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Sen. Conway’s town hall postponed

Sen. Steve Conway on Friday announced that his town hall scheduled for this Saturday (2/22) will be postponed and scheduled for a later date due to illness. Sen. Conway apologizes for any inconvenience and will send out an update when the event is rescheduled.

February 21st, 2020|News Release|
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    Legislature honors Franklin on Senate floor, celebrates oral history

Legislature honors Franklin on Senate floor, celebrates oral history

A groundbreaking former state lawmaker has chronicled her experiences in the Legislature in a biographical oral history.

All proceeds from sales of Rosa Franklin — A Life in Health Care, Public Service, and Social Justice will go into an account that funds Capitol preservation, the state library and archives, and the legislative oral history program.

“When Sen. Sam Hunt called me several months ago and said ‘the legislative oral history committee has voted for you to tell your story,’ I thought maybe he was kidding,” former Sen. Rosa Franklin (D-Tacoma) said Monday while being honored on the Senate floor. “It is indeed a deep honor to be back. It’s overwhelming, really.”

Franklin was the first black woman elected to the Senate and represented the 29th Legislative District in Tacoma for 20 years, but her long legislative career is only one aspect of her storied path. Sen. Steve Conway succeeded Franklin upon her retirement following the 2010 session.

Before Franklin won election to the Legislature, her 42-year career in health care brought her from South Carolina to Washington state and included stops in Brooklyn, Colorado, Germany, and the Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, among other venues.

An inductee in the Washington State Nurses Association Hall of Fame, Franklin holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Puget Sound and earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington State Democratic Party.

“Rosa Franklin’s lifelong commitment to social justice is an inspiration in a time when many have lost faith in government,” wrote Tamiko Nimura, the book’s author.

Franklin’s legislative achievements ran the gamut from establishing the state’s housing and anti-discrimination policy in her freshman year, to eliminating redundant requirements for nursing credentials, to enabling voters to approve public financing of election campaigns. She served as Democratic Whip, as Majority Whip, and twice as President Pro Tempore.

January 31st, 2020|Uncategorized|

Alexander Scott serves as page in Washington State Senate

Alexander Scott, 15, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of January 24.

Pages are typically sponsored by the senator from their legislative district. Sen. Steve Conway (D-Tacoma) sponsored Scott’s week in the Legislature.

The page program offers a hands-on opportunity for students to find out how state government works. The interactive learning experience includes classes focused on topics like budget writing and how a bill becomes a law, which culminates in pages creating their own bills in a mock committee setting. The educational experience is furthered by guest speakers.

“While I found working on the Senate floor interesting, I had the most fun in page school learning how a bill is created and doing the mock committee hearing,” said Scott.

Pages also can work on the Senate floor. Their maroon coats and credentials allow them access to all parts of the Capitol Campus.

“Among other things the bipartisanship of the legislature has positively influenced me to become more interested in Public Service.” added Scott.

Scott is in 9th grade at Spanaway Lake High School. In his free time he enjoys JROTC.

For more information about the Senate Page Program, contact SenatePageProgram@leg.wa.gov

January 30th, 2020|News Release|

Jordan Codington serves as page in Washington State Senate

Jordan Codington, 16, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of January 24.

Pages are typically sponsored by the senator from their legislative district. Sen. Steve Conway (D-Tacoma) sponsored Codington’s week in the Legislature.

The page program offers a hands-on opportunity for students to find out how state government works. The interactive learning experience includes classes focused on topics like budget writing and how a bill becomes a law, which culminates in pages creating their own bills in a mock committee setting. The educational experience is furthered by guest speakers.

“I really appreciated how friendly everyone here at the Capital is, many people including senators and representatives would stop us pages to ask us about ourselves or what we think about different bills,” said Codington.

Pages also can work on the Senate floor. Their maroon coats and credentials allow them access to all parts of the Capitol Campus.

“The most interesting thing that I’ve done this week has been working on the Senate floor and seeing how they are so relaxed and have side conversations.” added Codington.

Codington is in 11th grade at Spanaway Lake High School. In her free time she enjoys eSports club.

January 30th, 2020|News Release|
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    Ground broken on housing for veterans experiencing homelessness

Ground broken on housing for veterans experiencing homelessness

OLYMPIA – Sen. Steve Conway (D-South Tacoma) joined local officials in Orting on Oct. 1 to break ground on a new tiny house village that will provide supportive housing to up to 35 veterans in Pierce County experiencing homelessness.

