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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Mullet: ‘Smart investments will help save money’

March 13th, 2014|

On the 60th day of the legislative session, the Washington State Senate passed a supplemental operating budget and adjourned Sine Die, signaling the end of the regular legislative session. Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, issued the following statement upon adjournment:

“The supplemental operating budget we passed makes critical investments in mental health care in our state. I believe that these smart investments will not only help save money in our criminal justice system and in our emergency rooms but will help provide vital services when access to mental health services may be limited.

“This budget also freezes college tuition for another year to ensure that students in our state can achieve their goals through affordable higher education.

“The last day of the legislative session does not mean that our work is finished. We still need a transportation package, a sustainable solution to get traffic moving again and funding for transportation projects important to our region. The failure to pass such a package this session means Washingtonians will be stuck in traffic without a transportation solution for some time.”

Health care transparency bill passes House

March 8th, 2014|

Yesterday a bill that will help make health care decisions more transparent passed in the state House of Representatives. Senate Bill 6228 will go back to the Senate for concurrence and will likely head to the governor’s desk to be signed into law. Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, the prime sponsor of the bill issued the following statement:

“This was my top priority bill this year and I’m thrilled it will pass and be signed into law. Health care costs should not be hidden and consumers should have critical access to information to make the best health care decisions possible.

“As a result of this bill, consumers will be able to not only see what costs will be on their insurance providers’ website, but they will also be able to review and leave feedback on their patient experience.”

Senate honors Tahoma High School ‘We the People’ team

March 4th, 2014|

The Washington State Senate today honored Tahoma High School’s state championship “We the People” team with a resolution on the Senate floor.

“This is the second time I’ve had the pleasure to honor Tahoma’s ‘We the People’ team,” said Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah. “Every year I am impressed by the students’ level of knowledge of our country’s founding documents and principles and their continued commitment to the program. I’m sure they could teach me a few things about the Constitution.”

Earlier in the year, Tahoma won its fifth straight “We the People” Washington state championship title. At the end of April, the team of 24 students will travel to Washington D.C. to represent the state at the national competition.

“Having served as a judge for the competition I’ve seen firsthand the talent and preparation that goes into Tahoma’s success,” said Sen. Joe Fain, who represents Auburn, Kent and Covington. “I’m impressed by the student’s level of civic engagement and the great job Ms. Wulfing has done guiding them through this learning opportunity.”

Tahoma High School’s “We the People” team has won a total of 19 state titles and has achieved numerous awards at the national level. For the last seven years, the program at Tahoma High School has been under the leadership of Gretchen Wulfing, who was named the Washington State Civics Educator of the Year in 2013.

“We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” is a national civics education program that has had more than 28 million student participants since the program’s creation in 1987.