A bill to help repay school loans for health professionals who work in rural and underserved areas was signed into law today by Gov. Jay Inslee.
“This bill kills two birds with one stone,” said by Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, the sponsor of Senate Bill 5615. “There are areas in this state that lack enough primary care professionals to provide the health care that residents need. At the same time, we have students graduating from medical school with huge amounts of debt. This bill has the potential to reinvigorate a program already in state law to help repay school loans for health care professionals who work in these critically underserved areas.”
A bill to protect children with a rare gastrointestinal disorder was signed into law today by Gov. Jay Inslee.
SHB 1216, sponsored by Rep. Cyrus Habib, D-Kirkland, and Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, would move the Department of Health towards mandating that insurance companies cover the elemental formula necessary to feed children who suffer from a rare gastrointestinal disorder called eosinophilia.
The question of gun safety finally came to the floor of the Washington State Senate on Friday. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD
The Washington state Senate passed a package of five bills dealing with K-12 education on Wednesday, none of which moves the state any closer to fully funding public education. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD
Join your 46th District legislators on Saturday, March 16th for a town hall discussion on the legislative session! 3/7/2013
Dear friends and neighbors,
We are holding our mid-session townhall next weekend, on Saturday March 16th. I hope you will be able to attend and share with us your questions and your feedback. Here is a link to the flyer for our townhall - I encourage you to share it with your friends and neighbors. We've copied the information on the time and the location below. Thanks so much and hope to see you on the 16th!
A bill to help repay school loans for health professionals who work in rural and underserved areas sponsored by Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, passed unanimously out of the Senate Higher Education committee yesterday.
“There are areas across Washington with critical shortages of health care professionals including primary care physicians and dentists,” said Frockt. “Meanwhile, many doctors, dentists and nurses complete their medical education with massive amounts of debt. The goal here is to provide incentives to reduce that debt in exchange for working in under-served areas.”
I was honored to be invited to speak on Monday at a rally by the Washington Student Association (WSA), and take part in their annual lobby day. Their energy was felt throughout Capitol Campus as Legislators had the opportunity to meet with students from across the state and hear more about their legislative priorities, as well as hear their personal stories about the challenges they’ve overcome in pursuing their education. During my time in the Legislature, I’ve made Washington’s students a priority. As many families across our state understand, when it comes to higher education, few are affected more directly than the students who are paying more and more each year for college, and at the same time worrying about finding a career and paying off their loan debt post- graduation.
Hearing stories from homeless youth 2/12/2013
On Monday I had the opportunity to meet with some engaged youth from the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance. It was stunning to hear how many of them have experienced homelessness. I heard personal accounts of the enormous challenges many youth in our communities face every day and about how important it is we preserve vital services that help them get back on their feet.
MLK Day was celebrated this past Monday. We passed a resolution honoring Dr. King and I spoke on the floor. You can see video of the speech here.
Progress on environmental priorities in Washington state