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    Conway hails executive order to help veterans, military spouses find jobs

Conway hails executive order to help veterans, military spouses find jobs

May 14th, 2019|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Steve Conway (D-South Tacoma) has welcomed Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature on an executive order to help military spouses and veterans in Washington find employment and training opportunities as they transition to civilian life.

“Our military spouses and veterans make a lot of sacrifices to serve our country,” said Conway, who was present yesterday as Inslee signed the order at a ceremony in the state capitol building. “When it’s time for them to make the move back to civilian life or to another post, it’s important that we give them the support they need to make that change as smooth as possible.”

Inslee’s Executive Order 19-01:

• Adds more agencies to the Washington State Military Transition and Readiness Council;

• Improves data sharing and evaluation;

• Supports veteran and military spouse-owned businesses;

• Promotes campaigns to hire veterans and military spouses;

• Shortens the paperwork and credential transfer process for veterans or spouses who move to Washington;

• Applies the current veteran employment plan to military spouses;

• Instructs agencies to ensure that military spouses and veterans have equal opportunity; and

• Directs that state employee resource groups be created to promote recruitment, retention and development of veterans and military spouses in state government.

E News: 2019 Budget Update

May 8th, 2019|

Dear friends and neighbors,

We accomplished a lot during this year’s 105-day legislative session. In addition to passing a wide range of bills improving the quality of life in our communities, we finished on time and passed capital construction, transportation and operating budgets for the next two years.

The $4.9 billion construction budget makes investments across Washington in areas like behavioral health, affordable housing, education and the environment. Projects in our district include:

• $1 million for roof replacement at the Marymount Museum/Spana Park Senior Center.

• $773,000 for the Springbrook Park Expansion and Clover Creek Restoration to improve the biodiversity of native and aquatic plants and improve water quality.

• $500,000 for construction work to finish phase I in creating the Stan and Joan Cross Park in Frederickson.

• $1 million for the Pierce Center for Arts & Technology (Arivva) in Tacoma, which provides visual arts programs for youth and postsecondary career training for local workers.

• $500,000 for the McChord Airfield North Clear Zone to mitigate possible public and flight safety risks.

• $2.26 million for the Department of Ecology to implement cleanup remedies around the Lakewood – Ponders Corner superfund site.

• $2.8 million to support the Fire Service Training Center at Bates Technical College.

The $9.8 billion transportation budget includes continued delivery of projects first adopted as part of the 2015 Connecting Washington transportation package.

The $52.4 billion operating budget pays for most state programs, policies and salaries. In addition to making significant investments in K-12 education, we also passed a bill to allow local school districts voters to increase levies to fund programs like athletics, debate clubs, summer learning programs, field trips, mentoring and teacher training.

It has been an honor to continue to serve our communities in the Senate. If you have any questions about the budget or anything else that happened this session in Olympia, I encourage you to reach out to my office.

Best regards,

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    Conway welcomes designation of April 10 as Dolores Huerta Day

Conway welcomes designation of April 10 as Dolores Huerta Day

March 27th, 2019|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Steve Conway (D-South Tacoma) welcomed the enactment of a law designating April 10 as Dolores Huerta Day in honor of the influential Mexican-American social activist and labor leader.

Gov. Jay Inslee last week signed House Bill 1906 recognizing Huerta, who in 1962 co-founded what would become the United Farm Workers and who was instrumental in the adoption of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975, granting farmworkers collective bargaining rights.

The Senate passed the bill unanimously on March 18 as Huerta looked on from the chamber’s wings.

Conway to host town hall on March 23 

February 22nd, 2019|

Who: Sen. Steve Conway (D-South Tacoma)

What: Town Hall Meeting

When: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, March 23

Where: Bates Technical College, South Campus Auditorium, 2201 South 78th St., Tacoma

Why: This is an opportunity to speak in person with your senator about issues important to Pierce County and your community. Topics of discussion will include:

  • Fully funding education
  • Mental health services
  • Transportation improvements
  • Protecting the social safety net
  • Answers to your questions

Conway honored for support of Eastside Community Center

February 19th, 2019|

OLYMPIA – Metro Parks Tacoma has recognized Sen. Steve Conway (D-South Tacoma) for his crucial support of partnerships that led to the development of the new Eastside Community Center.

