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    Coffee hours in Bremerton, Port Orchard, Gig Harbor and on Key Peninsula

Coffee hours in Bremerton, Port Orchard, Gig Harbor and on Key Peninsula

Sen. Emily Randall will host coffee hours around the 26th Legislative District on Mondays during the summer and fall.

“The meetings are a time for neighbors to come to me with questions, concerns, or ideas for how we can work together to build a better 26th District,” Randall said.

Randall will hold the meetings regularly on a rotating basis, on Mondays from 4-6 p.m. The meetings in the next two months will be:

  • 1st Mondays in Port Orchard at Whiskey Gulch CoffeePub, 2065 Bay St – upcoming on June 3, no meeting on July 1
  • 2nd Mondays in Gig Harbor at Kimball Coffeehouse, 6659 Kimball Drive, Suite A102 – upcoming on June 10 and July 8
  • 3rd Mondays on the Key Peninsula at Key Center Library, 8905 Key Peninsula Hwy NW, Lakebay – upcoming on July 15, no meeting on June 17
  • 4th Mondays in Bremerton at Sen. Randall’s district office, 820 Pacific Ave, Suite 203 – upcoming on June 24 and July 29 (note 5th Monday in July)

In addition, Sen. Randall will be holding a coffee hour on Tuesday, June 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the Mustard Seed Project of Key Peninsula, 9016 154th Avenue KP S, Lakebay.

For more information, see facebook.com/senatoremilyrandall/events/ or call Sen. Randall’s district office at (360) 627-7610.

May 31st, 2019|Uncategorized|

Session Report

Dear friends and neighbors,

Now that we’ve finished the legislative session—with the first on-time budget in a decade—I’m excited to report back to you on what we did and how it will affect our community.

Since I came to Olympia this January, I have made it my mission to fight every day to make the 26th District and our whole state a better place—to expand access to health care, to make it easier for kids to fulfill their dreams through higher education, and to ensure that our community is getting the investments we need and deserve.

Of the bills I introduced this year, five passed into law. These bills impact healthcare, homelessness, road safety, and efficiency in our court system. One bill creates pilot programs at six universities and community and technical colleges around the state to provide assistance to students experiencing homelessness. Another of my bills prohibits discrimination in health care based on gender identity and extends care to college students who suffer from sexual assault. I also cosponsored a property tax exemption for veterans, seniors, and folks with disabilities.

At the same time, I worked hard to make sure the capital construction budget funds $29 million in infrastructure projects in communities across our district. A few highlights include:

• $1 million for the Mustard Seed senior living project on Key Peninsula.
• $4 million for construction at Retsil Washington Veterans Home.
• $1.2 million for new facilities in Kopachuck Beach State Park.
• $2 million for Peninsula Community Health Services to expand its behavioral health offerings and support its new mobile dental clinic.

It is an honor to be your voice in the Legislature. In the coming months, I will be attending events around the district and also holding regular coffee hours. You can see specific times, locations and other details on my official website.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out. The more I hear from you, the better I can ensure that our work in Olympia reflects our shared values.

All my best,

Senator Emily Randall

June 12th, 2019|Uncategorized|

It’s time we covered all Washingtonians

From the Key Peninsula News

When I talk to our neighbors in Lakebay, Lake Holiday and Vaughn, I hear over and over that you are worried about health care costs.

Whether it’s high premiums and deductibles, limited networks that don’t include your family doctors, plans that don’t cover the care you need, family members who are out of work and can’t afford coverage on the individual market, or the nagging worry that you’ll lose your care if you lose your job—it’s hard to avoid the stress caused by our broken system.

I take those concerns to heart because my family has been there.

In 1993, when my sister Olivia was born with microcephaly, we didn’t know how long she’d live—or how we’d pay for the care she needed to stay alive. Even though my dad worked at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and had good health coverage, it wouldn’t come close to covering Olivia’s needs.

When the Legislature expanded Medicaid that same year, we felt a huge burden lifted. We could focus on keeping Olivia healthy and home with us, instead of worrying we’d lose our home. It didn’t solve all our problems, but it did pay for the specialists Olivia saw in Tacoma and Seattle, her many expensive medications, her feeding tube and supplies, her wheelchairs—the care we needed to help her live her fullest, healthiest life. For our family—and for Olivia—Medicaid was a lifesaver.

