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COVID-19 Virtual Community Conversation

Dear friends and neighbors,

Constituents from across the 48th Legislative District have asked us many questions about the COVID-19 pandemic. We hear your concerns and are actively seeking creative ways to help more people in more ways.

To help answer some of these, please join us on Tuesday, April 28 at 5 pm for a Virtual Community Conversation on Facebook Live. Special guests from the Small Business Administration will join us.

Please submit questions during the live event in the comment section, or in advance at: patty.kuderer@leg.wa.govVandana.Slatter@leg.wa.gov or Amy.Walen@leg.wa.gov

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A video archive will be available on the Senate Democrats’ Facebook and YouTube pages for people unable to attend the event live.

April 27th, 2020|E-News|

Watch out for COVID-19 scams

Friends,

I hope this message finds you and your family in good health.

The latest data from the Washington State Department of Health suggests we’re at a plateau with the number of infections. While this is good news as the trend line of new cases is not drastically increasing, it’s also not decreasing.

In other words, our social distancing efforts are slowing the spread, but we’re not out of the woods yet. If we end restrictive measures too soon, another wave of cases could prolong the situation even further. What we are doing is working, and we need everyone to keep up the good work, be consistent, and stay home. It’s saving lives.

New modeling from the University of Washington shows we *may* be able to begin to ease up on some restrictions next month. This is a big “may,” however, as this is only one model. We’ll need to see similar findings in several more models before we can move forward safely with a reopen plan.

When the governor does start to lift restrictions on the economy and social activities, we need to be prepared to adjust gradually. This won’t be like switching on a light. It’ll be more like a dial that can be carefully adjusted up or down based on what the science and data tell us.

Leaders in the Senate and House are working with the governor, trade organizations, nonprofits, and other community groups on the best ways to safely reopen the economy. Stay tuned for more information on those efforts.

In the meantime, here are additional resources and other helpful information to help you and your family during these difficult times.


Avoiding Scams

FTC Avoid Scams

Unfortunately, we live in a world with bad actors who try to take advantage of other people, especially those who are more vulnerable. Scammers will be out there as federal stimulus checks start arriving in the mail.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends five tips to avoid becoming a scamming victim:

  • Ignore offers for vaccinations and home test kits.
  • Hang up on robocalls.
  • Watch out for phishing emails and text messages.
  • Research before you donate.
  • Stay in the know by visiting ftc.gov/coronavirus for the latest information on scams.

More information on how to avoid scams can be found on the FTC website here. Complaints about suspected scams can be filed with the FTC here and the state Attorney General here.


Price Gouging

Price gouging during a public health crisis is illegal. If you suspect a case of price gouging, you can file a complaint with the Washington State Attorney General’s office. They have setup an easy, three-step “See It, Snap It, Send It” process to file complaints.

WA AG: Price Gouging

 


Evictions

Last month, Governor Inslee issued a moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent. He recently renewed and expanded this moratorium, which will be in effect until June 4. So far, the Washington Attorney General’s office has received more than 650 complaints of landlords possibly violating the governor’s orders.

Washingtonians concerned about violations of the proclamation can file a complaint here.


Stimulus checks

Stimulus checks from the federal CARES Act started going out to people last week. However, certain taxpayers may need to provide additional information to the IRS before a payment can be sent.

Those who didn’t file taxes in 2018 or 2019, or who earn less than $12,000 annually, will need to submit additional information and request their stimulus check from the IRS.

If this situation applies to you or someone you know, you can visit this webpage on the IRS website for more information on how to apply for your stimulus check.


Unemployment benefits

Over the weekend, the Washington State Employment Security Department updated their systems to process the expanded unemployment benefits now in place from the federal CARES Act. If your job has been impacted by COVID-19, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits.

Make sure you have all your information readily available before you begin the application process. This will speed up the application process and delivery of your benefits. Keep in mind, even if there are some initial delays in getting your claim approved, your benefit will be applied retroactively to your qualification date. You will receive your full benefits if you qualify.

ESD is processing an extremely high volume of claims right now, so the application process may be slower than normal. You may experience fewer delays by submitting your application during the evening hours or on a weekend.

You can sign up for ESD’s action alerts to receive the most recent information possible about these benefits, view their Frequently Asked Questions for Workers and for Businesses and use their checklist before applying for benefits.


Reducing Stigma

Misinformation can spread quickly in the internet age. Misinformation circulating during a pandemic can make the situation worse and possibly lead to more deaths.

