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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Grand Ridge Elementary students meet Mullet

January 30th, 2014|

Two groups of students from Grand Ridge Elementary in Issaquah visited the state capitol and Sen. Mark Mullet on Jan. 30.

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    Mullet’s top priority health care transparency bill heard in committee

Mullet’s top priority health care transparency bill heard in committee

January 28th, 2014|

Today a measure to make health care costs more transparent was heard in the Senate Health Care Committee. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, will require insurance companies to display their cost of services, quality rankings by provider network and consumer feedback of individual medical professionals on their website.

“If you’re a high-quality, low cost insurance provider, you’re going to want to have as many actively-engaged health care consumers as possible,” said Mullet. “There are fears that if you give people the price; you’re not actually going to get the quality outcome that you’re hoping for. This bill requires that insurers give price and quality information so consumers can combine those two to make better informed health care decisions.”

Under the bill, health insurance providers offering benefit plans after Dec. 31, 2015 must offer the transparency tools to their consumers.   

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    New retirement plan allows Washingtonians to save for future

New retirement plan allows Washingtonians to save for future

January 23rd, 2014|

A bill presented today in the Senate Financial Institutions & Housing Committee would give more Washingtonians the opportunity to begin to Save Toward a Retirement Today (STaRT).

“As a small business owner with 47 employees, I worry that my employees are not saving for retirement while they’re working,” said the bill’s prime sponsor, Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah. “This bill will combine the expertise of the private and public sectors to create a partnership so that small businesses could offer an affordable and easy-to-use savings plan.”

The Washington Department of Retirement Services already oversees thousands of retirement plans for state employees. Senate Bill 6294 would direct the department to create a voluntary 401 (k) style retirement investment system for employers with less than 100 employees.

As a participant, the employee would choose the target date or age he or she would like to retire and the investment portfolio would adjust over time to reach the participant’s financial goals so they can retire on time.

“Participation in STaRT is completely optional for both the employer and the employees,” said Mullet. “If an employer chooses not to match their employees’ contributions, they wouldn’t have to. In the long term, this bill will save the state money and make government more efficient when more people in Washington are ready and financially prepared for retirement.”

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    Mullet: Constituent’s fishing line recycling bill heard in committee

Mullet: Constituent’s fishing line recycling bill heard in committee

January 21st, 2014|

The Senate Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee today heard a bill which would help clean up the environment at popular fishing sites across the state.

“The idea for this bill came from a constituent who experienced the importance of recycling fishing line and the positive overall impact it has on our environment,” said the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah. “If the pilot program is successful, I hope that we will see a permanent program put in place across the state.”

Most of the fishing line used today is monofilament, single-strand, high-density nylon, because it is strong and flexible. If not recycled properly, monofilament may last in the environment for up to 600 years. Abandoned fishing lines and nets can get tangled or ingested by wildlife, which can be fatal.

The bill would direct the state Department of Fish & Wildlife to work with local volunteer groups to create a pilot program of fishing line recycling stations near established fishing areas, boat ramps and other relevant locations.

“This is a simple way to help protect the environment and our marine life at our favorite parks and recreational areas,” said Mullet.

By Dec. 1, 2016, the Department of Fish & Wildlife would report back to the Legislature to convey the coordination between other departments, agencies, collection point locations, data on collection, outreach and plans to establish a permanent monofilament recycling program and its estimated cost. The pilot program would expire Jan. 31, 2016.

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    Mullet meets with Institute for Community Leadership members

Mullet meets with Institute for Community Leadership members

January 20th, 2014|

Sen. Mark Mullet today met with constituents and members of the Institute for Community Leadership in his office.

Legislative Update – Week One

January 17th, 2014|

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As the 63rd Regular Session of the Legislature convened this week, we now have less than 60 days to get our work done and accomplish our goals for the session. We have many important issues to discuss and work through, including, a transportation package that helps reduce traffic congestion and makes the way we move people and freight more efficient and effective. We also need to fully fund all-day kindergarten and reduce class sizes in K-12 education.

Health care transparency as a top priority

My top priority this session is to bring transparency to our health care system (Senate Bill 6228). It’s an issue I worked on last session and one that I’m committed to working on and passing this session. I want to make it easier for Washington residents to find medical providers who are high in quality and low in cost. We will do this by making our current confusing healthcare pricing system easier to access and navigate.

When your ideas become bills

I am also working on a bill to establish a pilot program for fishing line recycling program at popular fishing sites throughout our state (Senate Bill 6080). This idea was brought to me by a constituent who noticed a problem with abandoned fishing lines in local lakes. The bill is scheduled to be heard in the Environment, Energy & Telecommunications committee on Tuesday afternoon.

New leadership position

During a Senate Democratic Caucus meeting, I was appointed to a new leadership position in the caucus where I will now serve as the vice caucus chair. My new responsibilities will include leading caucus meetings when the chair is gone or has to step away. In addition to this position I will continue to serve on the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education, Transportation, and Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance Committees.

I am a firm believer that participation in government at all levels is important. Please contact my office if you have a question, comment or concern about our community or our state. I look forward to working with you.

Until next time,

Mark

Mullet meets with constituents

January 16th, 2014|

Sen. Mark Mullet today met with a group of chiropractors, including constituents (L to R) Dr. Ken Lichtenwalter, Dr. Kurt Eby and Dr. Phillip Kriss.

Sen. Mullet: Health care transparency is a top priority

January 15th, 2014|

As the 63rd Regular Session of the Legislature convened this week, Sen. Mark Mullet, D- Issaquah, issued the following statement on his top legislative priority:

“The clock is ticking — we have less than 60 days to get our work done and accomplish our goals for the session. As a legislature, we have many important issues to discuss and work through, including, a transportation package that helps reduce traffic congestion and makes the way we move people and freight more efficient and effective. We also need to fully fund all-day kindergarten and reduce class sizes in K-12 education.

“My top priority this session is to bring transparency to our health care system. It’s an issue I worked on last session and one that I’m committed to working on and passing this session. I want to make it easier for Washington residents to find medical providers who are high in quality and low in cost. We will do this by making our current confusing healthcare pricing system easier to access and navigate.”

Mullet will continue to serve on the Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education, Transportation and Financial Institutions, Housing & Insurance Committees. Mullet has also been appointed to a new leadership position within the Democratic Caucus as vice caucus chair.