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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 – 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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E-news – Introducing my team!

January 27th, 2020|

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Dear friends and neighbors,

This week we moved full speed ahead with policy work, committee hearings, stakeholder round tables, and constituent meetings. We started the week off with a beautiful celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during which I was honored to stand and speak to his legacy, as well as the legacy of hope and justice that was left by our district’s very own former-Senator Bill Smitherman and our beloved Bishop Larry Robertson. What a powerful way to begin a week of work for the people of Washington. Other highlights included: committee hearings on my bills to expand postpartum Medicaid coverage for brand new birth parents for a full year – instead of the current 60 days (SB 6128) – and my bill to pave the way for more school-based health clinics (SB 6279). Looking forward to continuing our work to expand access to health care this session. 

Introducing my team

We have an awesome team who jumped right into session – even starting at our pre-session #townhalltour, setting up meetings with constituents, getting prepared for committee hearings, tracking important legislation, and doing everything possible to serve you in Olympia. I’m going to introduce them over the next couple weeks, starting with my session aide and intern! 

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Cameron Kockritz, my session aide, grew up in Kalama, Washington, right along the Columbia River. She graduated recently from The Evergreen State College – one of our state’s amazing institutions of higher education! – where she studied Political Science and Literature. 

Something Cam loves about the legislature is that there’s always something to do: every day brings new and compelling challenges and opportunities. She says that “there is everything to love about working here in the legislature, but one of my absolute favorite parts is meeting and listening to everyone who visits Senator Randall and seeing how individual priorities weave together to highlight the larger intersecting issues, and how those issues then help guide the senator.” 

Ultimately, she says that she loves the way our office is based in service, and appreciates how highly we value voices and populations often shut out from policy conversations. I’m so glad Cameron has joined us for the session  strengthening our team with her own voice and incredible commitment to service! Since she’s one of the first faces you see when you visit our office, I hope you’ll swing by and get a chance to meet her. 

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Ashley Rot, my wonderful intern, is originally from Naperville, IL, before she moved to Alta, WY, where her family still lives. She’s currently a junior at the University of Puget Sound – yet another amazing university I love to visit – and will graduate with the class of ’21. She’s passionate about policy and law, and I’m excited to follow her future career! 

She says her favorite thing about the legislature has been “meeting so many different people, each with their own passion for a different issue. Every day I go home thinking about an issue I hadn’t previously considered, because the people of Washington brought it to us!” And something she loves about our office in particular is that she’s treated like a valuable member of the team – because she is! – and that together we fight to ensure that every voice is valued. 

Ashley advises anyone considering working at the legislature to just apply! “Apply for any position, because people are so helpful and willing to work with you. Even if you don’t see yourself represented in the legislature, there’s someone rooting for you to apply so you can contribute your knowledge, your unique perspective, and your experiences.” Well said, Ashley! 

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 360-786-7560 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,

E-news – The best start to a great week

January 20th, 2020|

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Friends, neighbors—

First in Bremerton, then in Gig Harbor, next in Port Orchard, and finally on the Key Peninsula. With every stop on last Saturday’s town hall tour – whether we were discussing health and long term care, military and human services, education, or transportation and natural resources – I found myself surrounded by community members who share a love for our home and an excitement for joining forces to make it the best it can be.

I stood shoulder to shoulder with community leaders who work with one another and with the legislature to advocate for our region. I listened to your concerns about developmental disability supports and services, state assistance for veterans and their families, transportation projects in the wake of I-976, and the rising costs of health care. I saw familiar faces and met new neighbors. At the end of the day of town halls, I felt so uplifted and encouraged by the energy and the ideas everyone brought to the table. Thank you for joining me – in person or in spirit.

Here’s a recap:

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Bremerton

At the Bremerton town hall on health and long term care, I had the opportunity to share my experience with health care expansion. When my sister Olivia was born with microcephaly, it was only a recent Medicaid expansion by the Washington State Legislature that provided for the equipment and assistance she needed to live a full and happy life at home with my family. Neighbors who attended the Bremerton town hall shared their own stories, similar and unique, about the importance of health care access to them and their families, and asked great questions about what else the legislature is doing – and how it’s joining hands with local leaders – to broaden equity and access in health care. One such question concerned folks struggling with drug dependency, and the availability of the treatment they need to recover. I can confidently say that the legislature is committed to expanding access to community-based care, which has had proven positive impacts on supporting and healing drug-dependent individuals.

