Monthly Archives: December 2019

E-news – 12 Highlights of Christmas

December 23rd, 2019|

Friends, neighbors—

We’re rounding out the year of 2019 and what an incredible year it has been. You and I have worked so hard together – through conversations, coffee hours, letters, emails, phone calls, rallies – to make the 26th legislative district and the state of Washington a better place for all of us. We expanded access and pathways to health care, we better supported our seniors and veterans and lower-income neighbors, we made it easier for students of every age and in every stage of life to fulfill their dreams through higher education, and we ensured our community got the state investments we deserve. 

As we enter the holiday season of thankfulness and reflection on the year behind us and look forward to the year ahead  it’s important to celebrate our victories. Here are a few of my favorite highlights from 2019 and hopes for 2020: 

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#1: I gave my first speech on the floor of the Senate to advocate for military families! The policy is about ensuring that we serve the families that serve us – it allows the children of service members to enroll in school using their new base as their address (before they find their new home). This will make the transition to a new school for the kids, for their families, and for their school districts just a little easier. (A little inside baseball: the version that the Governor signed is a little different than my version SB 5603, so it doesn’t show up as a “companion bill,” but I worked closely with Rep. Christine Kilduff in the House to get this important policy to home plate.) 

#2: We passed my Reproductive Health Access for All Act! This bill prohibits health care discrimination based on gender identity.  Our neighbors have faced continued discrimination and barriers to care. This bill protects Washingtonians who are often ignored, and provides access to the essential health care they need and deserve. Along the way to the Governor’s desk we also added other important protections: ensuring hospitals are clear about what sort of reproductive health care they offer, and ensuring college student health plans cover the health care needs of survivors of sexual assault. This bill was one of my priorities last session, and we got it done! 

#3: We got the state to invest $29 million of capital budget funds in our community! This isn’t an exhaustive list, but here are some highlights: 

  • $10.1 million for Olympic College’s Innovation & Technology Learning Center and the renovation of the Shop Building 
  • $4 million for construction work atRetsilVeterans Home 
  • $2.3 million for Minter Hatchery Intakes 
  • $2 million for Peninsula Community Health Services Behavioral Expansion and Mobile Dental Clinic 
  • $1.2 million for Kopachuck Beach Area improvements 
  • $1 million for the Mustard Seed Project, which promotes independent living for seniors on Key Peninsula 

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#4:My caucus chose me to be the Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee chair! I have been so honored and humbled to be trusted by my colleagues to lead this important committee. This is a rare opportunity for first-year legislators, and I do not take it for granted. I’m eager to lead this team forward as we make higher education more accessible and affordable for all students, engage adult learners, give first-generation students the support they need to navigate these systems, and continue building a strong workforce through education. 

#5:We made our roads safer for folks on bikes, on foot, and in wheelchairs! We did this through my bill, SB 5723, which creates clearer right-of-way rules to better protect vulnerable road-users. As a member of the Transportation Committee, I care not only about alleviating congestion and making sure our region gets the transportation investments we deserve, but also about making road travel safer for all of us. Transportation will continue to be a priority this year as we determine Washington’s best path forward in the wake of I-976, so stay tuned as we work on this.

#6:We took bold action to mitigate the damaging impacts of climate change! More than 40% of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions comes from our transportation sector alone. As a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, I care about how we cut commutes and make our roads safer, while working hand-in-hand with efforts to develop a more sustainable transportation sector. I’m proud that last session we passed HB 1512, providing municipal electric utilities with greater authority to make investments in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. Not only that, but we set groundbreaking new clean energy standards to cut greenhouse gas emissions in buildings as well as appliances and cars. We owe this to future generations. 

#7:We’ll be supporting Fire Stations who want to provide on-site health care! Just a few weeks ago, I dropped a bill that will expand the authority of fire protection districts to establish and provide health clinic services. This amazing idea was brought to the table by the Key Peninsula Fire District. It’s going to be another critical step in making sure health care is accessible to everyone who needs it. I am so excited to partner with our amazing fire fighters to see this through. Read more about this on my Facebook page

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#8: We’ll fix our Caseload Forecasting system! Currently, the Caseload Forecast Council provides the state of Washington with a projection of the number of people who need services from different entitlement programs, but right now, DD services aren’t included in caseload forecasting. This makes things hard for families that qualify for services based on disability but end up on what’s called the “No Paid Services Caseload” (which is a massive 14,000+ person wait list). I want to fix this. We need to fix this. My bill will give people on the No Paid Services Caseload a case manager to assess their needs and help them find supports. 

