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03/05/2024   PR Web Government - Legislative

1EdTech's TrustEd Microcredential Coalition developed the framework to improve the transparency and accountability of credentials LAKE MARY, Fla., March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- 1EdTech® Consortium's TrustEd Microcredential Coalition released a new TrustEd Microcredential Framework...

03/05/2024   PR Web Government

1EdTech's TrustEd Microcredential Coalition developed the framework to improve the transparency and accountability of credentials LAKE MARY, Fla., March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- 1EdTech® Consortium's TrustEd Microcredential Coalition released a new TrustEd Microcredential Framework...

03/05/2024   PR Web Government - Legislative

Physicians and Advocates Share Personal and Professional Testimony NORWALK, Conn., March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Illume Fertility, a leading modern fertility practice with locations in Connecticut and New York, appeared alongside U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and other...

03/05/2024   PR Web Government

Physicians and Advocates Share Personal and Professional Testimony NORWALK, Conn., March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Illume Fertility, a leading modern fertility practice with locations in Connecticut and New York, appeared alongside U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and other...

03/04/2024   PR Web Government - Legislative

Innovations from Tevra Brands include a complete line of TWIST + LICK Well Gels, TWIST + LICK SimPill, and a host of Harmony Pet calming behavior solutions for dogs and cats OMAHA, Neb., March 4, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Tevra Brands will exhibit at Global Pet Expo, the pet industry's...

03/04/2024   PR Web Government

Innovations from Tevra Brands include a complete line of TWIST + LICK Well Gels, TWIST + LICK SimPill, and a host of Harmony Pet calming behavior solutions for dogs and cats OMAHA, Neb., March 4, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Tevra Brands will exhibit at Global Pet Expo, the pet industry's...

03/04/2024   Washington State Senate Democrats

OLYMPIA – Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig (D-Spokane) announced today that he will not seek re-election in 2024.

Billig, who was first elected to the Legislature in 2010, will finish his current term and continue to serve as majority leader until a new leader is selected in November. He was elected majority leader in late 2018 and has served in that role since the 2019 legislative session.

“Part of being a good leader is knowing when it is time to step aside and let others lead,” said Billig. “I have been incredibly lucky to have served Spokane in the Legislature and fortunate to have the strong support of my family and so many friends and neighbors throughout our community.”

During his 14 years in the Legislature, Billig earned a reputation as a serious policy maker and consensus builder. He quickly became a leading voice on education funding and fought hard to expand access to high quality early learning.

When Democrats regained control of the Senate in 2018, he led the charge on a package of bills to expand access to the ballot and strengthen campaign finance laws. That year Washington adopted same-day voter registration, automatic voter registration, and youth pre-registration. Billig’s DISCLOSE Act increased transparency laws to shine light on the source of money in elections.

Under his leadership, the Senate passed nation-leading legislation addressing climate change, gun safety, voting rights, affordable housing, reproductive rights and tax reform. He served as one of the “McCleary 8,” the group of legislators who spent 18 months negotiating a new K-12 funding plan in the wake of the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision.

Billig championed legislation on sustainable aviation fuels, serving as the chair of the Washington State Alternative Aviation Fuels Workgroup. He sponsored and passed Senate Bill 5447 in 2023 to position Washington as a leader in this fast-developing sector of the green economy.

He led early efforts to make remote video testimony available to people across Washington, and helped guide the Legislature through successful virtual sessions during the COVID pandemic. As the Democratic majority expanded under Billig’s leadership, so did the diversity of its members with a record number of lawmakers of color and in the Senate’s leadership team.

The state’s economy prospered under Billig’s leadership and Washington was twice named the top state in the nation in U.S. News’ Best States ranking. A member of the Senate’s budget writing team, he helped craft balanced state budgets with strong reserves that helped Washington earn historically high credit ratings.

Throughout all of his legislative work, Billig was most focused on Spokane. During his first session in 2011, he sponsored and passed landmark legislation to protect the Spokane River by removing unnecessary phosphorous from lawn fertilizers that caused toxic algae blooms in waterways across the state.

He also secured many Spokane capital and transportation projects, most notably the University District Gateway bike and pedestrian bridge, the Division Street Bus Rapid Transit Line, and the expansion of the Carl Maxey Center. Billig was also instrumental in passing legislation and securing funding to open the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

He took steps to modernize the Legislature, adding new transparency measures and a code of conduct for lawmakers, legislative staff and lobbyists.

Billig prioritized working across the aisle during his tenure as majority leader. In each of his six years at the helm, more than 90 percent of all bills that passed the Legislature did so with bipartisan support.

Outside the Legislature, Billig is an award-winning business executive. He is the CEO of Brett Sports, a company that owns and operates four minor league sports teams. He has spent 32 years with Brett Sports, rising through the ranks as general manager, president and now as part-owner and CEO.

“I’m so fortunate to have had two rewarding careers so far that help to support the Spokane community,” Billig said. “I will continue with Brett Sports and look forward to new opportunities as they arise.”

Billig’s six-year term as majority leader is the third longest in the last 50 years, surpassed by only Jeanette Hayner (7 years; 1981-1982, 1988-1992) and his former seatmate and current Spokane Mayor Lisa Brown (8 years; 2005-2012).

Senate Democrats will elect a new majority leader for the 2025 legislative session following the 2024 general election in November.

03/04/2024   PR Web Government - Legislative

Lawsuit filed by Eric HaKeem Deontaye Mays, the son and only next-of-kin of the late Flint City Councilman Eric B. Mays, alleges fraud, conspiracy, and unjust enrichment in connection with the handling of the late Councilman's remains. FLINT, Mich., March 4, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ --...

03/04/2024   PR Web Government

Lawsuit filed by Eric HaKeem Deontaye Mays, the son and only next-of-kin of the late Flint City Councilman Eric B. Mays, alleges fraud, conspiracy, and unjust enrichment in connection with the handling of the late Councilman's remains. FLINT, Mich., March 4, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ --...

03/04/2024   PR Web Government - Legislative

In this capacity, Thomas will oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization. SAN ANTONIO, March 4, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Operation Homefront’s Board of Directors announced today that Brig. Gen. (ret.) Robert D. Thomas has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer....

03/04/2024   PR Web Government

In this capacity, Thomas will oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization. SAN ANTONIO, March 4, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Operation Homefront’s Board of Directors announced today that Brig. Gen. (ret.) Robert D. Thomas has been promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer....

03/04/2024   PR Web Government - Legislative

The Western Justice Center reaffirms its dedication to equipping youth with conflict resolution skills following the tragic loss of Nex Benedict. Through initiatives like the Peer Mediation Invitational, they empower students to foster peace and equity in their schools and communities....

03/04/2024   PR Web Government - Legislative

The partnership, announced at the UN World Wildlife Day 2024, will inspire schoolchildren around the world to become environmental stewards. NEW YORK, March 4, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- NatureEye, a technology company dedicated to nature conservation, and Jackson Wild, an organization...