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Port Orchard

At the Port Orchard town hall on military and human services, community leaders with backgrounds in Department of Human Services work, veteran affairs, and Kitsap Community Resources (among others!) joined me for a conversation about regional opportunities to access care and support of all kinds. Some topics we discussed at length concerned what the legislature is doing to support folks with developmental disabilities, and how we’re helping our neighbors experiencing homelessness. This session, I’m sponsoring SB 6056 to give better access to support for the 14,000 Washingtonians in the DD community waiting on a “No Paid Services Caseload” without a case manager to assess their needs. This will connect families with the services they require. And on the topic of housing, last session saw huge progress toward safe and stable shelter for our unhoused neighbors, thanks to community organizations’ work and support from the state. We still struggle to find locations for shelters and affordable housing, but it’s an issue we’ll be actively working on. Stay tuned!

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Gig Harbor

After Port Orchard, we had a stop in Gig Harbor to talk about education – a subject I could talk forever about, as the new chair of Higher Education and Workforce Development! Our conversation wasn’t limited to higher education exclusively – thanks to the community leaders present with backgrounds in K-12 education and special education – so we had a rich discussion about supporting Washington students through every single step of their education journey. One big topic: Washington’s abysmal FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) completion rates. We rank 47th in the country! So we chatted about how we can make the prospect of college-going less intimidating and more attainable for young learners, and I explained how my bill – SB 6141 – aims to encourage FAFSA and WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) participation, so that students no longer leave money on the table but instead seize the resources available to them to pursue whatever college or career pathway they choose.

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Key Peninsula

Wrapping up the day at the Key Peninsula town hall, we discussed transportation and natural resources. Our turnout was incredible – standing room only! – even though it was a dark and cold Saturday evening. There were lots of great questions about how the legislature is going to respond to I-976 this session. The real impact on the state’s budget cannot be understated. We will work hard to do the least amount of damage to transportation projects that serve Washingtonians while we grapple with this new budget deficit. As we work through solutions, I’m thinking about our neighbors with disabilities who depend on special needs transit, the climate impacts of outdated infrastructure, and isolated communities like ours that have real transportation needs.

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First week of session!

Immediately after our town hall tour on January 11, we started session 2020 on January 13! Already, I’ve testified on three of my bills in committee (SB 6058SB 6140, and SB 6141), and have visited with dozens of stakeholders and advocates from LD 26 and throughout the state. This awesome group in the photo with me are folks who want to bring up-and-coming entrepreneurs into the local food economy. The neighbor who makes incredible empanadas, lumpia, injera, ravioli – whatever it may be! – could turn those home recipes and love of sharing culturally-significant food into a small local business. We just need a small policy update. Alongside this great team of advocates, we’re going to pass SB 6434.

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 TOMORROW, Saturday 1/11!

January 10th, 2020|

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Friends, neighbors—

Tomorrow’s the day! I hope you’ll join me at one (or more!) of the four town halls I’m hosting tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 11 — in Bremerton, Port Orchard, Gig Harbor, and in the Key Peninsula — so that as many members of our community as possible will be able to join us. Each town hall will focus on a different theme: health and long term care, military and human services, education, and transportation and natural resources. We’ll be joined at each town hall by different community leaders with expertise in these issues to share how they have partnered with the legislature, and to facilitate a robust discussion of your concerns, answer your questions, and learn from one another. I’m so excited to share with you the legislation I’ve been working on and what the 2020 session (which starts on Monday, Jan. 13!) has in store.  

I’ve spent this interim in deep conversations with so many of you, my neighbors and constituents, and I know how brilliant and resilient our community is. We can accomplish amazing things for our friends and neighbors not just in LD 26 but across Washington state by working together. 

look forward to seeing you tomorrow! Let us know if you can make it to one of the town halls – bonus points if you bring a new friend! – by clicking on the Facebook links below or by replying to this email. (About a month ago we also put our town hall information here and here, if you’d like alternative online routes to the info!)

Bremerton Town Hall – Health & Long-term Care

  • Location: Olympic College Bremerton, Building 7 – 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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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.

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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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E-news – Protecting our environment

November 15th, 2019|

Friends, neighbors —

More and more frequently we are hearing news reports of record-breaking droughts, wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, rising ocean levels, and animal extinctions. These side effects of climate change demand our attention as we ask ourselves: will we be able to pass on a healthy, livable planet to our children and grandchildren? In fact, it is our children and grandchildren whose collective voices are the loudest, calling us to address climate change as the leading policy, business, and moral issue of our time.

