24 05, 2019

Sen. Billig: “I thank Sen. Palumbo for his hard work in the Senate and for Washington”

May 24th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig released the following statement Friday following the resignation of Sen. Guy Palumbo:

“Sen. Palumbo has informed me he intends to resign his seat in the state senate, effective today.

“Sen. Palumbo has done an excellent job representing the people of the 1st Legislative District and has been a particularly strong advocate on issues related to higher education, transportation, climate and energy.

“We will miss him in the senate but definitely understand his reasons for leaving as the job of being a legislator can be difficult to mesh with the realities of families and other professional work.

“I thank Sen. Palumbo for his hard work in the Senate and for Washington. I wish him and his family all the best in the future.”

Here’s the process for filling the seat in the 1st Legislative District: Upon a vacancy created in a legislative office, a special meeting of the district’s party organization of the same party as the former legislator (e.g. 1st Legislative District Democrats) is called to nominate three names for consideration by the county legislative authorities contained within the Legislative District – in this case the King and Snohomish County Councils. At a special meeting, those councilmembers shall then choose the person from the list of three party nominees to fill out the term. If the county legislative authorities do not agree on an appointment within 60 days, the Governor shall appoint a person from the list within the succeeding 30 days. The appointee will represent the 1st LD during the 2020 legislative session and if they choose, run for re-election in 2020 when Sen. Palumbo’s term would have expired.

7 05, 2019

Carlyle, Tarleton welcome governor’s signature on climate bills

May 7th, 2019|Uncategorized|

SEATTLE – Sen. Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle) and Rep. Gael Tarleton (D-Ballard) today welcomed Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature on a sweeping package of legislation that takes meaningful action on climate change and will reduce Washington’s carbon footprint.

The bills commit Washington to 100-percent clean energy from renewable and zero-emission sources like wind, hydro and solar polar (Senate Bill 5116), a centerpiece of Inslee’s climate action agenda. They also aggressively electrify our transportation infrastructure (House Bill 2042), create incentives to build ultra-new efficient buildings (HB 1257), adopt new minimum appliance efficiency standards (HB 1444) and ban products containing super-pollutants, like hydrofluorocarbons (HB 1112).

“As a husband, father and citizen legislator, it is a personal and professional honor to have played a role in helping to pass the most substantive environmental agenda in a generation,” said Carlyle, who chairs the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee and who sponsored SB 5116. “Our work this year goes beyond traditional political clichés and embraces a bold climate action agenda that will make a meaningful difference in our grandchildren’s grandchildren’s quality of life.

“This year we hit stand-up double after stand-up double, and moved our team around the bases by working together. Our dream of reaching Paris Accord-level carbon reductions in the years to come is no longer a fantasy, but a serious aspiration that is within our reach.”

Tarleton, who chairs the House Finance Committee and who sponsored House companion legislation to the clean energy bill, commented: “Today we are celebrating a strong ground game that brought together communities from all over this state, from utility partners, industry partners, environmental champions, labor leaders, communities of color, many of you here today. When we move beyond coal and embrace clean energy sources, we get a win not only for Washington State, not only for the western states, but for the whole country and the world.”

Carlyle and Tarleton joined Inslee and others today at a bill-signing ceremony at the Rainier Vista Neighborhood House in Seattle.

3 05, 2019

Billig: Frank Chopp is a public servant to his core

May 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig released the statement below following Frank Chopp’s resignation as Speaker of the House on Friday:

“Frank Chopp is a public servant to his core. Thousands of kids have health care because of Frank Chopp. Washington’s working families have better wages because of Frank Chopp. The safety net is stronger because of Frank Chopp.

“It’s truly difficult to imagine the legislature without Frank Chopp as Speaker of the House. His decades of service have left an indelible mark on our state.”