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Monthly Archives: February 2013

Voters’ simple majority to approve school bonds would create jobs, new schools

February 22nd, 2013|

Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, issued the following statement after testifying on behalf of Senate Bill 5589 and Senate Joint Resolution 8208, which would ease the ability of school districts to raise money for school construction and upkeep through school bonds.

“This bill would give local school districts the flexibility to propose bonds and levies for building schools with a majority of voters in support of the measure instead of the 60 percent that is currently required.

“We are in a unique situation with low interest rates and low construction costs. If we wait, interest rates and construction costs will begin to go back up. In the future, we may not be able to create as many construction jobs or build as many schools for our kids.

“In my district, with the approval of voters, this bill and amendment would have allowed funding for new schools and infrastructure within our already crowded school system. I look forward to advocating the need for a simple majority to pass school district bonds in the future.”

Mullet bill would require upfront health care cost estimates

February 15th, 2013|

Legislation addresses health care transparency

OLYMPIA – Sen. Mark Mullet’s Senate Bill 5265 regarding health care transparency would make it easier for consumers to make informed decisions about how they spend their healthcare dollars and navigate the health care system.

"It’s really hard to make a decision about your health when you don’t know the costs associated with your care," said Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah. "As I’ve traveled abroad for business, I’ve seen and experienced systems that left no questions about costs and I believe health care consumers in Washington state would benefit from a system that is transparent with its costs."

Mullet worked with stakeholders and health care groups to get feedback on the bill, which was heard today in the Senate Health Care Committee.

"The feedback I kept hearing is that our system is too complex to have this actually work. I don’t think the complexity of our system should prevent us from trying to make progress on this issue," he said.

The proposed substitute Senate bill would require physicians and hospitals to display the price that uninsured customers would pay while health care insurance providers would display costs to their members under their plans on their website.

Mullet bill would ease annexation concerns

February 15th, 2013|

Bill addresses Maple Valley donut hole

OLYMPIA – Legislation sponsored by Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah would ease the annexation abilities of cities in Washington state. Senate Bill 5417, would increase the number of acres a city could annex under the Growth Management Act’s Annexation of Unincorporated Islands method.

Currently if the area contains residential property owners, or is less than 100 acres with 80 percent or more of the area surrounded by the city, the unincorporated area may be annexed.

"If we raise the annexation threshold from 100 acres to 175 acres," said Mullet, "cities with islands of unincorporated land would have more input in what happens in their communities."

The inspiration behind this bill is Summit Place, an area also known as the Maple Valley donut hole – approximately 160 acres of land in the heart of and surrounded by the city of Maple Valley but technically designated as unincorporated King County.

"This area has been a topic of discussion for years and I hope that this proposed change will ease the uncertainty over its future and plans for development."