Monthly Archives: December 2014

Hasegawa to serve on crucial committees in state Senate

December 18th, 2014|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Beacon Hill, has been appointed to three critical committees in the Washington state Senate.

Hasegawa is moving to the Commerce & Labor committee to serve as the ranking Democrat. He will also serve on the Rules committee and the Senate budgetary committee, Ways & Means. Any bill that goes to the floor of the Senate for a final vote must pass through Rules and/or Ways & Means.

“I am very pleased to be serving on committees where I feel I can do a lot of good for this district and the state,” Hasegawa said on Thursday. “From addressing income inequality to funding education, there is a lot of work to be done. But being positioned on these three committees will give the 11th district a voice where it counts in state government.”

Hasegawa previously served for two years as the ranking Democrat on the Governmental Operations committee.

For full list of committee appointments and leadership, please click here.

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For more information, please contact: Clare DeLong (360) 786-7887

Hasegawa to discuss state bank proposal with energy group

December 4th, 2014|

Advantages of a State-Chartered Bank in Local Energy Development

Senator Bob Hasegawa, Washington State Legislature, Olympia WA

Tuesday, December 16th at 12:30 PM • Port Townsend Community Center

Ideas presented by visiting experts at monthly Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program events have spawned a robust group of new energy activities here – on-going operations like public power and solar installation, continuing programs such as energy efficiency improvement and ammonia fuel development, and one-time projects like wind energy assessment and EV tourism – each of which contributes to economic development of the local energy sector. In a one-hour session prior to the Key Speaker presentation last July, thirteen of seventeen identified local energy activities were publicly reported on by a key officer, director or manager of each activity and since then an outgrowth of the ammonia fuel work, a Green Electricity/Green Fuels Transition Program linked to BPA output, has identified ten new Jefferson County energy development activities so there are now more than two dozen overall.

A common concern among all of these new energy activities is money – money to sustain operations, money to cover program expenses, and money to finance one-time projects. This concern includes a view, verified in a Congressional report just two weeks ago, that national financial markets (i) unfairly support business as usual in established energy markets and (ii) discourage development of new, alternative, and local energy resources. A 402-page report issued on November 18, 2014 by the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the U.S. Senate documents how three of the largest Wall Street banks, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan hold controlling positions in energy commodities such as coal, uranium, electric power, jet fuels, crude oil and natural gas while at the same time unfairly setting credit requirements and influencing decisions on financial backing for competing energy alternatives.

See: http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/SenateCommodities11192014.pdf

In December, Energy Lunch attendees will hear from a strong Washington State voice for the creation of state chartered banking operations independent of such Wall Street influence, a voice that says “why should we let [a commercial bank] use taxpayer dollars to make money for itself [and] why don’t we create our own state-owned bank [where] the taxpayers will make the money for themselves lend[ing] it back into the community for public purposes like schools, water, and roads.”

The Key Speaker for the Energy Lunch Program in December is State Senator Bob Hasegawa of the 11th Senatorial District of Washington that includes the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle. He will be sponsoring banking legislation that highlights the successful state-chartered Bank of North Dakota, and would create similar state banking operations in Washington.

The presentation by Senator Hasegawa on Tuesday, December 16th will provide, to all those involved in new local energy activities, a glimpse of how successful financing of local energy development already seen in Wildpoldsried, Germany might be replicated with the immense renewable energy resources of Jefferson County in sun, wind, water, and biomass.

Local Sponsors of the Jefferson County Energy Lunch Program are Power Trip Energy, Sunshine Propane, Huber’s INN, the Alaska Power & Telephone Company, the Port of Port Townsend, Frederickson Electric, the Port Townsend Paper Company, and Spyglass Energy Solutions.

See earlier Key Speaker videos: http://www.porttownsendmedia.com/energy/Energy_presentations.html

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED BY SPEAKERS AND OTHERS AT ENERGY LUNCH EVENTS REPRESENT ONLY THEIR OWN PERSONAL VIEWS AND DO NOT REFLECT THE OPINIONS OF THE ENERGY LUNCH ORGANIZERS OR ANY OF THE LOCAL SPONSORS.

 

Hasegawa receives Interfaith Leadership Award

December 2nd, 2014|

Sen. Bob Hasegawa was presented the Interfaith Leadership Award by the Faith Action Network at its annual event recently at the Renton Pavilion.

Hasegawa received the award in recognition of legislation he sponsored (Senate Bill 5173) to give public employees the option of taking two new unpaid holidays on days that suit their personal faith or conscience. Furthermore, public school students may also be excused from school for up to two days for similar reasons, provided they have their parents’ approval. The school absences do not affect school district compliance with educational requirements or enrollment calculations.

“I believe the American ideals of religious freedom and acts of conscience should be honored for everyone. This law will enable religious minorities to properly celebrate their most meaningful holidays without fear of recriminations in the workplace or classroom,” Hasegawa said. “This new law provides flexibility to peoples and faiths that don’t fit conveniently into the standard calendar. The two most important Muslim and Jewish holidays, for example, fall not on consistent days each year but on different days due to the shorter lunar calendar year and the methods for determining the dates.”

Buddhists, Sikhs, Hindus, Native Americans and numerous other faiths and cultures also benefit from the change in law. But this also supports people of conscience whose timelines also don’t fit neatly into predetermined time schedules.

In bestowing the award, Faith Action Network officials cited the impact of Hasegawa’s legislation on the lives of the interfaith community and lauded him for bringing together people of all faiths and cultures last June to celebrate a victory shared across faith traditions.

Sen. Hasegawa speaks on Boeing tax incentives

December 1st, 2014|

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