Litzow receives Crayon Award for work to improve early learning As a result of his work in the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions, Sen. Steve Litzow has been recognized with the “Crayon Award” by the Early Learning Action Alliance for his work to expand access to and improve the quality of early learning in Washington state. Last year Litzow sponsored... Read More...
Bellevue Downtown Park receives state water quality improvement grant Sen. Steve Litzow was pleased to announce today that the Washington State Department of Ecology will provide a $794,293 grant to improve water quality at Bellevue Downtown Park. The City of Bellevue, which receives the grant, will use the money to retrofit the park with water quality treatment and flow... Read More...
Improving I-405 Express Toll Lanes Implementation of the Express Toll Lanes on I-405 between Bellevue and Lynnwood has not gone well for Eastside drivers in the general purpose lanes. This session I co-sponsored a series of reforms to make the system work better for everyone. General purpose lanes have seen slower speeds, longer periods of... Read More...
K-12 Education Update The Legislature approved a bill tasking a bipartisan work group with gathering the final pieces of information needed to make significant improvements in our education system. They will make recommendations later this year on teacher pay, benefits and recruitment efforts, collective bargaining, and how state and local funds are used... Read More...
Legislature approves responsible budget update One of the main tasks lawmakers faced this year was updating the operating budget that pays for the day-to-day costs of running state government. Since we work on two-year budgets, this year provided a chance to address emergencies, one-time issues that came about since the original budget was approved last... Read More...
Maintaining public charter schools In September a state Supreme Court ruling threatened the future of public charter schools in our state. With education inequality being one of the greatest challenges facing Washington students I sponsored legislation to preserve the schools. Approved by voters in 2012, charter schools are one of the many tools we... Read More...
Legislative session review Last week I joined with Representatives Judy Clibborn and Tana Senn — both from Mercer Island — to recap the 2016 legislative session and answer questions from members of the Mercer Island Chamber of Commerce. We shared session highlights and updates to our state’s operating, transportation and capital budgets. Those... Read More...
Charter schools will remain available to Washington students Legislation preserving public charter schools as an option for Washington students, sponsored by Sen. Steve Litzow, cleared a final hurdle today as the bill becomes law without Gov. Inslee’s signature following passage by the Legislature on March 10. Washington voters approved Initiative 1240 in 2012 creating public charter schools, but... Read More...
Bipartisan budget update addresses pressing state needs Legislature also increases computer science opportunities at Bellevue College Lawmakers approved an update to the state’s existing two-year budget that invests in mental health treatment, provides funding for charter schools and will begin reducing the education opportunity gap, all without raising taxes on working families. Sen. Steve Litzow advocated for... Read More...
Bipartisan plan to keep charter schools open passes Senate Bipartisan legislation to preserve public charter schools as an option for Washington students, sponsored by Sen. Steve Litzow, received final approval today by the Washington State Senate following passage in the House of Representatives Wednesday evening. Washington voters approved Initiative 1240 in 2012 creating public charter schools, but their future... Read More...
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