State should pay postage for mail-in ballots With Washington voters having cast their ballots through the mail since 2011, Sens. Joe Fain and Mark Mullet said today that the state should pay for postage to increase voter participation and reduce any confusion or barriers to participating in elections. The two lawmakers from King County drafted legislation this... Read More...
Meeting with Auburn Community Leaders I enjoyed the opportunity to share some results from this and last year’s legislative sessions with community leaders in the Auburn Rotary Club. While there I also answered questions about a range of issues that affect the whole state, South King County, and our Auburn community. Thank you to everyone... Read More...
Free speech protections for student journalists signed into law As a result of decades of work, student journalists will now receive first amendment protections like their professional peers after legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Fain was today signed into law. The change makes Washington the 14th state to extend free speech protections to student journalists. Fain’s bill was supported... Read More...
Free speech protections for student journalists approved by House First amendment protections for student journalists at school newspapers cleared a major hurdle after legislation sponsored by Sen. Joe Fain was today approved by the Washington State House of Representatives. The plan passed by a 93-6 margin in the final hour ahead of a key legislative deadline. It is supported... Read More...
Renton student art on display at the Capitol Three years ago Sen. Joe Fain launched the “Canvas to Capitol” student art program where he asked South King County students to send original artwork to decorate the walls of his office in the state Capitol building. Last week first grader Jalen and his family made the trip to Fain’s... Read More...
Suzette Cooke honored by Senate for career of service in Kent In the midst of a busy legislative session, the Washington State Senate took a few moments to honor and thank former Kent Mayor Suzette Cooke for her decades of service to the Kent community. Sen. Joe Fain sponsored the resolution, which was approved by the Senate with Cooke in attendance... Read More...
Drivers would pay less for car tabs under bill passed by Senate After the cost of car tabs increased in 2017 for many Puget Sound area drivers following passage of Sound Transit 3, the Washington State Senate today voted to reduce car tab costs. Sen. Joe Fain supported the measure, but said he would have preferred even greater tax relief for drivers.... Read More...
Fain hosts South King County leaders at the Capitol In one of his longest running Senate traditions, Sen. Joe Fain hosted the Leadership Institute of South Puget Sound at the state Capitol for the eighth consecutive year. The group heard from a variety of state leaders and got a behind the scenes look at the legislative process. “It’s incredibly... Read More...
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