Sen. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma, and chair of the Caseload Forecast Council today issued the following statement after the release of the latest caseload forecast:
"Today’s news was another reality check. Because of the Legislature’s timing and delay of the largest policy bill, the budget, and other smaller policy bills, we are faced with having a forecast that doesn’t have as much information as we would know if we had a budget.
Darneille: Let’s get our job done 6/7/2013
Sen. Jeannie Darneille, D- Tacoma, today issued the following statement after the Republican-controlled Senate majority failed to take any action on the Senate floor:
"Today was the 26th day of the special session and we have yet to hold one vote on the floor. My community and communities across Washington rely on state contracts to keep things going.
A bill signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee expands the Missing Children's Clearinghouse to include the Endangered Missing Persons Clearinghouse. People with developmental disabilities or a vulnerable adult believed to be in danger because of age, health, mental or physical disability, inclement environmental or weather conditions or who is believed to be unable to return to safety on their own may have an Endangered Missing Persons Alert issued on their behalf.
The Washington State Senate today met to vote on the Republican majority's operating budget. Sen. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma, offered three amendments to the budget that would have ensured the continuation of critical programs for low-income women, the homeless, and the disabled. All three amendments failed by a one-vote margin.
In a session extra on TVW's The Impact, Sen. Jeannie Darneille advocates for the need to improve our state's mental health system.
Sen. Jeannie Darneille released the following statement today on the passing of 27th Legislative District constituent and former Gov. Booth Gardner:
"I first came to know Booth when he was the Pierce County executive. I remember studying a management book which focused on management by walking around. Booth actively lived by this philosophy – if he was driving his car and saw someone filling a pothole, he’d stop and talk to them. He was always very animated, personable and genuinely interested in what people had to say.
While many goals of Senate Democrats were not met in the first half of the 2013 session, one area that was well addressed was the state's treatment for the mentally ill. Ian Cope reports. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD
Following the Washington State Senate floor deadline, Sen. Jeannie Darneille spoke about her first session in the Senate.
Today, members of the Republican-dominated majority caucus voted to block a bill sponsored by Sen. Nathan Schlicher from coming to the floor for debate and a vote.
Senate Bill 5592 would have sought to keep toll increases and operating costs on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in check by limiting the amount of toll revenues spent on administration and oversight. This bill would have helped residents and commuters to the Kitsap Peninsula who have long shouldered the rising costs of bridge tolls.