Monthly Archives: February 2017

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    Saldaña bill aims to improve access to HOV lanes for blood-donation vehicles

Saldaña bill aims to improve access to HOV lanes for blood-donation vehicles

February 28th, 2017|

OLYMPIA – A bill by Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, D-Seattle, to expand access to HOV lanes for blood donation vehicles passed the state Senate unanimously today.

“Blood donation, as well as plasma and tissue donation, is vital to helping those who are critically ill,” Saldaña said. “My father became a blood donor as a child so he could help his sister, and has continued to be a donor in Washington state. With increased technology, better blood-type matches are possible – making the quick transport of life-saving blood ever more important. This is an issue that has touched many of us, and this bill will help ensure blood donation vehicles can continue to do their best work as we evaluate how HOV lanes can better serve Washingtonians.”

Senate Bill 5837 creates a two-year period for the Washington State Department of Transportation to reexamine its rules surrounding access to HOV lanes. This will be done through a public process, specifically looking at impacts of allowing vehicles that deliver or collect blood, tissue, or blood components to use the HOV lanes. Bloodworks Northwest testified in favor of the bill. They deliver more than 600,000 units of blood to nearly 90 hospitals throughout the Northwest and Alaska.

 

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    Saldaña: Día Legislativo para los Latinos más importante que nunca

Saldaña: Día Legislativo para los Latinos más importante que nunca

February 27th, 2017|

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Saldaña: Día Legislativo para los Latinos más importante que nunca

OLYMPIA – La Senadora Estatal Rebecca Saldaña publicó esta declaración después del anual Día Legislativo para los Latinos en el Capitolio:

“Es maravilloso ver a tantas familias, niños y trabajadores latinos reunidos hoy en su Capitolio estatal. Ahora más que nunca tenemos que seguir abogando por las políticas que afectan a las familias latinas en nuestro estado.

“También es crítico en tiempos como estos luchar por los derechos de todas las personas que están bajo ataque como nuestros hermanos y hermanas musulmanes y judíos, y mujeres, adultos y niños vulnerables. Cuando la retórica de los políticos busca dividirnos es cuando somos más vulnerable. Por eso tenemos que permanecer unidos. Como dijeron hoy los activistas: un pueblo unido, jamás será vencido.

“Tenemos que seguir luchando y elevando nuestras voces para avanzar el progreso que ya hemos logrado, y para asegurar que todos en una posición de poder recuerden a quién representan. Como dijo César Chávez: ‘Llegará el día en que los políticos hagan lo correcto por nuestro pueblo por necesidad política y no por caridad o idealismo.’”

 

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Saldaña: Latino Legislative Day at Capitol more important than ever

OLYMPIA – Sen. Rebecca Saldaña released this statement following activities on the Capitol campus marking the annual Latino Legislative Day:

“It is wonderful to see so many Latino children, families and workers gathered in their state Capitol today. Now more than ever, we need to continue to advocate for the issues most affecting Latino families in our state.

“It is also critical in times like these to advocate for the rights of all people who are targeted and oppressed, including our Muslim and Jewish brothers and sisters, women and vulnerable adults and children. When we allow bullies and the federal government to pit our communities against each other, we are all more vulnerable.

“Continuing to stand up and speak out is key to building on the progress we’ve made as a state and nation, and to ensure everyone in a position of power remembers who it is they represent. As Cesar Chavez said, ‘The day will come when the politicians do the right thing by our people out of political necessity and not out of charity or idealism.’ ”

Legislative Update: I want to hear from you

February 24th, 2017|

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Save the Date!

Town Hall Meeting, March 18. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Location to be announced soon. Childcare and light breakfast will be available.

Please click below to let me know what you want to discuss at the town hall.

Town hall survey

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My office receives hundreds of emails and postcards each week from constituents and individuals from around Washington. These are the top three issue I’ve heard about this session so far. I will be interested to see how they line up with the priorities that come out of the survey results.

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Thank you for continuing to send your feedback on education issues. More than a month ago the House passed a bill, with strong bipartisan support, to avert the levy cliff. Unfortunately, Senate Republicans refuse to give the bill a vote. Passing this bill immediately is critical so schools can budget and plan for next year without unnecessary extra work and worry. Senate Republicans have chosen to ignore parents, teachers, and school district officials who all call on them to pass the bill now. To see what your school district would lose if we do not pass legislation to avert the levy cliff, please click here. Both Democrats and Republicans have now passed proposals to address school funding and reform, which you can read about in my last e-news here. I will continue to update you as negotiations get underway.

Economic Disruption Act

(Senate Bill 5009): This bill would interfere with and target those exercising their constitutional right to peacefully protest. I am absolutely against this legislation and glad the bill did not receive a hearing before the cutoff date last week. Although it will not pass the Legislature this session, it is important that we stay vigilant of attacks on our basic human rights. Thank you for all those who contacted me on this bill.  For more information, please click here.

Guns

Issues around gun safety are some of the most contentious that come before the Legislature. I have received many emails from people on all sides of the issue since session began. While it is unlikely any major changes will pass this year in a split Legislature, I appreciate hearing your views on issues around gun safety and hope you will continue to share your concerns and ideas with me.

