Senate moves ahead with updated supplemental budget proposal Senate budget leaders Sens. Andy Hill and John Braun released an updated 2016 supplemental budget proposal today, which will receive a public hearing in the Senate Ways and Means Committee at 2 p.m. The new plan comes at the beginning of a special session as lawmakers continue work to find... Read More...
Senate budget update improves services, outcomes for taxpayers Chief Senate budget writer Sen. Andy Hill released the chamber’s 2016 supplemental budget update today, which addresses Washington residents’ priorities and fixes issues at executive-branch state agencies, through additional reforms and oversight from the Legislature. “Last year lawmakers worked hard to find agreement on historic investments in our education system... Read More...
Juanita freshman serves as page for Sen. Hill Kobey Chew, a freshman at Juanita High School, spent a week working as a page for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia. Chew was one of 20 students who served as Senate pages for the fourth week of the 2016 legislative session. He was sponsored by Sen.... Read More...
Senate approves career paths and support for paraeducators As lawmakers work to strengthen Washington’s K-12 education system, the Washington State Senate today approved Sen. Andy Hill’s legislation creating a career path for paraeducators. The classroom support staff, who provide more than half of special education instruction, work under teacher supervision to instruct students, manage classrooms and act as... Read More...
45th District lawmakers to host town-hall meeting in Kirkland Members of Washington’s 45th Legislative District delegation will host a town-hall meeting Saturday, February 20, in Kirkland. State Sen. Andy Hill and Reps. Larry Springer and Roger Goodman will be on hand to provide updates on the 2016 session, which is currently underway, and answer questions from residents about a... Read More...
WSDOT performance on I-405 tolls worsens Express toll lanes on I-405 in Eastside King County continue to draw the ire of commuters as a report released today by INRIX showed slower speeds, longer periods of peak congestion, and less traffic predictability in the general purpose lanes. This follows the announcement Monday that WSDOT had taken in... Read More...
A Bipartisan Proposal to Fix Western State Hospital A Bipartisan Reform Proposal to Fix Western State Hospital Four steps to improve care, safety and outcomes During the 2015 legislative session, lawmakers from both parties made mental health a priority in the state budget. Significant new investments in both treatment and expanding community capacity were made. Total funds were... Read More...
Support for paraeducators clears education committee As lawmakers work to strengthen Washington’s K-12 education system, the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee today approved Sen. Andy Hill’s legislation creating a career path for paraeducators. The classroom support staff, who provide more than half of special education instruction, work under teacher supervision to instruct students, manage... Read More...
Jason Wu serves as Senate page Jason Wu, a ninth grader at Northshore junior high, spent a week working as a page for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia. Wu was one of 19 students who served as Senate pages for the third week of the 2016 legislative session. He was sponsored by... Read More...
Visitors from home – Boys and Girls Club On Monday I had the great opportunity to meet with and hear from students from our Eastside King County Boys and Girls Clubs, who were visiting Olympia to speak with lawmakers and share their experiences at the club. Read More...
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