April 23, 2013
Today Sen. Christine Rolfes, D- Kitsap County, proposed an amendment to fund basic education in our state by closing a tax exemption created in the 1940s for the lumber industry but which now benefits five large oil refineries in our state.
On a critical Legislative cutoff day, the Republican-led majority failed to bring House Bill 1840 to the Senate floor for a vote. This measure would have prevented those who have a legal restraining, sexual assault, no-contact or protection order from possessing firearms or dangerous weapons. Sen. Christine Rolfes, D- Kitsap County, issued the following statement in response:
Gov. Inslee signs Rolfes sponsored bills 4/17/2013
The Washington State Senate has passed House Bill 1336, legislation aimed at increasing the capacity for schools and school districts to recognize and respond to troubled youth.
"Youth suicide and youth violence in our schools impacts an entire community," said Sen. Christine Rolfes, D- Kitsap County, sponsor of the Senate companion bill. "It’s important that school professionals receive the training and resources they need to help prevent these tragedies."
The Washington State Senate today proposed a $3.4 billion, 2013-2015 Capital Budget which focuses on creating jobs, improving our schools and protecting our region's quality of life.
One project that is tapped to receive funding is the first phase in the repurposing of the Frances Haddon Morgan Center in Bremerton. The Bremerton Housing Authority, Kitsap Mental Health, and the City of Bremerton have proposed to convert three residential cottages at the former state facility into 24 individual studio units for permanent supportive housing for Kitsap Mental Health Services clients with behavioral health needs. "I'm thrilled to see that this property might be put back to good use, helping the most vulnerable among us," said Sen. Christine Rolfes, D- Kitsap County.
Sen. Christine Rolfes today issued the following statement after Gov. Jay Inslee announced his 2013-2015 budget proposal which would dedicate $1.2 billion to funding education and fulfilling the McCleary ruling by closing tax loopholes and extending existing taxes.
"The budget proposal today is a very solid first step in meeting the requirement of the state Supreme Court’s McCleary decision to fund our public schools and children.
Protecting the thousands of miles of coastal and riverfront shorelines in Washington state is the goal of a bill scheduled to appear before a Senate committee this week. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD