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Monthly Archives: May 2020

Putting People First

May 7th, 2020|

We wrapped up the 2020 session a few months ago. And once again with Democrats in control of the Senate for the third session in a row, we were able to enact so many great progressive policies that were held up over the previous five years.

VOTE Act: boosting youth voter participation

May 7th, 2020|

At a time when several states are making concerted efforts to restrict the voting rights of residents, lawmakers in Washington state are again focused on expanding access to democracy to as many eligible voters as possible.

Financial aid opportunities for undocumented students

May 7th, 2020|

I’m so proud to live in a state like Washington that has been a leader in providing opportunities for immigrants. Undocumented students want to pursue the same opportunities and we want to help the state meet the degree attainment goals we’ve set for ourselves. But there are critical barriers to them in the way.

COVID-19 Resources

May 5th, 2020|

***UPDATE*** Click here for our COVID-19 Resource Guide. If you did not receive a copy in the mail, you can request one from my office by clicking here. And if you missed our COVID-19 telephone town hall, you can listen to that here.


These are difficult times to say the least. None of us has seen a public health crisis like this in our lifetimes. The coronavirus outbreak has challenged us in many ways, but I am so impressed by how our community has stepped up to meet those challenges.

From a Mukilteo company creating portable hand washing stations to Edmonds College making face shields that protect health care workers, there’s no shortage of examples of our community coming together to help one another. I’m confident we will get through crisis and come out stronger on the other side.

Washington state is making progress, but we’re not out of the woods yet. Our early efforts to slow the spread of the virus have led to lower infection rates and deaths compared to other states. The economic shutdown is painful for all of us, but it’s necessary to keep people safe and healthy.

After several weeks of staying home, it’ll be tempting to resume our normal lives. And with warmer weather right around the corner, you may want to venture out. However, the science and data indicate lifting the restrictions too early will likely cause another spike in infections and could undo all the progress we’ve made so far.

How we move forward each day needs to be driven by science and data, not by politics. I urge you to continue to follow the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy orders until he and the public health experts agree those restrictions can be lifted.

Sometime this week you will likely receive a COVID-19 Resource Guide from me, Rep. Ortiz-Self, and Rep. Peterson. With the coronavirus news flooding our personal streams these days, we wanted to send you a consolidated list of resources that you can turn to for assistance.

A great place to start if you have questions or need assistance is coronavirus.wa.gov. This website is updated several times a day with the latest news, guidance for businesses & workers, and family resources like food assistance, child care, and health care.

If you don’t get your Resource Guide in the mail or you misplace yours, you can find it on my website here.

As your state Senator, I am available and happy to help you connect with state and local resources if you need any assistance. Please contact my office any time with any questions, comments, or concerns.




Marko Liias
State Senator
21st Legislative District

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    ICYMI: Senator Liias selected as one of nation’s outstanding rising leaders

ICYMI: Senator Liias selected as one of nation’s outstanding rising leaders

May 4th, 2020|

Joins group of the most innovative Democratic state and local officials who are pro-growth progressives

Washington, D.C. – Today, State Senator Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood) was selected as one of 15 leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), a selective national network of state and local elected officials with Honorary Co-Chairs U.S. Senator Mark Warner and former Governor Jack Markell. With state and local leaders on the frontlines of responding to the coronavirus crisis, Liias joins the group at a time when members are rising to this challenge by innovating, convening virtually, and sharing good ideas. The NewDEAL recently launched a database of policies and programs that address the wide-ranging impacts of the pandemic.

Members of the 180-plus-person network are working to enact pro-growth progressive solutions in a diverse array of communities. They have been chosen from more than 1500 nominations over its nine-year history.

Liias and his peers in the new class of leaders (listed below) were recognized for their unwavering commitment to expanding opportunity, as they work to move their communities forward in the new economy and reject the idea that policymakers can or should want to turn the clock back to a prior era. These leaders’ work will help build on policy recommendations that NewDEAL Leaders help develop, including the release of a report from the NewDEAL Forum Future of Work Policy Group, and the upcoming release of work by the Climate Change and Education Policy Groups.