I’m so proud of these young leaders. They give me so much hope.  But they shouldn’t be alone in the fight for their right to clean air and clean water. That’s why I use my voice in the Legislature to advocate for policies designed to protect our environment. We owe it to present and future generations to take decisive action that protects our climate, cleans our air, and creates clean-energy jobs. 

Today, I want to give you an overview of the sustainable, earth-conscious legislation signed into law this past session, along with an update about what’s to come.

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Renewable fuels

The transportation sector is responsible for more than 40% of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions, a greater proportion than in most states, largely because the electricity sector produces less carbon here. As a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, at the forefront of my mind is not only how we cut commutes and make our roads safer but also how we make the transportation sector more sustainable. That’s why we passed HB 1512, providing municipal electric utilities with greater authority to make investments in electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. 

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Reducing Plastics Waste and Recycling Contamination

One of my favorite things about our beautiful 26th District is our access to clear salt water. Not only do our harbors and beaches advance our local economies by providing jobs and encouraging tourism, they’re also simply beautiful. And it’s on us to make sure they stay that way. In Olympia, we want to do everything we can to keep harmful plastics and other garbage out of our waterways and marine systems. Last session, we passed many waste reduction bills, including: 

  • SB 5397 (HB 1204) directs the state Department of Ecology to study the management and disposal of plastic packaging and provide recommendations to the 2021 Legislature for reducing plastic waste as well as requiring greater product “stewardship” by manufacturers of plastic packaging. 
  • HB 1543 (SB 5545) creates the Recycling Development Center within Ecology to further the development of markets and processing for recycled commodities by reducing the contamination of separated recyclables that reduces the value of the material collected. 
  • HB 1569 requires compostable packaging to meet specified industry technical standards and to be labeled in ways that do not mislead consumers. 

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Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Climate change threatens our economy, public health, safety and quality of life — and it will worsen if we don’t address greenhouse gas emissions and work hard to lower them. The longer we wait, the higher the cost will be. That’s why we passed several important bills aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions in buildings and appliances and by promoting clean energy.

  • HB 1257 (SB 5293) requires the state Department of Commerce to establish an energy performance standard for existing large commercial buildings, beginning with the largest buildings in 2026.  
    • HB 1257 is a first-in-the-nation model for reducing significant emissions from our buildings sector. It presents a chance to have cleaner buildings, a better environment, and a higher quality of life. 
  • HB 1444 (SB 5115) adopts efficiency standards for certain appliance types, continues the Community Energy Efficiency Program, and provides $12.5 million for energy efficiency upgrades and solar power installation in public buildings. 
    • HB 1444 requires “what’s on the shelf” to be the most-efficient product available. That will particularly benefit renters and tenants by ensuring that apartments, homes and commercial spaces run on equipment that meets at least minimum requirements. 

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This past session saw some huge progress in the direction of sustainability and leaves me excited about our greener, healthier future. We still have a lot of work to do, but with your help and your input, I know that our district and our state can continue to sustain the most beautiful coastlines, the healthiest marine life, the most majestic forests, the coolest volcanoes — and overall be the best state ever.

Around the 26th 

I hope you can join me at my last coffee hour of the year at the downtown Bremerton Kitsap Regional Library on Nov. 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. You can see more details here. I’m so sad this is our last one of 2019, as I have had a wonderful time meeting so many of you and hearing your feedback and new ideas for making our communities the best they can be. I’m already looking forward to starting these coffee hours back up again next year!

My week in service

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 Facebook. You can see this week’s here.

Keep in touch

I’m eager to hear from you about your priorities. I hope you’ll follow me on Facebook so you can see what my team and I are up to. And please feel free to reach out anytime at (360) 627-7610 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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Randall voted Chair of Senate Higher Education Committee

October 8th, 2019|

BREMERTON – Sen. Emily Randall (D-Bremerton) has been chosen to chair the Senate Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee.

“I’m honored to have the trust of my colleagues to lead our efforts to make higher education more affordable and accessible to all Washingtonians,” said Randall. “As the first in my family to graduate from college, I know firsthand what higher education can do to open up a world of possibilities.”

Randall previously served as vice chair of the committee. Under her tenure, the Legislature passed the Workforce Education Investment Act, which dramatically increased foundational support for community and technical colleges and created the Washington College Grant Program, a statewide guaranteed free college program serving up to 110,000 low-income students.

The Legislature also passed a bill sponsored by Randall, Senate Bill 5800, which establishes pilot programs at four colleges across the state, two on each side of the Cascades, to provide assistance to homeless students and students who were in foster care.

