Monthly Archives: January 2015

Legislative Update, Jan. 30, 2015 – GO HAWKS!

January 30th, 2015|

January 30, 2015

Dear Constituents,

G O   H A W K S   !!!!!

Legislative update

We are wrapping up Week Three in the Legislature and have had a busy week of bill introduction and committee hearings. On Wednesday, 17 days into the session, we finally finished our Senate committee reorganization process by approving membership on the Senate Rules Committee, of which I am a member. This means the Senate is now in a position to move bills out of the Rules Committee to the full Senate for consideration. Next week will likely be quite busy in this regard.

New video update

I recently filmed a new video update about this Session. Some topics return year after year like transportation, and the budget. Every year, there are some new topics. Here’s a link to my video page for this. (It’s about 5 minutes long.)

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Association of Washington Business (AWB) Panel on Tax & Fiscal Policy

This week I joined legislative budget leads Sen. Andy Hill, R- Redmond; Rep. Ross Hunter, D-Medina; Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger; and moderator, Former Seattle Mayor and former AWB President Wes Uhlman to talk about major budget and revenue issues facing the Legislature this year. We each had a few minutes to give opening remarks and then responded to questions from the audience. Click on the video link below to watch it. It’s about an hour.

I can’t predict yet how these huge issues will be resolved. In the end, it will undoubtedly be a series of compromises that will make some people happy, some people unhappy, and others merely “relieved” that we’re done!

The top priority of Senate Democrats is to promote […]

Ibelema Stahmer serves as page in state Senate

January 29th, 2015|

During the week of Jan. 19, Ibelema Stahmer of Olympia served as a page in the Washington State Senate. Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County, the Democratic Caucus Chair, sponsored Stahmer’s weeklong experience in the Legislature.

“It was my pleasure to sponsor Ibelema this week,” said Fraser. “She was a great help to me and my staff.”

During the week pages assist senators and staff, attend lectures with guest speakers and go to page school where they create their own bills in a mock committee setting. Stahmer and fellow page Sara Walker drafted a bill concerning later school starting times. Stahmer said they were trying to find a solution for students who have trouble paying attention and focusing. Stahmer and Walker’s bill proposed a 9:30 a.m. start time to solve this problem, however it was not voted out of mock committee.

“It was great to be on the Senate floor and go through the all buildings and see new things every day,” Stahmer said.

Stahmer said everyone she interacted with throughout the week was friendly and nice. She said she would recommend the program to her friends.

Stahmer, 15, is a freshman at Olympia High School. She also enjoys math, science, visual arts and basketball.

Sara Walker serves as page in state Senate

January 29th, 2015|

During the week of Jan. 19, Sara Walker of Tumwater served as a page in the Washington State Senate. Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County, the Democratic Caucus Chair, sponsored Walker’s weeklong experience in the Legislature.

“Sara was tremendously helpful to me this week” said Fraser. “She was invested in the experience and very friendly toward staff and other pages.”

During the week pages assist senators and staff, attend lectures with guest speakers and go to page school where they create their own bills in a mock committee setting. Walker and fellow page Ibelema Stahmer drafted a bill concerning school start times.

“Sometimes it’s hard for kids to pay attention during class,” Walker said. “Our bill would have given them a little more time in the morning to get ready for school.”

Walker said that attending Supreme Court hearings and floor debates were among the best parts of her paging experience.

“It was really cool to actually go on the floor and see everything in person instead of on TV,” Walker said. Walker, 15, is a sophomore at Tumwater High School where she participates in choir.

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    Sen. Karen Fraser talks budget, transportation, committees in video update

Sen. Karen Fraser talks budget, transportation, committees in video update

January 27th, 2015|

In the first video update of the 2015 Legislative Session, Sen. Karen Fraser talks about the budget, transportation, committees, and general business of the Senate.

Brady Barker serves as page in state Senate

January 19th, 2015|

OLYMPIA – During the week of Jan. 12, Brady Barker of Lacey served as a page in the Washington State Senate. Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County, the Democratic Caucus Chair sponsored Barker’s week-long experience in the Legislature.

“It was a pleasure to sponsor Brady this week,” said Fraser. “He was a great help and a bright student.”

During the week pages assist senators and staff, attend lectures with guest speakers and go to page school where they create their own bills in a mock committee setting. Barker drafted a bill concerning fraudulent use of EBT cards.

Barker said at first he was nervous to page because he did not know where any of the buildings were and was afraid to ask for help.

“After I learned where everything was I had a lot of fun,” said Barker. “I was excited to learn about how legislature works.”

Barker, 15, attends Timberline High School and in his spare time he enjoys reading, swimming and watching movies.

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    Legislative Update – We’re off and running as the 2015 legislative session begins.

Legislative Update – We’re off and running as the 2015 legislative session begins.

January 16th, 2015|

Dear constituents—

We’re off and running as the 2015 legislative session begins.

Honoring former Governor Dan Evans

At the outset, I would like to report that on Day 3, Wednesday, January 14, the Senate honored former Washington State Governor, former President of The Evergreen State College, and former U.S. Senator Dan Evans, on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of his inauguration as Governor. I was a key organizer of this occasion.

I encourage you to read the Floor Resolution we adopted which recognizes many of his major achievements. A spontaneous standing ovation took place immediately upon the conclusion of its reading. I gave one of the two speeches in support of the resolution. I encourage you to watch the attached video of the occasion, which includes his fascinating account of events surrounding his swearing in as Governor, as well as some well-stated advice to the Legislature. The whole program is about 30 minutes.

In the afternoon, he visited The Evergreen State College, where they honored him for his strong, effective leadership there as their second President. In addition, Governor and Mrs. Inslee gave him a tour of the Governor’s Mansion, so he could see the changes that have occurred, and show it to his grandchildren.

 

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Opening Day — Routines and Surprises

 With his customary precision, at exactly noon, Monday, January 12, Senate President Brad Owen gaveled to order the 64th Legislature. (This designation applies to the two-year period incorporating the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions.)

Normally, Opening Day is full of routine, as new and returning members are sworn in, officers of the Senate are elected, rules of […]

Sen. Karen Fraser – Legislative Update, Jan. 16, 2015

January 16th, 2015|

Jan. 16, 2015

Dear constituents —

We’re off and running as the 2015 legislative session begins.

 Honoring former Governor Dan Evans

At the outset, I would like to report that on Day 3, Wednesday, January 14, the Senate honored former Washington State Governor, former President of The Evergreen State College, and former U.S. Senator Dan Evans, on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of his inauguration as Governor. I was a key organizer of this occasion.

I encourage you to read the Floor Resolution we adopted which recognizes many of his major achievements. A spontaneous standing ovation took place immediately upon the conclusion of its reading. I gave one of the two speeches in support of the resolution. I encourage you to watch the video of the occasion, which includes his fascinating account of events surrounding his swearing in as Governor, as well as some well-stated advice to the Legislature. The full video of the day’s event is about 30 minutes long. Click on the photo to play.

In the afternoon, he visited The Evergreen State College, where they honored him for his strong, effective leadership there as their second President. In addition, Governor and Mrs. Inslee gave him a tour of the Governor’s Mansion, so he could see the changes that have occurred, and show it to his grandchildren.

Gov. Evans and Sen. Fraser Gov. Evans

Opening Day — Routines and Surprises

 With […]