4 02, 2016

The Bring Washington Home Act unveiled by Senate Democrats

  • February 4th, 2016

Senate Bill 6647, The Bring Washington Home Act, was unveiled on Thursday by Senate Democrats to further address the state’s rising rates of homelessness. (TRT: 2:05) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


Sen. Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island: (TRT: :05) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “Homelessness is a crisis in this state. There isn’t a community in our state that is immune.”

Senate Democratic Leader, Sharon Nelson of Maury Island unveiled a proposal on Thursday, […]

25 01, 2016

Bill to expand access to dental care for tribal members heard in committee

  • January 25th, 2016

Sen. John McCoy, D-Tulalip, is sponsoring a bill that would allow tribal members better access to dental care. (TRT: 0:63) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


A bill heard on Monday would expand access to dental care for tribal members through the creation of dental health aide therapists. This is the 11th time that Sen. McCoy of Tulalip has sponsored similar legislation, the second time before the Senate Health Care Committee.

Sen. John McCoy, D-Tulalip: […]

20 01, 2016

Many Senate Democrats concerned about charter school debate

  • January 20th, 2016

Many Senate Democrats expressed concern over the charter school bill that passed on Wednesday. (TRT: 63) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


On Wednesday, the Washington State Senate took its first votes of the 2016 Legislative Session. Much of the day’s debate centered on a bill that would address our state’s charter schools. Sen. Andy Billig of Spokane:

Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane: (TRT: 12) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: “Our goal with this policy that […]

Charter schools are not the only education fix of the session

  • January 12th, 2016

Two proposals to fix our state’s charter school law were heard in committee on Tuesday, however, priorities still remain focused on basic education. Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane is featured in the wrap. (TRT: 52) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


Sen. Andy Billig of Spokane is a member of the Senate Early Learning, K-12 Education Committee and a sponsor of one proposal to help find a solution to our state’s charter schools. Sen. Billig:

Sen. […]

29 06, 2015

Senate passes 2015-17 operating budget

  • June 29th, 2015

The 2015-17 operating budget passes in the Washington State Senate. (TRT: 1:13) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD.


On Monday, the Senate passed a $38.2 billion dollar biennial budget that makes much-needed investments in education, restores recession-era cuts to the safety net, and makes higher education more affordable. Sen. Jim Hargrove of Hoquiam, the lead Democratic budget negotiator, has been working to find a solution that addresses the needs of Washingtonians.

Sen. Jim Hargrove, D- […]

11 06, 2015

Bipartisan lawmakers introduce education finance proposal

  • June 11th, 2015

OLYMPIA – A group of bipartisan lawmakers on Thursday introduced Senate Bill 6130, a bill that establishes a framework to address the state’s need to reduce its reliance on local school levies to pay for basic education. (TRT: 66) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD