Monthly Archives: February 2017

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    Bill proposes liability insurance for all future firearm sales

Bill proposes liability insurance for all future firearm sales

February 15th, 2017|

Before a buyer can purchase a car or a home in Washington state, they must show proof of insurance. This same concept could soon apply to future firearm sales under Senate Bill 5795. The bill will require people buying a firearm to have proof of a liability insurance policy at the time of purchase. Additionally, firearm sellers will be required to verify that buyers have coverage.

“I fully believe in Second Amendment rights, however, with those rights come great responsibilities,” said Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds, the prime sponsor of the bill. “We see the destructive power of guns almost nightly on the news and yet we do not require gun owners to have any type of liability insurance. Requiring liability insurance may cause an irresponsible gun owner to exercise extra care in preventing firearm-related accidents, especially in tragic accidents involving children.”

Under the bill, proof of liability insurance would be required for all gun sales as soon as the legislation takes effect. Firearms sales made prior to the passage of the bill will not be affected.

Firearms purchased for the use of any department or agency or subdivision of the state or the United States would be exempt from the insurance requirement of this bill. Violations of the requirement to either provide proof of insurance, or in the case of the seller, verify insurance at the time of the purchase will result in a fine of up to $10,000.

The bill has been referred to the Senate Law & Justice Committee but has not yet had a public hearing.

Jasmine Ogaki serves as page in state Senate

February 10th, 2017|

During the week of Feb. 6, Jasmine Ogaki of Shoreline served as a page in the Washington State Senate. Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds, sponsored Ogaki’s weeklong experience in the Legislature.

“Jasmine is a bright student, and was a great help and joy to have around the Senate,” Chase said. “It was a pleasure to sponsor her this week.”

During the week pages assist senators and staff, attend lectures with guest speakers and go to page school where they create their own bills in a mock committee setting. Ogaki drafted a bill concerning DNA collection for the state criminal database.

Ogaki’s said the data collection bill fits her interest in forensic science. Through the mock committee hearing, she gleaned a better understanding of the legislative process, and walked-away with a newfound appreciation for civic engagement.

“Everyone has to be involved in order to make a difference—not just the Senators,” she said. “You have to understand the problem, and be vocal about it.”

Ogaki is a 10th grader at Shorewood Highs School and is interested in political science and forensics.

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    Education plans, prescription drug prices, and elections reform: An update from Sen. Maralyn Chase

Education plans, prescription drug prices, and elections reform: An update from Sen. Maralyn Chase

February 10th, 2017|

Sen. Chase

Feb. 10, 2017: E-newsletter

No more excuses. Fully and fairly fund education now

Sen. Maralyn Chase

Contact Information:

Office: (360) 786-7662

Legislative Hotline: (800) 562-6000

Email: Maralyn.Chase@leg.wa.gov

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 40432

Olympia, WA 98504-0432

 Committees:

Agriculture, Water, Trade & Economic Development

(Ranking Member)

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In this issue:

  • Democratic education proposal
  • Keeping foreign money out of Washington’s elections
  • Protections for prescription drug users
  • How to find a recycling location near you
  • Did you know Washington State has three budgets?

Democratic education proposal

The Democratic education proposal, SB 5623, addresses equitable and responsible investments in the state’s basic education program and reductions to local effort contributions to fulfill the state’s paramount duty for all children.kids

  • Returns class size reductions to a level of 19:1 and skills center class size reduction to 16:1 as established in Initiative 1351.
  • Provides additional funding for the Learning Assistance Program, Transitional Bilingual Instruction Program and Special Education to help address the opportunity gap.
  • Increases investments in the Highly Capable program by increasing the number of instructional hours from 2.159 to 3.2 hours over two years.
  • Increases allocations for Guidance Counselors and Parent Involvement Coordinators in recognition of the enhancements established in Initiative 1351.
  • Includes educator salaries in the definition of the program of basic education.
  • Establishes that the salaries must be adjusted annually for inflation.
  • Adds professional development to the definition of basic education.
  • Includes 10 professional learning days when fully phased-in.

