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22nd LD lawmakers to host telephone town hall

Sen. Karen Fraser, Rep. Chris Reykdal and Rep. Sam Hunt will join constituents over the phone at 6 p.m. Monday, March 30, for a telephone town hall. Constituents will hear a brief overview of what’s happening in Olympia and will have the opportunity to ask their lawmakers questions and get answers in real-time.

WHO: Sen. Karen Fraser, Rep. Chris Reykdal, Rep. Sam Hunt

WHAT: 22nd Legislative District Telephone Town Hall

WHEN: From 6 to 7 p.m., Monday, March 30, 2015

WHERE: On the phone – if you would like to call in and participate, dial: 877-229-8493 and enter ID Code:18646

 

 

 

March 25th, 2015|Uncategorized|
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    Fraser bill could add northern Thurston County to Sound Transit

Fraser bill could add northern Thurston County to Sound Transit

OLYMPIA – A bill that would give local governments and voters the ability to decide if northern Thurston County will become a sub region within the Sound Transit system was heard today in the Senate Transportation Committee.

“The goal of this bill is to give people in northern Thurston County more transit options,” said the bill’s sponsor Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Thurston County. “Traffic studies show that each weekday 15,000 trips are made into the county and 30,000 trips are made out. Add in that half of all the trips through the JBLM corridor get on or off the exits, which leads to the congestion we’re all too familiar with. Local governments and voters should have the ability to consider additional transportation options that can help reduce traffic congestion and improve bus routes north from our region.”

Senate Bill 5780 would allow not only Thurston County residents but also local governments and the voters in counties that border the existing Regional Transit Authority counties, west of the Cascade mountains, to decide if they would like to be annexed in to the Regional Transit Authority, Sound Transit.

“We are a long way off from having light rail or a commuter train come and go from our region,” said Fraser. “This proposal is about giving local governments and the people the chance to determine if they want more efficient bus routes from our county in the short run. I know there is a considerable amount of frustration about the traffic congestion to and from our region. This would make one more option available to consider.”

February 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|

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

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 […]

January 30th, 2015|E-News|

Ibelema Stahmer serves as page in state Senate

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.

January 29th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Sara Walker serves as page in state Senate

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.

January 29th, 2015|Uncategorized|
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    Sen. Karen Fraser talks budget, transportation, committees in video update

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

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.

January 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Brady Barker serves as page in state Senate

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.

January 19th, 2015|Uncategorized|
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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.

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 […]

January 16th, 2015|E-News|

Sen. Karen Fraser – Legislative Update, Jan. 16, 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 […]

January 16th, 2015|E-News|
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    Ruckelshaus Center finishes Capitol Lake Assessment, releases report

Ruckelshaus Center finishes Capitol Lake Assessment, releases report

The William D. Ruckelshaus Center has released their Situation Assessment Report on Capitol Lake Management.

The report highlights the opportunities and shared values, as well as challenges and concerns that were common among those interviewed.

Representatives from the Ruckelshaus Center presented their findings at the Dec. 11  joint meeting of the State Capitol Committee and the  Capitol Campus Design Advisory Committee. The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services recorded the presentation.

To read the Ruckelshaus Center report, click here. For more information on Capitol Lake Assessment reports, click here.

December 23rd, 2014|Uncategorized|