Monthly Archives: February 2017

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    Conway meets with constituents supporting Tacoma’s Asian Pacific Cultural Center

Conway meets with constituents supporting Tacoma’s Asian Pacific Cultural Center

February 24th, 2017|

On Thursday, Sen. Steve Conway met with members of the Vietnamese and Cambodian communities from his district, as well as high school students from the Asian Pacific Islander community. Both groups came to Olympia to advocate in favor of funding for the Asian Pacific Cultural Center in Tacoma.

Legislative Update 2/21/17

February 21st, 2017|

Dear friends and neighbors,

Thank you for taking the time to read my legislative e-newsletter. First off, I would like to thank all of you who participated in last week’s telephone town hall. Almost 5,000 people picked up their phones to participate. I only wish that we had more time to take everyone’s questions.

Upcoming town hall

Fortunately, there is another opportunity soon for us to get together and talk about the issues that are important to you. On Saturday, March 11, at 10 a.m., I will host an in-person town hall at Bates Technical College’s south campus cafeteria. I hope you will attend. I’ll be sending out another reminder for this event as we get closer to the date.

Legislative update

We are now in the 7th week of this 105-day legislative session. For the most part, we have finished hearing Senate bills in our committees. Now we will transition to the Senate floor to vote on bills that made it out of committees. If approved, they then head to the House for further consideration.

Thank you for your advocacy

Two weeks ago, over 1,100 people from across the state — including union members, parents, vets and workers — signed in to testify in opposition to Senate Bill 5692 that would make Washington a so-called “Right to Work” state. This type of advocacy and civic participation works in a big way. Because of the strong outpouring of opposition to this harmful legislation, SB 5692 will not be advancing this session.

If there is anything happening in Olympia that you care deeply about, please feel free to visit my office and share your concerns.

ACA update

Lastly, I want to take a moment to assure those of you who are enrolled in affordable health care programs through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), like Medicaid, that nothing can happen to your health care coverage this year as a result of any congressional action. Even though Congress has threatened to repeal the ACA, any action they take will not take effect until 2018.

In the meantime, I will be proactive in my efforts to protect your ability to access affordable health care. After all, roughly 790,000 Washingtonians stand to lose their health insurance if the ACA is repealed. That is unacceptable.

Keep in Touch

My office is always here to answer your questions and provide you with information. Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime.

Sincerely,

Sen. Steve Conway

 

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    Thousands come to Olympia to oppose ‘Right to Work’ bill

Thousands come to Olympia to oppose ‘Right to Work’ bill

February 10th, 2017|

On Wednesday, over 1,100 people from across the state — including union members, parents, vets and workers — signed in to testify in opposition to Senate Bill 5692 that would make Washington a so-called “Right to Work” state.

SB 5692 was heard in the Senate Commerce, Labor & Sports Committee.

Sen. Steve Conway, D- South Tacoma, who sits on the committee, has been a longtime advocate for labor unions and opposes “Right to Work” legislation, which generally results in lower wages in the states in which it has passed.

Legislative Update 2/6/17

February 6th, 2017|

Dear friends and neighbors,

Last week, the Senate voted on the Republican plan to fully fund our state’s education system. While I am pleased that Republicans have finally put forth a proposal, I have many concerns. I’ve received emails from the Franklin-Pierce and Bethel School Districts expressing their concerns as well.

The bill was passed out of the Senate on Tuesday with a 25-24 vote. I voted against it but I look forward to further work on this critical issue throughout the session.

Bill Update

The first six weeks of session are typically spent working on policy issues in our standing committees. Here are some of the bills that I have sponsored so far this session:

  • Senate Bill 5359 – This legislation would strengthen efforts to help veterans and their spouses get credit for military experience to meet certain state licensing requirements.
  • Senate Bill 5650 – This bill would develop a Safe Streets Pilot Project in Pierce County to expand community policing.
  • Senate Bill 5651 – This would allow the Bethel School District to build a new high school outside its urban growth area.
  • Senate Bill 5639 and Senate Bill 5640 – These two bills would help high school vocational students meet graduation testing requirements.

If you would like more information about these bills or any other issue before the Legislature, do not hesitate to contact my office.

Telephone Town Hall

I want to encourage you to participate in a telephone town hall that I am hosting on Feb. 13.

Under this town hall format, thousands of constituents will receive telephone calls just before 6 p.m. asking if they would like to stay on the line and participate. Participants may ask me questions and hear my answers to other questions as well.

If you would like to participate and do not receive a pre-town hall invitation call, you may call in at 877-229-8493 and enter the ID code 116370.

Keep in Touch

My office is always here to answer your questions and provide you with information. Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime.

Sincerely,

Sen. Steve Conway