Anyone can get COVID-19, and anyone can spread it. Viruses don’t discriminate. Neither should we.

Spread the Facts:

  • Rely on, and share, trusted sources of information.
  • Speak up if you hear, see, or read stigmatizing or harassing comments or misinformation.
  • Show compassion and support for individuals and communities more closely impacted.
  • Avoid stigmatizing people who are in quarantine. They are making the right choice for their communities.
  • Do not make assumptions about someone’s health status based on their ethnicity, race or national origin.
  • Spread the facts – promote positive messages about ALL our communities.
  • Report discrimination.

Let’s all do our part to reduce stigma and defeat the coronavirus.

You can report suspected cases of discrimination through the Washington State Human Rights Commission or the King County Office of Civil Rights.


Ways you can help

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Even with our great progress slowing the spread of the virus, Washington state is still in need of PPE to support personnel on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. If you have the ability to purchase, donate, or manufacture PPE, please visit this website.

Volunteer: The Washington State Department of Health is seeking volunteers to help with the health care response to the virus. You can learn more about that here. Additional volunteer opportunities are available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Donate blood: The COVID-19 outbreak has put a strain on regular blood donation channels as traditional blood drive activities are suspended during the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. Donating blood is still allowed as strict sanitary measures are applied to keep people safe. If you are able, please consider donating blood. More information on donating blood can be found on King County’s website here.

Donate food: The economic slowdown has increased demand on Washington’s food banks. A recent estimate stated 1.6 million Washingtonians will rely on food bank services this week – twice the normal number. Efforts are underway by Gov. Inslee and community organizations to ensure there’s an adequate supply in our food banks to meet demand. You can read more about Gov. Inslee’s recent efforts to boost food bank supplies here.


This outbreak is rapidly evolving. I’ll send additional updates as I learn more. As always, contact my office anytime if you need help connecting with community assistance services.

Wash your hands, stay at least six feet away from other people, and please stay home.

 

 

 

Patty Kuderer
State Senator
48th Legislative District

April 21st, 2020|E-News|

COVID-19 Resources: Rent, Mortgage, Unemployment

Friends:

Thank you for doing your part and practicing strong social distancing during this public health crisis. We’re starting to see evidence showing our efforts to stay home are helping to flatten the curve. Our state’s strong response to the pandemic has helped slow the spread of the virus.

While this is good news, we are not in the clear yet. Resuming our normal social behavior too quickly could easily lead to another wave of infections.

I know isolation is difficult for everyone and we’re all eager to get back to our regular lives. But please continue to follow the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order from Gov. Inslee and our state’s public health experts. We must stay the course and see this through to the end to avoid more illness and deaths from another spike in infections.

General resources

A new website is up and running with helpful information on a wide variety of topics like housing, childcare, small business assistance, unemployment benefits, and much more. If you have questions or need assistance, coronavirus.wa.gov is a good place to start first. The site is updated several times a day as new information and resources become available.

WA 211 is another excellent resource. You can visit their website here, or dial 211 or 1-877-211-9274 to connect with their staff.

Protections for renters and landlords

Last month, Governor Inslee issued a moratorium on evictions for nonpayment of rent. This moratorium is tentatively scheduled to end a week from today. However, Rep. Nicole Macri and I are working directly with the governor’s office to not only extend the moratorium, but we’re also asking he expand it to provide additional protections for tenants.

We’re asking the governor to put a moratorium on all fees, not just late fees. And to extend the moratorium protections to owners of manufactured homes.

We also asked the governor to consider enacting additional protections for landlords. They have ongoing and reoccurring costs associated with their properties and may need assistance to get through this public health crisis. Landlords of properties near college campuses, for example, may have unrented units for months while the colleges remain closed. Those costs will continue to build, but no income is being generated during the Stay Home, Stay Healthy period.

Emergency rental assistance will help renters stay in their homes and landlords pay for their expenses. But to be clear, while we are advocating for these kinds of assistance programs, they won’t cover 100% of costs and expenses that many are incurring. Assistance programs will help keep many people afloat, but it’s not possible to completely supplant lost income and revenue through government support. This will require shared sacrifice from everyone, but we can do this.

You can read the full letter of requests to Governor Inslee here.

Forcing people and families out on the streets during a public health crisis will only make the situation worse for everybody. As this recent opinion piece from the Washington Post lays out, temporary eviction bans won’t be enough to stop a wave of evictions that are likely coming.

Suspected violations of the governor’s orders regarding evictions can be reported here.