Ours wasn’t the only family to benefit. After that 1993 expansion, 100,000 more Washingtonians were covered by Medicaid in 1994 than had been in 1992.

We have a lot to be proud of in our state’s history of expanding care. Since 2012, when Washington again expanded Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act, 600,000 more people have gained coverage. The uninsured rate in our state decreased from 14 percent to 5.5 percent by 2017.

That’s a huge improvement—changing hundreds of thousands of lives for the better. It means more of us are able to afford checkups, to fill prescriptions for asthma medicine, and to get preventive treatment from our doctors instead of waiting until it’s so bad we have to go to the emergency room.

But we haven’t done enough. There are still nearly half a million Washingtonians without health care coverage. And many families that do have insurance avoid going to the doctor because their premiums and deductibles are so high.

Given the urgency of this problem, I’m supporting immediate action while also working to establish a long-term solution.

Both houses of the Legislature this year have passed a version of our new Cascade Care health plan, which would create a public option for health care coverage. This plan would offer a good benefit package at an affordable price. And it would be available for any Washingtonian to buy into, without affecting those who already have health care through their employers or through Medicare or Medicaid.

This would make good health care more easily accessible and provide some healthy competition for private health care plans.

But just making care more accessible won’t address everyone’s needs. And no family—regardless of their income or financial situation—should go bankrupt or lose their home because they have a child born with special needs, are diagnosed with cancer, or get into a car accident.

That’s why I introduced a Pathway to Universal Health Care this year. This bill isn’t intended just to send a message or to check a box. It’s about taking concrete steps to prepare us for a future where we cover all Washingtonians.

The Pathway bill would bring all the stakeholders into one room—from patients to physicians, health care workers to employers, insurance carriers and hospitals—to hash out a specific plan to provide that coverage. That would put us in position for the next milestone in our proud history of leading the nation in health care coverage: the day we make worries about losing health care a thing of the past.

Sen. Emily Randall, D-Bremerton, represents the 26th Legislative District.

May 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|

E-News – Session report card

Friends, neighbors—

After 105 days, we’ve made it to the finish line! Today we adjourned the legislative session until next year. Since I came to Olympia this January, I have made it my mission to fight every day to make the 26th District and our whole state a better place—to expand access to health care, to make it easier for kids to fulfill their dreams through higher education, and to ensure that our community is getting the investment we deserve from the state.

The Legislature has made great progress on some of the most crucial issues facing our state this year. We’ve made it easier to build affordable housing, protected tenants from eviction, funded expanded wildfire prevention and response, protected our orcas, and improved sentencing guidelines. And we’ve guaranteed the most important protections for health care in the Affordable Care Act, expanded affordable and high-quality health insurance options, provided a way for families to prepare for long-term care, ensured transparency in drug pricing, and given school districts the flexibility to fund enrichment programs.

Closer to home, I’m proud to say that our budgets are funding significant infrastructure investments in our community.

The transportation budget includes $41 million of funding in and around our district over the next two years, including $7.9 million for upkeep of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and $2.5 million for the Bremerton and Southworth ferry terminals.

The capital budget will invest $29 million in projects in our communities, including:

  • $10.1 million for Olympic College’s Innovation & Technology Learning Center and the renovation of the Shop Building
  • $4 million for construction work at the Retsil Washington Veterans Home
  • $3.5 million for West Sound Technical Skill Center Modernization
  • $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
  • $800,000 for McCormick Woods Sewer Lift #2 Improvements
  • $556,000 for Warren Avenue Playfield
  • $500,000 for renovations at Warren Ave. Neighborhood Park
  • $497,800 for Gateway Park
  • $385,000 for Sound View Camp conservation
  • $350,000 for Gig Harbor Sports Complex
  • $250,000 for the YMCA of Greater Seattle Camp Colman
  • $206,000 for Quincy Square on 4th
  • $204,500 for Taylor Bay Acquisition Phase 2
  • $200,000 for environmental cleanup at the Bremerton Naval Complex
  • $173,000 for PenMet Community Rec Center
  • $150,000 for Kaukiki Farmland Preservation
  • $134,000 for Sehmel Homestead Park Turf Lights
  • $100,000 for Harbor History Museum’s fishing vessel Shenandoah
  • $90,000 for fish barrier removal on Minter Creek
  • $83,000 for Tidal Embayment restoration design
  • $52,000 for Howe Farm Water Service
  • $52,000 for PenMet Cushman Trail Enhancements
  • $51,000 for the Roxy Bremerton Foundation

