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Monthly Archives: February 2019

E-Newsletter: Bills on the move!

February 22nd, 2019|

This week, I met with leaders from the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. From left: Councilman Louie Ungaro, Chairwoman Virginia Cross and former Senator Claudia Kauffman.

Hello everyone,

We just wrapped up week six of the 2019 Legislative Session. I’ve introduced several bills this year that I hope improve the lives of Washingtonians.

But, as we work our way through the process, some bills “die.” Simply put, we get to a point in session where they can no longer be considered because of the Senate’s rules.

In this newsletter, I’ll update you on which bills are still “alive” and which bills could use a little bit of help.

To see a full list of the bills I’ve introduced this year, and to check on their status, visit this website.

Thank you and stay in touch!

Mona

Environmental Priorities Coalition Lobby Day Rally, January 29th, 2019.

Plastic Bags

I’m happy to announce that Senate Bill 5323, which would limit the use of plastic bags in Washington state, is still alive. It’s awaiting executive session in the Ways & Means Committee, and I’m hopeful that it will reach the Senate floor sometime soon.

If this issue is important to you, please contact members of the Ways & Means committee and urge their support.

It’s imperative that we protect our environment, and this bill is a great step toward doing that.

You can read more about the bill here.

Self Help Housing Development

Many of you have heard of programs like Habitat for Humanity, which help people build homes of their own.

Senate Bill 5025, which I sponsor, would provide sales, use and excise tax exemptions for these wonderful programs that help people get back on their feet. We have a housing crisis in Washington state, and we must support programs that help our neighbors achieve housing stability.

This bill is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Ways & Means Committee on March 1. If this issue is important to you, please contact members of this committee and urge their support.

Warehousing & Manufacturing 

This bill was designed to help areas of Washington negatively impacted by the end of the streamlined sales tax mitigation program — particularly Kent.

Ending the program about $20 million. Kent was one of the areas hardest hit by this policy.

Senate Bill 5862 would create a new account to support Warehousing and Manufacturing Job Centers – the cities eligible to receive funding under that account are those cities that received more than $50,000 in streamlined sales tax mitigation in 2018. You can read more about the bill here.

This bill is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Ways & Means Committee on March 1. If job creation in the 47th District is important to you, please contact members of this committee and urge their support.

Funding Necessary Legal Services for Children

I’m working with the state Attorney General’s Office on a bill (Senate Bill 5942) that would ensure that we’re appropriately budgeting for the Assistant Attorneys General (AAGs) who help children navigate a complex legal system.

Because of the opioid epidemic, the caseloads for these AAGs have increased drastically in recent years. We need to ensure that this program is adequately funded.

This bill has already passed out of the Senate Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee, and heads next to the Senate Ways & Means Committee.  If this issue is important to you, please contact members of this committee and urge their support.

E-Newsletter: What I’m doing as Sen. Mona Das

February 7th, 2019|

Senate opening day swearing in ceremonies, Jan. 14, 2018.

Hello everyone,

The first few weeks of session have just flown by! My first bill has already passed the Senate, and I’m really hoping that more will follow soon.

I want to use these newsletters to keep you all informed of the work I’m doing for the 47th District and Washington state.

Thank you for putting your faith in me as your lawmaker, and I hope to do you all proud.

Thank you and stay in touch!

Mona

Sen. Mona Das and Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon with the “Bag Monster.”

Plastic Bags

This session, one of my priority bills is Senate Bill 5323, which would limit the use of plastic bags in Washington state.

Retailers wouldn’t be able to provide single-use plastic bags — although they would be allowed to provide paper or plastic bags made from recycled content for 10 cents each.

It’s clear to me that if we are going to improve our environment and protect all of the creatures that call it home (even humans) we must decrease our dependence on single use plastics.

You can read more about the bill here.

This bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate’s Ways & Means Committee this afternoon.

If you care about this issue, please contact our state lawmakers to let them know!

My first floor speech

I delivered my first floor speech last week, on Jan. 31. You can find a video of my speech on Facebook.

It is tradition for new senators to give a personal speech after their first bill passes out of the Senate. It’s also tradition for new senators to give their colleagues gifts. My gift was Indian sweets from India Village in Kent.

My first bill would provide more oversight to appraisal management companies — which act as a buffer between lenders and appraisers, decreasing the likelihood that mortgages will be issued based on inflated appraisals. You can read more about the bill here.

Other priority bills

Senate Bill 5025:

This bill would create sales and use excise tax exemptions for self help housing development — programs such as Habitat for Humanity. You can watch some compelling testimony on this bill here.

Senate Bill 5545:

This bill would create the Recycling Development Center and allow the state Department of Ecology to facilitate more research, development and marketing for processing recycled commodities and products. Local entities would also be able to develop contamination reduction and outreach plans for recycling programs. You can read more about the bill here.

Senate Bill 5862:

This bill would create a new account to support Warehousing and Manufacturing Job Centers – the cities eligible to receive funding under that account are those cities that received more than $50,000 in streamlined sales tax mitigation in 2018. You can read more about the bill here. Remember, if these issues are important to you, contact our state lawmakers! Your voices are important.