03/04/2024   PR Web Government

The partnership, announced at the UN World Wildlife Day 2024, will inspire schoolchildren around the world to become environmental stewards. NEW YORK, March 4, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- NatureEye, a technology company dedicated to nature conservation, and Jackson Wild, an organization...

03/04/2024   PR Web Government

The Western Justice Center reaffirms its dedication to equipping youth with conflict resolution skills following the tragic loss of Nex Benedict. Through initiatives like the Peer Mediation Invitational, they empower students to foster peace and equity in their schools and communities....

03/04/2024   PR Web Government - Legislative

First ever FDA-approved over-the-counter birth control, Opill, set to hit store shelves soon. WASHINGTON, March 4, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Today, the pharmaceutical company Perrigo announced that it will begin shipping the first ever FDA-approved over-the-counter (OTC) daily oral...

03/04/2024   PR Web Government

First ever FDA-approved over-the-counter birth control, Opill, set to hit store shelves soon. WASHINGTON, March 4, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Today, the pharmaceutical company Perrigo announced that it will begin shipping the first ever FDA-approved over-the-counter (OTC) daily oral...

03/04/2024   PR Web Government - Legislative

Empowering Female Entrepreneurs with The Hustle Grant for a Financial Boost to Women-Owned Businesses Nationwide NEW YORK, March 4, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- In honor of Women's History Month and in a significant move to support women entrepreneurs across the United States, Cecilia's...

03/04/2024   PR Web Government

Empowering Female Entrepreneurs with The Hustle Grant for a Financial Boost to Women-Owned Businesses Nationwide NEW YORK, March 4, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- In honor of Women's History Month and in a significant move to support women entrepreneurs across the United States, Cecilia's...

03/04/2024   PR Web Government - Legislative

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Marks the Opening of Rasmus-Temenos NEW YORK, March 4, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Temenos Community Development Corporation (CDC) in partnership with The NHP Foundation ("NHPF"), a national not-for-profit provider of affordable housing, announced the opening of...

03/04/2024   PR Web Government

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Marks the Opening of Rasmus-Temenos NEW YORK, March 4, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Temenos Community Development Corporation (CDC) in partnership with The NHP Foundation ("NHPF"), a national not-for-profit provider of affordable housing, announced the opening of...

03/04/2024   PR Web Government - Legislative

Our Georgia Coast "Community" Video Series Shares Stories that Stir the Heart BRUNSWICK, Ga., March 4, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- One Hundred Miles (OHM), the nonprofit organization that protects and preserves Georgia's 100-mile coast through advocacy, education and citizen engagement,...

03/04/2024   PR Web Government

Our Georgia Coast "Community" Video Series Shares Stories that Stir the Heart BRUNSWICK, Ga., March 4, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- One Hundred Miles (OHM), the nonprofit organization that protects and preserves Georgia's 100-mile coast through advocacy, education and citizen engagement,...

03/04/2024   PR Web Government - Legislative

March is National Kidney Month and the Mendez National Institute of Transplantation Foundation has launched the "Do You Know?" kidney awareness campaign, to educate, empower, and inspire individuals to take proactive steps toward kidney health and shed light on the importance of early...

03/04/2024   PR Web Government

March is National Kidney Month and the Mendez National Institute of Transplantation Foundation has launched the "Do You Know?" kidney awareness campaign, to educate, empower, and inspire individuals to take proactive steps toward kidney health and shed light on the importance of early...

03/04/2024   PR Web Government - Legislative

Students at Pittsburgh Minadeo PreK-5 sample new nutritious fruit recipe to celebrate National School Breakfast Week PITTSBURGH, March 4, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Tomorrow, Pittsburgh Public Schools and Alliance for a Healthier Generation, in collaboration with Del Monte Foods and UPMC...

03/04/2024   PR Web Government

Students at Pittsburgh Minadeo PreK-5 sample new nutritious fruit recipe to celebrate National School Breakfast Week PITTSBURGH, March 4, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Tomorrow, Pittsburgh Public Schools and Alliance for a Healthier Generation, in collaboration with Del Monte Foods and UPMC...

03/04/2024   PR Web Government - Legislative

Shimmer by Cindy®, a renowned jewelry brand, has announced a partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) and the launch of the Pretty in Pink collection to support breast cancer awareness, with a portion of the profits and gift box donations going to NBCF. CHICAGO, March...

03/04/2024   PR Web Government

Shimmer by Cindy®, a renowned jewelry brand, has announced a partnership with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) and the launch of the Pretty in Pink collection to support breast cancer awareness, with a portion of the profits and gift box donations going to NBCF. CHICAGO, March...

03/03/2024   Washington State Senate Democrats

The 60-day 2024 legislative session will conclude this week with floor action focused primarily on concurring (and sometimes not concurring) with changes made to Senate bills in the House. Also this week, the final versions of the supplemental operating, capital and transportation budgets will be revealed. And today, the Senate and House will hold floor votes on the three initiatives that had public hearings last week.

FLOOR ACTION

The Senate will be on the floor throughout the week to put the finishing touches on the 2024 session..

Monday, March 4-Thursday, March 7

The Senate will spend a lot of time on the floor this week, considering bills amended by the House during the concurrence process, and taking action on supplemental budgets, and holding votes on three initiatives.

Monday: 10 am; 1:30 pm; 5 pm (Expected floor action on I-2111, I-2081 and I-2113)
Tuesday: 10 am; 1:30 pm; 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am; 1:30 pm; 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am; 1:30 pm; 5 pm (Sine Die)

03/01/2024   PR Web Government - Legislative

Sandra Neuman Law secured a $1.4 million medical malpractice verdict against UPMC Passavant for negligence resulting from a fall that caused permanent injury to his dominant arm. PITTSBURGH, March 1, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- On Thursday, February 29, an Allegheny County jury awarded a...

03/01/2024   PR Web Government

Sandra Neuman Law secured a $1.4 million medical malpractice verdict against UPMC Passavant for negligence resulting from a fall that caused permanent injury to his dominant arm. PITTSBURGH, March 1, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- On Thursday, February 29, an Allegheny County jury awarded a...

03/01/2024   Washington State Senate Democrats

OLYMPIA — Residents living near Sea-Tac International Airport, who face disproportionate health risks due to aircraft noise and pollution, could receive assistance to repair failing soundproofing for their houses under legislation passed with overwhelming bipartisan support by the House today.

SB 5955, sponsored by Sen. Karen Keiser (D-Des Moines), establishes a grant program managed by the Washington State Department of Commerce, which would assist the port of Seattle in undertaking a program to repair home noise mitigation equipment that is not working properly.

“We ask people in airport communities to tolerate high levels of noise from air traffic that benefits our whole state,” said Keiser. “The least we can do is ensure that whatever noise mitigation assistance homeowners receive actually works the way it’s intended to rather than infesting their homes with mold.”

In the House, a companion bill was sponsored by Rep. Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines). The joint effort by the two lawmakers in the district they represent has built a landmark partnership between the Port of Seattle, the State of Washington, King County, cities in the area, and airport communities.

