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A Legislative Update from Sen. Maralyn Chase

January 27th, 2017|

January 27, 2017: E-newsletter

Committees:

Agriculture, Water, Trade & Economic Development

Rules

Contact:

Email: Maralyn.Chase@leg.wa.gov

Olympia Office
(360) 786-7662

Legislative Hotline
(800) 562-6000

Dear friends and neighbors,

I am proud to represent the 32nd Legislative District in the Washington State Senate. We are just now finishing up the third week of the session and have been very busy working in committees to hear the many bill proposals put before the legislature.

This year, I was selected by my colleagues to be the ranking member on the Agriculture, Water, Trade & Economic Development Committee. I also serve on the Rules Committee. I am passionate about advancing policies that build prosperity and economic development in our state. I am also committed to the advancement of human rights for all. I have proposed several pieces of legislation this year that touch on these issues.

You may find the full list of bills I am prime sponsoring here.

If you haven’t been to my Olympia office yet this year, I want to let you know I have moved. I am now located in office 224 of the John A. Cherberg Building. I hope you will continue to contact me whenever you want to talk about issues that are important to our district and the future of our state.

Chase groupThis week, I was pleased to meet with a group of constituents who were in Olympia for Grandmothers Against Gun Violence Lobby Day.

Until next time,

asd

 

No more excuses. Fully and fairly fund education now

Fully and fairly funding education is, and always has been, a priority for me. It is also the primary focus of Democrats for the 2017 legislative session.

For the past seven months, Democratic and Republican lawmakers on the Education Funding Task Force met to develop solutions to solve our education funding problems and help Washington’s 1.1 million schoolchildren.

Democrats answered the call and released a detailed plan. We proposed solutions to: ease the burden on taxpayers by ending the reliance on local levies to pay for basic education. The proposal would also provide stable, reliable, and sufficient revenue needed to provide quality education for our children in every school across our state.

It is a fact that the State of Washington has the most regressive tax code in the country. Tax exemptions designed to encourage valuable economic activity have spiraled out of control. There are some in the legislature that claim we have a spending problem. I believe we do not have out of control spending; we have out of control tax exemptions. Restoring the tax base is our only path to a fully funded education system.

Funding education by pushing the burden to our low-income and working families and by slashing health care, public safety and other critical state services is unconscionable and dangerous.

Pass the levy cliff  bill: Avoid the largest school funding cut in history

If schools are allowed to go over the “levy cliff” it would result in the largest cut to education in the history of the state.

Democrats have introduced legislation in both the Senate and House to prevent this massive cut to our schools, SB 5023 and HB 1059. With bipartisan support, the House passed HB 1059 earlier this week. The Senate should now take action on this bill and prevent a cut of $358 million to schools across the state.

On Monday, all 24 Democratic senators sent a letter to the Republican Majority Leader, urging him to immediately consider HB 1059 in the Senate.

With state schools currently writing their budgets for the 2018 school year, the Senate must act now to extend the levy lid one year and provide certainty to Washington’s 1.1 million school kids and their teachers. In lieu of legislative action, schools will have no choice but to layoff many teachers, an action that will jeopardize the quality of our children’s education.

Click here or on the the map to see how much each school district stands to lose.

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Making Washington Sick Again

With congressional Republicans vowing to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, hundreds-of-thousands of Washingtonians are in danger of losing their health care insurance.

Here’s who would be left out in the cold should Republicans repeal the ACA:

  • 600,000 people on Medicaid. That’s the number of Washingtonians who are newly insured thanks to the ACA. Repeal the ACA and they lose their coverage. Washington’s budget takes a hit, too, if Congress reverses the ACA’s Medicaid expansion which has saved Washington roughly $1.6 billion, or about $300 million per year since the ACA has been fully implemented.
  • 123,000 people on the Health Benefit Exchange. That’s the number of people who receive substantial subsidies to buy coverage and who wouldn’t be able to afford it otherwise.
  • 17,000 young people. That’s the number of young people in Washington between the ages of 19 and 25 who are allowed to stay on their parent’s insurance thanks to the ACA.
  • Hospitals. Before the ACA, hospitals in Washington had to treat people who had no insurance and showed up in emergency rooms. This month, the American Hospital Association warned that if the ACA is repealed, the nation’s hospitals will lose billions of dollars. This will adversely affect patients’ access to care, decimate hospitals’ ability to provide services, weaken local economies and result in massive job losses.

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

On Jan. 16, in accordance with the Dr. Martin Luther KingDr. King Jr. holiday, an MLK Day March and Rally were held on the state Capitol campus honoring the birth, life and vision of this great American.

Dr. King inspired others to engage in civic and social activism during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. His unwavering support for the principles of racial justice and social equality helped change America and end the legal segregation of African-Americans in the South. In 1963, during the March on Washington, D.C., Dr. King delivered his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to a gathering of over 250,000 people.

Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, among other honors. Although he has been gone for nearly 50 years, Dr. King’s impact and legacy continue, as does the struggle to fulfill his dream.

What’s a cut-off calendar?

The 2017, 105-day regular legislative session that started Jan. 9 is scheduled to conclude on April 23.  The Senate and House impose a series of deadlines — called the cut-off calendar — that establishes when bills must pass if they are to be considered for further action.  Bills that do not pass by these deadlines die unless they are fiscal bills that are necessary to pass the budget.

