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    Bill to protect survivors of human trafficking passes Senate

Bill to protect survivors of human trafficking passes Senate

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.

February 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Darneille sworn in to serve second term

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.

January 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Website Updates

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.

June 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|
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    Building Capital: Investing in and revitalizing our communities

Building Capital: Investing in and revitalizing our communities

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.

June 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Building Capital: Washington State History Museum

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

June 13th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Conversation Hours, May 31!

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,


May 31st, 2016|Uncategorized|

Conversation Hours Tuesday, May 17

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!


May 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|
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    Darneille appointed to Inslee’s Blue Ribbon Children’s Commission

Darneille appointed to Inslee’s Blue Ribbon Children’s Commission

Sen. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma, has been appointed to Gov. Inslee’s Blue Ribbon Commission on the Delivery of Services to Children and Families.

“I’m honored to be appointed to Gov. Inslee’s commission as we seek to improve services and outcomes for our children and their families,” said Darneille.

The Commission will recommend to the Legislature the organizational structure of the new cabinet-level agency, cost estimates for IT and capital development, and will create measurable benchmarks for assessing the effectiveness of the new department.

“The idea to have a separate children’s department is a good one,” Darneille said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in the coming months on this very important issue of helping to create a better future for our state’s kids and their families.”

Darneille will join the 16 member commission which includes legislators, state agency leaders, tribal representatives, and experts in child welfare, education and economic issues.

The Blue Ribbon Commission will meet monthly beginning on May 10 and must deliver its findings to the Legislature by Nov. 1, 2016.


To read Gov. Inslee’s Executive Order issued in February 2016, click here.

April 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|
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    Darneille: On International Women’s Day we must keep the momentum going

Darneille: On International Women’s Day we must keep the momentum going

OLYMPIASen. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma, issued the following statement in celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, 2016:

“International Women’s Day is always a wonderful day to celebrate the remarkable women of our past, our present and a potent reminder to support all girls who will become women leaders of the future.

“This year’s theme is focused on gender equality and a pledge for parity, which has been a central element of the women’s movement since its birth. Women have made significant contributions to our social, economic, cultural, political, and scientific and technological communities across the globe. Without the contribution and bravery of these women, we would not be as advanced as we are today. We must keep the momentum going.

“Women in the United States continue to earn 78 cents for every dollar earned by a man. This economic disparity grows larger for women of color. At the current rate, women are not expected to achieve economic parity with men until 2058. Washington State has an equal pay act that has not been updated since 1943. I can safely say that a few things have changed since then. Efforts to update our state’s equal pay act over the last two years have continuously stalled in the Republican-led Senate Commerce and Labor Committee.

“The State of Washington is currently ranked fourth in the nation for having the largest number of women serving in elected office. For over a decade our state was ranked first in the nation between 1993 and 2004. Both of our U.S. Senators are women, as are three of our 10 Congressional delegates. In the Legislature, women represent 34 percent of the lawmakers.

“The 27th Legislative District has a long history of women representation in the Senate. Sen. Debbie Regala served before me and the great Sen. Lorraine Wojahn served for many years before her. Sen. Wojahn was the first woman President Pro Tem of the Senate to preside during a session adjourning sine die. She was a trailblazer and pioneer for women senators during a time when women serving in state government was not the norm.

“No celebration of International Women’s Day would be complete without recognition of my son, Will, who was born today. I have worked for 29 years to successfully “grow” a feminist and am very proud of the man my son has become.

“I hope you will all join me in celebrating the accomplishments and achievements of all of the great women who have contributed and who will make a difference in our lives and our world.”

March 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|
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    Lawmakers urge thorough examination of proposed methanol plant in Tacoma

Lawmakers urge thorough examination of proposed methanol plant in Tacoma

Sen. Jeannie Darneille, Rep. Laurie Jinkins, and Rep. Jake Fey have asked the City of Tacoma to broaden the scope of its environmental review process for Northwest Innovation Works’ proposed methanol plant at the Port of Tacoma.

In a letter to the City’s Planning and Development Services Department, the lawmakers outline issue areas that need to be addressed before the methanol plant is approved. The letter also urges the City to study, not just the impacts the proposed project will have on the cities and counties surrounding the project, but the potential state and global impacts as well.

“We’ve spent 35 years cleaning up our city – from Asarco to cleaning up Commencement Bay and the Thea Foss Waterway,” said Darneille, who has become a strong voice in opposition to the project. “We have invested billions of dollars in our infrastructure and have worked to recapture our downtown museum district, which has become a regional and national draw. All of that progress could be in jeopardy with this development. Deciding to put a methanol plant right in the center of the Tacoma tideflats could have devastating impacts and consequences to our state’s natural resources, our infrastructure, the safety of our citizens, and our state’s quality of life. We need all the answers we can get before this project is permitted.”

Some of the far-reaching effects the letter asks the City of Tacoma to look into include potential on-site impacts including air and water pollution and community safety. The cities of Federal Way, Fife and Tacoma and The Puyallup Tribe of Indians would be most directly impacted by the proposed methanol plant; however, the impact on the state’s resources could be much larger. There are also grave concerns about the 1,500 people in the federal Northwest Detention Center and the hundreds of employees that work there.

“Many members of our community, myself included, have grave concerns about this project and the impact it will have on our health, our environment and our way of life,” Jinkins said. “That being said, I believe in a fair, balanced process that rigorously examines this proposal and addresses the concerns of every person in our community. That needs to happen before any steps are taken to move this project forward.”

The lawmakers’ letter also questions the methanol project’s effect on shared resources like the region’s transportation infrastructure system, water and electricity sources, the increase in marine traffic of shipping vessels, and environmental justice for those who live in the low-income communities in the vicinity of the project.

“The issues raised in our letter and by many people in the community must be fully addressed because of the unprecedented size and scope of the project,” said Fey. “To do anything less than that would be a travesty.”

Northwest Innovation Works, the company that has proposed Tacoma’s methanol plant, is also proposing smaller methanol facilities on the Columbia River in Kalama and in Clatskanie, Ore. Methanol for use in plastics, explosives, paints, solvents and many other chemicals is currently in high demand.

The lawmakers wrote their letter with the intention that it will be a part of the public record. They expect their questions to be addressed during the environmental review process, which is expected to take about a year before the permitting process begins.

To read a copy of the letter, click here.

February 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|