Monthly Archives: February 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: House and Senate commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

February 25th, 2020|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Feb. 25, 2020

House and Senate commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

OLYMPIA —Sen. Emily Randall (D-Bremerton) and Rep. Christine Kilduff (D-University Place) today sponsored resolutions celebrating the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), landmark legislation that established legal civil rights for people with disabilities for the first time in U.S. history. Signed into law in 1990, the ADA establishes accessibility requirements and prohibits discrimination in many areas of public life, including employment, education, transportation and telecommunication services.

“Disability should not be a barrier to an individual’s ability to hold a job, attend school, ride the bus, or go to a restaurant,” said Kilduff, the sponsor in the House. “As Washington continues the work of ensuring that persons with disabilities have equal opportunities and the ability to participate fully in society, the ADA remains the most important tool for breaking down these barriers.”

“The ADA is a result of the tireless work of self-advocates and their families and allies,” said Randall, the Senate sponsor. “This legislation is a testament to the resiliency and persistence of these champions for equity, who inspire me every single day to make my own office, my own work and the entire state of Washington more inclusive and reachable.”

“Folks with disabilities still face barriers that we need to dismantle, but I’m hopeful – thanks to groundwork established by the ADA – that we will keep winning accessibility, keep winning justice, keep winning inclusion,” said Randall.

The language of the resolutions can be found here.

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For information:

Hannah Sabio Howell, Senate Democratic Communications, 360-786-7326

Peter Kitchen, House Democratic Communications, 360-786-7282

For interviews:

Sen. Emily Randall

Rep. Christine Kilduff

E-news – Washingtonians working hand in hand

February 24th, 2020|

Friends, neighbors –  

I’m here to solve problems for our communities. I’m here to break through partisan gridlock. I’m here to work with and for my neighbors, colleagues, teachers, doctors, laborers, and Washingtonians across our state on our collective march toward a better future for all of us. This past week, we passed four of my bills on a unanimous or nearly unanimous vote because folks on both sides of the aisle put the needs of Washingtonians first. I’m proud of the work we’ve done together, and even though I’m still here in Olympia, I want to give you an up-close look at what we’re up to! 

That’s why I’m hosting a Mid-Session Facebook Live Chat on Tuesday, Feb. 25, from 7 pm – 7:30 pm. Tune in on my Facebook page to join the conversation and ask questions, make comments and hear all about what I’ve been working on. Want a reminder about my Mid-Session Chat when we go live? Head to my event on Facebook by clicking here or by clicking on the photo below, and hit the “GOING” or “INTERESTED” button. That way, you’ll get a notification on Tuesday evening that we’re live – and it’ll be super easy to click on a link and join us! 

P.S. If you have an Instagram account, we’ll also be live-streaming my chat on Instagram Live. That’ll be another good way to tune in on Tuesday.

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As a teaser, here’s an overview of unanimously-approved bills: 

SB 6128  – This bill extends Medicaid coverage during the postpartum period from the current 60 days to a *full year* post-pregnancy. I’m thrilled that we passed this, because the positive impact it will have on people’s lives will extend far beyond that initial year. One full year of Medicaid coverage means that more parents who have just given birth will be able to spend that precious and critical period of time with their newest family member – the time they need to heal and bond. 

This investment in the first 365 days of life for an infant and the first 365 days post-pregnancy for a new parent is an investment in the whole family’s well-being. We know that future health outcomes, housing stability, financial security, and family cohesion improve when an individual’s first year of life – and their parent’s first year of parenthood – is secure. Everybody wins when parents have the breathing room to focus on their health and the health of their baby. 

SB 6141 – This bill nearly passed unanimously (47 to 1) and is an exciting step to address our state’s severely low FAFSA completion rates. FAFSA/WASFA (aka the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and Washington Application for Student Financial Aid) is a way for students to find out what kind of financial support they will receive to pursue the higher education option that works best for them and their goals.

When students don’t finish their FAFSA/WASFA applications, don’t know how to start their FAFSA/WASFA applications, or don’t know that FAFSA/WASFA exists to serve them in the first place, we know that they’re far less likely to pursue further education after high school. We want to launch our students into the careers of tomorrow and into the workforce that we so desperately need to thrive as a state. My bill – to give students a financial aid calculator, dedicate a day to FAFSA/WASFA completion in schools, and simplify the financial aid award comparison process – will help us better support our students and grow our diverse, bustling workforce. 

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SB 6565 – This bill has a personal story behind it. My dad used to drive me to t-ball practice on the back of his Harley, which is a memory I cherish – and which showed me how pragmatic motorcycles are as a form of transportation! I was eager to help when bikers from my district brought forward a suggestion about how to make their lives a little easier as motorcycle-riders in a way that is both simple and common-sense. My bill would allow motorcyclists to park multiple to a car space in parking lots, as well as diagonally to the curb (instead of requiring them to park parallel). This is good policy for both motorcycle-owners and car-owners who will now have more lot space and more street-parking space for their vehicles – and every single senator agreed! 

