Regular Monthly Business Meeting. Dinner & Social Hour 6:30p, Meeting 7pm. Monthly meeting at Elliott Bay Brewery Lake City (Cascade Room downstairs). State Chair Tina Podlodowski is the featured speaker. Niko Battle, a high school senior and the youngest state committee person ever elected (who is representing Snohomish County), is also invited. We also expect some judicial candidates and Seattle City Council candidates to stop by. We look forward to seeing you there!
Next Traveling Town Hall - this Saturday Feb. 16 10 am - noon at Lake Forest Park Town Center. Look for me at a large table with a sign. This drop-in, in-district discussion time is a good chance to meet with me for those of you who had hoped to come down to Olympia during the past week, but couldn't make it due to snow.
This week's intense legislative schedule - despite a snow day - included:
*** Washington Promise bill for free college for students up to 100% of median income (HB1123) was moved forward by House College and Workforce Development Committee today;
*** Hearing was held on HB 1597 considering the greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas and methane in House Environment and Energy Committee yesterday ;
*** Passing my bill to protect WA students at For-Profit colleges and vocational schools from the College and Workforce Development Committee - ironically having to turn back numerous amendments from Republicans on the Committee to strip out a state backstop to the Trump / DeVos Administration's repeal of the Gainful Employment Rule for these students in our state, strip out an "advocate" or "ombud" to assist students at For-Profit Colleges and Vocational Schools...
*** Today we voted 8 bills out of Local Government Committee, which I chair. Each will make some level of local government a bit more effective or capable.
Come speak to me about these or any other issue from 10-12 Saturday!
Let's talk school funding and why we need to pass the Seattle school levy. Or whatever issue you'd like to discuss with your State Representative. Join me February 2nd, from 10-12 for my next Traveling Town Hall. This week's location: Burgermaster east of University Village 3040 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105.
Every Saturday during the legislative session I hold in-district, drop-in discussion time. Just come over to our table and join the discussion; ask about, or share your views, about specific legislation or policies.
I hold these weekly drop-in discussion times ("Traveling Town Halls") every Saturday during session (if we are not meeting in Olympia).
This week, I met with far more than a hundred constituents who made the trek to Olympia - from a Girl Scout Troop to environmental activists to firefighters to UW physical therapy students. I appreciate that you've made the trip to Olympia to speak to your legislators. But, most people cant make that trek during the week, so I hold my Traveling Town Hall near you. If you made the trek and want to continue the discussion in more depth, please come to a Saturday Traveling Town Hall.