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letter from Olympia, Rep. Zeiger to host telephone town hall, Nov. 21
This week legislators are in Olympia for Committee Assembly Days. It is what you might call a preview week for the 2014 Legislature. Committees will meet and hold work sessions on issues for the upcoming session. We are also working with staff on legislation for bills we expect before our respective committees.
I am also taking the opportunity to hold a telephone town hall meeting. The event will be tomorrow night, Thursday, Nov. 21 and begins at 6:30 p.m. and will last one hour. You can join the community conversation by calling toll-free 1-800-759-5146. You can listen in, ask questions and take part in poll questions. Continue reading
Rep. Hans Zeiger to host telephone town hall November 21
Rep. Hans Zeiger to host telephone town hall Nov. 21
Residents of the 25th Legislative District are invited to participate in Rep. Hans Zeiger’s telephone town hall meeting on Thursday, Nov. 21. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and will last one hour.
Constituents can join the community conversation by calling toll-free 1-800-759-5146. They can listen in, ask questions and take part in polls. Continue reading
Letter from Olympia, special session
Zeiger email update – Dear neighbor,
On Tuesday afternoon this week, legislators learned that we were being called back to Olympia for a special session to pass a package of aerospace bills, primarily to secure the production of the Boeing 777X in Washington State. The special session began on Thursday.
We are considering legislation that would extend tax incentives for the aerospace industry, provide education and workforce development for aerospace workers, streamline permitting, and possibly consider a transportation package.
The plan is to vote on two bills on Saturday. The first, House Bill 2088, concerns the training and permitting issues. The second, House Bill 2089, provides the aerospace tax incentives. The governor wants legislative action completed on the bills before the machinists’ union votes on a contract with Boeing next week. Continue reading
Letter from Olympia, second special session, week 3
With the end of the fiscal year looming, the Legislature finally passed an operating budget on Friday afternoon. After a regular session, a special session, and part of a second special session, we are just about ready to go home for the year.
This is the first budget that I have been able to support. I am glad that we were finally able to work out a budget agreement that is balanced and prioritizes K-12 education. In fact, it invests at record levels in our schools. It also holds off tuition increases at our colleges and universities and preserves our health and human service safety net. It even avoids the extension of temporary tax increases and the imposition of new business and occupation taxes. I don’t like every detail of this budget, but politics requires compromise and collaboration across party lines. Though it took longer than anyone wanted, I was glad to be able to vote for this budget. Continue reading
Rep. Hans Zeiger votes for budget
Statement from Rep. Hans Zeiger on his ‘yes’ vote on the state operating budget
The state House of Representatives approved a state operating budget for the upcoming two-year budget cycle that starts July 1, 2013. Rep. Hans Zeiger, R-Puyallup, voted in support of the measure and issued this statement:
“This is the first budget that I have been able to support. I am glad that we were finally able to work out a budget agreement that is balanced and prioritizes K-12 education. In fact, it invests at record levels in our schools. It also holds off tuition increases at our colleges and universities and preserves our health and human service safety net. It even avoids the extension of temporary tax increases and the imposition of new business and occupation taxes. I don’t like every detail of this budget, but politics requires compromise and collaboration across party lines. Though it took longer than anyone wanted, I was glad to be able to vote for this budget.” Continue reading
Zeiger transportation reform bill passes House
The House of Representatives took a step toward improving the permitting process for transportation projects in the state of Washington.
House Bill 1978 sponsored by Rep. Hans Zeiger would implement a new seven-step permit process for transportation projects that require the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act.
“Permitting in Washington state has made many of our transportation projects far too expensive,” said Zeiger, R-Puyallup. “This seven-step process not only is a cost-saver and streamlines permitting, but it strikes a balance with our environmental goals as well.” Continue reading
Letter from Olympia, special session week 4
It is day 26 of the 30-day special session. We are running out of time to reach a budget agreement before the Tuesday deadline.
The majority party in the House has offered a new budget proposal, and while they made significant progress toward compromise with the Senate, I voted against the budget Thursday evening. The budget passed the House by a vote of 53-35 with all Republicans and one Democrat voting against it. One of my main concerns is that the budget reduces spending on K-12 education by approximately $500 million. Out of all the budgets proposed so far, this one spends the least on education, even while assuming $415 million in tax increases. Continue reading
Zeiger bill would expedite replacement process for aging bridges
“When it comes to replacing our aging and structurally-deficient bridges, we urgently need to change the way we do business,” said Zeiger. Continue reading
Letter from Olympia, special session week 2
Zeiger – e-mail update, special session week 2, transportation budgeting and accountability reforms update. Continue reading
Rep. Zeiger’s higher ed efficiency bill signed into law
bill introduced by 25th District Rep. Hans Zeiger that would make the state’s higher education system more efficient was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday, May 10.
House Bill 1736 will set up a review of reporting requirements that the state imposes on colleges and universities, allows college and university employees to use electronic signatures, and allows reciprocity agreements for online distance learning programs. It includes a Senate amendment to allow students to set up student advisory committees on their campuses to ensure better communication about budgeting and campus administration. Continue reading
My updates of the 2013 session:
My floor speech honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.