Monthly Archives: February 2015

Sen. Steve Conway to host telephone town hall

February 11th, 2015|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Steve Conway, D- South Tacoma, will join constituents over the phone at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 for a telephone town hall. Constituents will hear a brief overview of what’s happening in Olympia and have the ability to ask their lawmakers questions and get answers in real-time.

WHO: Sen. Steve Conway

WHAT: 29th Legislative District Telephone Town Hall

WHEN: From 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

WHERE: On the phone – if you would like to call in and participate dial: 877-229-8493 and enter ID Code: 19513

Conway bill aims to ease transitions for returning soldiers

February 10th, 2015|

Olympia – Helping service members successfully transition back into civilian life is the goal of legislation sponsored by Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma.

Senate Bill 5633 funds a coordinator position at the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) for the Helmets to Hardhats program.

“Transitioning to life back at home can be a daunting task for returning soldiers and searching for a job on top of that can even more daunting.” said Conway. “By funding a Helmets to Hardhats coordinator, we can provide returning soldiers with a counselor dedicated to meeting their needs and devoted to getting them on the right track to full-time employment.”

Helmets to Hardhats is a program that helps veterans secure jobs in the construction industry. The program refers veterans to training and apprenticeship opportunities provided by the trade organizations themselves at no cost to the veterans. The Helmets to Hardhats coordinator at the WDVA will help Washington’s veterans get back to work and ease the process of re-acclamation to life at home.

“A human voice, a reminder of what is possible when you return home and begin your transition into the civilian world can make a huge difference,” said Christopher Winters, business representative for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District 5. “We not only owe it to our returning veterans to do our best to assist in their transition but we should be there to counsel them on the hurdles they may encounter, assist in the process of application to the industries that interest them, and shoulder them while they rejoin our communities.”

SB 5633 was passed unanimously by the Senate and the House. It now moves to the governor’s desk for final approval.

Jack Sanders serves as page in state Senate

February 2nd, 2015|

During the week of Jan. 26, Jack Sanders of Tacoma served as a page in the Washington State Senate. Sen. Steve Conway, D-Tacoma, sponsored Sanders’ weeklong experience in the Legislature.

“It was a pleasure to sponsor Jack this week,” said Conway. “He is a friendly young man and a diligent worker.”

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. Sanders originally applied to the page program because he wanted a new experience and to learn about politics in a real-world setting, he said.

“It’s cool to see what the senators are really trying to do here and what direction they’re going in,” Sanders said. “It’s amazing to talk to people about issues I’m facing where I live, and how they can help fix them.”

One of the highlights of the program for Sanders was getting to carry the flags on the Senate floor.

“It was an honor,” Sanders said. “My mom was able to go out on the floor and videotape it.”

Sanders, 15, is a freshman at Spanaway High School. He also enjoys playing sports during every season, including basketball, baseball and football.

Conway seeks students for legislative page program

February 2nd, 2015|

Olympia –– Each year hundreds of students ages 14-16 have the opportunity to participate in the Washington State Senate page program.

The page program is a hands-on educational experience that takes place on the Capitol Campus during the legislative session. For one week, students will be employees of the Senate, performing administrative tasks and participating in civic education activities that demonstrate the operation of state government.

“The page program is a great experience that challenges young minds and teaches the importance of civic participation,” said Sen. Steve Conway (D-South Tacoma). “I am searching for students from around my district who are eager to try new things and find out ways in which they can make a difference through active participation in the political process.”

Earning $35 a day, pages perform numerous tasks including making deliveries to Senate offices, going on errands and working in the Senate chamber during floor debates. In addition, pages will spend two hours a day in page school learning the legislative process. At the end of the week, pages participate in a mock debate with their peers so they are able to experience what it is like to be a real state senator.

Interested parties may contact the legislative office of Sen. Steve Conway at:

212 John A. Cherberg Building PO Box 40429 Olympia, WA 98504 (360) 786-7656

You may also click the following link for further information on the page program: http://www.leg.wa.gov/Senate/Administration/PageProgram/Pages/senpagefaq.aspx