Keeping foreign money out of Washington’s elections

As American citizens, our First Amendment rights grant us the freedom to participate in elections. That right is not extended to foreign nationals or corporations with foreign owners. However, the threat of foreign influence on American elections became all too real in the 2016 elections.

Senate Bill 5570 would prevent foreign-owned companies from contributing to political campaigns in Washington state. This legislation is a major step forward to help prevent foreign  money from influencing the outcomes of our state’s elections.

Protections for prescription drug users

Washingtonians who rely on prescription drugs for their health areRx drug prices becoming more expensive to purchase. Some people and families are pushed to the brink due to the high cost of these drugs. No one should have to choose between getting the medication they need, buying groceries, or paying the rent.

Senate Bill 5586 would require pharmaceutical and insurance companies to report the costs of prescription drug manufacturing and pricing data.  This information would be reported to the Legislature to help protect consumers from unfair prescription drug increases.

recycleHow to find a recycling location near you

Click here to find recycling locations in Washington. Operated by the Department of Ecology, this website includes drop-off sites for electronics, appliances and hazardous waste material.

 

Did you know Washington state has three budgets?

The budget that pays for the day-to-day operations of state government is called the operating budget. This pays the costs of operating our schools and universities, state parks, fire fighters, teachers, police and other state services and programs.

The transportation budget pays for the design and maintenance of our roads and public transit, as well as other transportation activities including ferries. This budget includes money for both transportation operating activities and transportation construction programs.

The budget to acquire, build, and maintain public schools and universities, prisons, state buildings, parks and other infrastructure assets is called the capital budget.

The 2016 Citizen’s Guide to the Budget offers a helpful overview of how the budget works.

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    Students meet with Sen. Chase to talk about the State Need Grant

Students meet with Sen. Chase to talk about the State Need Grant

February 7th, 2017|

Washington Student Association Lobby Day participants and constituents from four year colleges across the state had a meeting with Sen. Maralyn Chase in her Olympia office to talk about funding the State Need Grant.

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    Sen. Chase meets with 32nd LD Police Chief and Assistant Chief

Sen. Chase meets with 32nd LD Police Chief and Assistant Chief

February 7th, 2017|

Sen. Maralyn Chase today met with City of Edmonds Chief of Police Al Compaan and Assistant Chief of Police Jim Lawless, at her office in Olympia.

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    No more excuses. Fully and fairly fund education now: An update from Sen. Maralyn Chase

No more excuses. Fully and fairly fund education now: An update from Sen. Maralyn Chase

February 6th, 2017|

Sen. Chase

No more excuses. Fully and fairly fund education now

Sen. Maralyn Chase

Contact Information:

Office: 360-786-7662

Legislative Hotline: (800) 562-6000

Email: Maralyn.Chase@leg.wa.gov

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 40432

Olympia, WA 98504-0432

Committees:

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Agriculture, Water, Trade & Economic Development

 

 E-news update: February 6, 2017

In this issue:

·       The Democratic education proposal

·       Justice for human trafficking victims

·       Removing barriers to voting

·       Unemployment tax rates continue to fall

·       Page opportunities at the legislature

·       Senate Democrats are on Facebook and Twitter

The Democratic education proposal

The Democratic education proposal, Senate Bill 5623, addresses equitable and responsible investments in the state’s basic education program and reductions to local effort contributions to fulfill the state’s paramount duty for all children.

·       Returns class size reductions to a level of 19:1 and skills center class size reduction to 16:1 as established in Initiative 1351.

·       Provides additional funding for the Learning Assistance Program, Transitional Bilingual Instruction Program and Special Education to help address the opportunity gap.

·       Increases investments in the Highly Capable program by increasing the number of instructional hours from 2.159 to 3.2 hours over two years.education

·       Increases allocations for Guidance Counselors and Parent Involvement Coordinators in recognition of the enhancements established in Initiative 1351.

·       Includes educator salaries in the definition of the program of basic education.

·       Establishes that the salaries must be adjusted annually for inflation.

·       Adds professional development to the definition of basic education.

·       Includes 10 professional learning days when fully phased-in.

Justice for human trafficking victims

Human trafficking is a form of human slavery which includes forced labor, domestic servitude, and commercial sex trafficking. People are bought, sold, and smuggled like modern-day slaves, often beaten, starved, and forced to work as prostitutes or to take jobs as migrant, domestic, restaurant, or factory workers with little or no pay.

