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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Damon Sterne serves as a page in state Senate

February 24th, 2014|

Recently, Damon Sterne served as a page in the Washington State Senate and was sponsored by Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah.

“Damon is a bright, driven young man,” said Mullet. “My impression is that Damon came away with greater respect and appreciation for the importance of public service after his time in Olympia.”

During the week pages assist senators, staff and attend seminars where they learn from guest speakers and hold mock hearings on bills they create.

Sterne, 16, is a sophomore at Liberty High School and enjoys music, video games, and is a district high school champion wrestler.

For information about the Washington State Senate Page Program, please click here.

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    5th Legislative District lawmakers host town hall meetings Feb. 22

5th Legislative District lawmakers host town hall meetings Feb. 22

February 19th, 2014|

Sen. Mark Mullet, Rep. Chad Magendanz and Rep. Jay Rodne will host town hall meetings in Maple Valley, Issaquah and Snoqualmie on Saturday, Feb. 22.

This will be an opportunity for residents of the 5th Legislative District to receive an update on the 2014 session and speak to their lawmakers with questions, comments or concerns about bills being considered in the Legislature or about state government.

The meeting times and locations are as follows:

Maple Valley
10-11 a.m.
Maple Valley Community Center
22010 S.E. 248th Street

Issaquah
1-2 p.m.
Issaquah Highlands Fire Department
1280 N.E. Park Drive

Snoqualmie
3-4 p.m.
Snoqualmie Police Department
34825 S.E. Douglas St.

Residents unable to attend the town hall meetings are encouraged to contact their lawmakers with their ideas, questions, concerns and comments. They may also call the toll-free legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000 and leave a message for all three legislators.

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    Mullet: Bill will help Tesla, auto manufacturing grow in Washington

Mullet: Bill will help Tesla, auto manufacturing grow in Washington

February 18th, 2014|

Senate bill 6272 will help level the playing field between auto manufacturers and dealers in franchise agreements. Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, today released the following statement in support of legislation that passed in the Washington State Senate last night:

“The electric car community did a great job in bringing their concerns to the Legislature. Their example shows that when we work together we can get things done to come to an agreement and create better policy.

“As one of the states with the highest number of electric cars in use, we should be encouraging the industry’s growth so they can further expand the number of electric cars in the market. Being the first Tesla owner in Washington state, I’m pleased we were able to fix the bill in order to help Tesla and other auto dealers and manufacturers grow in our state.”

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    Mullet’s top priority health care transparency bill passes Senate

Mullet’s top priority health care transparency bill passes Senate

February 17th, 2014|

Late last Friday, the Washington State Senate passed a bill that has been a top priority of Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah. Senate Bill 6228 will require health insurance providers to display costs of medical services to their members on their websites. This will allow consumers to go online and find cost and quality information on medical providers and allow patients to provide user feedback on their experiences. Mullet issued the following statement:

“Requiring insurance companies to be upfront about the costs of services will help make us all more actively engaged in our health care decisions. When we are able to make informed health care choices, we will ultimately save ourselves and the state money over the long term.

“I worked on health care transparency over the legislative interim to find a solution that everyone involved can work with and support. This is a common sense policy bill that will help make health care decisions more transparent and efficient.”

The bill will move to the House of Representatives for consideration.

 

Legislative Update, Feb. 4, 2014

February 4th, 2014|

Dear friends and neighbors,

As we move through week four in the 2014 Legislative Session, it is hard to believe that we are almost to the halfway mark. Being accessible to constituents is extremely important to me so last week I was pleased to meet with Grand Ridge Elementary students, the Maple Valley City Council, Riverview, Issaquah and Enumclaw school districts and many others.

Health Care Cost Transparency: Know the Costs before You Go

Senate Bill 6228 would require health insurance providers to clearly display on their websites the estimated costs along with quality of care and patient reviews.  I’m confident that giving consumers access to health care cost information will help them to take an active role in keeping health care costs down for everyone. The bill should be voted out of committee on Thursday, February 6th with bipartisan support.

Fishing Line Recovery: Protecting Washington’s Waterways

It was a pleasure having constituents come down to testify on Senate Bill 6080, which would create a pilot program to collect fishing line so that it may be recycled. I’m hopeful that the bill will be passed out of committee by the deadline on Friday, February 7th.

Good Samaritan Law for Epinephrine Use: Ensuring Immunity during Allergic Emergencies

18 states, not including Washington, have laws that explicitly provide civil immunity for people who administer epinephrine shots to someone experiencing an allergic reaction. We need to make sure people don’t hesitate in an emergency because they are worried about legal issues. This bill is being heard today, February 4th and I hope that it will be passed from committee on Friday, February 7th like my other legislation.

Please feel free to contact my office at any time. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Mark

Language in Good Samaritan law would include epi-pens

February 4th, 2014|

A bill sponsored by Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, would give legal immunity to those who use epi-pens in good faith during an emergency situation where someone is experiencing a severe allergic reaction (Senate Bill 6229).

“This is a good bill and highlights that under the Good Samaritan language, epinephrine is included,” said Mullet. “There are 18 other states that have already adopted laws similar to this one. This is not a red or a blue state issue – we need to make sure people don’t hesitate in an emergency situation because they are worried about legal issues.”

The bill would exempt from civil liability or personal injury claims someone who uses a physician prescribed epi-pen in good faith during an emergency and follows up by alerting 911 as soon as possible. A defibrillator was added to the state’s Good Samaritan language in 1998.