Bills I passed this year

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. This is the final calendar of this year’s legislative session!

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,

April 29th, 2019|E-News|

E-News – Leading the nation

Friends, neighbors—

As the cherry trees bloom in Olympia, we are in the thick of floor action: all bills must have passed both houses by next Wednesday at 5 p.m. That means we’re on the floor of the Senate all day every day taking votes on bills that have come over to us from the House. We’ve passed bills that will make a difference—bills that will strengthen Washington’s hate crimes statues, enhance the safety of domestic violence victims and police officers, end the backlog on the testing of sexual assault kits, and protect patients from surprise bills for out-of-network services.

Opening doors to higher education

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.

That’s why I’m sponsoring SB 5800, which passed the House of Representatives last night. It creates pilot programs at six public colleges across the state, one four-year and two community and technical colleges (CTCs) on each side of the Cascades. Each institution will provide assistance to students experiencing homelessness and students who were in foster care.

As the national publication CityLab recently wrote, this bill makes Washington a leader nationwide—California is the only other state considering similar legislation this year.

The assistance colleges provide will include access to short-term housing or housing assistance; laundry facilities, storage, and showers; reduced-price meal plans; technology; and case management services. And, crucially, these schools will collect data on their students experiencing homelessness and food insecurity so that we can get a full picture of the scale of this problem and keep improving our services.

I’m a strong believer that those closest to the problem are also closest to the solution. The architect of this bill is Charles Adkins, a student at Evergreen State College who had himself been homeless in high school.  And one of the leaders in our state who has helped push for this legislation and has long been making college a welcoming and stable place for students experiencing homelessness is Marty Cavalluzzi, the President of Olympic College (pictured above).

Behind the scenes at our legislature

One of the great privileges of serving in the Legislature is interacting with all the bright and enthusiastic young people who spend time here learning about our democracy.

It was a blast to speak to the pages during page school last week. I told them my public-service origin story—how my sister and the 1993 legislature inspired me to spend my career advocating for health care access for every single one of us, and eventually to take the plunge and run for office.  They shared the projects they’re doing to learn about how our representative government works. I’m confident that some of them will be my colleagues here someday!

I’ve particularly prized the opportunity to hear the stories of the kids from across our district who have served as pages. You can read more about the terrific pages from the last month at the links below!

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

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,

April 13th, 2019|E-News|

E-News – What’s in your budget

Friends, neighbors—

Thanks again to everyone who participated in one of our town hall meetings in Bremerton, Gig Harbor, and Vaughn, or in our telephone town hall meeting this past Wednesday. We had a great discussions about critical issues like the budget, health care, transportation and education, as well as the work I’ve been doing in Olympia for our community.

For anyone who couldn’t make it, you can check out the questions that I’ve answered on my Facebook page, or listen to the highlights of the telephone town hall meeting here.

Thank you all for being so invested in our community and government!

Fighting for your health care and infrastructure in our budget

This week, we passed the operating budget and transportation budget off the Senate floor, and we moved the capital budget through the Senate Ways & Means Committee. During the floor debate on the operating budget, I spoke about what it does to expand access to health care for those who are being left behind in our state. You can see my floor speech here.

I also wanted to share with you some of the infrastructure highlights for our district. You can also see full lists of projects in our district, as well as around the state, at http://fiscal.wa.gov/.

These budgets are not yet final—they still have to go through negotiations with the House. That means there is still work to do to make sure that the final versions includes our priority projects, and I’ll be following the negotiations carefully and fighting on our behalf.