“While SeaTac connects us globally, it is one of the fastest-growing airports in the nation and, with over 1,000 flights per day, it has an enormous impact on residents in our area,” said Orwall. “We are proud to have brought state and city partners, community members and port leaders together for this critical first step to assist struggling homeowners.”

Over the past 30 years, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Port of Seattle have attempted to provide relief to many homeowners near Sea-Tac Airport in the form of “port packages”— home improvements including double-pane and triple-pane windows and sound-dampening insulation to shield them from the noise of airplanes taking off and landing nearby.

However, many earlier port packages failed within a few years, leaking and allowing mold to grow between the panes of the windows. The Commerce Department would help rectify those problems through a grant program financed by a new port district equity fund that can accept contributions from the state, local governments, the port, and private individuals or groups.

“The collaboration among all parties involved has culminated in finally addressing the needs of homeowners who have been waiting for years for assistance,” said Keiser. “I am thrilled everyone was able to come together to establish this grant program.”

The bill provides for five years of funding as well as a report on the number of homes repaired and the number that still need repair.

A window installed many years ago for 33rd Legislative District constituent Mr. Lee of SeaTac is infested with mold between the panes, impossible to clean. He has been on a waiting list for a replacement for eight years.

The bill now goes to the governor for his signature.

03/01/2024   Washington Attorney General News
AG Ferguson request bill to help more than 35,000 Washington veterans access state benefits passes legislature unanimously

Current law excludes many veterans from vulnerable communities, including those forced out by “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

OLYMPIA — Today, the Washington state Legislature unanimously passed Attorney General request legislation sponsored by Rep. Mike Volz, R-Spokane, that will expand state benefits to more than 35,000 Washington veterans. It now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.

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03/01/2024   PR Web Government - Legislative

America's Thrift Stores is proud to announce beginning March 1, 2024, Make-A-Wish East Tennessee will be a key charity partner for America's Thrift Stores in twenty-six counties in East Tennessee that include the Knoxville and Tri-Cities metro areas. KNOXVILLE, Tenn., March 1, 2024...

03/01/2024   PR Web Government

America's Thrift Stores is proud to announce beginning March 1, 2024, Make-A-Wish East Tennessee will be a key charity partner for America's Thrift Stores in twenty-six counties in East Tennessee that include the Knoxville and Tri-Cities metro areas. KNOXVILLE, Tenn., March 1, 2024...

03/01/2024   Washington Attorney General News
AG Ferguson, Legislature get tough on price-fixing, other antitrust violations

Washington antitrust penalties now among nation’s strongest

OLYMPIA — Washington state’s maximum penalties for antitrust violations like price-fixing and collusion will be among the strongest in the nation after the Legislature approved a bill last night sponsored by Rep. Darya Farivar, D-Lake City, and requested by Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

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03/01/2024   PR Web Government - Legislative

Jamila Jones Spearheads the Affrilachian Cultural Trail, Blending Outdoor Fun with the Rich African American History of Appalachia WASHINGTON, March 1, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- In a significant stride towards enhancing cultural heritage tourism and outdoor recreation, the announcement...

03/01/2024   PR Web Government

Jamila Jones Spearheads the Affrilachian Cultural Trail, Blending Outdoor Fun with the Rich African American History of Appalachia WASHINGTON, March 1, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- In a significant stride towards enhancing cultural heritage tourism and outdoor recreation, the announcement...

03/01/2024   PR Web Government - Legislative

Women's eNews will honor PowerUp's CEO and co-founder, Victoria Yampolsky, at its annual gala, 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, on March 26, 2024. NEW YORK, March 1, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Women's eNews, an award-winning, nonprofit news organization that provides exclusive coverage of...

03/01/2024   PR Web Government

Women's eNews will honor PowerUp's CEO and co-founder, Victoria Yampolsky, at its annual gala, 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, on March 26, 2024. NEW YORK, March 1, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Women's eNews, an award-winning, nonprofit news organization that provides exclusive coverage of...

02/29/2024   Washington State Governor's Information Feed
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Today Gov. Jay Inslee announced the appointment of Monica Kaup Cary to the King County Superior Court. She will replace Judge Matthew Segal, who retired from the bench effective Jan. 17, 2024.   

Since 2022, Cary has served as a family court commissioner at the King County Superior Court. In this role, she has presided over numerous family law matters, including family law motions, civil protection orders, truancy, and at-risk youth in need of services. From 2013 to 2018, she also served as a King County family law commissioner pro tem. Prior to her current role as a judicial officer, Cary worked for over 18 years at the DuBois Cary Law Group, becoming an owner and partner in 2010. At DuBois Cary Law Group, she represented clients in all aspects of family law proceedings, with a practice emphasis on complex custody and financial matters. She also assisted in managing the firm’s operations and employees.

Her previous work experience includes serving as a Pierce County prosecuting attorney in the criminal law division, and as a clerk to the presiding family court judge in the Oregon Circuit Court, 4th Judicial District. She currently volunteers on the King County Unified Family Court Committee, Courts and Communities Committee, and the DEI Committee. 

Cary is also active in her community. She has volunteered at the City of Seattle Immigration and Refugee Family Clinic, served on the First Responder Will Clinic as both a member of the board of directors and as a volunteer attorney and served on the board of the South Asian Bar Association. 

“Commissioner Monica Cary is highly regarded as a thoughtful and thorough judicial officer who consistently demonstrates her ability to issue clear, impartial, well-considered decisions,” said Inslee. “I’m pleased that she will bring her integrity, work ethic, expertise and compassion to the King County Superior Court bench.”

Cary earned her bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College. She earned her law degree from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College.

02/29/2024   PR Web Government - Legislative

800 Moffett MV Manager, LLC allegedly failed to reimburse employees' work expenses, which were required to complete the job duties on behalf of the company. SAN DIEGO, Feb. 29, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The San Francisco employment law attorneys, at Blumenthal Nordrehaug Bhowmik De Blouw...

02/29/2024   PR Web Government

800 Moffett MV Manager, LLC allegedly failed to reimburse employees' work expenses, which were required to complete the job duties on behalf of the company. SAN DIEGO, Feb. 29, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The San Francisco employment law attorneys, at Blumenthal Nordrehaug Bhowmik De Blouw...

02/29/2024   PR Web Government - Legislative

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP reported more than $2.3 billion of revenue for FY 2023, a 6% increase over the prior year and the 10th consecutive year of record revenue. The firm also announced the elevation of 60 attorneys to shareholder and of counsel. NEW YORK, Feb. 29, 2024...

02/29/2024   PR Web Government

Global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP reported more than $2.3 billion of revenue for FY 2023, a 6% increase over the prior year and the 10th consecutive year of record revenue. The firm also announced the elevation of 60 attorneys to shareholder and of counsel. NEW YORK, Feb. 29, 2024...

02/29/2024   Washington State Senate Democrats

OLYMPIA – Legislation to block unscrupulous lenders who are partnering with out-of-state banks to evade Washington’s limits on interest rates has now passed both the Senate and the House unanimously.

