Monthly Archives: January 2019

E-News – Fighting for reproductive health

January 28th, 2019|

Dear friends and neighbors, 

This week, our policy work truly got underway. In the Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee, we held a hearing on the WA College Promise grant, which would guarantee financial aid for more than 93,000 students in our state. In the Health & Long Term Care Committee, we heard testimony on a proposed Long-Term Care Trust to help families prepare for the long-term care they need as they age.

Spotlight: Reproductive Health

I’m proud to be honoring the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade by sponsoring the Reproductive Health Access for All Act (Senate Bill 5602). Our state has made a commitment to provide the maximum access to reproductive health care for all people in Washington. But there are still barriers to care for immigrants, transgender and gender non-conforming communities, and students. With these vulnerable communities under attack, it’s important to take a bold stance to protect those who are hardest hit. This bill does just that. It allows our transgender and undocumented communities to access the essential reproductive health care they deserve. Thanks to the HERRO Coalition for your advocacy!

Introducing our staff

We have a great team who dove in these first two weeks of session to set up meetings with constituents, get prepared for committee hearings, track important legislation, and do everything we can to work on your behalf in Olympia. I’m going to introduce them one at a time over the next few weeks.

Sarah Myers

Sarah Myers, my legislative assistant, grew up in Shelton, and the shores of the Puget Sound are close to her heart. After graduating from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, she spent two sessions working in the Senate before this year. She says that what drew her in was “a fantastic internship program and wonderful coordinators” who showed her what it means to be a part of a representative government.

Her favorite part of working at the legislature? “I love seeing a bill that legislators and advocates have been working on for years evolve over time, and seeing how so many voices shape it and improve it. When that bill makes it to the floor and passes, it’s a great moment for so many people.”

She says that her personal record is when a Senator she worked for was supposed to be testifying in four different committee hearings that were happening at the same time. They posted staff at the door of each hearing room and shuttled the member to each one just in time for the testimony—success! “It was a lot of fun!” she said.

Her experience at the legislature has made her excited to work with me this session. “It’s inspiring how you know your priorities and are laser-focused on them. I know you can get it done.”

My week in Olympia

I believe in transparency, and I want to keep you all informed about what I’m doing on behalf of the 26th District in Olympia. That’s why I’m making a practice of posting my calendar each week on Facebook. You can see last week’s calendar here.

Keep in touch

Thank you for taking the time to read my update. We are all eager to hear from you about your priorities. I hope you’ll follow me on Facebook so you can see what we’re up to. And please feel free to reach out anytime at 360-786-7560 or Emily.Randall@leg.wa.gov. The more we hear from you, the better our work in Olympia can reflect our shared values and goals.

All my best,

Signature

E-news – Time to get to work in Olympia

January 21st, 2019|

Dear friends and neighbors,

Last week, I began my term as state senator from the 26th Legislative District. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be fighting for our values and our communities in Olympia.

I was selected by my colleagues to serve as the vice chair of the Senate Health & Long Term Care and the Higher Education & Workforce Development committees, and as a member of the Transportation Committee. I’m ready to get to work expanding access to health care, making college more affordable, and building pathways to living wage jobs in our communities.

Live with Liias: Legislative preview

On Wednesday, I talked with Sen. Marko Liias about our goals for the session, from building our economy to protecting LGBTQ rights. You can check out the video and follow the work I’m doing for our families and communities on my new official Facebook page.

Transparency in government

I believe in transparency, and I want to keep you all informed about what I’m doing on behalf of the 26th District in Olympia. That’s why I’m making a practice of posting my calendar each week on Facebook. You can see last week’s calendar here.

Keep in touch

Thank you for taking the time to read my first update. We are all eager to hear from you about your priorities. I hope you’ll follow me on Facebook so you can see what we’re up to. And please feel free to reach out anytime at 360-786-7560 or Emily.Randall@leg.wa.gov. The more we hear from you, the better our work in Olympia can reflect our shared values and goals.

All my best,

Signature

Legislature more diverse than ever before

January 15th, 2019|

The 2018 election has brought a new complexion to the Washington State Legislature, the most diverse in its history. In a story reporting the historic changes, Sen. Emily Randall told KOMO News:

“My grandparents moved to Washington from the Southwest. My family is Chicano. They moved in the ’60s to escape racism and they found this welcoming community, and now their granddaughter is a state senator. So it’s really exciting.”

You can read the full story and see the video here.

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    Randall sworn in, ready to get to work on health care and education

Randall sworn in, ready to get to work on health care and education

January 14th, 2019|

OLYMPIA – With a packed Senate gallery looking on, Emily Randall (D-Bremerton) was sworn in today as the state senator representing the 26th Legislative District. Randall is one of five new Democratic members joining the Senate today.

“I’m eager to get to work on behalf of the families and communities in the 26th District,” Randall said. “We are going to build a future that’s full of opportunity for all Washingtonians, one where all of us can afford to live full and healthy lives.”

A community organizer and advocate for health care and education, Randall will be the vice chair of the Health & Long Term Care and the Higher Education & Workforce Development committees. She will also serve on the Transportation Committee.

“Growing up in Port Orchard, I saw every day that education and health care are issues that touch all our lives. I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues to expand access to health care, make college more affordable, and build pathways to living wage jobs in our communities.”

The 26th District covers southeastern Kitsap Peninsula, stretching from Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula in the south to Bremerton and Port Orchard in the north, and includes parts of both Pierce and Kitsap Counties.


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For information: Kenneth Fockele, Senate Democratic Communications, 360-786-7013

Sen. Randall assigned to committees

January 14th, 2019|

Sen. Emily Randall has been assigned to three committees in the Washington State Senate for the 2019 Legislative Session.

Randall will be the vice chair of the Senate Health & Long Term Care and the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development committees. She will also serve on the Senate Transportation Committee.