Washington is a destination state for human trafficking because of its Pacific Rim location, SeaTac International Airport and the ports of Seattle and Tacoma.

Senate Bill 5272  aims to help survivors of trafficking and sexual exploitation by allowing a person to vacate a conviction for prostitution even if the crimes were the result of being a victim of a human trafficking. This is bill can have significant and positive impacts on the lives of girls, boys, women and men who have survived trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Removing barriers to voting

Democrats believe in an inclusive democracy that represents all Americans. Our country and state are better, stronger, more representative democracy when more people participate.

Senate Bill 5192 proposes to allow voters the opportunity to register in person up until 5 p.m. on the election day as well as reducing on-line and mail registration deadlines from 29 days prior to an election day to 8 days prior.

This bill would help remove barriers to voting and allow people the flexibility to register when it works best for their schedule. For some, that may be on election day. Research shows that allowing same day voter registration on election day increases voter turnout and does not favor a political party.

With passage of SB 5192, Washington would join 15 states across the country and the District of Columbia have adopted same day voter registration laws.

Unemployment tax rates continue to fall

ESD LogoThe Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) reports about 82 percent of employers will move into a lower rate class or stay the same in 2017. Since 2012, the average unemployment tax rate has fallen every year and the estimated 2017 rate is the lowest in history of the UI system in the state of Washington.

The average tax rate will decrease from an estimated 1.38 percent in 2016 to an estimated 1.24 percent in 2017. The average total tax paid per employee will decline by $24 to $232 and about 39 percent of all taxable employers are in rate-class 1, taxed at 0.10 percent.

For more information about how unemployment tax rates are calculated, check out the ESD website at this link.

Page opportunities at the legislature

The Washington State Legislature has one of the finest page programs in the country. Hundreds of students throughout Washington have an opportunity each year to take part in the legislative process and observe the legislature and other branches of state government in action.pages

Serving as a state page is a unique, fun and exciting opportunity. Students gain hands-on experience and knowledge by assisting with the legislature’s work: making deliveries and performing other necessary tasks. Pages also spend part of each day attending Page School. Page School is an opportunity for pages to learn about the Legislature’s role, its process, and its participants.

Legislators sponsor the pages. Eligible students can be from a public, private, or home school, and must be between 14 and 16 years-old at the time they page. The Senate and House of Representatives both have page programs.

Please click here for more information about the page program to include an application form. This informative video shows a day in the life of a page.

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    Chase: “We are stronger as one, will rise against this tide of hate”

Chase: “We are stronger as one, will rise against this tide of hate”

February 1st, 2017|

Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds, released the following statement in response to the Executive Order implementing a refugee suspension and 90-day ban on people entering the U.S. from seven predominately-Muslim countries:

“I believe the immigration ban implemented by President Trump’s Executive Order to be un-American and contrary to our country’s great legacy of welcoming those seeking shelter from persecution and oppression. This ban absolutely sends the wrong message to our communities. Ignorance and fear is far more detrimental to our country than the riches of diversity and inclusion.

“I am proud that Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson were the first in the nation to stand up and resist against this ban by filing a lawsuit against President Trump. I also stand with everyone who has risen against this tide of hate at airports and in cities across the country. We are stronger as one, a fact that has been made clear as stories have emerged from those who were, I believe, illegally detained.

“Over the last few days I have asked myself where ignorance and fear begins. I believe it begins when people do not understand the basic principles of human rights, particularly those that are laid out in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To help address this issue, I have proposed Senate Bill 5420, a bill that would encourage school districts to implement the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into the curriculum at schools across the state at least once per year.

“The Statue of Liberty does not represent conditional acceptance, and neither do I. Communities across my district are among the most diverse in the state. The cultural wealth and diversity in our communities is our strength. It is what brings new ideas and innovation into businesses and the economy of our state. Without different perspectives and worldviews, we will be trapped in a stagnant economic environment without a way forward.

“I am hopeful that in the days and weeks ahead we will continue to see love, compassion, and justice persevere over fear, hate, and ignorance.”