The transportation budget includes $43 million of funding in and around our district over the next two years, including $7.9 million for upkeep of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and $2.5 million for the Bremerton and Southworth ferry terminals. The projects funded in the capital budget include:

  • $1 million for the Mustard Seed Project, which promotes independent living for seniors on the Key Peninsula
  • $800,000 for McCormick Woods Sewer Lift #2 Improvements in Port Orchard
  • $1.7 million for Peninsula Community Health Services Behavioral Expansion
  • $340,000 for Peninsula Community Health Services’ Mobile Dental Clinic 
  • $51,000 from the Building for the Arts Grant Program for the Roxy Bremerton Foundation
  • $250,000 for the YMCA of Greater Seattle Camp Colman
  • $100,000 from the Washington State Historical Society Heritage Grants Program for the Harbor History Museum
  • $4 million for construction work at the Washington Veterans Home
  • $3.5 million for West Sound Technical Skill Center Modernization
  • $200,000 for environmental cleanup at the Bremerton Naval Complex
  • $2.3 million Minter Hatchery Intakes
  • From the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Program –
    • $150,000 for Kaukiki Farmland Preservation
    • $500,000 for renovations at Warren Ave. Neighborhood Park
    • $497,800  for Gateway Park
    • $1,236,000  for Kopachuck Beach Area Improvements      
    • $204,500 for Taylor Bay Acquisition Phase 2             

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

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,

April 8th, 2019|E-News|
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    E-News – Telephone Town Hall Wed. 4/3 + infrastructure investments

E-News – Telephone Town Hall Wed. 4/3 + infrastructure investments

Friends, neighbors—

Next Wednesday, April 3, please join me for a telephone town hall! I’m eager to share the work I’ve been doing as your State Senator to expand health care access and reduce costs, as well as to make living and learning more affordable for everyone, including veterans and gold star families.

My top priority is opening the door to the Legislature to every member of our community—hearing your issues and concerns and reporting back to you on what we’ve done so far. You are essential to our democratic process.

If you would like to make sure you receive a phone call at 6 pm on April 3 for the telephone town hall, you can opt in here: www.vekeo.com/WSDC26.

Once you get the call on April 3, all you need to do is stay on the line to participate. Press *3 at any time to ask a question. The town hall will last until 7 pm. You can see more information on my Facebook page here.

Thank you for participating, and I hope to hear your voice!

Investing in our infrastructure

It’s budget week! I’ve been working hard to make sure that the 26th District gets our fair share of the transportation and capital investments that the state is going to make over the next two years. And I’ve been working closely with neighbors and community groups in our district to identify the most pressing places where we need investment in our physical infrastructure—from roads and ferries to affordable housing and health centers.

That means money for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Fund, senior living at the Mustard Seed project on the Key Peninsula, mental health services and a mobile dental clinic through Peninsula Community Health Services, as well as more ferry funding.

I’m excited that the Senate’s draft transportation and capital budgets include these and several other projects I’ve been fighting for. Over the next two years, the Senate’s proposed capital budget would invest $31.9 million in our community, and the transportation budget $43 million in and around our district. Whether all these projects are in the budget that is ultimately passed by the legislature will depend on the negotiations of the coming weeks.

There’s more work to do to ensure these projects make their way through the legislative process and into the final budget, so take a look at my video about the budget, and check the comments for links to the full details of both budgets so you can learn about the projects you want to support!

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

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,

March 29th, 2019|E-News|
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    E-News – Town Halls Sat 3/23 + Behind the scenes at the Legislature

E-News – Town Halls Sat 3/23 + Behind the scenes at the Legislature

Friends, neighbors—

This weekend, on Saturday, March 23, please join me for town halls in Bremerton, Gig Harbor and Vaughn!

Let us know if you can make it to one of the events by clicking on the links below:

You can see more information on the town halls here.

Strong women at the Legislature

One of the friendliest faces at the Legislature belongs to Airy’l Simon. If you go through the line in the Senate dining room, you’ll see her behind the counter, greeting every senator by first name. “My favorite part of being here is customer service, interacting with everyone who comes through,” Airy’l says. “I like to make things a little more personable and make the senators feel like regular people.”

