizen legislature to stand up for real people living real lives matters more than ever. Our quality of life is impacted by our work in the Legislature and your voice matters now more than ever.

Our healthy, vibrant and engaged representative democracy is alive and well here in Washington state because of you.

It’s an honor to be your voice in the Washington State Senate. As a husband, father, technology entrepreneur and citizen legislator, I work hard to represent your voice on the pressing issues of our day.

Please reach out on Twitter, Facebook, my blog or in person to connect about the issues and ideas that inspire you!

Your partner in service,

Reuven

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    Governor signs bill expanding extended foster care eligibility

Governor signs bill expanding extended foster care eligibility

March 10th, 2018|

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday signed a bill to expand extended foster care eligibility in Washington.

Senate Bill 6222, sponsored by Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, will give young adults access to the Department of Social and Health Services’ Extended Foster Care program until the age of 21. Eligibility is currently capped at age 19.

Young adults would no longer need to have been in foster care at age 18 to use the program and they would be allowed to un-enroll and re-enroll an unlimited amount of times, subject to certain conditions, instead of only once.

“Extending foster care eligibility to 21 has been a bipartisan priority and it’s incredibly important to the quality of life of young people of this state,” Carlyle said. “Each year, about 500 young adults age out of the foster care system and are left to make their way forward without the support networks we take for granted.

“This bill has a modest cost but provides an extraordinary benefit by allowing them to re-enter foster care as their life circumstances change. It’s a smart investment that gives them a safety net letting them better manage the transition to adulthood.”

Carlyle announces $4 million for Coe overcrowding

February 21st, 2018|

OLYMPIA – Seattle’s Frantz H. Coe Elementary School would receive $4 million for urgently needed capacity and safety upgrades under a supplemental construction budget that Senate Democrats proposed this week, according to Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle.

“I’m proud to join my colleagues in seeking funding for Seattle Public Schools to address critical capacity needs at Coe Elementary and create better learning environments for staff and students,” Carlyle, one of six senators who requested the funding, said. “It’s a modest request, given the dire need and number of students served, but it’s an important investment in making Seattle a 21st-century city that will positively shape the future of our children.”

The funding is part of an overall budget proposing nearly $334.7 million in new funding for public schools, higher education, behavioral health and local community projects. It allocates $66.2 million statewide for K-12 school construction, including $51.3 million for the School Construction Assistance Program, $9 million for distressed schools and $6 million for rural school modernization.

Funds for Coe Elementary, which is located in Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill neighborhood, would go toward building an 11,560 square foot, three-story, six-classroom, special education and office addition, allowing class sizes to be reduced at all grade levels. Designed to house 475 students, Coe Elementary today houses 570. Class sizes exceed district targets at every grade level and overcrowding hinders teachers from meeting students’ learning and social-emotional needs.

Enrollment at Coe Elementary is not projected to decrease in the next decade, a reflection of the extraordinary recent growth of Seattle Public Schools (SPS), with 53,380 students currently enrolled. The district has grown more than any other in the state in the last 10 years and has struggled to find the physical space necessary to educate the additional students.

Five other Seattle-area senators joined Carlyle in requesting funds for Coe Elementary: Jamie Pederson, Sharon Nelson, Maralyn Chase, Rebecca Saldaña and Bob Hasegawa.

The proposed supplemental construction budget adds to investments in the $4.3 billion 2017-2018 capital budget that lawmakers approved in January. That included $20.1 million for distressed schools in Seattle, including $6.6 million to reopen Magnolia Elementary by 2019, one of Carlyle’s key priorities. It also included $6.7 million to add capacity at West Woodland Elementary School and another $1.9 million to do so at Loyal Heights Elementary.

Senate passes legislation to abolish the death penalty

February 14th, 2018|

OLYMPIA – The Senate today passed bipartisan legislation that abolishes the use of the death penalty in Washington state. Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle, and Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, released the following statements following passage of Senate Bill 6052.

“For me, there are many compelling reasons why Washington should join the 19 other states that have eliminated the death penalty,” Pedersen, chair of the Senate Law & Justice Committee, said. “It is unfairly administered, expensive and unavailable in wide swaths of our state. Those convicted of aggravated first-degree murder should die in prison with no hope of parole. The taxpayers do not need to spend millions of dollars to hasten that death.”

As chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Pedersen held the first hearing on an abolition bill in the House of Representatives in 2013.

Carlyle added: “This is a difficult and serious public issue, and a personal decision for each legislator. And in this discussion, we offer no personal judgments, no moral criticism and no righteousness against those with whom we disagree. But my personal religious conviction leaves me unable to support a policy that is clearly applied inequitably across our nation and that I believe does not represent our best values of grace. For nine years as a legislator I have led efforts to eliminate the death penalty in favor of life in prison. Today’s vote represents an evolution in thinking about the death penalty and I am grateful that we are making meaningful progress toward that goal.”

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    Senate approves sweeping bill to expand rural broadband access

Senate approves sweeping bill to expand rural broadband access

February 14th, 2018|

OLYMPIA – With lightning-fast Internet and 5G service just around the corner, the Washington Senate approved a sweeping bill Wednesday that paves the way for expansion of high-speed broadband services in rural and underserved areas of the state.

Senate Bill 5935, sponsored by Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, establishes high-speed broadband service for all of Washington as a high-priority state concern. The measure responds to concerns that less-lucrative markets will be bypassed as commercial providers race to install high-speed broadband systems. Sheldon’s bill creates a new Office on Broadband Access under the state Department of Commerce, establishes an advisory task force, and launches a study of the ways the state can encourage deployment and remove barriers to service.

“The Legislature has come to recognize the importance of high-speed Internet service to our state’s economic competitiveness,” Sheldon said. “As senator from the state’s most-rural district, I want to make sure none of us are left out.

“Good broadband service is just as important to rural areas as it is to cities — if not more so, as we encourage work-from-home as a way to reduce traffic congestion. We need to do everything we can on the state level to ensure this coming broadband revolution benefits all the communities of Washington.”

Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, the chair of the Senate Energy, Environment & Technology Committee and a cosponsor of the bill, added: “The most important thing for economic growth in the rural parts of our state is high-quality, affordable access to broadband. Too many of our small communities and rural areas are still without it and changing that is a top priority for the Senate Democratic Caucus and many others across the aisle. The federal government recognizes the importance and for many years there’s been talk about it at the state level, but now we’re boldly developing a system to move forward.”

SB 5935 follows federal standards in setting a target for high-speed service of at least 25 megabits per second for download speeds, and upload speeds of at least 3 megabits per second. The Office on Broadband Access will coordinate with local governments, public and private entities and utilities to develop broadband deployment strategies. It will develop a model ordinance for local governments for permitting of new facilities, and will study the possibility of tax credits to encourage deployment in underserved areas.

The office also will develop a grant program for local governments and make recommendations for grant projects. Other provisions of the bill require cities to develop a permitting process for new telecommunications facilities and to generally prohibit conditional land-use permits except in cases of large facilities or conflicts with community design standards. Rural port districts and the Kitsap Public Utility District would be allowed to offer broadband service.

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    Senate passes bills to help youth in foster care or facing homelessness

Senate passes bills to help youth in foster care or facing homelessness

February 12th, 2018|

OLYMPIA – The Senate today overwhelmingly approved three bipartisan measures to help children and youth who are in foster care or experiencing homelessness.

Senate Bills 6222 and 6223, sponsored by Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, would expand extended foster care eligibility and improve educational opportunities and outcomes.

Senate Bill 6274 , sponsored by Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, would create a new pathway to earn post-secondary credentials and degrees through college or apprenticeship programs in the Passport to Careers program.

“Improving the educational and overall circumstances of youth in foster care has been a key priority for me for years and it was one of the reasons that led me to elected office,” Carlyle said. “Each year, hundreds of young adults exit the foster care system and are left to make their way forward in life without the support networks that many of us take for granted. They absolutely need and deserve our support.

“Similarly, youth in foster care or experiencing homelessness deserve an equal shot at the education they need to adequately prepare for their future. We have to do better at coordinating programs and policies that affect them and to ensure accountability.”

“We need to put our children on the best path to success, whether it is in software development and clean technology or in teaching, the arts and human services,” Ranker said. “However, not everyone learns the same way or sees college as the best path forward for their success. We need to help children find the right path to success through college or apprenticeship learning.”