Day of Remembrance We Remember Video

The Day of Remembrance marks the anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which occurred on Feb. 19, 1942 and sent 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent to internment camps. This year marks the 75th anniversary of a time in American history when the government failed to uphold the constitutional rights of all its people. Watch a short video by Democrats from the Senate and House of Representatives from this year’s Day of Remembrance called “We Remember.”

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    Vídeo: Sen. Saldaña y Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self hablan sobre las políticas del gobierno federal

Vídeo: Sen. Saldaña y Rep. Lillian Ortiz-Self hablan sobre las políticas del gobierno federal

February 23rd, 2017|

La Senadora Estatal Rebecca Saldaña y la Representante Estatal Lillian Ortiz-Self hablan sobre las políticas del gobierno federal. También hablan sobre las acciones que están tomando como representantes del gobierno estatal para proteger a las familias latinas e inmigrantes.

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    Saldaña bill to help survivors of human trafficking passes Senate

Saldaña bill to help survivors of human trafficking passes Senate

February 22nd, 2017|

OLYMPIA – A bill to help survivors of trafficking and sexual exploitation passed the state Senate on Wednesday, sponsored by Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, D-Seattle, the first bill for the new senator.

“Everyone deserves a fair chance and everyone deserves justice,” Saldaña said. “This is a simple bill that can have significant and positive impacts on the lives of girls, boys, women and men who have survived trafficking and sexual exploitation. We need to seize every chance to make sure that regardless of what may have happened to someone in the past, survivors of trafficking are able to move forward with their lives.”

Substitute Senate Bill 5272 allows a person to vacate a conviction for prostitution even if he or she has committed other crimes since the date of conviction, provided those crimes were the result of being a victim of a trafficking or a prostitution-related offense. This bill builds upon ongoing bipartisan commitments to end human trafficking in Washington state and support survivors.

SSB 5272 also clarifies the motion to vacate a conviction should be supported by sworn testimony at a hearing before the court. This was not made plain in previous legislation, and led to denials of petitions to vacate convictions. There is a companion bill in the House of Representatives, sponsored by Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines (House Bill 1112).

Criminal records, even for those who have been exploited or trafficked, can often make it difficult to find a job, rent an apartment or apply for essential services. More than a quarter of trafficking victims globally are children, and roughly 55 percent are women and girls. Data shows most individuals involved in prostitution start as teenagers, some estimates set the average age as young as 13 years old.

The bill passed the Senate unanimously and was supported by a number of advocacy groups and individuals including Seattle Against Slavery, Shared Hope International and the City of Seattle Attorney’s Office.

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    VIDEO: ‘We Remember’ – Democrats mark the 75th anniversary of Japanese American internment

VIDEO: ‘We Remember’ – Democrats mark the 75th anniversary of Japanese American internment

February 20th, 2017|

The Day of Remembrance marks the anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which sent 120,000 Americans of Japanese descent to internment camps. This year marks the 75th anniversary, and on this Day of Remembrance we recall a time in American history when the government failed to uphold the constitutional rights of all its people.

Calling All Pages!

February 10th, 2017|

Any student who is at least 14 and hasn’t yet turned 17 can be a page in the Senate for a week. You get to see government up-close, help senators and learn with other students about the process of government. For more information of if you would like to apply, please click here or contact my office at (360) 786-7688.


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Legislative Update: Stay Informed, Stay in Touch

February 7th, 2017|

 

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Education continues to be the main focus this legislative session as we work to find ways to ensure students across Washington have access to a great education.
Republicans in the Senate finally released their proposal last week to address underfunded schools, following a plan released by Democrats on Jan. 9. Now that both parties have proposals ready, negotiations for a final bipartisan solution can hopefully get underway.

Here I am speaking with affordable housing advocates on their lobby day. If you plan to come down to advocate for a cause, please make sure to let us know. I would love to see you.

I appreciate the Republican’s recognition that our education system and funding mechanisms are not producing equitable outcomes for low-income communities and students of color. However, schools need to be funded fully and fairly through a holistic approach and targeted investments that will close the achievement and funding gaps we have now while not creating others.

Concerns I have about the Republican plan include:
• Increased reliance on property taxes, and hundreds of millions in cuts to services in order to fund schools.
• Eroding standards for those allowed to teach in classrooms.
• Dependence on a per-pupil funding model that would potentially leave special education students and English language learners with far fewer resources when funded at the level Senate Republicans have proposed.

By contrast, the Democrats’ plan:
• Reduces class sizes.
• Ensures teachers and school staff are paid as professionals.
• Revenue options include making polluters pay, closing tax loopholes for corporations and for the one percent.

There are some areas of common ground however, which can serve as the starting place for negotiations. I will continue to update you on the progress of education funding as session moves along.

In addition to education, I have also been working on legislation to help ensure immigrants working in our communities aren’t unfairly targeted, a bill to expand interpreter services in certain state agencies and a bill to streamline the process for survivors of human trafficking to get their convictions vacated.

As always, I hope you will call, write or meet with me to share your thoughts, ideas and concerns.

Regards,

 

For more information, or to apply to be a Senate Page, please click here.

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Phone: (360) 786-7688

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