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...
Property-owner protections against squatting endorsed by Senate Private-property owners frustrated by squatters are a major step closer to the relief and increased protection Sen. Hans Zeiger says they deserve. The Washington State Senate this evening approved Zeiger’s legislation that would give law enforcement clear authority to evict squatters and bar them from returning to the property they... Read More...
Join us for Coffee and Conversation Your 25th District delegation is heading back from Olympia to Pierce County to share an update on what we’re working on and answer your questions. You’re invited to join our first ‘Coffee and Conversation’ meeting this Saturday in Puyallup — details are below. WHAT: Update and Q&A on the 2017... Read More...
Creating One Washington Education Equality Act The major work facing the Legislature this year is the restructuring of our school funding system to provide equal opportunity for all Washington kids, whether they live in a rural, urban, or suburban area, or if their family is rich or poor. Over a number of years,... Read More...
Getting acquainted with the Senate My first couple weeks in the state Senate have been a wonderful experience. A number of people have asked how the Senate compares with my previous experience in the House of Representatives, where I served for six years. There are a number of differences. While the membership of the state... Read More...
Visitors from home During the legislative session it’s always enjoyable to meet with people from the home district who are in Olympia to advocate for their priorities or specific legislation. Last week I had 25th District visitors who are members of the Physical Therapy Association of Washington. They were on hand to talk... Read More...
Protecting homeowners from squatters It seemed like common sense to some Washington homeowners that law enforcement could remove illegal trespassers taking over private homes. But after hearing about increasing problems with illegal occupations, newly proposed legislation from Sen. Hans Zeiger would provide police clear authority to remove squatters and bar them from returning to... Read More...