SB 6025, sponsored by Sen. Derek Stanford (D-Bothell), makes any attempt to evade the provisions of Washington’s Consumer Loan Act a violation of the act.

“Our state’s Consumer Loan Act does a good job of protecting consumers and making sure there is clarity for lenders and borrowers,” said Stanford. “But some companies are partnering with out-of-state banks and using structures that allow them to get around the act. This bill makes sure our regulators can stop that and protect consumers in Washington from these predatory lenders.”

Some companies have been partnering with banks in Utah, which has no limits on interest rates, to offer high-interest loans to some of the most vulnerable populations in Washington state. Interest rates on these unregulated products reach well over 100 percent. Under SB 6025, that would no longer be allowed in Washington.

An amendment added in the House clarifies that the changes to the Consumer Loan Act under the bill apply prospectively only and not to loans made before the bill’s effective date, unless the loan is renegotiated or modified afterward.

Having been amended in the House, the bill now returns to the Senate for concurrence.

02/29/2024   Washington State Senate Democrats

OLYMPIA — People who commit crimes on tribal lands would not be able to escape justice by fleeing into Washington state lands, under legislation passed unanimously by the House Wednesday.

SB 6146 would authorize Washington state law enforcement officers to enforce warrants issued by Washington’s 29 federally recognized tribes and empower them to transport people to tribal lands for prosecution.

“This law will help keep communities in Washington and on tribal lands safe, while respecting the constitutional rights of defendants,” said Sen. Manka Dhingra (D-Redmond), sponsor of the bill. “Our laws need to reflect the realities of our world today. We have been operating under laws written when travel between jurisdictions wasn’t easy and the technology to confirm identity didn’t exist, so this legislation modernizes our laws to address the problems that arise today, when it is easy to flee from one jurisdiction into another.”

“The safety of all Washingtonians is a responsibility across governmental families, and SB 6146 responds to those victims of crimes, from drug dealers to domestic violence,” said Rep. Debra Lekanoff (D-Anacortes), sponsor of House companion legislation. “We look forward to Gov. Inslee signing this bill into law, as this act reflects one of many injustices that Native Americans have faced in a place that was once their own.”

“Washington tribes and the state Legislature are weaving tribal and state justice and public safety systems and providing the time for the transition between a new system, new administration and sovereign nations,” Lekanoff said.

Lekanoff emphasized the importance of implementing the law carefully. “This law is a foundation for future state and tribal jurisdiction policy, regulation and fiscal recognition of sovereignty of governing bodies. I believe the old statement of this law in bipartisanship — it reflects the intent of the Legislature to work with the tribes and the executive branch to make future decisions that strengthen our commitments for a safe place for all.”

The bill was the result of collaboration between tribal and state law enforcement and prosecuting attorneys.

“This bill closes a jurisdictional gap allowing crimes to be committed on Indian reservations and then flight off-reservation where no legal process exists for state arrest and return of fugitives to the tribes,” said Judge Ron Whitener, retired chief judge of the Tulalip Tribal Court and a Squaxin Island Tribal member. “It also provides due process protections for fugitives by only allowing arrest and return to tribal custody if the tribe meets Constitutional requirements of the federal Tribal Law and Order Act.”

For tribes not yet meeting the federal requirements, the bill creates an extradition process requiring state court review of extradition prior to returning a fugitive to a tribe.

“The fact is that the tribes have been arresting and returning state fugitives under our treaty duties for 170 years, with no concerning incidents,” Whitener said. “We have complete confidence that our state law enforcement counterparts will do as fine a job under this bill, increasing safety and peace in our all of our communities.”

Chairman Steve Edwards of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community thanked Dhingra and Lekanoff for “convening a process that brought together all 29 tribes with Washington state law enforcement and prosecutors to work collaboratively on solutions through which the state can recognize tribal warrants. This legislation will help to keep all Washingtonians safe around the state and on tribal lands.”

Having been amended in the House, SB 6146 returns to the Senate for concurrence.

02/28/2024   Washington Attorney General News
AG Ferguson: Attorney General’s Office will implement state Hate Crimes Hotline

AG Ferguson offers the following statement on the passage of Senate Bill 5427

OLYMPIA — Today, the Legislature adopted legislation sponsored by Sen. Javier Valdez, D-Seattle, creating a statewide hate crimes hotline in the Attorney General’s Office.

The bill, Senate Bill 5427, passed the House in a 56-39 vote. The Senate passed the bill in early February with a bipartisan 30-18 vote. It will now head to Gov. Inslee for his signature.

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02/27/2024   Washington State Governor's Information Feed
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On Wednesday, Gov. Inslee traveled to King County, where he highlighted the need for additional funding for the state’s Encampment Resolution Program. Inslee toured the of a former homeless encampment near I-5 in north Seattle, where he met with crewmembers contracted by WSDOT to clear the site of debris and outreach workers who worked with individual encampment residents to transition to safer shelter options and services. The crew has already cleared the site of more than 200 tons of debris and is now working to mitigate the site with fencing, in order to prevent the establishment of another encampment.

The governor urged legislators to appropriate necessary funding to keep the encampment resolution program going. He emphasized the necessity of securing additional emergency housing across the state in order to confront the state’s homelessness crisis.  “We look for all potential options,” said Inslee. “Buy a hotel that's empty, put in a tiny home village, look at multiple sites that can be consolidated. I think we should be open to all of these different versions because people have different needs as well.”

Inslee’s encampment resolution program has made substantial progress in its first 18 months, connecting more than 1,000 people to safer housing and services, and resolving more than 30 encampments along the I-5 corridor.

 

During the tour, the governor also met Itsy, a puppy that had been living at the encampment. Itsy has since been adopted by a staff member from CoLead, one of the nonprofit outreach groups contracted with the state to help homeless people connect with safe shelter options and substance use disorder treatment.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

While he was in the King County, the governor also made remarks at the ribbon cutting for a new clean energy manufacturing facility in the SoDo neighborhood of Seattle. The factory, owned by First Mode, will manufacture components for the company’s hydrogen and hybrid-electric drivetrains for use in giant mining trucks and locomotives. Their innovative technology has the potential to help entire industries move from fossil fuels to clean energy.

First Mode is one of many clean energy companies that have chosen to make Washington their base of manufacturing and operations in recent years, making the state a world leader in this burgeoning industry.  As the governor highlighted in his remarks at the ribbon cutting, part of the reason businesses like First Mode are coming to Washington is the Climate Commitment Act. The state’s cap on pollution is making additional resources and services available to both businesses and consumers, creating green jobs and accelerating the state’s transition to clean energy.

 

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02/23/2024   Washington State Senate Democrats

With just 11 days left in the 2024 legislative session, fiscal committees hit a deadline Monday as opposite house fiscal cutoff arrives, meaning bills can no longer be considered if they have not been voted out of Transportation and Ways & Means by the time those committees adjourn. The rest of the week will be dedicated to hearings on three initiatives and to floor action, which culminates Friday when opposite house cutoff arrives at 5 pm. At that point, any House bills in the Senate and Senate bills in the House without a fiscal impact are done for the year.

