6 07, 2017

Improving outcomes for children with new state Department of Children, Youth and Families

  • July 6th, 2017

A new state agency with a focus on improving outcomes for at-risk children, youth and families was created Thursday. (TRT: 1:22) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


Sen. Jeannie Darneille of Tacoma served on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on the Delivery of Services to Children and Families and recommended updates to services for at-risk children and youth. On Thursday, with the signing of a bill, the new state Department of Children Youth and […]

5 07, 2017

Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program signed into law

  • July 5th, 2017

Washington’s workers will have paid family and medical leave beginning in 2020 thanks to legislation signed into law Wednesday. (TRT: :75) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD


On Wednesday afternoon, the historic bill creating the state’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program was signed into law. Sen. Karen Keiser of Des Moines has worked to make this day a reality for more than a decade.

Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Des Moines, TRT: (:21) CLICK […]

Property owners across the state face tax hike under Senate Republican plan

  • May 19th, 2017

OLYMPIA – Under the state Senate Republican budget plan, property taxes would increase in school districts all across the state (TRT: 1:21) CLICK TO DOWNLOAD



While there is agreement from both Democrats and Republicans that revenue is needed to amply fund schools for Washington’s 1.1 million students and their teachers, it’s the source of revenue that is concerning for many in the legislature. Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Sharon Nelson of Maury […]

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 […]