The King County Housing Authority is an excellent resource for housing assistance, although keep in mind they are operating with a limited staff during the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order. The Department of Social and Health Services also has services to help with housing and utilities.

Assistance for homeowners

The federal CARES Act recently passed by Congress placed a foreclosure moratorium on homes with federally-backed mortgages. Your lender or loan servicer may not foreclose on you for 60 days after March 18, 2020. Also included is a right to forbearance for up to 180 days for homeowners facing financial constraints due to the coronavirus.

Lenders will work with you to pause or reduce your monthly payments, although this will not reduce the total amount of your loan. You will still need to repay any missed or reduced payments in the future.

Additional protections are in place for Fannie Mae (1-800-232-6643) and Freddie Mac (1-800-373-3343) mortgages. And the Federal Housing Finance Agency has established a dedicated webpage with relevant updates and resources.

Homeowners in Washington can call the Washington Homeownership Resource Center Hotline at 1-877-894-HOME (4663) for help understanding their options and to connect with a housing counselor or legal aid attorney.

This Washington State Department of Financial Institutions webpage provides a list of financial resources for Washington consumers impacted by the coronavirus.

Unemployment and paid family leave benefits

If you lost your job due to the coronavirus outbreak, you’ll likely qualify to receive unemployment benefits. I encourage you to visit esd.wa.gov to learn more about benefits. However, please keep in mind the high volume of requests is causing delays in the process.

Nationally, nearly 17 million people are seeking unemployment assistance. Washington’s Employment Security Department has been receiving record numbers of new claims for unemployment insurance. At the same time, they are experiencing extremely high numbers of phone calls and emails.

You may have questions about the recent federal stimulus package and the enhancements to eligibility and available benefits for individuals. To address your questions and to find out more information, please do not call their toll-free numbers first. Instead, please visit their website at esd.wa.gov.

You can sign up for ESD’s action alerts to receive the most recent information possible about these benefits, view their Frequently Asked Questions for Workers and for Businesses and use their checklist before applying for benefits.

You may also be eligible for paid family medical leave, a new benefit that came online for workers this year. More information about paid family medical leave can be found here.

Stay tuned for additional details as new resources become available to help people and families through this crisis. As always, contact my office anytime if you need help connecting with community assistance services.

Wash your hands, stay at least six feet away from other people, and please stay home.

 

 

 

 

 

Patty Kuderer
State Senator
48th Legislative District

April 10th, 2020|E-News|

Stay Home, Stay Healthy

Friends,

I know we are all concerned with the coronavirus outbreak and have many questions about what we can do to keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy.

First and foremost, I urge you to follow the directions of Governor Inslee and our state and local public health officials. Effective immediately, there is now a Stay Home, Stay Healthy order in Washington state, similar to recent orders issued in California and Oregon.

This requires everyone to stay home unless you are traveling for an essential activity like getting groceries, refilling prescriptions, going to a doctor’s appointment, and working at an essential business. Restaurants may continue to offer take-out and delivery service.

Previous efforts encouraging people to avoid crowds (beaches, parks, trails, etc.) have not been successful. Too many people are ignoring these requests and dismissing the seriousness of this pandemic, which means additional action is required.

This is really important as, like what’s happened in communities in Italy and China, our hospital system is expected to reach max capacity in the coming days. The chart below shows how quickly the ICU bed shortage will hit Washington with several other states not far behind.

I support Governor Inslee’s order as it is necessary to protect public health and limit the load being placed on our health care system. Walks in your neighborhood are ok. Walks in parks and on trails are not. Going outside is ok as long as you can maintain six feet of distance between others.

Please avoid the impulse of overstocking your shelves. The supply chains are still healthy and producing the everyday goods we all rely on. There is no need to buy more than you need. Please leave some for your neighbors. If everyone sticks to their normal buying habits, we’ll have enough to make sure everyone – including our health care workers, seniors and other people who are ill – have the supplies and items they need.

Yesterday President Trump issued a “major disaster” declaration for Washington, which will free up federal funding for crisis counseling and mental health training. Washington will also be receiving 1.6 million additional masks, 12 million disposable gloves, and 650,000 disposable gowns from the Strategic National Stockpile. These are the desperately needed personal protection equipment (PPE) resources that help keep our doctors, nurses, and first responders safe while caring for those who are sick.

This is completely uncharted territory, so naturally there are a lot of questions. Here are a few helpful links that will answer some of your questions.

