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‘Carol’s Law’ clears Senate

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.

February 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Conway bill would honor public service of Philip Lelli

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.

February 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|

Sen. Steve Conway to host telephone town hall

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


February 1st, 2016|Uncategorized|

Conway meets with veterans at the capitol

Olympia- Today, Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma, met with members of Washington’s Veterans Legislative Coalition, an independent group that monitors and promotes legislative issues important to military veterans and their families. The group was in Olympia to discuss and share their priorities for the 2016 legislative session.

January 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|
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    Conway receives award from developmental disabilities coalition

Conway receives award from developmental disabilities coalition

Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma, has received the 2015 Difference You Make in the World award by the Pierce County Coalition for Developmental Disabilities. Conway was selected for the award for his hard work on guardianship issues during the 2015 legislative session.

December 8th, 2015|Uncategorized|
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    Grant to study paid sick and safe leave awarded to Washington

Grant to study paid sick and safe leave awarded to Washington

Washington state has been awarded nearly $250,000 to study and analyze how paid leave programs can be developed and implemented statewide, Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma, announced today.

The award is part of a $1.5 million nationwide grant provided to eight states by the United States Department of Labor to study paid family and medical leave.

Washington has had a paid sick and safe leave law in place since 2007 but it remains unfunded. This grant will help the state explore the feasibility of fully funding paid sick and safe leave statewide.

“Paid sick and safe leave programs help families balance home life and work life to the benefit of both the employee and the employer,” said Conway, a longtime advocate for paid sick and safe leave policies. “I am hopeful that this feasibility study will lead to a funded and broader statewide sick and safe leave program.”

According to the United States Department of Labor, paid leave programs have been shown to improve health outcomes for children, adults and seniors; reduce turnover and increase employee retention, which cuts down on training costs for businesses; keep workers attached to the labor force; and boost earnings over time.

November 18th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Conway recognized for commitment to City of Lakewood

This month, the City of Lakewood issued a proclamation expressing its appreciation to Sen. Steve Conway and state legislators who represent the City of Lakewood for their outstanding service, dedication and commitment to the citizens of Lakewood during the 2015 Legislative Session.

The proclamation recognizes the legislators for securing nearly $500 million in transportation funding to relieve congestion on I-5 and support transportation improvement projects in the Lakewood area.

Additionally, Sen. Conway and his colleagues were able to obtain nearly $5 million to support the Gravelly Lake Drive Non-Motorized Trail project and the Lake City Business District Sidewalk Project.

The proclamation also referenced the legislators’ strong support and commitment to military members and families stationed at JBLM.

You can read the proclamation in its entirety by clicking here.


August 19th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Conway honored by county clerks

Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma, has been awarded the “2015 Washington State Association of County Clerks Legislative Award.” Conway was selected for the award for sponsoring Senate Bill 5647, which allows courts to develop a guardianship courthouse facilitator program. The bill is designed to assist families with establishing guardianship for vulnerable loved ones.

July 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Historic investments for Pierce County infrastructure

Sen. Steve Conway, D-South Tacoma, issued the following statement today following the signing of the transportation revenue package:

“The 2015 legislative session has finally concluded and Pierce County is a big winner.

“Millions of dollars were at stake for Pierce County, money that will lead to a strengthened infrastructure, an improved economy, and more jobs in our communities in the greater Tacoma area.

“I am pleased to report that the 2015 Legislature has passed a capital budget and transportation revenue package and as a result Pierce County will receive $2.5 billion over the next several years in investments in roads, transit, schools and parks.

“Important projects coming to Pierce County include funding to connect SR 167 and SR 509 with I-5 and to alleviate Joint Base Lewis McChord traffic. It also designates funding towards the Safe Routes to School grant, which will lead to more sidewalks ensuring our kids’ safety when they walk to school. Finally, it provides funding for Pierce Transit to develop express bus service between Tacoma and Parkland/Spanaway.

“In addition, we were able to pass a capital budget that includes more than $200 million for projects in Pierce County. Local projects coming to our area include:

  • $16 million for the University of Washington-Tacoma’s Urban Solutions Center.
  • $3.4 million for Clover Park Technical College’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Building.
  • More than $45 million for improvements at Western State Hospital;
  • Funding for a veterans’ shelter;
  • Development of the Franklin-Pierce Early Learning Center;
  • $5 million for clean up at the Port of Tacoma;
  • $500,000 for access improvements for the disabled at the Lemay Car Museum;
  • Historic allocations for Metro Parks Tacoma; and
  • $750,000 for the Stan and Joan Cross Park in Frederickson.

“Statewide, the capital budget funds 500 new classrooms and provides $33 million for mental health services by expanding the number of community behavioral health beds The Capital Budget is a job creator and recession buster; its passing will help our economy continue to recover.

“The transportation package and capital budget could not come at a better time for those seeking family wage employment and veterans returning home seeking work. Between the two budgets, 250,000 new construction jobs are created statewide over the next eight years. This kind of job creation pairs perfectly with my bill to fund a Helmets to Hardhats coordinator to provide returning soldiers with access to construction apprenticeships and assistance to get them on the right track to full-time employment.

“Additionally, the transportation package and capital budget will create jobs for vets, and the Helmets to Hardhats coordinator will usher those veterans into these new jobs. It’s the perfect combination and it’s the best thing we can do at the state level to support our veterans seeking employment.

“A lot was at stake this overtime session for Pierce County. I am proud that we were able to come up with a solution that creates jobs, drives our economy, and benefits our district and the people of Pierce County.”

July 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|

2015-2017 Transportation budget clears Legislature

Last week, the Senate approved the 2015-17 Transportation Budget to cover the cost of existing transportation projects. I remain confident that we will also pass a transportation revenue package before the end of the special session that creates over 200,000 jobs and invests more than $2.3 billion in Pierce County.

Here is a list of Pierce County projects funded by the 2015-17 Transportation Budget:

  • I-5/Tacoma HOV Improvements – $275 million
  • I-5/ 49th St. to 38th St. – Fiber Communications- $122,000
  • SR 512/ SR7 to I-5 – Congestion Management – $1 million
  • Pierce Transit- Route 1 Connections/ Route 4 112th Street Peak Hour Service – $2.3 million
  • Pierce Transit, SR 7/ Pacific Avenue Peak Hour Service Expansion – $1.2 million
  • Tacoma- Point Defiance Bypass – $80 million
June 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|