Defending against financial chaos I’m sponsoring an amendment to enshrine Washington’s four-year balanced budget requirement in our state constitution. Some wonder why we should look further into the future given that we already budget in two-year cycles. Requiring lawmakers to budget for four years is our greatest defense against self-inflicted financial chaos. Last year... Read More...
Children’s Day Today, the Senate celebrated “Children’s Day” by adopting a resolution I drafted celebrating the next generation. Many of my colleagues were joined on the Senate floor by their children and grandchildren for the resolution as well as for the debate and adoption of three other pieces of legislation. I was... Read More...
Free speech for student journalists Student journalists deserve the same free speech protections as everyone else. Free speech is more than just words in the Constitution; it is a cultural phenomenon where we as Americans have decided to value the open and honest exchange of ideas, which must be enshrined in the way we learn,... Read More...
Public charter schools remain an option for Washington students Washington state’s charter public schools remain an option for Washington students after the King County Superior Court today denied a legal challenge. Sen. Joe Fain, an author of the 2016 legislation to preserve the education option, called it an “unsurprising but welcome win for current and future students.” “Education inequality... Read More...
Preventing Animal Neglect and Abuse Unsupervised dogs who are tied up should have access to food and water, protection from extreme weather, and the ability to reasonably move about. A plan I’m sponsoring would set safety and health standards to protect them during those times dogs are on their own and restrained. Read More...
Protecting sexual assault victims Legal protections currently available through the justice system do not reach enough victims of sexual assault. Protection orders provide critical safeguards for victims. Wednesday morning I had the opportunity to testify before the Senate Law and Justice Committee on a proposal I’m sponsoring to strengthen protection orders for victims of... Read More...
Protecting religious affiliation data While I do not imagine any federal administration would try to create a religious registry of its citizens, the idea runs so counter to our constitutional rights and values that I co-sponsored legislation to ensure Washington state does not provide any religious affiliation data that it collects to the federal... Read More...
Kent Students in Olympia I had the opportunity to speak with students from the Kent School District who visited the Capitol yesterday. They asked some great questions ranging from increasing opportunities to earn additional credits to how the Legislature functions. The Kent school community has been well represented by the thoughtful and interested students... Read More...
LEAP Day Students from the Latino/a Educational Achievement Project, including some from the Kent School District, visited Olympia today to share their priorities with state lawmakers. We discussed the importance of keeping college affordable and accessible and support for bilingual educators in our public schools. Read More...
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