There has been a lot of discussion about public disclosure and government transparency in the local media this year. The state legislature attempted to pass a bill to address this.Read More
State Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds, will host four more town hall meetings in the coming weeks to report on the Legislature’s work during the 2018 session.Read More
Just two days after the end of the 2018 legislative session, State Sen. Maralyn Chase came face-to-face with mostly supportive 32nd District constituents in a town hall meeting Saturday morning at the Edmonds Senior Center.
“This is the most wonderful session I’ve had in my 16 years,” said Chase, pointing in particular to several measures that passed the Democratic-controlled Legislature this year.Read More
The Washington Legislature approved a phase out of Atlantic salmon farming in state waters on Friday and sent the measure to the desk of Gov. Jay Inslee, who is expected to sign it.
The state Senate voted 31 to 16 to ban new aquatic leases for Atlantic salmon net pens and to forbid the renewal of existing state leases when they expire. The bill passed the state House by a similarly wide margin in mid-February.Read More
A quiet revolution has been brewing. As the twentieth anniversary of I-200 silently descended, state and local leaders were leveraging the moment to overturn by introducing Senate Bill 6406. Though the bill failed, it aimed to “restore the fair treatment of underserved groups in public employment, education and contracting.”Read More
Seattle area Democratic lawmakers could repeal a 20-year-old voter initiative meant to outlaw preferences based on race and gender in college admission, public employment, and contracting.Read More
The National Minority Business Advisory Council honored Sen. Maralyn Chase on Monday by naming her 2017’s Legislator of the Year. This is the first time the Seattle-based organization has issued such an award.Read More
At its current rate, the pay gap for women in Washington state compared to men won’t close until 2070. As the new legislative session begins, hopes are high that 2018 is the year lawmakers update the state’s equal-pay laws and close that gap much sooner.Read More
As California lawmakers debate creating a universal health-care system, one Washington state legislator thinks it’s time to examine the option here. Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline, said she intends to introduce a mirror version of California’s single-payer bill into the Washington Legislature.Read More