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Ria Sinha serves as page in Washington State Senate

January 28th, 2020|

Sen. Kuderer with Page Ria Sinha – Jan. 22, 2020

OLYMPIA – Ria Sinha, 14, served as a page in the Washington State Senate during the week of Jan. 20.

Pages are typically sponsored by the senator from their legislative district. Sen. Patty Kuderer (D-Bellevue) sponsored Sinha’s week in the Legislature.

The page program offers a hands-on opportunity for students to find out how state government works. The interactive learning experience includes classes focused on topics like budget writing and how a bill becomes a law, which culminates in pages creating their own bills in a mock committee setting. The educational experience is furthered by guest speakers.

Pages also can work on the Senate floor. Their maroon coats and credentials allow them access to all parts of the Capitol Campus.

“I found the most interesting thing that I did this week was working on the Senate floor and participating with the Color Guard,” said Sinha. “I am more excited since this experience is about public service, I want my voice to be heard.”

Sinha is in 8th grade at Kamiakin Middle School. In her free time, she enjoys jazz ensemble, math and science team, and basketball.


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KIRO 7: State lawmakers respond to deadly Seattle mass shooting

January 25th, 2020|

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Seattle mass shooting that killed one person and wounded 7 others has state lawmakers thinking about the victims and the solution.

“Following this violence, I think the most important thing to do is focus on the families and try to find a unified approach to gun violence,” sand Governor Jay Inslee.

Republican Representative Morgan Irwin represents the Enumclaw area, he’s also 7-year veteran of the Seattle Police force.

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2020 Session Preview: Affordable Housing and Homelessness

January 9th, 2020|

I was part of a panel discussion today in Olympia to talk about what lawmakers can and should be doing to address homelessness and the affordable housing crisis.

Last session, we adopted several bipartisan housing policy reforms and made important investments with our state budgets that help people find and retain stable housing. I’m optimistic we will continue that momentum into 2020 as there’s still more work that needs to be done.

Many thanks to AP’s Rachel La Corte for moderating a great discussion on such an important issue facing virtually all communities across Washington.

As always, TVW was there to broadcast our conversation. You can check out the discussion with the video below.