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Monthly Archives: March 2015

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    With anti-gay bill now law in Indiana, Hobbs invites Gen Con to Washington

With anti-gay bill now law in Indiana, Hobbs invites Gen Con to Washington

March 26th, 2015|

The signing of a controversial law in Indiana may hit the Hoosier State right in the wallet.

A bill signed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence’s signature allows businesses to refuse services to same-sex couples. The CEO of the state’s largest gaming convention, with an economic impact of $50 million annually, had promised to head for more tolerant pastures if the bill became law.

Sen. Steve Hobbs hopes that destination is Washington. The Lake Stevens lawmaker is circulating a letter for signatures to other lawmakers encouraging Gen Con CEO and Washington State native Adrian Swartout to relocate the gaming convention here. Gen Con is under contract to remain in Indiana through 2020.

“Washingtonians are proud of our long history of embracing all people, regardless of their race, creed or sexual orientation,” Hobbs said. “I applaud Mrs. Swartout for taking this stand and encourage her to set up shop in the much more tolerant Evergreen State.”

Last year more than 56,000 people attended the conference which the Gen Con website says is, “the original, longest-running, best attended gaming convention in the world!”

Washington is home to multiple gaming companies, numerous comic and gaming conventions and companies such as Nintendo, Pop Cap Games and Microsoft.

“To paraphrase Mr. Spock, Washington is the most logical place for GenCon,” Hobbs said. “We are home to Wizards of the Coast and other gaming companies who produce such classics as Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering as well as many other table top games. We are the nerd capitol of the world and Gen Con deserves a home here.”

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    State Senate honors the life, public service of Robert Marshall

State Senate honors the life, public service of Robert Marshall

March 13th, 2015|

The Washington State Senate on Friday afternoon paid tribute to the life and public service of Robert Marshall, the longtime Lake Stevens fire marshal who passed away on March 2.

“Robert Marshall was the foundation of our community and a dedicated public servant,” said Sen. Steve Hobbs, who represents Lake Stevens and offered a resolution on the Senate floor honoring Marshall’s life. “He loved Lake Stevens. He proved that with his tireless dedication to our community and its people. He served our town for decades and left it a better place – that’s all any of us can ever hope to do.”

Marshall and his family moved to Lake Stevens in 1982. He served the town as a firefighter, in fire prevention and as fire marshal. He also taught CPR training and a fire science course at Everett Community College.

Marshall is survived by his wife, Mary. The couple had six children. You can read more about Robert Marshall’s life here.

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    Sen. Hobbs’ bill will allow marijuana to be used in treatment of PTSD

Sen. Hobbs’ bill will allow marijuana to be used in treatment of PTSD

March 10th, 2015|

Each day the men and women who fought for our country abroad, battle the demons they brought home from the battlefield.

Suicides among America’s veterans occur at an alarmingly high rate. Posttraumatic stress disorder is often cited as a cause.

While there is no one single treatment for PTSD, a bill sponsored by Sen. Steve Hobbs will add to the array of treatment options available to our veterans.

Senate Bill 5379, which received unanimous support in the Senate on Tuesday evening, will add PTSD to the list of debilitating medical conditions that qualify for treatment with marijuana.

“There is no silver bullet when it comes to treating PTSD; each experience is different and each soldier is different,” said Hobbs, a veteran of conflicts in Iraq and Kosovo. “Because there is no one-size-fits-all solution, each soldier and their physician must have access to all options.”

The Veteran’s Administration is onboard with this legislation and retired veterans who treat PTSD symptoms with marijuana are not at risk of losing their benefits.

The bill now moves to the House of Representatives.

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    Transportation “investments will put our state on solid ground for generations to come”

Transportation “investments will put our state on solid ground for generations to come”

March 2nd, 2015|

Following Monday’s passage of a 16-year, $15 billion plan to invest in Washington’s transportation infrastructure, Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, the Senate Democrats’ lead transportation negotiator, issued the statement below:

“Our state’s infrastructure is at a crossroads and the passage of this plan comes at an absolutely critical time. Not only is this plan a boon for our state’s economy, it is also a potential game changer throughout our shared communities.

“After years of conversations and negotiations that started and then stalled without a deal, there is certainly a feeling of satisfaction that we were able to deliver this critical deal to the people of this state.

“This plan will continue to have its critics. I am one of them. No deal is perfect; that’s the nature of compromise.

“What is important is that we’ve taken a crucial step forward and now the House will have the opportunity to consider this plan.

“Every corner of our state is in dire need of upgrades to roads, bridges, rail, bike and pedestrian paths and transit options. This package addresses those needs.

“Of course the most important benefit of these investments are the approximately 200,000 jobs that will be created over the life of this plan. These investments will put our state on solid ground for generations to come.”