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Video Update – March 30, 2017

March 30th, 2017|

A brief update on the 2017 legislative session from 36th Legislative District Senator Reuven Carlyle.

Video Update – March 13, 2017

March 13th, 2017|

A brief update on the 2017 legislative session from 36th Legislative District Sen. Reuven Carlyle.

Video Update – March 9, 2017

March 9th, 2017|

A brief update on the 2017 legislative session from 36th Legislative District Sen. Reuven Carlyle.

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    Legislature takes key step forward on education with Senate passage of ‘levy cliff’ bill to prevent loss of levy dollars

Legislature takes key step forward on education with Senate passage of ‘levy cliff’ bill to prevent loss of levy dollars

March 9th, 2017|

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Senate passed a major bill to prevent the loss of hundreds of millions in local levy dollars currently funding schools. Addressing Senate Bill 5023, extending Washington state’s impending “levy cliff,” Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle, released the following statement:

“I am thankful that our colleagues heeded the call of countless parents, teachers, and school administrators to prevent the single largest cut to public schools in state history. As a father of students who attend Seattle schools, I understood firsthand the stakes for families in our district.

“Just this week, Seattle Public Schools was forced to send out notification to schools across the district preparing for a $74 million budget shortfall. This legislation averts what would have been a massive disruption in the education of our students and gives school districts certainty for the coming year.

“With the ‘levy cliff’ issue resolved, the Legislature must not waste any further time in fulfilling our paramount Constitutional duty to fully and fairly fund a world-class education system for every Washington student.”

Video: Sen. Carlyle on the passing of Rep. Helen Sommers

March 7th, 2017|

Watch Sen. Reuven Carlyle’s remarks on the passing of his predecessor Rep. Helen Sommers.

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    36th Legislative District legislators respond to Seattle Public Schools budget shortfall

36th Legislative District legislators respond to Seattle Public Schools budget shortfall

March 6th, 2017|

Seattle Public Schools is facing a $74 million budget shortfall and may be forced to increase class sizes, cut special programming and disrupt staffing as described in a letter sent out from the district.

“I am so sad that we haven’t been able to fix the levy cliff in time to prevent these changes from being enacted,” said Rep. Gael Tarleton, D-Seattle. “We will keep working to fully fund education this session to prevent any cuts from happening.”

Passed out of the House over a month ago, SHB 1059 would have extended levy capacity for school districts but the measure has stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate.

“As a father of four kids in Seattle schools, I’m also frustrated that the state Legislature hasn’t yet made sufficient progress on fulfilling our paramount duty,” said Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle. “We are at a critical juncture to fully fund K-12 in our state and the Legislature has fallen far short. We’ve unnecessarily placed our state’s school districts in danger by failing to simply allow them to protect their own local levy money while the Legislature struggles to find a workable solution. My indefatigable colleagues Reps. Tarleton, Frame and I are adamant that we will keep pushing until the Legislature secures an ample, equitable, and sustainable future for our kids’ education. We are better than this as a state.”

In addition to the cuts facing Seattle Public Schools, nearly every district in the state is also preparing for cuts in the coming months if a levy solution fails to pass out of the full Legislature.

“Again and again we have asked our Republican colleagues in the Senate to pass the ‘Levy Cliff’ bill to avoid this massive disruption to our children’s education. They have refused to take up the legislation, despite our urgency, and our requests to honor the promise we made to school districts across the state,” said Rep. Noel Frame, D-Seattle. “Now we see the consequences of their inaction. Today our schools are being asked to plan for the worst. They are getting ready for larger class sizes and teachers moving from school to school at the beginning of the school year.  This problem is avoidable. This does not have to happen. The Senate can avoid this disruption to our children’s learning by passing this simple and straight forward fix. They should do the right thing, and if they don’t, they should be held accountable.”

36th Legislative District town hall to be held March 11

March 3rd, 2017|

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

What: Town hall meeting

When: 11:00 AM –  12:30 PM Saturday, March 11th

Where: Leif Erikson Lodge 2245 NW 57th St. Seattle, WA 98107

Why: To meet with constituents to discuss issues and answer their questions about the current legislative session.

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    Video: Sen. Carlyle on Safe Injection Sites and State Preemption

Video: Sen. Carlyle on Safe Injection Sites and State Preemption

March 3rd, 2017|

Watch Sen. Reuven Carlyle’s remarks on the floor during the SB 5223 debate concerning the statewide prohibition of safe injection sites.

 

Video Update – Feb. 28, 2017

February 28th, 2017|

A brief update on the 2017 legislative session from 36th Legislative District Sen. Reuven Carlyle.

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    36th District delegation hails naming of capitol campus building after Helen Sommers

36th District delegation hails naming of capitol campus building after Helen Sommers

February 10th, 2017|

Sen. Reuven Carlyle, Rep. Gael Tarleton, and Rep. Noel Frame celebrated the passage of a measure on the floor of the House that will name a new capitol campus building after beloved former 36th District Rep. Helen Sommers.

“It is a profound honor to have directly succeeded Helen’s 36 years of service in Olympia and I could not be more proud of this effort to name a major state government building in recognition of her unparalleled accomplishments in the Legislature,” Sen. Carlyle said.

The new capitol campus building, set to open later this year, is located at 1063 Capitol Way in Olympia. The Washington State Patrol, the Office of Financial Management, and several legislative agencies will move into the building this August.

“Representative Helen Sommers served the 36th District in the State House of Representatives for 36 years,” Rep. Tarleton said. “She was my representative for 18 years. She was an early champion for state funding of early learning research, which has transformed the way our state supports early childhood education.  I am so proud that her name will grace the first building on the Capitol grounds to be named for a woman.”

Sommers, first elected in 1972, served across four decades before announcing her retirement in March 2008. Only one legislator (John O’Brien) served more years in the Legislature.

“Helen inspired so many with her decades of service to the people of the 36th Legislative District,” Rep. Frame said. “I hope Helen Sommers’ name on the new building will serve as both acknowledgement of her important and enduring contributions to the people of Washington, and also as inspiration for young women across the state who may be considering a career in public service.”

Sommers earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of Washington and served the last 15 years of her career putting that degree to use as the chair or ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee.

The measure will now move to the Senate, where it is expected to pass and be sent to the Governor for his signature.