INITIATIVE 2111, INCOME TAX

Rep. April Berg and Sen. June Robinson will chair the public hearing on I-2111.

Tuesday, February 27
12:30 pm

A joint session of the House Finance and Senate Ways & Means Committees will hear public testimony on Initiative 2111, prohibiting an income tax at the state. county and city level. Watch on TVW.

INITIATIVE 2081, PARENTAL RIGHTS

Rep. Sharon Tomiko Santos and Sen. Lisa Wellman will chair a public hearing on I-2081.

Wednesday, February 28
8 am

A joint session of the House Education and Senate Early Learning & K-12 Committees will hear public testimony on Initiative 2081, parental rights. Watch on TVW.

INITIATIVE 2113, POLICE PURSUITS

Sen. Manka Dhingra and Rep. Roger Goodman will chair a public hearing on I-2113.

Wednesday, February 28
9 am

A joint session of the Senate Law & Justice and House Community Safety, Justice & Reentry Committees will hear public testimony on Initiative 2113, police pursuits. Watch on TVW.

FLOOR ACTION

The Senate will be on the floor throughout the week to put the finishing touches on the 2024 session..

Tuesday, February 27-Friday, March 1

The Senate will have long days and nights on the floor this week beginning Tuesday morning. The full schedule is below:

Tuesday: 9 am; 1:30 pm; 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am; 1:30 pm; 5 pm
Thursday: 9 am; 1:30 pm; 5 pm
Friday: 10 am; 1:30 pm; 5 pm (Opposite house cutoff)

02/21/2024   Washington Attorney General News
AG Ferguson: Providence debt collector Harris & Harris to pay $1 million for failing to inform patients of their medical debt collection rights

Trial starts tomorrow against Optimum Outcomes, last defendant in Ferguson’s charity care lawsuit against Providence and its debt collectors

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02/21/2024   Washington State Governor's Information Feed
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Gov. Jay Inslee recently traveled to Walla Walla County, addressing two crucial issues: transitioning to clean energy and tackling the ongoing fentanyl crisis. During his visit, he met with various stakeholders, gaining valuable insights while highlighting state and local collaborative efforts. 

Driving clean transportation with WOW CarShare

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Gov. Inslee in a roundtable with WOW Tri-Cities and Valley Transit Authority leaders

The governor's day began with a roundtable discussion alongside Women of Wisdom Tri-Cities (WOW) and Valley Transit Authority. The focus was on their innovative WOW CarShare program, which expands electric vehicle (EV) accessibility for low- and moderate-income communities. This program, funded by the Zero-emissions Access Program (ZAP) grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation, prioritizes equity by ensuring affordable access to shared EVs through membership options and strategically placed charging stations in underserved areas.

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Pictured L-R: MondoFi founder Leigh Angman, Valley Transit GM Angie Peters, WOW Project Director Eric Fitzgerald, WOW’s Micah Fitzgerald, Gov. Jay Inslee, WOW Executive Director Chaune Fitzgerald, Valley Transit Board Chair Heather Scherman, College Place Administrator Michael Rizzitello, College Place Mayor Norma Hernandez, Walla Walla Deputy City Manager Bob Francis 

Supporting programs like WOW's CarShare aligns with Washington's commitment to clean transportation. Funded partly from the Climate Commitment Act (CCA), the Department of Commerce has allocated over $85 million to fund nearly 5,000 new EV charging stations across the state, including 19 in Walla Walla County. Additionally, the CCA ensures that at least 35% of its funds are directed towards areas disproportionately impacted by pollution, further supporting projects like WOW CarShare.

Combating the fentanyl crisis

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Pictured L-R: Community Paramedic Cody Maine, Firefighter Medic Hayden Linklater, EMT Armondo Aldrado, ER Nurse Racquel Pleasant, Fire Chief John Knowles, First Spouse Trudi Inslee, Gov. Jay Inslee, Captain Eric Knudson, Deputy Chief Fred Hector, LT Bo Pingree, EMT Jamie Schwartz, EMT Brogan Berkenbile, Walla Walla Deputy City Manager Bob Francis

 

Inslee then visited the Walla Walla Fire Department (WWFD) to understand their experiences with the alarming rise in fentanyl overdoses and to honor Fire Engineer Ryan Pleasants, who passed away while on duty in January. The governor began with a moment of silence led by Pleasant's wife, Racquel Pleasants, to remember Pleasant's service to the community. Following the moment of silence, Inslee learned about the rise in fentanyl overdoses. Fentanyl has become a daily reality for WWFD crews. They now respond to more overdoses in a single month than they once did in an entire year. The recent seizures in November and December 2023 intercepted approximately 2,800 fentanyl pills and two pounds of fentanyl powder by the Walla Walla Regional Drug and Gang Task Force, underscores the severity of the issue.

Recognizing this critical challenge, Governor Inslee proposed adding over $50 million in new funding for opioid combat in the 2023–25 biennium. This would build upon the existing $200 million allocated for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment facilities, rental subsidies for people with SUD, treatment subsidies, criminal diversion programs, peer support services, Tribal SUD grants, and more.

Investing in Rural Development

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Pictured L-R: Port of Walla Walla Economic Development Director Paul Gerola, Executive Director Patrick Reay, Gov. Jay Inslee, Commissioner Kip Kelly

Inslee's final stop was at the Port of Walla Walla, where he received an update on the progress at Wallula Gap Business Park. This park, one of six rural industrial sites receiving part of a $2.5 million grant in 2023, is poised to become a hub for clean energy development. Proposed projects include sustainable aviation fuel production and EV battery manufacturing, aligning with the governor's proposed $136 million Green Jobs and Infrastructure Catalytic Fund.


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02/20/2024   Washington State Senate Democrats

OLYMPIA — On Tuesday, Senate Transportation Committee Chair Marko Liias unveiled the 2024 supplemental transportation budget, Senate Bill 5947, a $14.6 billion proposal which prioritizes public safety, preservation and maintenance of existing infrastructure and investments in the ferry system. 

“Our transportation system is the lifeblood of our economy, and this year’s budget makes critical investments in ferries, traffic safety, and improving mobility statewide,” Liias (D-Edmonds) said. 

The supplemental budget proposal puts $150 million additional dollars into the preservation of roads, bridges and more statewide. An additional $31 million is invested in traffic safety measures, including $13 million for the Washington State Patrol, $5.5 million to combat impaired driving and $1.3 million to help curtail speeding. An additional $150 million is included toward fish barrier removal to help expand the salmon population and restore river ecosystems.  

One key focus of the supplemental budget is investment in the ferry system. An additional $261 million – all money from the Climate Commitment Act – goes directly toward efforts to build new ferries and projects related to strengthening Washington’s existing fleet. The bulk of that money goes toward conversions for all five new hybrid electric vessels, with completion of half of those ready sometime during 2027 or 2028. 

