Monthly Archives: February 2016

Conway: Capital budget helps families replace old stoves

February 29th, 2016|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma, issued this statement today following the passage of the Senate Supplemental Capital Budget last Friday. The budget includes additional funding to Pierce County agencies to help people replace old wood stoves and other high-polluting heating devices with cleaner, more efficient heating equipment.

Pierce County, which has the worst wood smoke particulate matter problem in the country, will receive $1.3 million to help replace wood stoves.

“I am pleased that the Legislature has continued to meet its commitment to help Pierce County residents replace their wood stoves with more efficient and less harmful heating devices.

“We all have to do our part to tackle air quality issues but the Legislature must also follow through and assist people with the financial burden they face when replacing their wood stoves. I am happy this budget continues to do just that.”

Conway’s school siting bill passes Senate

February 23rd, 2016|

Throughout the state, school districts are struggling to find space to build new schools. This is in large part due to rapid population increases and land development regulations established by the Growth Management Act.

As a way to help school districts find space to build new schools, Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma, sponsored Senate Bill 6426 which would allow schools to be sited outside the urban growth area.

“This is especially important legislation for the Bethel School district which has simply run out of options for where they can build new schools,” said Conway. “Bethel has located a site just outside of the urban growth area that has a beautiful view of Mt. Rainier and is the perfect location for a place of learning. With this bill, they will be able to put this land to good use.”

SB 6426 was passed by the Senate on Feb. 16. It now heads to the House for further consideration.

Conway to host town hall on Feb. 20

February 15th, 2016|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma, will host a 29th Legislative District town hall meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Garfield Book Co. on the Pacific Lutheran University campus at 208 Garfield St. South.

“Town halls are an excellent way to connect in-person and have conversations about the issues and concerns that are most important to our community and state,” said Conway. “Every year, I look forward to this unique opportunity to gather and meet with my neighbors. Constituent engagement is a critical and crucial part of the legislative process.”

Legislative town halls are typically held during or soon after the legislative session and provide lawmakers and constituents the opportunity to discuss issues important to the district. Conway will provide an overview of the status of important bills that have been introduced during the 2016 legislative session as well as what’s happening with the supplemental capital and operating budgets, and what still needs to be done.

Conway bill honoring Philip Lelli passes Senate

February 12th, 2016|

OLYMPIA – A portion of SR 509 would be named in honor of Philip Martin Lelli, longtime President of Tacoma Longshore Union 23 and former Port of Tacoma commissioner, as the result of Senate Joint Memorial 8019 sponsored by Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma.

SJM 8019 was passed by the Senate with a unanimous vote on Friday.

“I knew Phil personally. He was one of the major architects of the success of the port and was a critical player in turning Tacoma from a sleepy town in to such an important shipping port,” said Conway.

An advocate for innovation, Lelli was known for his unprecedented role in attracting new businesses to the Port of Tacoma and transitioning it into one of the principal ports of entry on the Pacific Coast.

Lelli was influential in his community as well, organizing Tacoma’s Hospitality Kitchen to provide lunches for the homeless.

“He was a man who knew how to work together for the good of our community and the success of our state,” said Conway. “He should be honored for his generosity toward others and the collaborative work he did in making the Port of Tacoma a nationally recognized shipping center.”

The bill now heads to the House for further consideration.

“Phil was a friend of mine and a counselor to me. It is an honor to be able to celebrate Phillip’s life with this memorial,” added Conway.

 

‘Carol’s Law’ clears Senate

February 9th, 2016|

OLYMPIA – Last week, Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma, met with Carol Selland’s family members after the Senate passed Senate Bill 6091. Conway co-sponsored the bill, also known as “Carol’s Law,” which further prevents killers from receiving benefits that result from their crimes.

The law was prompted by the tragic murder of Carol Selland by her husband, who was found not guilty by reason of insanity and thereby able to collect his wife’s pension benefits. The case exposed a loophole in the existing law which “Carol’s Law” effectively closed, preventing those found not guilty by reason of insanity to receive any benefit from the deceased.

Conway bill would honor public service of Philip Lelli

February 1st, 2016|

OLYMPIA – A portion of SR 509 could soon be named in honor of Philip Martin Lelli, longtime President of Tacoma Longshore Union 23 and former Port of Tacoma commissioner, as the result of Senate Joint Memorial 8019 sponsored by Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma.

Last week, Conway recognized Lelli’s contributions to the Port of Tacoma during public testimony on the bill.

“I knew Phil personally and he was one of the major architects of the success of the port,” said Conway.

An advocate for innovation, Lelli was known for his unprecedented role in attracting new businesses to the Port of Tacoma and transitioning it into one of the principal ports of entry on the Pacific Coast.

Lelli was influential in his community as well, organizing Tacoma’s Hospitality Kitchen to provide lunches for the homeless.

“He was a man who knew how to work together for the good of our community and the success of our state,” said Conway. “He should be honored for his generosity toward others and the collaborative work he did in making the Port of Tacoma a nationally recognized shipping center.”

The bill has yet to receive a vote on the Senate floor.

Sen. Steve Conway to host telephone town hall

February 1st, 2016|

OLYMPIASen. Steve Conway, D- South Tacoma, will join constituents over the phone at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3, for a telephone town hall. Constituents will hear a brief overview of what’s happening in Olympia and have the ability to ask their state senator questions and hear answers in real time.

“This is a great opportunity for honest discussion,” said Conway. “It is important for me to hear from the people in my district so I can do my best to represent them and their values. I encourage anyone to call in to share their concerns.”

WHO: Sen. Steve Conway

WHAT: 29th Legislative District Telephone Town Hall

WHEN: From 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3

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