Social Services

HB 1128

Making operating appropriations for 2007-2009. By a vote of 31 to 17, on April 22, the Senate approved HB 1128. By a vote of 60 to 36, also on April 22, the House approved HB 1128, which would make appropriations to the 2007-09 state operating budget. The operating budget is one of three budgets approved by the Legislature each year. These appropriations pay for general state services such as state employee salaries, basic education, and social services. The bill is now under consideration by the governor.

Sens. Erik Poulsen; Reps.

05/01/2007

How Your Reperesentatives Voted

HB 1128

Making operating appropriations for 2007-2009. By a vote of 31 to 17, on April 22, the Senate approved HB 1128. By a vote of 60 to 36, also on April 22, the House approved HB 1128, which would make appropriations to the 2007-09 state operating budget. The operating budget is one of three budgets approved by the Legislature each year. These appropriations pay for general state services such as state employee salaries, basic education, and social services. The bill is now under consideration by the governor.

Sen.

05/01/2007

Jim Nobles, a social services manager, conservationist, and political activist, says he is a candidate for the Seattle City Council.

Nobles serves on the Seattle Monorail Project Board, to which he was elected in 2005 on a platform of shutting down an out-of-control agency.

"I kept my word to Seattle's citizens to close down the project, pay off the agency's debt, and end its motor vehicle excise tax as soon as possible," he said.

Nobles said his campaign will focus on improving the quality of the city's services.

"The taxpayers expect the city to de

05/01/2007

The Times/News presents a weekly summary of actions on bills by Highline-area legislators.

For complete information, go to www.WashingtonVotes.org-a free, non-partisan Website with plain-English explanations of bills and a record of each legislator's votes-which is the source for this report.

Highline is represented by:

District 11-Sen. Margarita Prentice; Rep Zack Hudgins, Rep. Bob Hasagawa.

District 33-Sen. Karen Keiser; Rep. Shay Schual-Berke, Rep. Dave Upthegrove.

District 34-Sen. Erik Poulsen; Rep. Eileen Cody; Rep. Joe McDermott.

04/17/2007

HB 1024

Phasing out the use of polybrominated diphenyl ethers.

By a vote of 41 to 8 on April 3, the Senate approved HB 1024, which would prohibit the sale, manufacture or distribution of products that contain polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), chemicals found in certain flame retardants, after Jan. 1, 2008. The bill makes several exemptions including, products containing Deca-BDEs (except for residential upholstered furniture, televisions, or computers), used vehicles containing PBDEs, and equipment used for military or federally funded space programs.

04/10/2007

HB 1094

Making transportation appropriations for 2007-2009. By a vote of 81 to 16 on March 26, the House approved HB 1094, which would make appropriations to the 2007-09 state transportation budget. The transportation budget is one of three budgets approved by the Legislature each year. These appropriations pay for transportation-related activities such as building and maintaining roads, operating the state ferry system and public safety. The bill is now under consideration in the Senate.

Reps.

04/03/2007

The Ballard Market is one of the reasons I moved to the neighborhood - but that's another story.

At the last Fremont Fair I sampled Equal Exchange coffee and learned their cooperative was going to open an Espresso Bar at the Ballard Market. Where would they put it, I wondered? The answer: next to floral. What I can't answer is why it took me seven months to find a caf/ that seems to have been hidden in plain sight.

There was a frantic energy at Ballard Market on Super Bowl Sunday. The aisles were crowded; whoops and hollers were coming from the meat department.

02/13/2007

This year posed some unexpected challenges. After being chosen for the two-year position of council president, I immediately faced hiring an outside investigator to review our department's management-employee relations. That the council president, among other duties, is essentially the director of the city's Legislative Department is not well-known. Several employees felt that they had been discriminated against. I took their concerns seriously.

01/09/2007

A new public safety package adopted by the Seattle City Council could add about seven new sworn police officers in West Seattle by mid-2009, but some wonder if that's enough to address major staffing shortages in a police department that hasn't grown in decades.

The council revised the biennial budget proposed by Mayor Greg Nickels' to expand the Seattle Police Department by 37 officers at a cost of about $3 million.

11/21/2006

A new public safety package adopted by the Seattle City Council could add about seven new sworn police officers in Ballard by mid-2009, but some wonder if that's enough to address major staffing shortages in a police department that hasn't grown in decades.

The council revised the biennial budget proposed by Mayor Greg Nickels' to expand the Seattle Police Department by 37 officers at a cost of about $3 million.

11/21/2006
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