Monthly Archives: January 2020

E-newsletter: Legislative Update

January 30th, 2020|

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Watch Bob Hasegawa’s most recent legislative update by clicking the image above.

Hello everyone,

During the 2020 Legislative Session, I plan to keep you updated on our progress with regular legislative update videos.

In this video, I introduce you to my office staff to ensure that you, my constituents, know how to reach me to provide feedback on bills making their way through the House and Senate. My new legislative aide Jenny Chang is a great point of contact, and a great resource for the people in the 11th District. You can find her contact information at the bottom of this email.

This session, I introduced a few bills to help improve our education system:

  • Senate Bill 6047 would prohibit school districts from firing, demoting, or otherwise discriminating against staff members who report noncompliance with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). This bill helps ensure that youth with IEPs are getting adequate education, and that their IEPs are followed. You can watch a video of my committee testimony here.
  • Senate Bill 6066 expands Washington’s existing ethnic studies requirements, requiring the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to provide materials for all grades. Last year, I sponsored the bill that created the current policy, which encourages ethnic studies for grades 7-12. This type of education helps youth feel more comfortable about themselves and their place in the world, and promotes a greater global understanding. You can watch my committee testimony here.
  • Senate Bill 6067 removes a barrier to people becoming teachers by eliminating a test they must currently take. We are seriously lacking in qualified teachers, and teachers must currently pay money to a for-profit company to take this test. Washington needs a diverse group of teachers, and this barrier is particularly burdensome for low-income teaching candidates. You can watch my committee testimony here.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you about the ways we can make the 11th District and all of Washington a more equitable home for all of its residents. I hope you’ll stay in touch.

In solidarity,

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Sen. Bob Hasegawa’s Legislative Update: Jan. 21, 2020

January 21st, 2020|

E-Newsletter: Today is the first day of the 2020 session!

January 13th, 2020|

I have many bills in play this short session. Some are holdovers from last session and some are new this session. I will be sending out frequent e-newsletters to keep you updated on priority issues in our office until Sine Die (what we call the last day of session).

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To advise me on any of the new bills being filed this session, please add yourself to our daily “Introductions and First Reading of Bills” (we call this the Intro Sheet) distribution list by responding to this email with your email address. You will then be sent the list of newly introduced bills every day, to which you can then reply to me with your feedback on them.

Interested in a public bank?

The publicly owned state bank is one of my top issues because it is a game-changing fundamental shift in public finance that will bring so many benefits for the people of our state. To receive major updates on its progress, click here.  “submit” your email and then click “view other topics” to be included in our “statewide bank” distribution list.


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