Monthly Archives: February 2018

Senator Bob Hasegawa’s Legislative Update – 2/20/2018

February 20th, 2018|

Senate passes Hasegawa bill to avoid institutional racism

February 12th, 2018|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Feb. 10, 2018

 

Senate passes Hasegawa bill to avoid institutional racism

 

OLYMPIA — Future legislative proposals will be assessed for disproportionate or unintended impacts on racial and ethnic populations, under legislation passed today by the Senate.

“Passing this bill is an important step towards understanding if institutional racism is embedded in proposed bills before we vote on them,“ said Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Beacon Hill and the sponsor of SB 5588. “I have been working on addressing racial disparities for quite some time, and passing this bill off the floor is great news for people of color across Washington.”

SB 5588 would require racial and ethnic impact statements to provide statistical analysis of the effects of proposed legislation on racial or ethnic populations. The legislation focuses on laws with felony implications, but Hasegawa hopes to later expand the scope to include higher education, human services, government contracting, and other areas that often see racial disparities.

“Conversations about race and racial disparities are tough to have but are extremely necessary. We talk a great deal about addressing racial disproportionality at the Legislature, and yet we often have no understanding of how new policies may specifically impact communities of color,” Hasegawa said. “It is incumbent that those with power and privilege understand the needs of communities often left out of the legislative process. The fact that this bill was passed almost unanimously by both Democrats and Republicans shows real progress.”

 

The bill passed will only one member voting ‘no,’ it now moved to the House for further consideration.

 

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For information: Bre Weider, Senate Democratic Communications, 360-786-7326

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    Hasegawa’s wrongful death legislation moves off the Senate floor ‘We are now one step closer towards justice for the victims lost in the Ride the Ducks Seattle crash’

Hasegawa’s wrongful death legislation moves off the Senate floor ‘We are now one step closer towards justice for the victims lost in the Ride the Ducks Seattle crash’

February 12th, 2018|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Feb. 10, 2018

 

Hasegawa’s wrongful death legislation moves off the Senate floor

‘We are now one step closer towards justice for the victims lost in the Ride the Ducks Seattle crash’

 

OLYMPIA – Sen. Bob Hasegawa’s, D-Beacon-Hill, released the following statement today following passage of legislation to allow residents to receive compensation in wrongful death incidents.

 

“Washington is one of three states in the nation that excludes non-residents from receiving compensation in wrongful death cases. The current ‘wrongful death statute’ was adopted in 1917 to prevent the wives of Chinese coal-miners from obtaining wrongful death compensation.

 

“This old statute is a clear example of legislation rooted in anti-immigrant and refugee sentiment. This law was wrong in 1917 and has no place in our society in 2018. Anti-Asian racism should no longer be engrained into the fabric of our legal system. I am proud that this piece of legislation moved off the Senate floor.

 

“I introduced SB 6015 to overturn this archaic law, a relic from the past rooted in bigotry that still promotes injustice today. I also want to help ensure the parents of victims lost in the Ride the Ducks Seattle crash receive the justice and compensation they deserve. The pain and suffering of the victim’s families should not be exacerbated because of their residency status.

 

“We all deserve to be treated fairly under the law, no matter what our residency status is. Ride the Ducks Seattle should not be allowed to hide behind this statute to avoid public accountability and responsibility, which should be decided by the courts.

 

“Passing this law helps remove racist holes in our state laws.”

 

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For information: Bre Weider, Senate Democratic Communications, 360-786-7326