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Stronger protections against squatters approved by Legislature Washington homeowners will have stronger protections against squatters after legislation sponsored by Sen. Hans Zeiger today cleared the Washington State Legislature. Zeiger’s legislation, which now heads to the governor to be signed into law, gives law enforcement clear authority to evict squatters and bar them from returning to the property... Read More...
Car tabs too high? Here’s why Last year voters in the Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (aka. Sound Transit) approved a 25-year $54 billion transit package to expand light rail, commuter rail and bus rapid transit throughout King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. While the package passed overall, 56 percent of Pierce County voters soundly rejected the... Read More...
Investing in Pierce County The Senate released its capital budget this week, which pays for statewide infrastructure to maintain and construct public schools, higher education facilities, parks and other state and community assets. I was able to secure a $1.38 million grant for Wesley Homes Bradley Park to help provide better community residential and... Read More...
Senate budget highlights It should come as no surprise that the state’s top constitutional duty is public education. Our budget plan recognizes that much more than the legal necessity is our broader responsibility to provide all children with a high-quality education. By improving Washington’s public education system all students should be prepared to... Read More...
Education discussion on TVW Earlier this month I had the opportunity to appear on TVW’s “Inside Olympia” program to discuss the next steps for education this session. Inside Olympia is a weekly program during the legislative session that takes viewers in-depth on a variety of issues going on at the Capitol. Guests include a... Read More...
Education Funding Update Education funding and reforms continue to be the top issue this session. To this point, the Senate passed a comprehensive plan to fully fund and pay for the state’s public education system and implement key reforms to make it more equitable for students, teachers and taxpayers. Our colleagues in the... Read More...
The importance of civic education There is no more important purpose for public education than to prepare the rising generation of citizens with knowledge about our Constitution, our republican institutions, and the responsibilities of self-government. A coalition has come together to emphasize the importance of civics in Washington State schools. We recognize that the more... Read More...
Protecting property-owners from squatters Private-property owners frustrated by squatters are a major step closer to the relief and increased protection they deserve. The Senate approved my legislation giving law enforcement clear authority to evict squatters and bar them from returning to the property they had illegally occupied. We’ve recently heard many occurrences when law-enforcement officials did... Read More...
Senate approves plan to increase bilingual teachers and school support With increasing numbers of bilingual students in Washington state, the Senate today approved Sen. Hans Zeiger’s legislation creating the Bilingual Educator Initiative, a program to recruit and prepare current bilingual high school students to become future teachers and counselors. “As Washington becomes increasingly diverse with more languages spoken, it is... Read More...
Join us for a town-hall meeting Thank you to everyone that attended our first 25th District meeting in February. We had a great turnout and discussion. We’ll be hosting our second meeting this Saturday in Parkland. The next community meeting will take place this Saturday, March 18 at 10:00 am at the Franklin Pierce Early Learning Center.... Read More...
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