Before the Legislature adjourned for the year, we appropriated $200 million to fund our state’s response, including monitoring, testing and support for local health departments. Lawmakers also acted to:

  • ensure people receiving unemployment insurance benefits will be able to receive them even if they can’t meet the work search requirement due to quarantine,
  • mitigate costs to businesses due to increased numbers of workers receiving unemployment insurance,
  • reimburse nursing homes that aid in the coronavirus response,
  • keep school employees eligible for health insurance for the rest of the school year even if they don’t meet the required number of work hours because of the coronavirus state of emergency.

I expect this is only the beginning of our work. The Legislature stands ready if and when additional action is needed.

Friends, we will get through this crisis, but we have to work together and follow the guidelines being laid out by the governor and public health officials. And if you are able, please consider donating blood during this time of great need.

Wash your hands, stay at least six feet away from other people, and please stay home.

My dad used to say, “you don’t always get to pick your challenges, but you do get to pick how you respond to them.”  We can do this.

 

 

 

 

 

Patty Kuderer
State Senator
48th Legislative District

 

March 23rd, 2020|E-News|
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    Legislature approves several measures to reduce homelessness

Legislature approves several measures to reduce homelessness

OLYMPIA – The 2020 legislative session adjourned for the year on Thursday with several new policies and investments aimed at reducing homelessness on deck for becoming law.

“Homelessness was the number one issue coming into the session,” said Sen. Patty Kuderer (D-Bellevue), chair of the Senate Housing Stability & Affordability Committee. “I am encouraged by all we accomplished for the people of Washington. These new investments and changes in policy will have a real impact on people’s lives.”

The 2019-21 supplemental operating budget provides an additional $160 million to address housing and homelessness with new investments in services such as reducing youth homelessness, supporting a grant program for pregnant women and single mothers, and helping struggling families pay for child care.

The 2019-21 supplemental capital budget invests an additional $14 million in affordable housing and homeless programs, including $8 million to increase shelter capacity, $5 million for local community housing grant programs, and $1 million for a pilot program aimed at preserving mobile home communities.

“A supplemental budget year is typically meant to make minor tweaks here and there to the state budgets,” said Kuderer. “It was clear this year that minor tweaks simply weren’t going to cut it. Lawmakers in both chambers and both parties stepped up to address the challenges, particularly in the area of homelessness. We’re adjourning this week knowing our work this session will have a positive impact on communities across the state, and I look forward to coming back next session to build further on this important work.”

In addition to new investments, lawmakers approved several new policies to address homelessness and the insufficient supply of affordable housing.

Senate Bill 6378 (Kuderer/Macri) updates SB 5600, which was enacted in 2019, to extend pay or vacate notice periods from three to 14 days. SB 6378 adds additional protections for tenants such as prohibiting the threat of eviction for nonpayment of non-rent items.

House Bill 2512 (Orwall) takes tax lien foreclosure allowances afforded to homeowners in legislation approved in 2019 and extends them to mobile home owners to help low-income people stay in their homes.

SB 6617 (Liias) requires cities to revise local ordinances on parking requirements related to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) that are built near transit stops. ADUs are an affordable living option for those who might otherwise be living on the streets or in overcrowded shelters. SB 6617 will encourage more ADU construction and increase housing supply.

SB 6231 (Kuderer/Walen) extends current property tax exemptions for improvements made to single-family homes to ADUs.

SB 6212 (Das/Ryu) gives local governments additional flexibility with locally-collected property taxes by expanding the use of those funds for affordable homeownership, owner-occupied home repair, and foreclosure prevention programs for low-income households.

HB 2950 (Marci) extends the Multifamily Property Tax Exemption to maintain current affordable housing units, particularly in high-rent areas like Seattle. Without this extension, rents for many people living in affordable housing would increase and possibly force them out of their homes.

HB 1754 (Santos/Darneille) limits the hosting-related regulations that cities and counties can place on religious organizations. This will help churches, temples, synagogues, and other faith-based organizations fulfill their missions to serve communities and to the people who need it most.

 

March 13th, 2020|News Release|

Coronavirus update

Friends and neighbors:

My sincere and heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and families of those who have passed away after contracting this virus.

It’s important to be thankful for and recognize the hard work and professional dedication of those on the front lines fighting this outbreak. The first responders helping deliver care to those who are sick. The public health officials working around the clock on prevention, testing, and treatment efforts. They all deserve our gratitude and support during these difficult and stressful times.

I am reaching out with helpful information about the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, that is unfortunately spreading quickly in our region.

This is an evolving emergency, and I encourage you to frequently check the sites below and follow the social media accounts to stay up-to-date on the latest information.

Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC)

Washington State
Department of Health
King County
Health District
Website Website

Website

Facebook Facebook

Facebook

Twitter Twitter

Twitter

 


What you can do to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Stay away from others who are ill. Consider avoiding events with large groups of people. This is particularly important if you are at high risk or have people at high risk in your household.
  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus (fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath) or have traveled to a high risk area or come into contact with someone with the virus, call your doctor rather than going to the emergency room. Your doctor will determine if you should go to the ER.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

There are additional guidelines from the department of health on what to do if you think you may have the virus here, here, and here.

Discrimination based on ethnicity or ancestry will make the situation worse. Having Chinese ancestry – or any other ancestry – does not make a person more vulnerable to this illness. Viruses – like all illnesses – don’t recognize race, nationality or ethnicity.

The Washington State Department of Health has established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington, or how the virus is spread, please call 1-800-525-0127. Phone lines are currently staffed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

As an alternative, you can also call 206-477-3977 if you are in King County and believe you were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19.

 

 

Patty Kuderer
State Senator
48th Legislative District

 

 

March 4th, 2020|E-News|

Statement from Eastside lawmakers on coronavirus

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We have been informed by Public Health – Seattle & King County that there are multiple cases of coronavirus in King County, including multiple people who are hospitalized. Sadly, one individual has also died.

These illnesses are associated with an immunocompromised population in a nursing home and a dialysis facility in Kirkland. Public health officials are working closely with their leadership, staff, and families to contain and manage the situation at these facilities.

Health officials are also working as rapidly as possible to identify others in the community who have been exposed, isolate them and get them tested.

Public Health – Seattle & King County is fully activated. They are in close contact with CDC, State DOH, hospitals, the Emergency Medical Services system. The CDC is sending a high-level team to King County to help with the response.

King County government is coordinating together with Public Health to share information, deploy resources, and respond at maximum capacity.

We are fortunate in Washington to have expert public health officials who have experience in responding to pandemics, including coronavirus. We can all help by staying informed and following health guidance carefully.

If someone has symptoms, they should call their doctor – not go to the hospital. The doctor will make an assessment about next steps. If it requires a COVID-19 test, the doctor will then contact King County Public Health and they will arrange a test.

This is a very quickly moving situation and information is changing. You can keep informed on the Public Health – Seattle & King County website and Facebook page:

https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/KCPubHealth/

Good personal health habits help prevent respiratory infections, including coronaviruses and influenza. These are simple yet effective actions, like staying home when you are sick, covering your coughs and sneezes with an elbow, sleeve or tissue, and frequently washing your hands with soap and water (or using at least a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available). See more here: https://publichealthinsider.com/2020/02/24/what-happens-if-the-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-spreads-here-a-conversation-with-our-health-officer/.

For more information:

https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Sincerely,

Sen. Manka Dhingra
45th Legislative District
Rep. Roger Goodman
45th Legislative District
Sen. Patty Kuderer
48th Legislative District
Rep. Vandana Slatter
48th Legislative District
Rep. Larry Springer
45th Legislative District
Rep. Amy Walen
48th Legislative District

 

March 2nd, 2020|News Release|

Nearing the halfway point of the 2020 legislative session

Greetings!

This is Patty Kuderer, your state Senator from the 48th Legislative District. You’re getting this email because you’ve engaged with me in the past or because you are likely a resident of the 48th Legislative District.

I send a few updates during the legislative session to my constituents to help you stay informed on what lawmakers are doing in Olympia. My goals are to let you know about the issues being debated on your behalf and for you to share your thoughts and ideas with me.

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What we’re focused on this year

This is a “short” 60-day session, which means we only have about five weeks left in this session. We’ve just reached the first cutoff deadline for voting bills out of policy committees after holding public hearings on proposed legislation. Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be debating and voting on bills on the Senate floor.

Here are just a few of the many issues we’re discussing this session:

  • Addressing the homelessness and affordable housing crisis impacting all communities across the state
  • Increasing health care access and affordability
  • Continuing our progress on fighting climate change
  • Expanding access to early learning for more families
  • Building a green transportation infrastructure
  • Reforming our state’s unfair and unsustainable regressive tax code

What I’m working on

Homeless tent camp in a city owned parking lot in downtown Olympia, Washington, December 7, 2018.

Homelessness: As chair of the Senate Housing Stability and Affordability committee, my primary focus again this year is to prevent homelessness before it starts, expand affordable housing options across our state, and strengthen the tools that cities and counties can use to address affordable housing and homelessness in their communities.

