Monthly Archives: May 2015

Conway’s guardianship bills signed into law

May 19th, 2015|

Olympia – Families needing guardians or working with guardians will have additional resources thanks to two bills signed into law Monday by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Senate Bill 5607, sponsored by Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma, improves the complaint procedure for legal guardianship of a vulnerable adult. The bill improves protections for incapacitated adults by allowing people to petition the court to modify the authority of a court-appointed guardian. Until now, there hasn’t been a procedure in statute to appeal guardian decisions.

Senate Bill 5647, also sponsored by Conway, allows courts to develop a guardianship courthouse facilitator program. The bill is designed to assist families with establishing guardianship.

“An issue that deeply concerns me is when a guardian makes a decision to isolate a parent from the family,” said Conway. “We need a place for families to go to challenge decisions that they believe are not in the best interest of their loved ones. I am confident that SB 5607 provides a necessary avenue to review a guardian’s decisions.

“Our population, specifically the baby boomer generation, is growing older. It is important that we continue to refine and perfect our guardianship programs now so that we can care for our most vulnerable elderly citizens in the future.”

Conway: Fund schools instead of punishing teachers

May 19th, 2015|

Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma, issued the following statement today regarding the hearing of an anti-teacher bill before the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee:

“I am disappointed that instead of working on coming to an agreement on our state’s budgets certain members of the Senate decided to work on legislation that is non-substantial, illegal and punitive in nature.

“Today, I proudly joined my Democratic colleagues in excusing ourselves from a scheduled hearing on a retaliatory proposal to punish teachers for their decision to participate in a one-day walkout.

“We should be working on funding K-12 education not punishing educators.”

Conway honors public employees on Worker Memorial Day

May 1st, 2015|

Earlier this week, Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma, spoke at Western State Hospital about the importance of supporting our state’s public employees. The speaking engagement coincided with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries’ Worker Memorial Day ceremony that occurs each spring to honor those who have died in the previous year from job-related injuries or illnesses.

Western State Hospital is one of the most dangerous work sites in the state. The markers behind Sen. Conway in the photo above represent the more than 300 assaults that occurred this year to staff by patients at the hospital.