SB 6358 – This bill expands the availability of affordable care to communities like ours – rural or geographically isolated areas – and supports the providers who are caring for us. Currently, when a regular health care provider is temporarily absent (think maternity leave, or when someone is trying to scale back or retire) hospitals and health clinics often use substitute providers to fill in. There have been some barriers to those substitute providers being reimbursed for that work by Medicaid Managed Care Organizations – or MCOs. This common sense clean-up bill fixes the problem! 

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 here each week on Facebook, and have launched an Instagram account (@senatoremilyrandall) and a Twitter account (practically the same handle – @SenEmilyRandall) to give you more in-the-moment updates.

Keep in touch

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 360-786-7650 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 – Lights, camera, floor action

February 17th, 2020|

Friends, neighbors— 

Having completed week number five of session, we’re officially more than halfway to the finish line of our 60-day short session! This week, the House and Senate were both on the floor full-time, debating bills and sending them to the other chamber to start working their way through the process over there. It’s been a full, wonderful week of work, so here are five highlights from every day of the week to show you what we’ve been up to: 

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On Monday…

I was visited by some #wolves from South Kitsap High School, my very own alma mater! School board directors from the Peninsula, Bremerton, and South Kitsap School Districts dropped by my office to talk about how the legislature can work with high schools in the state to make sure every student has the support and access to resources that they need to finish high school strong. Extra credit goes to SKSD Director Eric Gattenby for bringing along the famous SKHS flag, which has traveled the globe with him to places like South Africa, China, and Washington, D.C.! This flag has now added the Washington State Capitol to its ranks, and if you’d like to see the most well-traveled flag in the state, drop by my office – I have it on our wall! 

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On Tuesday…

An awesome group of advocates from the United Way of Pierce County stopped in. I have so much admiration for these folks – they dedicate their time and energy to tackling our community’s toughest challenges, and they came to talk to me about how the state can support struggling families in Pierce County with more readily available resources, including South Sound 211, a free community hotline that connects folks to critical services related to everything from rent assistance to tax preparation services. I love getting to meet up with constituents doing such good work. It’s an honor to stand alongside them in partnership against poverty, working toward a shared value: helping people thrive. 

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On Wednesday…

Full-time floor action started! I am absolutely thrilled to share that my bill to establish an LGBTQ veteran coordinator passed with incredible bipartisan support. This piece of legislation has been over a year in the making. It’s something I have been committed to since I joined the Senate. This bill is a product of dozens of conversations with military friends, family, and neighbors who’ve been asking for a veteran coordinator that is dedicated to connecting LGBTQ vets to the resources they deserve, and so often go without. Read more about it here! 

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On Thursday…

We celebrated the powerful, lasting legacy of women who fought for suffrage. Because of those who made their voices loud and clear to advocate for the right to vote, women now have a seat at the policymaking table. Though it took decades for women – all women – to receive this precious right, we honor the movement of inclusion and equity that paved the way for us. It was my privilege to hold the symbol of the women’s suffrage flag alongside my friends Sen. Darneille and Sen. Lovelett as we celebrated the steps toward a more robust democracy that we’ve made – and continue to make – as a state and as a nation. 

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On Friday…

We were debating bills on the floor nearly all day, which meant we got to send some amazing legislation over to the House. One of the highlights included a data privacy bill (SB 6281) that bolsters consumers’ access to and control over their personal data held by companies. It gives Washingtonians the tools to determine how their personal data is used and shared. That includes the right to know who is using their data and why,  the right to delete certain personal data, and the right to opt out of the processing of data. The act also requires companies – like Amazon, Microsoft, Google, Facebook – to disclose data management policies in order to increase transparency and establishes limits on the commercial use of facial recognition technology. I was proud to support a bill that puts Washingtonians and their right to their own data first!

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 here each week on Facebook, and have launched an Instagram account (@senatoremilyrandall) to give you more in-the-moment updates.

Keep in touch

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 360-786-7650 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 – Shout out to our youngest community members!

February 10th, 2020|

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Friends, neighbors— 

As of today, we have hit our first important deadline: policy cutoff. That means that we’ve introduced the last new bills of the 2020 session, and now we’ll begin to move the best of these bills along in the process. I’m excited that we’re going to be able to keep discussing and moving so many important pieces of legislation to remove barriers to higher education, cut costs in health care, make life easier for our military members and their families, and promote the well-being of our K-12 kiddos. 

Speaking of kiddos—I had so many fun visits from our young activists and advocates this week, and I want to highlight them and their priorities today. After all, these young people are tomorrow’s leaders, teachers, healers, peace-keepers. I love seeing them at the legislature using their voices, plugging their communities, and building a movement. This one’s for them! 

