Sierra Club’s Legislative Recap, Climate Edition

By Jesse Piedfort, Chapter Director of the Washington State Chapter and Kelsey Hamlin, Volunteer Outreach and Development Coordinator The 2020 legislative session saw important climate advocacy for Washington State. The brief 60-day session resulted in the passage of some important bills, but also some significant disappointments.  We pushed for bills in Olympia that would help reduceContinue reading “Sierra Club’s Legislative Recap, Climate Edition”

Testimony for HB 1110, Clean Fuels Standard

There was large turnout early March and hundreds testifying–most of which sparked by the conservative group Timber Unity and, some speculate, astroturfing. They filled the capitol and overflow parking with many semi trucks. My spoken testimony for the Sierra Club Washington State Chapter, signing in pro for HB 1110 in the Senate Transportation Committee: InContinue reading “Testimony for HB 1110, Clean Fuels Standard”

2020 Legislature: A Critical Year for Housing and Transportation

Every day we wait for holistic climate action across all fronts is a sacrifice we tack on to our health, our loved ones, and our planet. That’s why we want to let you in on our climate-driven housing and transportation priorities at the legislature. Together, we’ll tackle three priorities this session: A Clean Fuel Standard, theContinue reading “2020 Legislature: A Critical Year for Housing and Transportation”

State Senate Candidate Would Be First Person of Color Representing 34th District

Some know Joe Nguyen as a familiar face because he’s operated in the background of Seattle’s community and politics for so long. Now, he’s deciding to emerge out front, running for a seat in the state Senate representing Washington’s 34th District. “It’s never really been about me,” Nguyen said of his decision to run. “There’sContinue reading “State Senate Candidate Would Be First Person of Color Representing 34th District”

UW researcher backs proposition to ban assault rifles

This upcoming legislative session, State Attorney General Bob Ferguson will propose legislation to ban assault rifles and limit magazine capacities, and a UW professor’s research backs the reasoning. “The motivation is pretty straightforward,” Ferguson said. “I think it’s hard to see what’s been happening around our country with mass shootings and not feel a desireContinue reading “UW researcher backs proposition to ban assault rifles”

Washington Senate proposes tuition cuts

After a year of paying the highest tuition in the UW’s history, students may finally see some financial relief. In late March, both the Washington House Democrats and the Senate Republicans released their draft budgets for the next two years; neither suggested a tuition increase. “All the signals are at least on the right sideContinue reading “Washington Senate proposes tuition cuts”