Monthly Archives: January 2017

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    School districts across the state need certainty, local funding at risk

School districts across the state need certainty, local funding at risk

January 27th, 2017|

Our state’s 295 school districts stand to lose approximately $358 million if the Washington State Senate fails to act on the “levy cliff” bill, House Bill 1059.

The education of our kids is too important to continue to delay, which is why I am proud to stand with Senate Democrats as we try to bring the bill to a vote on the Senate Floor.

Click here to see how many of your local school levy dollars are at risk in your school district.

 

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    Kuderer proposal for same day voter registration heard in Senate committee

Kuderer proposal for same day voter registration heard in Senate committee

January 25th, 2017|

On Wednesday, Senate Bill 5192 was heard in the Senate State Government Committee. The bill proposes to allow voters the opportunity to register in person up until 5 p.m. on the day of a primary, special or general election. The bill would also update the online and mail in registration deadline from 29 days prior to an election day to 8 days prior.

“We need to make sure that all eligible voters have a real opportunity to participate in our democracy,” said the bill’s prime sponsor, Sen. Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue. “This bill helps remove barriers to voting and allows people the flexibility to register when it works best with their schedule. For many, that may be on election day.”

Currently, 15 states across the country and the District of Columbia have adopted same day voter registration laws. Another state, Hawaii, is phasing it in. Research shows that allowing same day voter registration on election day does not favor a political party and greatly increases the rate of voter turnout, sometimes by as much as 10 percent.

In the 2016 presidential general election, the top five states with the highest percentage of voter turnout were states that have all implemented same day voter registration laws.

“We have an opportunity to engage more people in an inclusive democratic process by allowing same day voter registration,” said Kuderer.

The bill will need to move out of committee ahead of the first major legislative cutoff on Feb.17 to continue to move forward.

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    Sen. Kuderer: “We all have a shared interest in the success of our schools, communities, state and country”

Sen. Kuderer: “We all have a shared interest in the success of our schools, communities, state and country”

January 21st, 2017|

As a mom, attorney, legislator, and community volunteer, I empathize with those who may feel uncertain about the future of our country and our state. At the federal level, the unknown future of life-saving government programs, such as the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act, undoubtedly has more people on edge than usual. In recent months, right here in Washington state, we have evidence of an increase in hateful actions and activities that do not uphold the respect and dignity that all people deserve. We all have a shared interest in the success of our schools, our communities, our state and our country.

Let’s not undermine the good work we’ve accomplished by singling out people for their differences; instead, let us celebrate the cultural wealth in our communities and honor the diversity of ideas, passions, people, and backgrounds that make us unique.

In my role as your state Senator, I will continue to strongly advocate for the values and the democratic principles that I swore I would protect. I see every day in our district, Olympia and all across our state, there are thousands of people who are dedicated and committed to making our state a better place to live.

48th LD to host Town Hall Meeting

January 19th, 2017|

Please join Sen. Patty Kuderer, Rep. Joan McBride and Rep. Vandana Slatter at a town hall meeting from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 28 at the Redmond City Hall. This will be an opportunity to hear about what’s happening in Olympia, meet your neighbors, and talk with your first all-female 48th Legislative District delegation! We hope to see you there!

Who: Sen. Patty Kuderer, Rep. Joan McBride, Rep. Vandana Slatter

What: 48th Legislative District Town Hall Meeting

When: From 10 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, January 28, 2017

Where: City Council Chambers, Redmond City Hall, 15670 NE 85th St., Redmond, WA 98073

Why: Meet your new 48th District legislators, your neighbors and friends while getting an update on what’s happening in Olympia. This will be an opportunity to talk about the issues important to you, the community, and the state.

Sen. Kuderer to serve on three Senate committees

January 11th, 2017|

Sen. Patty Kuderer was named by her colleagues to serve as the assistant ranking member on the Senate Health Care Committee. She is also a member of the committees on Financial Institutions & Insurance, and State Government.

To find out more information about committees in the Washington State Senate, click here.

To gain more information and learn about visiting your legislators in Olympia, click here.

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    Patty Kuderer sworn in as senator to 48th Legislative District

Patty Kuderer sworn in as senator to 48th Legislative District

January 9th, 2017|

Sen. Patty Kuderer, D-Bellevue, was sworn in Monday to represent the 48th Legislative District. Kuderer was appointed by the King County Council to fill the opening left by Lt. Gov.-elect Cyrus Habib’s resignation last week.

“I am deeply honored to serve as the state senator from my district,” said Kuderer. “I will bring the same dedication and service to this office, as I did as a state representative. I will continue to work hard every day on the challenges facing communities across our state. In this new position, I look forward to remaining accessible to all of my constituents.”

In addition to serving as the assistant ranking member on the Health Care committee, Kuderer will serve on the Financial Institutions & Insurance Committee, and the State Government Committee.

Kuderer lives in Bellevue and has two grown children who are both college graduates.