This budget also invests in the workforce needs of the ferry system, building on $53 million put toward staffing the last two years. There’s an additional $10 million in this supplemental to hire additional crew, as well as funding for additional dispatch and service planning staff. The budget also provides for expanded backup passenger service in King and Kitsap counties and increased training opportunities to address workforce shortages. 

The budget continues funding on I-405 and SR 520 and invests $875 million for the I-5 Columbia River Bridge project, which includes a new $600 million federal grant. There is a $52 million cost increase on the SR 520 Seattle Corridor Improvements – West End project. The total increase including later biennia is $770 million. A $140 million sales tax deferral and additional funds from future SR 520 segment tolling assists in accommodating the cost increase. There is $253 million in increased costs for I-405/Brickyard to SR 527. This budget delays three remaining I-405/SR 167 corridor projects by 2-10 years and utilizes the recently approved toll rate increases on I-405/SR 167 to balance funding within the corridor. 

“We make important investments and ensure that we don’t go backwards in any area, but the needs of our state continue to outpace the resources available,” Liias said. “I worry that if the initiative passes and the Climate Commitment Act is repealed, we will face devastating cuts right when we can least afford it.” 

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OLYMPIA – Sen. Sam Hunt (D-Olympia) announced Tuesday he will retire after his term ends in January 2025. He has served as a state senator since 2017 and before that served as a state representative in the House from 2001-2016.  

During Hunt’s tenure as chair of the House State Government and Tribal Affairs Committee and as chair of the Senate State Government and Elections Committee, Washington passed landmark election legislation. Universal vote-by-mail, the Washington Voting Rights Act, the Native American Voting Rights Act, online and election day voter registration, paid return postage for mailed ballots, secure state-funded ballot drop boxes were all reforms brought about on Hunt’s watch. He also sponsored and passed legislation to modernize Washington’s elections, switching our state from a caucus to primary system for electing presidents. 

“I am particularly proud that under my guidance, we have the most secure, accurate, and accessible election system in the country,” Hunt said. “Washington is a model for other states to follow.” 

Hunt’s career began in Olympia in 1980 when he worked as a staffer in the Senate. He later worked for Gov. Booth Gardner and the Department of Information Services (now part of the Department of Enterprise Services) before being elected to the House of Representatives.  

Hunt has been involved in advocating for civil rights measures, including the state’s landmark marriage equality law. As a union member and state employee, he worked to pass collective bargaining for state employees.  

During his legislative tenure he served on the House Appropriations, Natural Resources, Rules, Labor, and K-12 Education committees and Senate Early Learning & K-12 Education and Ways & Means committees. 

During Hunt’s time in office, the state has seen increases in funding for education from preschool through higher education, including the Elson Floyd School of Medicine at Washington State University. Other major improvements have come to the state’s transportation system, including the second Tacoma Narrows Bridge, a wider Interstate 5 between Olympia and Seattle and improvements to I-90 across Snoqualmie Pass. 

“The time has come to let somebody else face the challenge of being a state senator,” Hunt said. “I would like to thank the many legislators with whom I have served, as well as the bright and dedicated staff who enable the Legislature to do its work. Without civility among members working together and the excellent staff, Washington would not be in the great shape we find it today.” 

Sen. Hunt let his colleagues know about his decision to retire in a letter Tuesday. You can read that here.

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02/19/2024   Washington State Senate Democrats

OLYMPIA — Washington State Senate budget leaders unveiled a $71.7 billion supplemental operating budget plan Monday that increases support for behavioral health and public schools. 

The budget adds roughly $1.9 billion in new spending to the two-year budget passed by lawmakers in April 2023. 

“Many hours and conversations went into shaping our supplemental budget proposal, and I’m very proud of the result,” said Sen. June Robinson (D-Everett), chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee. “It continues to showcase our values and priorities by making smart, targeted investments that give our neighbors and children the support and resources they need to thrive in Washington state.” 

The proposal includes over $242 million in new spending for K-12 schools, including funding for student meals, special education, and staffing needs, like paraeducators.  

It invests nearly $252 million in new spending to support efforts to transform the state’s behavioral health system, including funding for facilities and staffing. In addition, $36 million from the opioid settlement agreements will boost treatment for substance use disorder. 

The budget also utilizes funds from the state’s new cap and invest program to invest in energy efficiency, reduce carbon pollution, provide assistance to help low-income families pay their utility bills, and prepare communities for climate impacts. Passed in 2021, the Climate Commitment Act imposes a statewide cap on carbon emissions and requires businesses to purchase pollution allowances that will act as an incentive for them to curb emissions. 

“This budget continues the transformative investments we’ve made to benefit families, businesses, and our environment with the help of the Climate Commitment Act,” said Sen. Joe Nguyễn (D-White Center), vice chair of the Senate Ways & Means Committee. “What we’re presenting today reflects the values and priorities of Washingtonians. It helps families in need, creates jobs in our growing clean and green economy, and sets future generations up to succeed with support for our schools, early learning, and childcare. These are smart, effective investments that Washingtonians can’t afford to lose.” 

The budget plan includes no new general taxes and complies with the state’s four-year balanced budget requirement. It leaves $4.3 billion in total reserves at the end of the biennium.  

It will receive a hearing in the Senate Ways & Means Committee 4 p.m. Monday. 

The full budget document is available here. 

Other highlights of the 2024 supplemental budget proposal: 

  • $135.9 million to operate 72 beds at Olympic Heritage Behavioral Health 
  • $20 million for the University of Washington Behavioral Health teaching hospital 
  • $49.6 million for paraeducators 
  • $13.5 million for special education 
  • $19 million to establish a psychiatric residential treatment facility in Lake Burien for youth, aged 12-18, with complex needs 

About the supplemental budget:
Supplemental budgets are passed in even-numbered years and allow the state to make mid-course corrections to the two-year budgets passed in odd-numbered years. It gives the state the opportunity to adjust spending to keep families safe, provide high-quality education, and address other emergent needs like public health. 

02/17/2024   Washington State Senate Democrats

Things get extra BUSY in Week 7 as both the operating and transportation budgets are revealed. Opposite chamber policy cutoff arrives Wednesday meaning policy committees have until adjournment that day to vote out House bills without a fiscal impact. The Senate will also take to the floor Wednesday afternoon and again on Thursday and Friday morning to begin passing House bills.

OPERATING BUDGET PRESS CONFERENCE

Ways & Means Chair Sen. June Robinson and Vice Chair Sen. Joe Nguyen.

Monday, February 19
9:30 am

Ways and Means Chair Sen. June Robinson and Vice Chair Sen. Joe Nguyen will answer press questions Monday morning about the 2024 supplemental operating budget, SB 5950. Watch on TVW.

GUN SAFETY

Law & Justice Chair Sen. Manka Dhingra.