The five-member Board of Park Commissioners presented Conway and three other civic leaders with its Parks Champion Award on Jan. 28.

Conway was honored for advocating for the community center project in the Senate and helping to secure millions of dollars in state grants.

“Sen. Conway and his civic peers were fully committed to listening to the Eastside neighborhood’s concerns and desires, and they worked hard to build support throughout the entire community,” Park Board President Aaron Pointer said. “This center is already proving to be wildly successful, and we could not have done it without the support of many partners. In particular, we honor Sen. Conway and these other community leaders for being outstanding champions for parks and recreation services that improve the lives of everyone in the Tacoma area.”

Conway re-elected Senate vice president pro tempore

January 14th, 2019|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Steve Conway (D-South Tacoma) was re-elected to serve as vice president pro tempore of the Washington State Senate today following a unanimous vote by fellow senators.

As vice president pro tem, Conway will continue to preside over the Senate when the lieutenant governor and the president pro tem, Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Des Moines, are absent.

“It’s a profound honor to continue representing the Senate as the vice president pro tempore,” Conway said today after he was sworn in to the leadership post again. “I am humbled to receive the unanimous support of my Senate colleagues and thankful for the opportunity to serve in this role.”

Senators approved the nominations of Keiser and Conway to continue serving in the leadership posts today amid the opening of the 2019 legislative session. Both senators were first elected to serve in those roles at the opening of the 2018 legislative session.

The posts are, respectively, second and third in line of succession to the governor.

Conway, who joined the Senate in 2010 following 18 years of service in the State House of Representatives, was re-elected as the senator representing Washington’s 29th Legislative District in November. He is a member of the Senate Labor & Commerce, Ways & Means and Health & Long Term Care committees.

Union recognizes Conway for work to improve railroad safety

December 10th, 2018|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Steve Conway (D-South Tacoma) has been recognized for “exemplary leadership in advocating for legislation to protect the safety of both railroad workers and the general public.”

Members of the Washington State Legislative Board of the Transportation Division of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART TD) honored Conway with the union’s Golden Spike Award at a ceremony in July in Seattle.

Sen. Conway honored by utility district

December 10th, 2018|

OLYMPIA – The Lakewood Water District this year honored Sen. Steve Conway (D-South Tacoma) for his “persevering efforts and dedicated support to champion the funding for Ponders Well Site Replacement Facilities.”

Conway joins work group on need for long-term care nurses

May 10th, 2018|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma, has been tapped to serve as the Senate’s representative on Washington’s newly formed Work Group on the Assessment of Need for Nursing in Long Term Care Settings.

The work group will assess the need for nurses in long-term care settings and make recommendations regarding worker recruitment, training and retention challenges for long-term care providers in the sectors of skilled nursing facilities, assisted-living facilities and adult family homes.

The group is scheduled to present its assessments and recommendations to the governor by Dec. 15.

Conway picked to head pension policy committee

April 19th, 2018|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma, was chosen on Tuesday by his colleagues to again chair Washington’s Select Committee on Pension Policy.

The committee, which meets while the Legislature is not in session, studies issues affecting the state’s public employee retirement systems and makes recommendations to the Legislature regarding changes.

“I’m honored to return to the helm of this committee at such an important time for pension policy,” Conway said. “It’s extremely important that we ensure the ongoing financial stability of our pension systems and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the coming months to identify the best ways to do that and keep the promise we’ve made to our state and local public employees.”

Leadership rotates annually between the Senate and the House. Conway, who had been serving as vice chair, previously chaired the committee from 2016 to 2017.

Conway has been active on pension issues. Most recently, during the 2018 legislative session, he helped secure passage of Senate Bill 6340, which in July will give some 72,000 retired public employees and teachers in Plan 1 of the state’s PERS and TRS pension plans a one-time, 1.5 percent cost of living adjustment.