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    Darneille: “Levy cliff averted, must shift focus to funding education and protecting social safety net”

Darneille: “Levy cliff averted, must shift focus to funding education and protecting social safety net”

March 8th, 2017|

Sen. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma, issued the following statement after the Senate passed Senate Bill 5023, which addresses the issue of the levy cliff for school districts across the state:

“Our schools are so much more than places of learning. For many kids, going to school brings stability and normalcy to their lives. I am pleased that we are taking action on the levy cliff bill and will not be cutting $358 million in levy dollars, and creating the largest cut to K-12 education in state history.

“Funds raised by local levies are essential for all of our students who depend on high-quality teachers, classroom support, and small class sizes to help them achieve positive academic outcomes.

“In the 27th, the Tacoma School District would have lost more than $2.6 million in locally approved funding had the Senate refused to take action and pushed our school districts over the levy cliff.

“Our kids and their teachers deserve better, which is why we must shift our focus to how we will fund education without gutting critical programs within the social safety net. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in the coming weeks to do what’s best for our kids and those who are most vulnerable in our state.”

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    Darneille: “Supreme Court ruling a major win for juvenile justice”

Darneille: “Supreme Court ruling a major win for juvenile justice”

March 2nd, 2017|

On Thursday, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that two teenagers who received unnecessarily harsh adult sentences should be resentenced. Sen. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma, is the ranking member on the Human Services, Mental Health and Housing Committee and has followed this case from the very beginning. Following the announcement of the ruling, she issued the following statement:

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling is not just a huge win for juvenile justice in our state, but a huge win for my two constituents who, combined, were faced with the prospect of spending up to 85 years in prison for stealing Halloween candy while in possession of a gun.

“From the very beginning of the case, I was concerned that 17 year old Zyion Houston-Sconiers and 16 year old Treson Roberts, were not given the opportunity to be tried within our state’s juvenile justice system. The Washington State Supreme Court today agreed with my concern. In quoting the U.S. Supreme Court Case of Miller v. Alabama, today’s majority opinion states “children are different.” I could not agree more.

“Research in brain science and development shows that the critical decision making part of the brain is not developed until the age of 25. Young people are more prone to impulsive, dangerous behavior as a result. Teenagers are not adults and should not be treated as such in court. I will continue to fight for reforms within our state’s juvenile justice system that create more flexibility and judicial discretion for our juvenile offenders.

“In writing, “both cases for resentencing” these four words from our state’s highest court have changed the course of two people’s young lives. Today, justice has prevailed in the State of Washington.”

Town Hall Meeting, Sat. March 11

March 1st, 2017|


WHO: Sen. Jeannie Darneille, Rep. Laurie Jinkins, Rep. Jake Fey

WHAT: 27th Legislative District Town Hall Meeting

WHEN: From 10 a.m. to Noon, Saturday, March 11, 2017

WHERE: The Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus, 1210 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405

WHY: To give a brief legislative update on the current legislative session and answer questions from constituents.

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    Bill to protect survivors of human trafficking passes Senate

Bill to protect survivors of human trafficking passes Senate

February 8th, 2017|

Senate Bill 5030, sponsored by Sen. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma, passed on the Senate Floor Wednesday. The bill will extend the statute of limitations for victims of human trafficking and commercial sexual abuse. The bill also broadens the definition of profits or compensation relating to commercial sexual abuse and promoting prostitution of a minor to be anything of value.

“This is an incredibly important bill for our marginalized and vulnerable youth,” said Darneille. “We are taking away some of the tools traffickers and pimps use against young women and men who are being sexually exploited. Many of these crimes are committed against minors who may not be able to get out of a manipulative or dangerous situation.”

The bill extends the statute of limitations for human trafficking crimes for up to 10 years after the crime is committed if the victim is under the age of 18. The statute of limitations for commercial sexual abuse and promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor is also extended until the victim’s 30th birthday if the crimes were committed against a minor. Food, drugs, -, shelter, jewelry, and promises of marriage are often used as compensation by traffickers and pimps to control the victims. By broadening the definition of what is of value, these transactions can now be captured under the law.

“Survivors of human trafficking or prostitution need time to heal and rebuild trust and this bill gives survivors the time they may need to properly bring justice to the people that committed these horrible crimes,” said Darneille.

Senate Bill 5030 is request legislation from the Attorney General’s Office. The bill will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Darneille sworn in to serve second term

January 9th, 2017|

On Monday, Sen. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma, was sworn in to serve a second term representing the people of the 27th Legislative District.

“I am dedicated to continuing the work that I have started to ending racial disproportionality within the adult and juvenile corrections systems, working to reduce poverty, and representing the good people of Tacoma. I am honored to have been chosen to serve a second term,” Darneille said.

Darneille will continue to serve as the ranking Democrat on the Human Services, Mental Health & Housing Committee, and also serves on the Law & Justice Committee and the Ways & Means Committee.

In addition to continue work associated with these committees, Darneille represents the Senate Democratic Caucus on several boards, commissions, and task forces, including the Washington State Historical Society, the Caseload Forecast Council, the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on the delivery of Services to Children and Families, as well as the Select Committee on Quality Improvement in State Hospitals. Other task forces address issues relating to children’s mental health, aging and disability services, commercially sexually exploited children, child support, and the oversight of the state welfare system.

Darneille was elected to the Senate in 2012, after serving 12 years in the House of Representatives.

She lives in Tacoma with her husband and has three grown sons and one grandson.

Website Updates

June 30th, 2016|

Thank you very much for visiting the webpage of Sen. Jeannie Darneille.

In accordance with Senate election year activity rules, this webpage will not be updated after July 1, 2016.

Please check back in later this fall to find out more about the Senator and her work.

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    Building Capital: Investing in and revitalizing our communities

Building Capital: Investing in and revitalizing our communities

June 18th, 2016|

The capital budget has had an impact on communities throughout Washington, maybe none bigger than in Tacoma. Capital investments, and a partnership with UW Tacoma, has the City of Destiny on the rise. Join Sens. Jeannie Darneille, Karen Keiser and Steve Conway to learn more.

Building Capital: Washington State History Museum

June 13th, 2016|

Join Sens. Keiser and Darneille as they visit the Washington State History Museum and discuss making investments in the present to preserve our past.

Conversation Hours, May 31!

May 31st, 2016|

Dear friends and neighbors in the 27th,

I hope you will join me and Reps. Jinkins and Fey for the second of our Spring Conversation Hours! Please come join us with your thoughts, questions and concerns. These conversations help us plan our work during the interim and for the next legislative session.

When: From 2 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Where: Bay Terrace Conference Room, 2550 South G Street, Tacoma, WA

Who: Sen. Jeanne Darneille, Rep. Laurie Jinkins, Rep. Jake Fey

I hope to see you soon,


Conversation Hours Tuesday, May 17

May 10th, 2016|

I hope you will be able to join the 27th District Legislative Delegation for our first conversation hours of 2016 from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17 at the Wheelock Library, 3722 N 26th Street, Tacoma.

These conversations help us plan our work for the next session and time to have meaningful discussions in our community.

See you there!