Health Insurance News 10/2/2013
Thank you for taking the time to read this special healthcare edition of my e-news. As many of you already know, Oct. 1 was the opening day of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange and the online healthcare marketplace called the Washington Healthplanfinder, which you can access at www.wahealthplanfinder.org. Although there were some expected glitches this first week, the interest and need for affordable health care was made clear. Here is some information that you or someone you know might find useful.
The Joint Select Committee on Article IX Litigation approved its final report which articulates the Legislature’s progress towards fully funding education in compliance with the state’s McCleary v. State Supreme Court decision. Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Kitsap County, today released the following statement:
Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Kitsap County, has been appointed to serve as a member of Washington’s Education Accountability System Oversight Committee and the Quality Education Council.
"We need to make sure that all children, across the state, are getting the quality education that our state constitution mandates," said Rolfes. "As a member of these committees, I look forward to working with my colleagues to identify and fund proven, sustainable solutions for improving achievement for all students."
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.