This year, our committee is looking to enact additional tenant protections that will help families avoid becoming homeless. I’ve also introduced a bill to create a dedicated funding source for the Housing Trust Fund, our primary program for building and preserving affordable housing across the state.

I’m also exploring ideas that embrace public/private partnerships in ways that drive more resources to local community organizations. These local organizations often have the on-the-ground infrastructure in place to help those in need, but they may lack the necessary funding to help more families.

In short, our state needs to build more affordable housing, build smarter through coordination with local governments, community organizations, and the private sector, and eliminate barriers for families who need housing today.

Preventing youth homelessness is another top priority. We recently held a special joint work session with the Senate Human Services Committee – you can view that here.

Responsible gun legislation

hand guns with magazines

America has a gun violence problem. We’ve seen it in the news nearly every day. Nearly 40,000 people die of gun violence in this country every year.

For far too long, elected leaders across our country see these tragedies, share their thoughts and prayers to victims and communities, and do nothing legislatively. Enough is enough.

This year I’m sponsoring a bill to limit magazine capacity to ten rounds, which I believe strikes the right balance between what’s necessary for self-defense and what’s necessary for public safety.

Youth vaping

e-cigarette

As a nation, we’ve made great progress to reduce youth smoking. But that progress is threatened by a new public health crisis. Vaping among youth and young adults has skyrocketed in the last few years, rising from two million in 2017 to over five million in 2019.

It is clear flavored vape products are the hook used by these companies to reel in young adults, despite overwhelming evidence that vaping is not safe for youth and young adults.

I have a bill to address this problem by placing additional regulations around the vaping industry, banning the use of flavors and harmful chemicals, and limiting the nicotine concentration in these products. This bill will save lives.


Some early Senate wins

Electric car charging station

As a strong supporter of environmental protections, I am happy to report that SB 5811 passed through the Senate! This bill will adopt the zero emission vehicle program standards that 11 other states already follow.

In adopting this mandate, Washington residents will have access to the full range of zero emission vehicles that are already available in our neighboring states of California and Oregon. We will expand the purchase options in our state while making progress to protect the quality of our air. That bill is now in the House.

SB 6492, a follow up bill to last year’s HB 2158, has passed both the Senate and the House and will be on its way to the governor’s desk shortly. Starting in the 2020-21 school year the Washington College Grant will expand from students at 70% Median Family Income (MFI) to those at 100% MFI. Families at or below 55% MFI will receive full funding and those at 55-100% MFI will receive funding on a graduated scale. SB 6492 lowers the B&O tax on many businesses (particularly smaller businesses) while still maintaining the revenue to fund the historic changes that HB 2158 accomplished.

Together these bills will allow previously underserved community members across the state to access higher education and ensure that every eligible student is guaranteed to receive the grant. No matter what stage of life a prospective student is in or whether they want to attend a 2- or 4-year college or an apprenticeship program, those opportunities will now be available to them.


Join the Discussion!

Please join me, Rep. Vandana Slatter, and Rep. Amy Walen for one or both of our upcoming town hall discussions.

In District Town Hall
Saturday, February 22
10:30 a.m. to noon
Redmond City Hall
15670 NE 85th St., Redmond

Telephone Town Hall
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
6 – 7 p.m.

Sign up here with your phone number to ensure you’ll get a call from us as the telephone town hall starts.
If you don’t get a call, you can join the discussion here:
877.229.8493
PIN: 116362


How to reach me?

As always, I want to hear your input on what we are working on in Olympia. Here are several ways you can ask questions and stay up to date about the issues you care about most:

Thank you for the opportunity to be your voice in the Washington State Senate. Please keep in touch to let me know how I can best serve you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patty Kuderer
State Senator
48th Legislative District

February 7th, 2020|E-News|
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    Seattle Times: Washington state lawmakers back down from flavored vape ban

Seattle Times: Washington state lawmakers back down from flavored vape ban

OLYMPIA — Lawmakers have backed down from their proposal to ban flavored vape products and address the epidemic of youth vaping and nicotine addiction.

Originally, Senate Bill 6254, introduced at the request of Gov. Jay Inslee, would have made permanent the emergency ban on flavored vape products that was approved by the Board of Health in October. But the legislation was drastically amended Monday in the Senate, and now allows for the sale of such products to those 21 and older — in line with Washington’s new tobacco and vapor law.

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February 5th, 2020|News Release|

Ria Sinha serves as page in Washington State Senate

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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