“Our state and local officials play vital roles affecting the prosperity of our country and the quality of life of the American people,” said Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and former Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Honorary Co-Chairs of NewDEAL. ”As so many of them have stepped up in key ways to protect Americans during the coronavirus crisis, we are reminded of the importance of supporting great leaders outside of Washington. NewDEALers consistently set examples for our country to follow and are prepared to take on more challenges at all levels of government in the future. We look forward to promoting the work of Senator Liias and giving him the opportunity to learn from other leaders.”

These leaders include new members of Congress, (Ben McAdams in Utah, Greg Stanton in Arizona, and Jennifer Wexton in Virginia), as well as Mayors Lierion Gaylor Baird (Lincoln, NE), Kate Gallego (Phoenix), Eric Johnson (Dallas), Quinton Lucas (Kansas City, MO), Lauren McLean (Boise, ID), Steven Reed (Montgomery, AL), and Brandon Whipple (Wichita, KS).

“We are in a unique moment for state and local leaders as we must find solutions for the urgent challenges created by COVID-19 while not losing focus on longer-term issues that will also affect Washington’s economic security for decades to come,” said Liias. “I look forward to sharing lessons with and learning from other leaders who are setting the standard for effective governance, and I am excited to be part of NewDEAL’s efforts to expand opportunities for communities nationwide.”

Liias was selected to join NewDEAL because of his dedication to promoting the interests of Washington’s middle class, including making investments in public transportation, improving education options in the state, and promoting small businesses. One of Liias’ key initiatives is his Student Loan Bill of Rights, which would protect college students from predatory and fraudulent loan practices. He has also sponsored legislation to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, as well as multiple bills to introduce and promote digital citizenship in schools across the state.


Contact: Jonathon Dworkin, 202-660-1340 x5

About NewDEAL

The NewDEAL brings together leaders focused on expanding opportunity, helping them develop and spread innovative ideas to spur economic growth that is broadly-earned and sustainable. Most importantly, the organization facilitates the exchange of ideas among its members and connects them with other pro-growth progressive political, policy, and private sector leaders.

Today’s announcement brings the total number of NewDEAL members – statewide officials, legislators, mayors, councilmembers, and other local leaders – to 185 leaders from 48 states.

Learn more about Senator Liias and the NewDEAL at http://www.newdealleaders.org/leaders.


The new class of NewDEAL Leaders includes:

Malia Cohen, State Board of Equalization Chair,  San Francisco, CA
Ben Diamond, Representative, St. Petersburg, FL
Kristin Sunde, Representative, Des Moines, IA
McKenzie Cantrell, Representative, Louisville, KY
Pavel Payano, Councilmember, Lawrence, MA
Garlin Gilchrist, Lt. Governor, Michigan
Annie Rice, Alderwoman, St. Louis, MO
Zach Conine, Treasurer, Nevada
Elizabeth Walters, Councilmember, Akron, OH
Shannon Hardin, Council President, Columbus, OH
Jordan Harris, Representative, Philadelphia, PA
Erin Mendenhall, Mayor, Salt Lake City, UT
Ron Nirenberg, Mayor, San Antonio, TX
Cassie Franklin, Mayor, Everett, WA
Marko Liias, Senator, Lynnwood, WA

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    MEDIA ADVISORY: 21st District Telephone Town Hall on Wednesday, May 6 @ 5:30 p.m.

MEDIA ADVISORY: 21st District Telephone Town Hall on Wednesday, May 6 @ 5:30 p.m.

May 4th, 2020|

Who: 21st Legislative District lawmakers, Sen. Marko LiiasRep. Lillian Ortiz-Self, Rep. Strom Peterson, and special guest Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers.

What: Telephone town hall meeting.

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

Where: Calls will go out to thousands of homes throughout the 21st legislative district. Residents will be able to listen live and speak with their lawmakers. Those who do not receive a call can participate by dialing 877-229-8493 and using ID Code 116357.

Alternatively, the telephone town hall can be live-streamed:



Why: To provide constituents with the opportunity to ask questions related to the COVID-19 outbreak and share information about state and local resources that are available to help workers, families, and small business owners during the public health crisis.