Airy’l is just as much at home in the Senate as anyone coming through the line. She’s been the sous chef in the Senate dining room for seven years. She works alongside an all-female staff, as does her mom, Kerri, who’s been with the Senate for 24 years as executive chef—longer than any currently serving senator.

Born and raised in Olympia, Airy’l started helping at her parents’ restaurant when she was five. “I would stand on a milk crate and could just reach the sink,” she said. She knew that restaurant front and back. These days, her parents have a new restaurant in Tumwater, named after her father, Jean-Pierre. Airy’l works there five nights a week as executive sous chef in addition to her time here. 

In between those jobs, she’s pursuing her passion: welding. Airy’l is an experienced welder whose eyes light up when she describes a few of the projects she’s produced: the wolf from Jack London’s classic novel White Fang, a metal rose made from the tin that welding rods come in, or a sign she made with her family’s name on it.

Three times a week, Airy’l heads off to South Puget Sound Community College, where she has just three more quarters until she receives her Associate in Applied Science in Welding Technology. During interims, she works making furniture for schools, and she has a vision for her career once she finishes her education. She’s going to learn about structural engineering, and build even bigger things—buildings, cars, bridges. What she loves about working in metal, she says, is: “the stuff that I make now will last practically forever.”

Airy’l remembers that when he was lieutenant governor, Brad Owen used to come to the Senate dining room and sit down with her. He’d tell her, “Your time is worth much more than you think it is; you’re smarter than you think you are—always think about what you want to accomplish.” Airy’l is thinking about that as she works toward her degree and the life that she wants to give her 18-month-old daughter, Ashyr. “She’s the reason I’m going to school and working,” says Airy’l. “I’m lucky to have my family there to support me, especially my sister Sky. It’s hard sometimes when I’m not there to put Ashyr into bed, but she’s why I get up in the mornings.” That devotion is just one of the reasons we’re lucky to have Airy’l here!

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

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,

March 21st, 2019|E-News|

E-News – Passing landmark legislation

Friends, neighbors—

We’ve hit the halfway point, and we’re done with the part of the session called house of origin cutoff, when we had to get all the Senate bills off the floor. I’m proud of the work we’ve done together—we passed legislation that would provide comprehensive sex education, protect trans kids and their classmates from bullying in schools, make great strides for our environment, ensure that the college students with the highest need are guaranteed the financial aid they need to succeed, regulate the inhumane conditions of migrant workers in our farms and fields, and so much more.

I’m also proud of the bills that I sponsored that we passed out of the Senate. For the next few weeks, I’ll be working to make sure that they get through the House and to the Governor’s desk.

Spotlight: Bills I have passed

When I came to Olympia, I brought with me the stories that I heard from neighbors and friends all around the 26th District, the stories of finding a way to go to college while taking care of kids and family members, of hiding the fact that your family is homeless from fellow students, of getting along while family members are serving overseas, of struggling to pay for health care coverage—or doing without. Those are the stories that keep me going, and they’re the stories that led to the bills I’ve sponsored this year. Nine of those bills passed through the Senate and are still alive:

SB 5822 is the Pathway to Universal Health Care in Washington. With the chaos and the hostility to expanding health care in the current administration, we know that we are not going to get the waivers we need from the federal government right now for a universal health care system. This bill would convene a group of stakeholders to make a plan that would set us up to get that support when there’s a change of administration. We can’t afford to wait around—we need to start preparing now.

SB 5602, the Reproductive Health Access for All Act, prohibits health care discrimination on the basis of immigration status or gender identity.  Our transgender and undocumented neighbors have faced continued discrimination and barriers to care. This bill protects the most vulnerable communities and provides access to the essential health care they need and deserve.

SB 5800 creates pilot programs at six colleges across the state, three on each side of the Cascades, to provide assistance to homeless students and students who have been in foster care. It includes both four-year institutions and community and technical colleges. Once young people experiencing homelessness get to college, they lose the network of support available when they’re younger.

