Improving access to developmental disability services

Following the 2014 legislative session Washington’s governor signed into law the Vulnerable Individuals Priority (VIP) Act, co-sponsored by Joe Fain of Auburn that will provide developmental disability services to 5,000 people currently on a waiting list. The measure, which had strong support of advocates for developmental disability services and lawmakers, will provide additional respite care and supported employment assistance. “Having a job provides a sense of purpose and community. People … Continue reading

Improvements to mercury-light disposal program signed into law

Following the 2014 legislative session the governor endorsed a program update for disposing lights containing mercury.Senator Joe Fain of Auburn and Auburn City Councilmember Bill Peloza worked to secure passage of the changes. The legislation updates an existing stewardship program created in 2010 to facilitate responsible disposal of lights with mercury given the public health and environmental dangers. “Keeping people safe by reducing accidental or unknown exposures to mercury is critical to public health,” said … Continue reading

Fain’s measures to address repeat DUI offenders signed into law

Two bills sponsored by Sen. Joe Fain during the 2014 legislative session were signed into law today by Gov. Jay Inslee. The signing coincides with “Safe Roads Awareness Week” in Seattle, which is a series of events in memory of Dennis and Judy Schulte who were tragically killed by a repeat DUI offender one year ago. Under the new laws prosecutors will be able to seek increased penalties for repeat … Continue reading