Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane, released the following statement today on the passing of former Speaker of the House Tom Foley:
"I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former House Speaker Tom Foley. U.S. Representative Foley represented Spokane and the rest of the 5th Congressional District with honor for three decades, during which he was a champion for agriculture, food security for struggling families, and economic development. He built bridges across the aisle and worked in a bipartisan fashion to get things done for his constituents. As a legislator, I aspire to follow Speaker Foley's example of dignified and effective service on behalf of our community."
State Sen. Andy Billig (D-Spokane), a member of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee, has been named to the Thrive by Five Washington Board of Directors. Seattle-based Thrive is the state's leading public-private partnership for early learning.
Billig, a first-term senator, made a name for himself during the 2013 legislative session as a champion for children, sponsoring two successful bills that expanded opportunities for children through quality early learning programs and a quality foster care system. One bill strengthened the state's largest early learning program, Working Connections Child Care, which delivers safe, high-quality early learning opportunities for children from low-income families and helps their parents get back to work. The other bill directed that every attempt be made to keep siblings together in the foster care system.
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Today is the last day of the 30-day first special session. We had a flurry of activity during the last week of special session but have not arrived at a final budget agreement. With divided control of the Legislature (the House is controlled by Democrats and the Senate controlled by Republicans), everyone needs to compromise so we can get to a middle ground and move forward with a responsible, balanced budget. The House passed a compromise version of the budget that moved significantly toward the Senate position. This House Democratic proposal invests almost $1 billion additional funds for K-12 education and has a net reduction in taxes.
Billig bills to support children, improve early learning and help election transparency signed into law 5/22/2013
Governor Jay Inslee has signed into law a series of bills sponsored by Senator Andy Billig, D-Spokane. Two of these bills are focused on one of Billig’s top legislative priorities – expanding opportunities for children through quality early learning programs and a quality foster care system.
Consumers will be safer from cancer-causing building materials under legislation signed into law today by Gov. Jay Inslee.
Asbestos has been known to be a carcinogen for decades, but many asbestos-containing building materials are still legal. SSB 5458 would require that any products containing asbestos be clearly labeled to ensure that consumers are informed that the product contains this dangerous element.
Senator Andy Billig, D-Spokane, released the following statement today regarding the Senate Republican majority’s operating budget proposal:
“While the Republican budget proposal has some positive aspects, in its current form it fails to deliver for the Spokane community.
If products containing a cancer causing material are going to be sold in Washington, consumers need to know. A bill from the Washington State Senate would accomplish that. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD
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