SB 5603 would help the children of service members who are relocating to enroll in school before they have an address in district. This will improve the transition to a new school for the kids, for their families, and for their school districts. As we welcome the families connected to the USS Carl Vinson to our community this year, we want to make sure that no matter what the makeup of your family or how soon you know that you’re coming to our community, we clear the ground for you.

SB 5755 increases the higher education tuition and fee waiver for gold star families, from 200 credits to 250, and expands access to tuition waivers to include veterans and National Guard members who received a general discharge under honorable conditions.

SB 5723, which passed unanimously, protects folks on bikes, on foot, in wheelchairs, and others using our roads, and encourages Washingtonians to get out and use alternative methods of transportation that will help keep themselves and our planet healthy and safe.

SB 5930 creates the first license plate in our state’s history to honor a women’s sports team, our WNBA champion Seattle Storm! This is a victory for gender parity, and the funds raised will go toward investing in the promise of young women and girls.

SB 5622 allows municipal and district court commissioners to officiate at a marriages. This would mean that LGBTQ, immigrant, or non-English speaking couples, or couples of other marginalized communities could approach someone a little more like themselves to perform their wedding.

SB 5764 changes the name of the Medical Quality Assurance Commission (“MQAC”) to the Washington Medical Commission, to make the name less confusing—and to take the “quack” out of “M-quack.”

Town Halls

On Saturday, March 23, I’ll be hosting town halls in Bremerton, Gig Harbor and Vaughn. I’m eager to share the work we’ve been doing to expand health care access and reduce costs, as well as to make living and learning more affordable for everyone, including veterans and gold star families.

My top priority is opening the door to Legislature to every member of our community—hearing your issues and concerns, and reporting back to you on what we’ve done so far. You are essential to our democratic process. Thank you for participating, and I hope to see you there!

Let us know if you can make it to one of the events by clicking on the links below:

You can see them all at the link here.

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 always see the last week’s calendar on my Facebook page.

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,

March 15th, 2019|E-News|

E-News – Save the date for my town halls!

Friends, neighbors—

We’ve been working around the clock this week passing bills on the floor of the Senate. There have been eloquent speeches, heated debates, tears, and—in the end—lots of legislation that’s going to make a difference in all of our lives.

We’ve passed bills to create an LGBTQ Commission, help human trafficking victims, expand broadband in underserved areas, address the opioid epidemic, and remove barriers to voting — and that’s just for starters. I also helped move a big transportation package, with millions of dollars of investments in our district, out of committee.  

Town Halls

On Saturday, March 23, I’ll be hosting town halls in Bremerton, Gig Harbor and Vaughn. I’m eager to share the work we’ve been doing to expand health care access and reduce costs, as well as to make living and learning more affordable for everyone, including veterans and gold star families.

My top priority is opening the door to Legislature to every member of our community—hearing your issues and concerns, and reporting back to you on what we’ve done so far. You are essential to our democratic process. Thank you for participating, and I hope to see you there!

Let us know if you can make it to one of the events by clicking on the links below:

You can see them all at the link here.

Behind the scenes at our Legislature

One of the great privileges of serving in the Legislature is interacting with all the bright and enthusiastic young people who spend time here learning about our democracy. I’ve gotten to talk to kids from schools around the district, and last week I sponsored my first page.

The page program gives young people a hands-on opportunity to learn how our state government works from the inside. The pages spend a week on the floor of the Senate, in the corridors of the Senate offices, and with guest speakers and classes on topics like budget writing and how a bill becomes a law. And it culminates in pages creating their own bills in a mock committee setting.

My page last week was Elena Weymiller. She’s in 9th grade at Gig Harbor High School, where she is on the speech and debate team. Elena enjoys playing a variety of different instruments including the guitar, ukulele, and piano. And when she has free time, Elena writes short modern fiction stories and hangs out with her dog Willy.

“I enjoyed being a page because the people here really treat us with responsibility and respect,” Elena said. “We are treated a lot more like adults here, and are trusted with important tasks.”

If you want to learn more about the page program or find the application, check here on the Legislature’s website.

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 always see the last week’s calendar on my Facebook page.

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,

March 10th, 2019|E-News|