Monthly Archives: April 2013

Governor signs Conway anti-stalking legislation into law

April 27th, 2013|

OLYMPIA – In 2010, Tacoma school teacher Jennifer Paulson was shot and killed by a man who had been harassing and stalking her for several years. In the years following her death, her family sought a change in state law to create a court order required stalkers to stay away from their victims. On Saturday, their long efforts paid off.

At Tacoma’s Birney Elementary School, where Paulson worked and where she was shot and killed by Jed Waits as she arrived at work on Feb. 26, 2010, Gov. Jay Inslee signed the Jennifer Paulson Stalking Protection Order Act into law.

“This has been a three-year journey for Jennifer’s family and friends,” said Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma, who sponsored the Senate version of the bill. “Today we give the victims of stalkers and law enforcement a new tool. Today we take a step forward in our efforts to protect women from stalkers who would torment and intimidate them. Today we create a new order that may save a life by sending these perpetrators an unmistakable message: keep away.”

Until now, court orders only addressed cases of domestic violence and harassment, ordering perpetrators in those cases to stay away from their victims. House Bill 1383 applies the stalking court order to both physical and online cases of stalking in which the suspect makes repeated attempts to contact, monitor, track or follow someone in a manner that causes that person to feel threatened or frightened.

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For more information: Ian Cope, Senate Democratic Communications, 360-786-7535

For interviews: Sen. Steve Conway, 360-786-7656

Senate passes Jennifer Paulson anti-stalking bill

April 16th, 2013|

OLYMPIA – Washington issues court orders that require perpetrators in domestic violence and harassment cases to stay away from their victims. However it does not issue orders that require stalkers to stay away from their victims. That changed on Tuesday with the passage of the Jennifer Paulson Stalking Protection Order Act.

House Bill 1383 creates a court order which will apply to both physical and online cases of stalking in which the suspect makes repeated attempts to contact, monitor, track or follow the victim in a manner that causes the person to feel threatened or frightened.

Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma, proposed an amendment to name the bill after Jennifer Paulson, a Tacoma elementary schoolteacher who was shot and killed by a stalker as she arrived at work in February of 2010.

“Her tragic death sparked what has been almost a three-year journey here to get this bill before us,” said Conway, who sponsored the Senate companion bill. “I believe today we are taking a step toward protecting women from stalkers and from the occurrence at Birney Elementary School.”

The bill passed the House and Senate unanimously and now goes to the governor for his signature.

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For more information: Ian Cope, Senate Democratic Caucus, 360-786-7535

For interviews: Sen. Steve Conway, 360-786-7656

AUDIO: Senate approves anti-stalking bill

April 16th, 2013|

The Washington State Senate has taken action to provide victims and law enforcement with a new tool to fight the crime of stalking.

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VIDEO: A budget update from Sen. Steve Conway

April 15th, 2013|

Conway: ‘Budget falls short in job creation’

April 12th, 2013|

OLYMPIA – While education, public safety and healthcare are vital pieces of any state budget, Sen. Steve Conway says job creation must be at the heart of any state spending plan. The Democrat from South Tacoma says the budget passed by the Senate last week lacks that heart.

"It is of critical importance that a state budget drive job creation," said Conway, D-South Tacoma. "The budget proposed by Senate Republicans makes a down payment in education and moves the state forward in healthcare, but it falls short of its responsibility to create the opportunity for men and women in Washington to find family wage jobs."

From work on construction sites to work in engineering firms, Conway says the Legislature must take every possible opportunity to drive down the state’s unemployment rate. He says in 2013, those opportunities are being missed.

“Budgets are job drivers and we must not lose sight of that fact in spite of our desire to fund K-12 education,” said Conway. “There must be room in this budget for both.”

Conway referred to two budget sweeps that impact jobs: a diversion of money from the Public Works Trust Fund and the sweeping of accounts that fund aerospace training centers. Conway also proposed a budget amendment that would have added $20 million to the 2013-15 budget to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education (STEM) in Washington’s public two-and four-year universities. Conway says an increase in college graduates in those areas would help fill the 25,000 jobs that go unfilled in Washington as a result of the jobs skills gap.

“Washington has many great jobs available but lacks the skilled workers needed to fill them,” said Conway. “If that job gap persists, companies could move jobs out of state or use under-skilled workers who would undermine productivity.”

Conway added that by creating more skilled workers, Washington would reduce its unemployment rate and could generate several million dollars in tax revenue.

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