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Category: Governor

July
10th

Rep. Marcie Maxwell leaving state House for education adviser job with Inslee administration

State Rep. Marcie Maxwell put out a statement Tuesday saying she is resigning her seat in the Legislature to take a senior education-adviser role in Gov. Jay Inslee‘s executive policy office later in July.

Maxwell, a Renton Democrat serving the 41st District, was the House Democrats’ deputy majority leader for education and opportunity, and her House committees included Education, Appropriations and Appropriations Subcommittee on Education. The Governor’s Office confirmed the appointment.

Here is the statement issued by Maxwell:

State Representative Marcie Maxwell is announcing her resignation from elected office to accept a new position in statewide service. This month,

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June
24th

Gov. Jay Inslee says negotiators reached “breakthrough” this morning

Gov. Jay Inslee told reporters this afternoon he is confident that a budget agreement is “imminent,” perhaps only hours away.

That improves the chances of avoiding a government shutdown, a threat that prompted state government to start notifying tens of thousands of workers about potential furloughs starting July 1 if there is no budget.

The Democratic governor said negotiations in the Legislature this morning took a turn for the better, clearing the way to fund public schools with an extra $1 billion to comply with the court ruling known as McCleary without slashing social services.

“This was a breakthrough

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June
24th

Temporary layoff notices to begin going out to state workers

The Governor’s budget office has just sent out a memorandum informing state agency heads to begin issuing temporary layoff notices to their employees in case there is a government shutdown next week.

The Legislature is on a deadline to pass a budget by June 30 to avert closure of many state offices July 1, the start of the next budget cycle.

Here is the text of the memo, which was sent on behalf of David Schumacher, director of the state’s Office of Financial Management:

I am sorry to report that, as of this afternoon, the Legislature has not yet reached

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June
20th

Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget office posts memo on how it would respond to government shutdown

As promised last week, Gov. Jay Inslee‘s budget office has released details on how it thinks it can legally respond to a shutdown of state government if a budget isn’t approved by the Legislature by June 30.

A week ago, Inslee’s budget director David Schumacher asked agencies for details on what might be able to remain open based on factors such as federal mandates and funding, whether it is authorized by the already adopted transportation budget and services that do not require a specific authorization or appropriation by the Legislature.

“The state constitution prohibits payment of treasury funds without an

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May
30th

What’s the process for filling the late Sen. Mike Carrell’s vacant seat?

With Wednesday’s untimely passing of state Sen. Mike Carrell, R-Lakewood, questions have emerged as to how — and when — his vacant 28th legislative district senate seat will be filled.

Under the appointment process for a vacant legislative seat —  spelled out in Washington’s Constitution and in state statute — the Pierce County Council will have the first crack at deciding Carrell’s replacement.

Because Carrell was a Republican, the county’s Republican Party gets to choose three candidates to submit for the county council’s consideration. The council has up to 60 days from the date of vacancy (Wednesday) to appoint Carrell’s

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May
29th

Morning Update: Special session day 17

A hearing is taking place at 10 a.m. today before the House Finance Committee about a proposal to expand Washington’s estate tax. Anti-tax activist Tim Eyman is testifying before the committee.

The Senate has a pro forma meeting at noon but won’t be voting on legislation. Nothing else is on the Legislature’s agenda today.

Gov. Jay Inslee is up in Seattle and will be speaking  at the Technology Alliance Luncheon at the Sheraton Hotel downtown at 11:40 a.m.

 

May
16th

Gov. Jay Inslee signs bill allowing private mental evaluations of inmates

Counties will be able to outsource mental health evaluations of jail inmates to the private sector if state psychologists aren’t doing them fast enough, under a law signed this afternoon by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Pierce County pushed the proposal, which I wrote about here. The Legislature has set a seven-day standard for mental evaluations of criminal suspects, but as of November and December, more than 80 percent of Western Washington offenders were still waiting for a Western State Hospital evaluation when the week was up. One of the reasons appears to be turnover in WSH staff who leave for

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May
16th

Gov. Inslee signs bill to limit where groups of released inmates can live using state money

Cities, towns and counties will soon have more input on where groups of released inmates can live when the state is paying their rent.

Gov.  Jay Inslee signed a measure into law Thursday that would prevent two or more ex-inmates who are using state-issued rental vouchers from sharing an apartment, unless they are renting housing that is on an approved list.

The state Department of Corrections (DOC) will be required to notify local jurisdictions when a property within their boundaries is added to the approved rental-voucher housing list, and allow local officials to submit a statement discussing whether the neighborhood

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