Senate Bill 6222 would grant young people access to the Department of Social and Health Services’ Extended Foster Care (EFC) program until the age of 21. Eligibility is currently capped at age 19. Youths would no longer need to have been in foster care at age 18 to utilize the program and they would be allowed to un-enroll and re-enroll an unlimited amount of times, subject to certain conditions, instead of only once. Senate Bill 6222 passed unanimously.

Senate Bill 6223 would require state departments and agencies to work with aligned non-governmental organizations to create a plan to facilitate educational equity between children and youth in foster care and their peers in Washington’s general student population, and to close disparities between racial and ethnic groups. The bill would require similar action with respect to children and youth experiencing homelessness. The bill passed on a 45-2 vote.

Senate Bill 6274 would expand the innovative and wildly successful Passport to College Promise program that Carlyle helped create in 2007 as a citizen activist prior to winning election to the Legislature.

The bill would create a Passport to Careers program with two pathways. The first would incorporate the Passport to College Promise program and expand it to include people who have experienced homelessness and those who have spent time in a tribal or federal foster care system. The second pathway, the Passport to Apprenticeship Opportunities, would establish a program of financial assistance to allow foster youth or youth who have experienced homelessness to pursue registered apprenticeships. That bill passed on a 35-12 vote.

“There is a huge need to expand access and opportunity for children, particularly those who do not have the ease of access and support of most families,” Ranker said. “With stronger services to guide children through junior high school and high school, these children will have the opportunity to pursue their dreams.”

All three bills now head to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

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    Video: Carlyle lauds carbon tax as strong investment in energy

Video: Carlyle lauds carbon tax as strong investment in energy

February 2nd, 2018|

Watch Sen. Reuven Carlyle’s remarks on Thursday as chair of the Senate Energy, Environment & Technology Committee ahead of its vote on Senate Bill 6203, Gov. Jay Inslee’s carbon tax proposal.

“The global trend around the world is for a modest, thoughtful carbon pricing effort that invests in energy,” Carlyle said. “How we invest matters…. The fundamental value of considering legislation in the Legislature in your representative democracy is to attempt to customize, in a thoughtful and responsible way, very complex and important policies.”

The bill would tax the sale or use of fossil fuels, and the sale or use of electricity generated from them.

The Committee passed the bill Thursday evening. It will now move to the Senate Ways & Means Committee for further consideration before it can go before the full Senate for a vote.

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    Bill to fight ticket bots by requiring licenses passed by Senate committee

Bill to fight ticket bots by requiring licenses passed by Senate committee

February 2nd, 2018|

OLYMPIA – A consumer protection bill to help prevent computer programs from sweeping up event tickets sold on the Internet and reselling them at inflated prices passed yesterday out of the Senate Committee on Energy, Environment & Technology.

“Anyone who has gone to a concert, the theater or a ball game knows that there’s a major problem with ticket bots sweeping up substantial numbers of tickets automatically and then selling them on both legitimate and less legitimate websites,” Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, the bill’s sponsor, said. “This is an attempt to gain meaningful and actionable regulatory control over companies taking advantage of mass purchasing and to get a handle on a serious consumer protection issue that has become a real problem for lots of people.”

Senate Bill 6488 would require anyone who resells tickets or operates a website facilitating ticket resales to obtain a license to do so. The legislation would also require ticket resellers to keep records on purchases and sales, and report that information to the state Department of Licensing (DOL).

The Office of State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said that the bill “will allow our state to better identify suspicious patterns by large ticket-bot resellers,” adding: “This will assist in targeted investigations of bad actors that take advantage of Washington consumers.”

The bill is intended to combat computer programs, or bots, that scoop up entertainment event tickets by regulating mass purchasing. Ticket resellers that fail to comply with the measure could face fines or other sanctions by the DOL. The bill would also allow the attorney general to take action to combat illegal behavior in the ticket resale market and authorize individuals who are injured by illegal behavior to sue for up to $500 per violation or the amount of damage, whichever is greater.

The annual fee for a ticket reseller license would be $5,000, but the fee would be waived for ticket resellers that charge reasonable delivery fees and do not tack on service fees or other surcharges.

The bill will now move to the Rules Committee for further consideration before going to the Senate floor.