#9: We’ll take important steps to protect the health of new parents!  The United States – including Washington – reports shocking numbers of high-risk pregnancies, post-partum complications, and maternal mortality, despite our wealth and medical advancement. The numbers are especially stark for women of color. All Washingtonians deserve safety and comfort after they welcome a new little family member into the world – it should be one of the happiest moments of their lives, not one of the most stressful. That’s why I’ll be sponsoring a bill to improve maternal health outcomes by extending Medicaid coverage to one year post-partum. 

#10: We will encourage more entrepreneurs into the food economy! I plan to propose legislation that will bring more entrepreneurs – especially women, people of color, and immigrants – into the formal system and provide them with better education and training about public and environmental health. You may hear about it as a “Microenterprise Home Kitchens bill.” It will encourage more entrepreneurs with very small food businesses (think: the neighbor who makes amazing lumpia or tamales!) to expand into a more traditional food business model with micro-scale enterprises. 

#11: We will promote access to earned benefits and services for our LGBTQ+ military veterans! Last session, I sponsored a bill (SB 5900) that would create the position of LGBTQ Coordinator within the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs. That bill didn’t make it out of committee last year, but the path to the Governor’s desk looks good for 2020. LGBTQ veterans experience higher rates of depression and suicidal ideation, loneliness, and isolation. This new position will connect with our brave veterans and ensure we’re serving them in their time of need. 

#12: We’ll work to expand access to school based health care – supporting student success and long term health outcomes! Too many children struggle in school and in life because they aren’t getting the health care they need – for colds and flus, and for depression and substance abuse. Maybe it’s because parents are working multiple jobs and can’t take time off work for a doctor’s appointment, maybe it’s because the students aren’t comfortable opening up about their needs, maybe it’s because the nearest clinic is an hour or more away on public transit. Washington State has a number of School Based Health Centers – partnerships between school districts and health clinics – that are meeting students where they are, and helping them get healthy and stay healthy. In 2020, I’m going to work to expand School Based Health Centers into more districts! 

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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 legislative calendar each week on my Facebook page.

Keep in touch

My team and I are 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 360-786-7650 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,

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    E-news – Town Halls on Sat., 1/11 + Getting ready for session

E-news – Town Halls on Sat., 1/11 + Getting ready for session

December 6th, 2019|

Friends, neighbors—

Mark your calendars for several town halls happening on Saturday, January 11, 2020! We’ll be having four separate town halls at four different locations throughout the district—all on Jan. 11—so that I can hear from you about your priorities as we approach the 2020 legislative session. Plus, we’re trying something new! To best share with you what kind of policy I’ve been working on with members of our community on issues like health care, human services, education, and transportation, we will be joined by local community leaders at each of these town halls. I’m excited to talk about how we’ve all been working hard together to make the kind of change you want to see.

Let us know if you can make it to one (or two, or all) of the town halls by clicking on the Facebook links below or by replying to this email:

Bremerton Town Hall – Health & Long-term Care

  • Location: Olympic College Bremerton – 1600 Chester Ave, Bremerton, WA 98337
  • Time: Jan. 11, 9:00am – 10:30am

Port Orchard Town Hall – Military & Human Services

  • Location: Port Orchard City Hall – 216 Prospect St, Port Orchard, WA 98366
  • Time: Jan. 11, 11:30am – 1:00pm

Gig Harbor Town Hall – Education

  • Tacoma Community College Gig Harbor – 3993 Hunt St, Gig Harbor, WA 98335
  • Time: Jan. 11, 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Key Peninsula Town Hall – Transportation & Natural Resources

  • Location: Key Peninsula Civic Center – 17010 S Vaughn Rd NW, Vaughn, WA 98394
  • Time: Jan. 11, 4:30pm – 6:00pm

You can see more information on the town halls here.

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Counting down the days until session…

With just a handful of weeks left until the start of the 2020 legislative session, I have been hard at work with constituents and stakeholders—visiting different parts of our community, having conversations about priorities, drafting legislation. Democracy takes all of us, and I have been humbled time and again by your willingness to give me feedback, get involved, and help me determine the policy changes that will make life better for you, our neighbors, and all Washingtonians as we gear up for session.

A highlight of the past two weeks was my first Higher Education and Workforce Development committee meeting as chair! We had a great work session, which you can watch by clicking here. Also during committee assembly week, we got back into the swing of things in my other two committees: Transportation and Health and Long-term Care. Check out what we talked about in Transportation here, and watch Health and Long-term Care here.

11.4 PO coffee hour

Last week was the last of our 20 interim coffee hours. I had the joy of hearing directly from you about your concerns and ideas and keeping you up to date about my policy plans for next session. Whether or not you were able to join a coffee hour, I hope you can make it to a town hall on January 11. You’ll have the opportunity to ask me anything about what next session will hold, and bring your ideas and input—just in time for session to start on January 13!

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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 legislative calendar each week on my Facebook page.

Keep in touch

My team and I are 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 360-786-7650 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,

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