Monday, February 19
10:30 am

The Law & Justice Committee will hold a public hearing on a slate of gun safety bills recently passed by the House. House Bill 2118, sponsored by Rep. Amy Walen, would require additional responsibilities for gun shops operating in Washington. HB 2021, sponsored by Rep. Tana Senn, allows the Washington State Patrol to destroy confiscated firearms. HB 1903, sponsored by Rep. Liz Berry, strengthens the laws around reporting a lost or stolen firearm. Watch on TVW.

HELPING FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES

Human Services Chair Sen. Claire Wilson.

Monday, February 19
10:30 am

The Human Services Committee will hear several bills aimed at helping families and communities across the state. House Bill 2007, sponsored by Rep. Strom Peterson, extends the time struggling families can received TANF benefits. HB 2230, also sponsored by Peterson, makes permanent the Economic Security for All grant program that was first created to help especially needy families hit hard during the pandemic. HB 2256, sponsored by Rep. Lisa Callan, continues the work of the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Workgroup to identify solutions and policies for youth experiencing behavioral health crises. Watch on TVW.

CHILDREN’S DAY 2024

Children's Day 2024 is Monday.

Monday, February 19
12:30 pm

Children’s Day 2024 is Monday, bringing to town the kids of legislators, staff and other folks who work in Olympia. Kids will be all over the Capitol but we’re going to try and get some work done anyway. The Senate will hear resolutions honoring Black History Month, sponsored by Sen. T’wina Nobles, and the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, sponsored by Sen. John Lovick. The Senate will also pass policy bills, including House Bill 1895 which strengthens the Working Families Tax Credit. Watch on TVW.

STATE BUDGET

Ways & Means Chair Sen. June Robinson.

Monday, February 19
4 pm

The Ways & Means Committee will hear public testimony on Senate Bill 5950, the 2024 supplemental operating budget. Watch on TVW.

MEDIA AVAILABILITY

Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig will be in attendance for Tuesday's availability.

Tuesday, February 20
Noon

Democratic Leadership from the House and Senate will answers press questions Tuesday. Watch on TVW.

TRANSPORTATION BUDGET PRESS CONFERENCE

Sens. Curtis King and Marko Liias, ranking and chair of the Transportation Committee.

Tuesday, February 20
1 pm

Transportation Committee Chair Sen. Marko Liias and ranking Republican member Sen. Curtis King will answer press questions about the 2024 supplemental transportation budget (Senate Bill 5947) from the Senate Rules Room. Watch on TVW.

WHAT’S NEXT WITH THE PAC-12?

Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee Chair Sen. T'wina Nobles.

Wednesday, February 21
8 am

The Higher Education & Workforce Development Committee will hold a work session exploring elements of Pac-12 Conference realignment and how athletic programs will operate moving forward. Watch on TVW.

FLOOR ACTION

The Senate will be on the floor throughout the week to put the finishing touches on the 2024 session..

February 21, 22 & 23

The Senate will be on the floor Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 pm and again in the morning on Thursday and Friday starting at 9 am.

Wednesday, 1:30 pm, Watch on TVW
Thursday, 9 am, Watch on TVW
Friday, 9 am, Watch on TVW

TRANSPORTATION BUDGET HEARING

Funding for Washington ferries is a priority in the transportation budget.

Wednesday, February 21
3 pm

The Transportation Committee will hear public testimony on Senate Bill 5947, the 2024 supplemental transportation budget sponsored by Sen. Marko Liias. Watch on TVW.

02/14/2024   Washington Attorney General News
AG Ferguson’s Organized Retail Crime Unit files second criminal prosecution

Maple Valley woman charged with stealing more than $200K in fragrances, cosmetics in six counties

SEATTLE — Today Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s Organized Retail Crime Unit filed its second-ever felony criminal case, charging a Maple Valley woman over a string of organized retail thefts in western Washington.

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02/13/2024   Washington State Governor's Information Feed
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Thanks to the Working Families Tax Credit, Washington’s tax system is becoming more equitable. On Friday, Gov. Jay Inslee traveled to Clark County to raise awareness for this year-old program. He met with people applying for the credit, including Isela Wingfield, a single mother of two boys who is eligible for a $940 refund this year. The WFTC provides a tax refund of up to $1,255 for Washingtonians who meet the income threshold and eligibility requirements.

Married couples with a total income of up to $63,398 may be eligible for this program.  The state has partnered with outreach groups to work with applicants, help people determine eligibility and fill out the necessary forms to claim this tax credit.

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Gov. Inslee with Isela Wingfield, a resident of Clark County who is applying for the Working Families Tax Credit this year.

The governor also met with teachers, paraeducators, school officials, parents and students at Ogden Elementary School. During a roundtable discussion, paraeducator Rocio Zavala-Ortiz emphasized the benefits of providing one-on-one attention to kids in the classroom. She also talked about how much it means to kids to work with paraeducators who “look like them.” For some of the kids at Ogden who speak English as a second language, having a paraeducator who can translate material on the fly has made a world of difference to helping them stay engaged with their learning material.

As needs for special education programs have increased statewide, Washington is grappling with a shortage of paraeducators. The governor's supplementary budget proposal includes additional funding to recruit and retain paraeducators by providing for a $3 per hour raise for paraeducators.

The governor’s final stop of the day celebrated Washington’s latest action to combat climate change – grants to build 5,000 electric vehicle chargers statewide. The governor stopped by the parking lot of a restaurant in Vancouver to see the site of some of these planned, publicly available chargers. He spoke with Natalie Mendoza, the COO of Be the Light of the World, the nonprofit tasked with building some of the new chargers. A few of her colleagues and family members joined her to meet the governor. Thanks in part to their work, the future is looking bright in Clark County.

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02/12/2024   Washington State Governor's Information Feed
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Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement on today’s 50th anniversary of the Boldt decision in U.S. v. Washington, which reaffirmed Tribes’ treaty-reserved rights to fish in their usual and accustomed places.

“This landmark decision set forth a path of state-tribal collaboration and co-management of fisheries resources in our state. Rather than being pitted against one another, Tribes and the state government have since collaborated on nation-leading efforts to save our iconic salmon. The history of this case provides many lessons that should be taught continually. Most importantly, it teaches that we as Washingtonians are always capable of doing better, and we are more likely to succeed when we work together for a more just society.”

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Today Gov. Jay Inslee announced the appointment of Angela J. Kaake to the King County Superior Court. She will be appointed to replace Judge Chad Allred, who retired from the bench effective January 15, 2024.   

For over 22 years, Kaake has served as a prosecuting attorney at the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (KCPAO). Kaake chose to prosecute crimes to serve crime victims and to safeguard a fair process for defendants.  She has significant misdemeanor and felony trial experience and specialized in domestic violence and sexual assault cases for much of her career. As part of the leadership team in the KCPAO’s Domestic Violence Unit, she participates in discussions and consultations regarding Project Safety, their award-winning program to provide civil legal aid to crime victims.

Over the last five years, Kaake has held a trial supervisory position, during which time she supervised, mentored, advised and developed over 35 attorneys. Kaake also assisted in starting a partnership between the KCPAO and the YWCA to provide services to victims of gender-based violence who have been arrested or charged as defendants. This partnership resulted in the creation of Survivors FIRST (Facilitating Interventions and Resources for Survivors of Trauma), a program that focuses on women of color who have been arrested or charged and diverts them from the criminal justice system. It is the first program of its kind in the nation and receives federal and state funding.

