9 02, 2017

Faith leaders and Sen. Palumbo gather to support religious freedom in Washington state

  • February 9th, 2017

Sen. Guy Palumbo of Maltby and faith leaders speak up for religious freedom and Senate Bill 5308. (TRT: 39) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


Hours before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to reinstate the President’s travel ban, faith leaders and dozens of supporters came together in support of religious freedom. Sen. Guy Palumbo of Maltby spoke during the press conference:

Sen. Guy Palumbo, D-Maltby: (TRT: 11) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “It is our […]

Opposition to Right to Work legislation draws potentially historic crowds

  • February 8th, 2017

OLYMPIA – Right to work legislation drew more than 1,100 people to the Senate to have their voices heard in opposition to the bill. (TRT: 72) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


On Wednesday, in a sea of neon green and fluorescent orange, laborers led by the building trades and skilled craftsmen filled the halls and hearings rooms of the Senate. Approximately 1,100 people signed in to oppose Senate Bill 5692, also known as a “Right […]

11 01, 2017

Recognizing Human Trafficking Awareness Day – a first for the State of Washington

  • January 11th, 2017

For the first time, the State of Washington recognized January 11 as Human Trafficking Awareness Day. (TRT: 58) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


Wednesday, Jan. 11th marked the state’s first Human Trafficking Awareness Day as an official day of recognition. Sen. Maralyn Chase of Edmonds has worked on this issue for a number of years and is worried that there are still too many young girls and women who are potential targets.

Sen. Maralyn […]

10 01, 2017

Sen. Karen Keiser sponsors paid family and medical leave bill

  • January 10th, 2017

Nearly a quarter of new mothers have to return to work just two weeks after giving birth. Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Des Moines, is sponsoring a paid family and medical leave proposal that would give security to Washington families who need to take time away from work to care for their families. (TRT: 57 ) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

Sen. Karen Keiser of Des Moines has worked in the legislature on the issue […]

9 01, 2017

Senate Democrats focused and ready to work on first day of session

  • January 9th, 2017

Deputy Senate Democratic Leader, Sen. Andy Billig of Spokane says that Senate Democrats are focused on creating opportunity and building prosperity for all Washingtonians, which includes fully funding basic education for our state’s 1.1 million schoolkids. (TRT: 57) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD



Monday marked the beginning of a new Legislative Session, which is poised to be one of the more difficult sessions in recent memory due to the State Supreme Court’s deadline […]

29 03, 2016

Senate passes reasonable budget, much still left behind

  • March 29th, 2016

Despite passage of the supplemental operating budget in the Senate on Tuesday evening, Sen. Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island, says that the budget still leaves a lot behind. (TRT: 0:59) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


Following the passage of a supplemental operating budget, Senate Democratic Leader Sharon Nelson of Maury Island shared her thoughts on the $38.2 billion budget deal.

Sen. Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island: (TRT: 0:34) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “This is a […]

Sen. Jim Hargrove announces retirement after 32 years of state service

  • March 10th, 2016

After 32 years of service to the state, Sen. Jim Hargrove of Hoquiam has decided to retire. (TRT: 1:45) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


On the final day of the 2016 regular Legislative Session, Sen. Jim Hargrove of Hoquiam announced his decision to retire after more than 32 years of service to the state.

Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam: (TRT: 14) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “When I first came to the legislature, Cherberg was […]

Supplemental transportation budget passes Senate

  • March 8th, 2016

The Senate passed the supplemental transportation budget on Tuesday evening, 44 to 5. (TRT: 0:60) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


The Washington State Senate on Tuesday evening passed an $8.6 billion dollar Supplemental Transportation Budget that will continue to support investments to our state’s public infrastructure system. Sen. Steve Hobbs of Lake Stevens was the lead negotiator for the Senate Democrats.

Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens: (TRT: 0:18) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “This […]

Washington Voting Rights Act gains momentum

  • March 1st, 2016

Sen. Pramila Jayapal of Seattle and Sen. Cyrus Habib of Bellevue voiced their support to a packed room of supporters of the Washington State Voting Rights Act after it was moved to the Senate floor calendar on Tuesday. (TRT: 1:28) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD

Organizer and Group: (TRT: 0:07) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “Power to the people! With fair representation! Power to the people! With fair representation!”

A group of over 120 […]

12 02, 2016

Constitutional amendment requiring 2/3rd vote to raise taxes fails in Senate

  • February 12th, 2016

The constitutional amendment, SJR 8211, to require a 2/3rds super majority vote to raise taxes, failed on Friday in the state Senate. (TRT: 1:50) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


During the Senate’s debate on Friday of the constitutional amendment that would require a 2/3rds supermajority vote in the legislature to raise taxes, Democratic Sen. Jim Hargrove of Hoquiam detailed the different reasons voters may have approved of Initiative 1366 that passed in […]