On Feb. 17, bills that don’t require funding that were introduced in the Senate and House must pass out of the committees where they were first assigned.  Bills that require money have to pass out of the Senate Ways & Means and Transportation committees and House fiscal committees by Feb. 24.  The third cut-off date is March 8, when bills introduced in the Senate must pass out of the Senate, and bills introduced in the House must pass out of the House.

For bills that successfully pass the House or Senate, the process then starts over in the other chamber. Senate bills go to the House, and House bills go the Senate, where they move through the same cut-off process all over again: March 29 for bills not requiring funding and April 4 for bills that require funding. Senate bills must pass out of the House by April 12 and the same for House bills in the Senate.

April 13 through the conclusion of regular session is a time when the House and Senate negotiate non-fiscal bills that passed both the House and Senate but in different versions; bills that passed both chambers without amendment are sent directly to the governor to be signed into law. During this time, the House and Senate also negotiate bills that cost money.

Click here for a PDF version of the cutoff calendar.

2017 Cutoff Calendar

Jan. 9, 2017 First Day of Session
Feb. 17, 2017 Last day to read in committee reports (pass bills out of committee and read them into the record on the floor) in house of origin, except House fiscal committees and Senate Ways & Means and Transportation committees.
Feb. 24, 2017 Last day to read in committee reports (pass bills out of committee and read them into the record on the floor) from House fiscal committees and Senate Ways & Means and Transportation committees in house of origin.
March 8, 2017 Last day to consider (pass) bills in house of origin (5 p.m.).
March 29, 2017 Last day to read in committee reports (pass bills out of committee and read them into the record on the floor) from opposite house, except House fiscal committees and Senate Ways & Means and Transportation committees.
April 4, 2017 Last day to read in opposite house committee reports (pass bills out of committee and read them into the record on the floor) from House fiscal committees and Senate Ways & Means and Transportation committees.
April 12, 2017* Last day to consider (pass) opposite house bills (5 p.m.) (except initiatives and alternatives to initiatives, budgets and matters necessary to implement budgets, differences between the houses, and matters incidental to the interim and closing of the session).
April 23, 2017 Last day allowed for regular session under state constitution.
* After the 94th day, only initiatives, alternatives to initiatives, budgets and matters necessary to implement budgets, matters that affect state revenue, messages pertaining to amendments, differences between the houses, and matters incident to the interim and closing of the session may be considered.

 

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    Sen. Chase welcomes Grandmothers Against Gun Violence to Olympia

Sen. Chase welcomes Grandmothers Against Gun Violence to Olympia

January 24th, 2017|

Sen. Maralyn Chase welcomed a group of constituents participating in Grandmothers Against Gun Violence Lobby Day to her Olympia office.

Cody Dotson serves as page in Washington State Senate

January 20th, 2017|

Cody Dotson, 14, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of Jan. 9, the first week of the 2017 Legislative Session. Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline, sponsored Dotson’s week in the Legislature.

“It was so good to have Cody here to gain firsthand experience in the Legislature,” said Chase. “He is a bright student and it’s possible we will see him here in the future.”

During their week at the Capitol, pages learn about the legislative process while assisting senators and staff. They get to hear lectures from guest speakers and attend page school where they get to write their own bills in a mock committee setting. Dotson worked on legislation that would legalize the possession of a switchblade. His bill passed the committee with a large majority vote.

“It was interesting to see the process” said Dotson. “It helped me to appreciate how a bill becomes a law.”

Pages have several main responsibilities during the week that take them all around the Capital campus and give them access to places restricted to the general public. Their short journeys give the pages the opportunity to meet and speak with many people. For Dotson, this was the best part of his page experience.

“It’s been interesting to see people from all over the state in one place” said Dotson. “Meeting new people has been the best part of this experience.”

Dotson is currently in eighth grade at St. Luke School in Shoreline. He enjoys skiing and recently learned how to snowboard.

For more information about the Senate Page Program, contact SenatePageProgram@leg.wa.gov

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    Chase: “Moving forward includes debating the challenges facing our state”

Chase: “Moving forward includes debating the challenges facing our state”

January 11th, 2017|

Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds, released this statement following the 2017 Inaugural Address by Gov. Jay Inslee:

“With challenging issues to address like our state’s homelessness crisis, prioritizing access to mental health services, collaborating with all peoples to address the use of deadly force, finding a solution to ending the opioid epidemic, and committing to fully funding K-12 education, I would like to thank Gov. Inslee for the positive vision he has for the State of Washington.

“However, we must not forget that our state has one of the most regressive tax structures in the country. We have an opportunity this session to seriously consider the merits of a new tax structure that would level the playing field for all of Washington’s workers and their families.

“As the ranking member on the Senate Agriculture, Water, Trade & Economic Development Committee, I know the positive impact that living-wage jobs can have on our local communities, especially in the rural areas of our state. We must continue to develop and nurture economic development, as many communities are still recovering from losses during the Great Recession.

“I agree with Gov. Inslee that we cannot ignore our state’s 1.1 million school children and continue to deny their rights to a world-class education. It is the legislature’s paramount duty and has been delayed long enough. I also appreciate Gov. Inslee’s position that attending a four-year university is not the only way to a successful future. Our technical skills centers, apprenticeship programs, and community and technical colleges are a critical link in helping our young adults and people of all ages needing to be trained in order to be competitive in today’s economy.

“There is a long to-do list for this legislative session, however, moving forward includes debating the many difficult challenges facing our state.”