End of session message 7/2/2013
Effective June 27, election year regulations prohibit me from posting regular updates on my Senate webpage. However, I continue to represent you as your senator for the 26th Legislative District and encourage you to contact me by phone, email or office visit with any questions or concerns you may have. It continues to be an honor to serve you in Olympia.
OLYMPIA - Sen. Nathan Schlicher, D-Gig Harbor, released the following statement today on the passage of the 2013-15 operating budget:
"Earlier this year I said I could not vote for a budget balanced on the backs of the most vulnerable people in our state. Today I am proud to see a budget agreement that fulfills our obligation to our children, the middle class families who are the backbone of our state and the men and women in need of a helping hand.
Schlicher calls for priority check 6/21/2013
Eleven days before a shutdown brings state government to a screeching halt, the Senate took to the chamber floor and passed five bills not related to the biennial budget. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD
OLYMPIA - Sen. Nathan Schlicher, D-Gig Harbor, today released the following statement on the Senate's agreement to fix an error in the estate tax after considering two policy bills:
"While I am happy that we were able to close the Bracken loophole and save $160 million to help our children learn and meet our McCleary responsibilities, the manner in which this was done remains very troubling to me.
OLYMPIA - Sen. Nathan Schlicher, D-Gig Harbor, today released the following statement on the Senate's passage of Senate Bill 5034, the 2013-15 biennial budget:
"I am very disappointed that the Senate failed to support a budget amendment that would have brought the House and Senate spending plans into line and instead supported a budget that punishes the poor and targets the most vulnerable men, women and children in our state.
OLYMPIA - When dealing with a patient suffering the effects of a mental illness, differing opinions and a lack of communication can hinder treatment and harm both the patient and the public. A bill signed on Tuesday by Gov. Jay Inslee would knock down those barriers.
Senate Bill 5456, sponsored by Sen. Nathan Schlicher, D-Gig Harbor, requires that county mental health agents consult with treating physicians and document any concerns they have regarding patients and the need for detention under the Involuntary Treatment Act. Schlicher, an emergency medical physician, says that the first person to order treatment for a person suffering from the effects of a mental illness is often an ER physician. Often times that treatment causes the patient to stabilize before a county mental health agent can examine them and determine if the patient should be involuntarily committed. Under Schlicher's bill, the agent will be required to speak with the attending physician, ensuring that information and concerns are shared and documented, leading to the best possible treatment for the patient.
OLYMPIA - On Monday, Sen. Nathan Schlicher, D-Gig Harbor, made the following statement before the Washington State Transportation Commission, opposing a proposed 50-cent toll increase for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge:
"When I arrived in Olympia in January, addressing the costs of crossing the Tacoma Narrows Bridge was one of my top priorities. Everywhere I went, I heard from constituents asking me to help rein in the cost of crossing the Narrows.
OLYMPIA - Cooperation between physicians and county mental health is essential in the treatment of men and women suffering from a mental illness. A bill approved on Saturday by the Washington State Legislature will help ensure that cooperation and improve the care and coordination for mental health patients.