20 11, 2014

Work session focuses on financial institutions and marijuana

  • November 20th, 2014

The Senate Financial Institutions, Housing and Insurance Committee discussed the difficulties between federal and state laws regarding marijuana and financial institutions. (TRT: 1:06) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


Currently, the recreational marijuana industry in Washington state is cash only and major credit cards are not accepted forms of payment. Banks and credit lenders are caught in between federal and state laws regarding marijuana. Sen. Mark Mullet of Issaquah is the Senate Financial Institutions, […]

19 11, 2014

Democrats hold work session on retirement preparedness

  • April 8th, 2014

State Democratic legislators held a work session on Tuesday to shine light onto the considerable and growing problem of retirement insecurity in our state and in our country (TRT: 1:12) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


Staggeringly, a majority of Americans nationwide have less than $10,000 in savings and a third of working people say they have even less than that saved for retirement. Sen. Steve Conway of South Tacoma led Tuesday’s work session […]

14 03, 2014

Senate nearly passes budget unanimously

  • March 14th, 2014

The Washington State Senate passed a budget that invests in mental health and passed nearly unanimously – a first in recent history (TRT: 1:07 ) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


The Washington State Senate Thursday passed a supplemental operating budget that had near unanimous support and passed off the Senate floor 48 to 1. Sen. Jim Hargrove of Hoquiam, the lead budget negotiator worked tirelessly on the budget.

Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam: (TRT: 32 ) […]

10 03, 2014

Bill benefitting small rural hospitals heads to governor’s desk

  • March 10th, 2014

Small rural hospitals will be able to receive critical  funding as a result of legislation heading to the governor’s desk (TRT: 1:02) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


A bipartisan bill that will bring much needed financial relief to small rural hospitals has cleared all legislatives hurdles and will now head to the governor’s desk for signature. Sen. Jim Hargrove of Hoquiam was a sponsor on Senate Bill 5859 and has two hospitals in his district […]

28 02, 2014

Attempt to help the homeless fails on party-line vote

  • February 28th, 2014

Senate Democrats failed on a party-line vote to move a bill that addresses funding for homelessness programs. (TRT: 1:15) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


Senate Democrats on Friday attempted a procedural move that would have brought a House bill stuck in committee to the Senate floor. The move failed along party lines 26-23. The bill would make permanent the $40 document filing fee that provides more than $50 million to programs and shelters in our state […]