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Kiddos tackle the capitol

A handful of school groups from schools in my district – like East Port Orchard Elementary, Hidden Creek Elementary, and a Puget Sound-wide group of homeschoolers – have visited Olympia on field trips, and I always try to duck off the floor or out of committee to swing by and chat with them. Our students are so eager to learn – and brimming with excellent questions! The educators and parents chaperoning my young constituents watch with pride and encouragement as students share their policy concerns and ask questions about the legislative process. It’s clear that these caring adults are doing an amazing job stoking their curiosity and empowering them to love learning. No matter where I am or what I’m doing during session, I will always do my very best to come visit these kiddos during their field trips! 

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Teens tellin’ it like it is

A couple impressive students from South Kitsap High School and Central Kitsap High School – two fantastic schools in Kitsap County – visited me as advocates with Planned Parenthood Teen Council. These brave students shared why they support comprehensive sexual health education to help young people make the best decisions possible about their bodies, their relationships, and their futures. I’m happy to say the Senate passed the bill these students were advocating for (SB 5395) to empower and equip students with the information they need. Next step: action in the House! 

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Tooth fairies speaking the truth

This smart cookie came to my office to voice her support for SB 5392, allowing dental therapists to train and practice across Washington. This legislation is so important because it makes things easier for highly qualified professionals in the dental profession to provide dental care, especially in areas – like ours! – where adequate dental care may be far out of reach, or too expensive. I was so proud of this tooth fairy activist for using her time and her voice to speak out for her community on this issue! 

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 here and a week-in-review video here each week on Facebook. 

Keep in touch

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 360-786-7650 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 – Introducing my team, part 2!

February 3rd, 2020|

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Friends, neighbors – 

We’re now three weeks into session, and I’m proud of what we’ve already accomplished. On the Senate floor we strengthened last year’s investment in higher education access for Washington students; we moved my post-partum Medicaid expansion bill out of the Health and Long Term Care committee and on to Ways & Means (the next step in the process to passage!); I introduced a common sense bike-signal bill in the Transportation committee; and I got to visit with two 4th grade classes visiting the Capitol on field trips! 

It’s been a busy and successful week, and I have the support of my neighbors, my colleagues, and my staff to thank for helping me get such great work done. In last week’s newsletter, I introduced my session aide (Cameron) and my intern (Ashley), two awesome young women who are a crucial part of my team. Today, I want to introduce the other half of my team – Sarah, my legislative aide, and Hannah, my communications specialist! 

Introducing my team

Communicating with my district – letting you know what we’re working on, being transparent about my schedule, giving you exciting new updates – is so incredibly important to me. It’s how I keep in touch with you and how you keep in touch with me! That’s why I’m excited to work with Hannah Sabio-Howell, my new communications specialist! She helps me prep my outgoing communications, like my Facebook posts, newsletters, speeches, and press releases. Plus, she’s often my photographer and videographer at different events, so we can always show you what we’re up to.

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Hannah has lived in St. Louis, MO, Baguio City in the Philippines, and Chicago, IL – but ended up in our wonderful Washington state to be near her extended family in Walla Walla and Ritzville. She attended Whitworth University in Spokane (shout out to our independent colleges and universities!), where she studied Political Science, Spanish, and Law and Justice, then headed even further west to work for the office of Representative Springer in Kirkland. We’re glad that her journey to public service has ultimately landed her on our team, managing communications for our office! 

Hannah says that “supporting the community-driven and justice-oriented work of Senator Randall is rewarding, exciting, and fun. The senator and her staff embody the saying that ’empowered women empower women’ and I am honored to be one of the people who gets to work closely with them and for them, for the people of LD 26 and all of Washington State.” You may see Hannah running around with a camera in hand at our events or meetings throughout the year, and when you do, I hope you’ll get a chance to say hey!

Sarah Myers

Sarah Myers, my fabulous legislative assistant (aka Chief of Staff, aka The Boss) is someone you likely already know! She’s been my amazing #TeamRandall lead for a year now, helping me track policy, bring together stakeholders, organize coffee hours and town halls, and keep our office humming. She helps me out when I need to be in five places at once – and works incredibly hard to make sure we serve you to the very best of our ability.

Sarah grew up in Shelton, so the shores of the Puget Sound are close to her heart. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, then jumped straight into the legislature – the 2020 session is her fourth! 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 is building long-term relationships with constituents  relationships that continue outside the bustle of legislative session to longer, in-district meetings over interim. Sarah and I had the chance to visit organizations, businesses, and passionate advocates in the summer and fall, and she loves connecting with the familiar faces that pop through our office door in Olympia. If you haven’t had an opportunity to meet her yet, you really should! 

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 and a week-in-review video on Facebook every week. You can see last week’s calendar here, and last week’s video 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 360-786-7650 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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