Kaake is also active in her community. Since 1994, she has served as the president and registered agent of Breakaway Women’s Lacrosse Team. From 2019 to 2023 she served on the board of the Pacific Northwest Women’s Lacrosse Association, and previously served as a youth lacrosse coach and referee. And since 2018, she has been a member of the DAWN (Domestic Abuse Women’s Network) Adopt-a-Family Program. 

“Angela Kaake is a well-respected, dedicated public servant, and she is well prepared to serve the King County community in this role,” said Inslee. “I’m pleased that she will bring her integrity, work ethic, trial experience and compassion to the King County Superior Court bench.”

Kaake earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and her law degree from Seattle University School of Law.

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Gov. Jay Inslee recently visited Snohomish County, highlighting Washington's thriving aerospace industry, clean energy initiatives, and the tangible benefits of the state's Climate Commitment Act (CCA) for residents.

Cutting-edge aerospace technology

Gov. Inslee and Gravitic staff stands in a large model of a space station in Gravitics' facility.
Pictured L-R: Director of Engineering Scott Macklin, VP of Business Development Jiral Shah, First Spouse Trudi Inslee, Gov. Jay Inslee, CMO Michael DeRosa, and government relations representative Mark Tiner (Photo courtesy of Gravitics, Inc.)

Inslee toured Gravitics, a cutting-edge aerospace company pushing the boundaries of space station design and technology. Inslee witnessed  their innovative designs, manufacturing processes, testing facilities, and marveled at a hot-fire demonstration of their advanced propulsion systems. Washington state is a long-standing leader in the aerospace sector and boasts over 1,500 aerospace-related suppliers and vendors contributing to cutting-edge companies like Gravitics.

Charging up for a clean future

Gov. Inslee and Marysville city leaders standing near an electric car charging station.
Pictured L-R: Public Information Officer Bridgette Larsen, Councilmember Kamille Norton, Communications Manager Connie Mennie, Gov. Jay Inslee, Community Development Director Haylie Miller, Chief Administrative Officer Gloria Hirashima, Director of Public Works Jeff Laycock

The new Marysville Civic Center is a modern, energy-efficient public facility to help meet the current and future needs of the growing city. Inslee stopped by to check out two nearby electric vehicles (EV) fast chargers and received an update on the economic impact of the Cascade Industrial Center from city officials. The Washington Department of Commerce recently announced the allocation of over $85 million for nearly 5,000 new EV charging stations across the state, including approximately 426 in Snohomish County. The EV program includes funding from the Climate Commitment Act.

Climate action hits home

Laurel Hage, a recipient of Snohomish County’s Weatherization program, significantly improved her home by installing brand-new insulation in her attic and floors, delivering year-round comfort. Improved ventilation circulates fresh air throughout the house creating a healthier home while also reducing her utility bill by nearly two-thirds. This is just a glimpse of what the Climate Commitment Act promises for thousands of Washington households, thanks to increased funding for weatherization programs across the state.

From cutting-edge aerospace advancements to expanding EV infrastructure and improving residential energy efficiency, Washington state is charging ahead into the future.


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Gov. Jay Inslee visited Skagit County last Friday and toured a micro-hydroelectric project, met with students and teachers at Sedro-Woolley High School, and dropped in at the Triumph Teen Life Center.

Clean Energy in Action

The governor toured one of Skagit PUD's advanced micro-hydroelectric plants. These systems generate clean electricity from water flowing through municipal pipelines. He also highlighted a new micro-hydro project at Mount Vernon High School, funded by a nearly $600,000 grant from the Washington Department of Commerce. This project is expected to generate enough power to ultimately cover the school's electricity needs and even power new electric vehicle charging stations. These are examples of how the Climate Commitment Act will be used to generate clean, renewable energy and reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Investing in Education

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Gov. Inslee and First Spouse Trudi Inslee look on as Mr. Reed runs through an exercise in his Spanish class.

Inslee then stopped by Sedro-Woolley High School to meet with students, staff, and paraeducators to learn how paraeducators are essential in the classroom. The governor also visited an old friend, Mr. Reed, who teaches Spanish at Sedro-Woolley.

Paraeducators are the unsung heroes of education, providing individualized support to students and helping teachers in the classroom. The governor’s proposed budget included significant investments in education, such as a $3-per-hour raise for paraeducators and increased funding for special education.

Empowering Youth

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Gov. Inslee drops in the dance studio at Triumph Teen Life Center.

The governor’s last stop was the Triumph Teen Life Center, a program that provides free after-school support and resources for teenagers in Skagit County. He met with students and learned more about the center's mission to instill confidence and empower youth. The state supports Triumph and similar programs through grants from the Health Care Authority.


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Today Gov. Jay Inslee announced the appointment of Nicholas B. Straley to the King County Superior Court. He is appointed to replace Judge Mary Roberts, who retired from the bench effective January 17, 2024.   

For over 26 years, Straley has been employed by Columbia Legal Services (CLS), a state-wide non-profit law firm that provides civil legal services to people living on low incomes in our state. He currently serves as CLS’s litigation director. He has practiced in a wide range of subject matters throughout his career, including representing tenants and other people in housing related matters, consumers in disputes with creditors, workers in disputes with employers and regulators, and incarcerated persons in matters related to their confinement. He has litigated both in state and federal courts, including significant complex civil and class action litigation. Earlier in his career, he served as a staff attorney in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Straley also has a long history of being active in his community. For example, since 2021 he has served on the YouthCare Board of Directors, an organization that works to end youth homelessness.  Since 2019, he has served on the JustLead Washington Board of Directors. He also served as an alternate member of the Washington State Criminal Sentencing Task Force between 2019 and 2023. 

“Nick Straley is a well-respected and experienced lawyer who has dedicated himself for over 25 years to serving vulnerable populations,” said Inslee. “I’m pleased that he will bring his integrity, work ethic, litigation experience and compassion to the King County Superior Court bench.”

Straley earned his bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College in Ohio. He earned his law degree from Cornell Law School.

02/06/2024   Washington Attorney General News
AG Ferguson: Federal Way gun store to pay $3 million for illegally selling high-capacity magazines

King County judge already ruled that the store and its owner violated the law

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that Federal Way Discount Guns and its owner, Mohammed Baghai, will pay $3 million for violating Washington’s prohibition on selling high-capacity magazines with the capacity to hold more than ten rounds of ammunition.

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02/06/2024   Washington Attorney General News
AG Ferguson: Federal Way gun store to pay $3 million for illegally selling high-capacity magazines

King County judge already ruled that the store and its owner violated the law

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that Federal Way Discount Guns and its owner, Mohammed Baghai, will pay $3 million for violating Washington’s prohibition on selling high-capacity magazines with the capacity to hold more than ten rounds of ammunition.

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