Monthly Archives: March 2017

VIDEO: Legislator Profile: Senator Bob Hasegawa

March 27th, 2017|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Bob Hasegawa is profiled in this short video. He discusses the issues important 11th district and shares highlights of his path to elected office.

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    VIDEO: Hasegawa provides an update on the Senate Republican budget

VIDEO: Hasegawa provides an update on the Senate Republican budget

March 23rd, 2017|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Hasegawa provides an update on the Senate Republican budget, and how Democrats fought to make it better for the working families of Washington state.

THIS SATURDAY! Join Me for a Town Hall Meeting

March 16th, 2017|

VIDEO: Hasegawa stand up for real Voting Rights Act

March 15th, 2017|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Hasegawa spoke to the need to pass the real Washington Voting Rights Act, which would give underrepresented groups an equal voice in the democratic process.

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    VIDEO: Sen. Hasegawa draws attention to the need to support martial arts’ studios

VIDEO: Sen. Hasegawa draws attention to the need to support martial arts’ studios

March 13th, 2017|

OLYMPIA- Sen. Bob Hasegawa gave a speech on a bill regarding yoga studios, and the need to regulate all Asian art-forms and health activities the same.

VIDEO: Mid-session update

March 10th, 2017|

OLYMPIA – Sen. Hasegawa discusses the levy cliff delay bill, health justice for people of the Marshall Islands and why he voted for SB 5001.

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    Hasegawa on levy cliff: The people’s voices cannot be ignored

Hasegawa on levy cliff: The people’s voices cannot be ignored

March 8th, 2017|

OLYMPIA – A month and a half after the House of Representatives passed a similar measure, the state Senate passed Senate Bill 5023 just before a key deadline, delaying the so-called levy cliff and a $358 million dollar cut to Washington schools. Following passage of the bill, Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Seattle, released this statement:

“Every office in the state Senate has been getting hundreds of calls and emails, urging legislators to fight for this bill. The people of this state and Democrats in the Senate never gave up. Although this should never have been a partisan issue, the voices of the people cannot be ignored. I want to especially thank the people of the 11th district that contacted me and other legislators in the past weeks. It was because of these efforts the Senate Republican majority finally allowed the bill to come up for a vote.

“Nearly every school in our state would have seen cuts if this had not passed. Seattle Schools stood to lose tens of millions of dollars, with kids in areas like the 11th district getting hit the hardest.

“I am glad this is now resolved so schools don’t have to waste more time on planning for cuts, and the Legislature can stop wasting time and negotiate a proposal that fully and fairly funds our public schools.”

 

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    Hasegawa bill will help mitigate impacts of public facilities to South Seattle

Hasegawa bill will help mitigate impacts of public facilities to South Seattle

March 2nd, 2017|

OLYMPIA – A bill by Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Seattle, addresses impacts to neighborhoods in large cities with high poverty levels and high rates of ethnic diversity by the construction of public facilities, like light rail stations.

“When light rail stations went up in South Seattle, the people who lived in those neighborhoods paid the steepest price,” Hasegawa said. “The city instituted a parking fee, so families suddenly had to pay to park in their own neighborhoods, even when wealthier neighborhoods in Seattle are relieved of this fee burden. This bill ensures that when the city constructs, or approves construction of a public facility that negatively impacts neighborhoods with families already struggling to make ends meet, they don’t further burden the people living there.”

Senate Bill 5725 requires cities with populations of over 550,000 that permit, construct, or operate a public facility in a neighborhood with a high poverty level and high rate of ethnic diversity to assume responsibility for the negative impacts of that facility and develop a mitigation plan. The limited scope of the bill would only apply to certain neighborhoods in the City of Seattle, with the greatest number in South Seattle.

“I see this as a social justice issue,” Hasegawa added. “Washington cities need to double-down on efforts to mitigate burdens on diverse communities and working families so they aren’t pushed out of their homes. This bill will set a framework to help achieve that goal.” 

 

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    Hasegawa bill to allow wheelchair accessible taxicabs to use HOV lanes passes Senate

Hasegawa bill to allow wheelchair accessible taxicabs to use HOV lanes passes Senate

March 1st, 2017|

OLYMPIA – A bill by Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Seattle, that grants wheelchair accessible taxicabs authority to use high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes passed the state Senate unanimously today.

“This bill would assist those in the disabled community in our state,” Hasegawa said. “Wheelchair accessible taxis cost much more to outfit, which is why there are so few of these vehicles. It is hard to make these taxis economically viable for the owners, and accessible for disabled riders if they are stuck in increasingly bad traffic. The passage of this bill gives a needed boost to both the riders and drivers.”

Under current law, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and local authorities may reserve portions of any highways under their jurisdiction as limited access or HOV lanes. Senate Bill 5018 gives WSDOT and local authorities the ability to grant access to HOV lanes by wheelchair accessible taxicabs. According to testimony given at the bill’s public hearing, there are currently only 53 wheelchair accessible taxis in King County, so the bill should not negatively impact the existing HOV lane users.

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    Hasegawa bill ensures emergency notices will be available in languages other than English

Hasegawa bill ensures emergency notices will be available in languages other than English

March 1st, 2017|

OLYMPIA – A bill by Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Seattle, passed the Senate unanimously on Monday and requires state agencies to provide public notices and state of emergency notices in languages other than English.

“This is a civil rights issue, a social justice issue and a public safety issue,” Hasegawa said. “The population of people who speak a language other than English at home is rapidly growing. Public safety is a core function of government, and yet when there were fires in Eastern Washington, farm workers who were in the path of the fires did not know they were in danger and had no instructions for protecting themselves. I also heard about a Vietnamese family who used barbeques inside when the power went out and they died. This bill is necessary to protect people throughout Washington. ”  

Senate Bill 5046 was requested by the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs, and requires state agencies to provide public notices and state of emergency notices in a manner most effective at communicating with significant segments of the community who speak a language other than English. A significant segment is defined as five percent or more of residents, or one thousand residents, whichever is fewer, who are of limited English proficiency in the affected city, town, or county. This is the same standard maintained under the Civil Rights Act.