“As a state, we’ve taken important steps to support young students experiencing homelessness while in our K-12 system, but once they get to college, they lose that network,” Randall said. “This bill will help connect students to services, and it will allow us to collect data to inform our future efforts.”  

As acting chair of the Senate Higher Education and Workforce Development Committee, Randall has spent the interim touring colleges and universities around the state to check on innovative new programs they are implementing. “We’re working to provide opportunities for all students, regardless of their zip code or family income,” said Randall.

Randall’s selection as chair will be formalized in a vote of the full Senate on the first day of the 2020 legislative session.

E-News – Health care progress report

September 5th, 2019|

Friends, neighbors—

Across the country, our health care is endangered by recklessness and greed. But here in Washington, we can — and we will — continue leading the country in expanding access to the care that folks need.

This year, we took historic steps to expand access to health care—to address the urgent problems with our system now and to make our system better in the long term.

  • The Reproductive Health Access for All Act, which I sponsored, prohibited health care discrimination based on gender identity, expanded reproductive health access for our transgender neighbors, extended care to college students who have suffered sexual assault, and put more muscle behind HIV education outreach.
  • The new Cascade Care program will provide the nation’s first public option. It will be available to all Washingtonians who aren’t covered by an employer, and it will decrease the cost of premiums, copays, and out-of-pocket expenses on the individual insurance market.
  • The Universal Healthcare Workgroup we funded this session will form a plan to ensure that every Washingtonian has the care they need. We have a strong history in our state of leading the nation on health care expansion. And I’m excited about where we’re headed together.
  • The Long-Term Care Trust Act is the first statewide long-term care insurance system in the nation. It will help prevent thousands of working and middle-class families from having to spend down their savings to pay for their care. This is all about building a safe and stable future for all Washingtonians!

Our work is not done, but I’m in it for the long haul. We won’t go back.

Calling all college students!

Applications for the 2020 session intern program are open! It’s a great opportunity to learn about our government at work and get hands-on experience with the legislative process. Junior and senior students in any major can apply, and interns receive a cost-of-living stipend to help make this more accessible.  You can read more and find the application here.

Sen. Randall and Kenzie Taylor
We appreciated the work of my wonderful intern in the 2019 session, Kenzie Taylor!

Around the 26th 

I hope you can join me at one of my coffee hours around the district: 1st Mondays in Port Orchard (moved to the 5th Monday this month due to Labor Day), 2nd Mondays in Gig Harbor, 3rd Mondays on the Key Peninsula, and 4th Mondays in Bremerton. You can see the details about the upcoming schedule on my website or Facebook.

On September 9, the Gig Harbor coffee hour will be one hour shorter than usual so that we can attend the groundbreaking for the new Splash Pad at Gateway Park! See more info here.

My week in service

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 Facebook. You can see this week’s here.

Keep in touch

I’m eager to hear from you about your priorities. I hope you’ll follow me on Facebook so you can see what my team and I are up to. And please feel free to reach out anytime at (360) 627-7610 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

LGBTQ Caucus supports gender-nonbinary option for state IDs

August 13th, 2019|

The members of the Washington State Legislative LGBTQ caucus wrote the following letter in support of the rule change:

As members of the Washington State Legislative LGBTQ Caucus, we write regarding your proposed rule change to allow Washington residents to choose from three options when getting a state-issued ID: female, male, and X. Last session, we passed a bill establishing the LGBTQ Commission to work with state agencies on issues exactly like this rule change. We strongly support this latest step in the state’s efforts to be more inclusive of all our residents.

While no one additional designation could capture the many realities of gender in cultures today and throughout history, the X serves as a symbol of our state’s commitment to honor the lives of those whose gender identities are nonbinary.

This move will have further practical benefits for gender nonbinary people and for our society. It will create greater consistency with our state birth certificates, which have included a possible X designation since 2018. And it will encourage the private sector to make the practical changes—such as changing forms or reprogramming software to accept more than two genders—that can make a significant difference in the daily lives of LGBTQ Washingtonians. In addition, we applaud the choice to allow self-identification of gender, which will prevent medical certification from being a barrier to choosing X.

We look forward to watching your progress toward adopting this proposal.

Sincerely yours,

Sen. Marko Liias, 21st Legislative District 
Sen. Jamie Pedersen, 43rd Legislative District 
Sen. Emily Randall, 26th Legislative District
Sen. Claire Wilson, 30th Legislative District 
Rep. Beth Doglio, 22nd Legislative District 
Rep. Laurie Jinkins, 27th Legislative District
Rep. Nicole Macri, 43rd Legislative District
Rep. Christine Kilduff, 28th Legislative District