Senate panel hears testimony on ‘Victims’ Voice Act’

Published on May 12, 2015
Today the Senate Law and Justice Committee heard testimony on Senate Bill 6099, a measure to help ensure that deceased crime victims have an advocate at sentencing hearings when there is no one else to speak for them. The bill, known as the Victims’ Voice Act, is sponsored by Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley and... Read More

Governor signs Parlette’s breakthrough health-care legislation

Published on May 12, 2015
The governor on Monday signed groundbreaking legislation from Sen. Linda Evans Parlette that will improve access to health-care treatment and prescription medication. “Health-care issues are some of the most complex matters we address in the Legislature,” said Parlette, R-Wenatchee. “While it took a tremendous amount of work by many people to get this legislation to... Read More

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Foster youth with medical concerns to receive extended care

Published on May 12, 2015
Foster youth often face a difficult transition into adulthood when services typically end. Legislation signed into law Monday, sponsored by Sen. Joe Fain and Rep. Tina Orwall, will provide extended benefits to young adults ages 19-21 with medical conditions who do not already qualify for extended foster care, which requires them to be enrolled in... Read More

2015: Best year for K-12 education funding in decades

Published on May 11, 2015
Washington’s education union is planning a series of one-day strikes protesting the Legislature’s work on education funding. See here for information on the strike. What have lawmakers done for students this year? Greatest new investment in K-12 of any budget in state history Bipartisan efforts would invest in all-day kindergarten, K-3 class size reduction and... Read More

Benton stormwater management bill signed by governor

Published on May 11, 2015
Inslee also signed Benton’s measures reforming state government and protecting consumers from mortgage fraud Three measures introduced by Sen. Don Benton during this year’s regular legislative session were signed today by Gov. Jay Inslee in a ceremony at the governor’s office. Benton, one of the Legislature’s leading advocates for smarter environmental policies, was particularly pleased... Read More

Brown’s Residential Construction Recovery Act signed by governor

Published on May 11, 2015
Today Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5923, also known as the Residential Construction Recovery Act, which helps residential builders defer payment of impact fees. The measure was sponsored by 8th District Sen. Sharon Brown, R-Kennewick. “The middle and working-classes were hammered by the Great Recession and perhaps no industry was hit harder than construction,”... Read More