Located on a five-acre portion of the campus of the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Soldiers Home, the Orting Veterans Village will give veterans access to fully furnished tiny homes, as well as one-on-one staff support and a built-in community, starting in 2020.

Quixote Communities – a non-profit known for Quixote Village, a tiny house village supporting 30 individuals in Olympia – will operate and manage the Orting project, in partnership with the WDVA and the Puget Sound Veterans Hope Center. Community Frameworks, a non-profit affordable housing developer that also worked on Quixote Village, is serving as the contracted developer.

The Veterans Village is being built in part with $3 million in funding that Conway secured as part of the 2017-19 capital construction budget. In addition to tiny homes, it will have a large community building with a double kitchen, dining area, multipurpose room, staff offices and laundry facilities.

Quixote Communities plans to partner with the WDVA and community resources to provide residents services including transportation, care coordination, behavioral health services and life skill classes.

A rendering of the future Orting Veterans Village.
October 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Conway helps kick off construction of SR 167 completion

OLYMPIA – Sen. Steve Conway (D-South Tacoma) joined Gov. Jay Inslee and other officials at the Port of Tacoma on Oct. 1 to kick off construction on completion of State Route 167 in Pierce County, part of the $1.96 billion Puget Sound Gateway Program connecting ports with manufacturing and industrial centers.

The program, which also includes completion of SR 509 in King County, closes two of the state’s major transportation gaps. It makes critical “last mile” connections to the ports of Tacoma and Seattle, and provides greater transportation choices to move people and goods more reliably through the Puget Sound region and enhance Washington’s national and global economic competitiveness.

It is the biggest project of the state’s 2015 Connecting Washington transportation revenue package, which provides the majority of the program’s funding.

In Pierce County, the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will build four miles of new highway to complete the missing link between SR 167 in Puyallup and I-5 in Fife. WSDOT will also build a new two-mile connection from I-5 to the Port of Tacoma.

Extension of SR 509 will increase connectivity between Seattle and south King County, and provide a much-needed north-south alternative to I-5. It also will create a new southern access point to Sea-Tac International Airport and serve as an alternative to I-5, SR 99 and local streets.

WSDOT is scheduled to complete stage 1 of the Puget Sound Gateway Program in 2026. Stage 2 projects are set for construction between 2024 and 2028.

The project was initially scheduled for completion in 2031, but that timetable was moved up three years after the Legislature authorized WSDOT to accelerate the project schedules.

October 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|
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    Conway joins commission administering long-term care benefit program

Conway joins commission administering long-term care benefit program

OLYMPIA – Sen. Steve Conway (D-South Tacoma) has been appointed to serve on the commission that will help administer Washington’s new long-term care benefit program.

The Long-Term Services and Supports Trust Commission will establish rules and policies for the program, which gives residents who need assistance with activities of daily living up to $36,500 for long-term services and supports like caregiving, wheelchair ramps, meal deliveries and nursing home fees.

The Legislature passed House Bill 1087 establishing the first-in-the-nation program during its 2019 session in order to help Washington households deal with the ballooning costs of long-term care. Conway co-sponsored a companion bill in the Senate.

House Bill 1087 passed with bipartisan support and the support of family caregivers, aging and disability advocates, small business owners, long-term care providers, labor unions and consumer rights organizations.

In addition to the newly established long-term care commission, the program will be jointly administered by the Health Care Authority, the Department of Social and Health Services and the Employment Security Department.

August 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|
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    Franklin Pierce School District unveils state’s first electric school bus

Franklin Pierce School District unveils state’s first electric school bus

TACOMA – Sen. Steve Conway (D-South Tacoma) was on hand on June 17 as the Franklin Pierce School District unveiled the state’s first electric school bus.

The bus is part of a pilot program intended to lead to the replacement of the district’s fleet of diesel buses, reducing carbon emissions and saving the district thousands in maintenance and fuel costs.

Conway joined Gov. Jay Inslee and others aboard the all-electric Blue Bird school bus for a victory lap around the track at the district’s stadium, cheered on by students, parents and teachers.

Seating 72 and with a range of 120 miles, the bus features a custom educational energy dashboard showing real-time energy use and savings.

The district purchased the bus with help from a grant program funded by TransAlta as part of its agreement to phase out its coal-fired plant in Centralia.

June 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|
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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

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.

May 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|

E News: 2019 Budget Update

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,

May 8th, 2019|E-News, Uncategorized|