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Washington state legislators push to develop, support electric airplane travel

Slatter’s bill argued that public support for electric aviation would not only preserve Washington’s longtime status as a global aerospace leader, it would offer other benefits like reduced greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft fuel and reduced traffic on state highways thanks to short-haul flights becoming price competitive with driving.

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48th District town hall focuses on education, housing and gun control

Another personal story was Slatter’s, about how her hometown in Canada was affected by climate change. She said passing environmental bills is a priority for her caucus this year, referencing the 100 percent clean energy bill and Kuderer’s single use plastic straw bill.

Other subjects included housing and homelessness, along with health care, taxes and education — including the levy swap, higher education and special education. Kuderer said that she would like to see a mental health counselor in every school, and that the state has to increase its overall investment in behavioral health.

Slatter said that a more diverse and sustainable funding source, besides just property tax, is needed at the state level, and that discussions will continue after the House and Senate release their budgets this week.

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New Washington state bill sets 2030 food waste goal

Co-sponsored by Reps. Beth Doglio, Vandana Slatter and Jake Fey, the proposed legislation calls for the Department of Ecology to prioritize a multitude of strategies to prevent and reduce food waste from residents and businesses. These include matching edible food with food banks and other distributors as well as supporting productive uses of inedible food waste — including animal feed, energy production through anaerobic digestion, and off-site or on-site management (i.e., composting, vermicomposting or biological systems).

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State Legislature welcomes one of the most diverse cohorts on record, including women of color

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Legislature welcomed one of its most diverse cohorts of elected officials in state history on Jan. 14. The most recent class includes a female majority in the House Democratic Caucus with women of color serving in both the House and Senate leadership ranks.

Washington currently ranks fourth in the nation in terms of gender parity in the state legislature.

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Immigrants vs rich, White incumbents – Sayu Bhojwani’s take on American politics

Oftentimes, there are cases of immigrants like Vandana Slatter, a Washington state representative who waited until she could afford to quit her job and her son was out of high school before she ran for the Bellevue City Council. Until December of 2016, Councilmembers made $19,800 a year, as salary had not increased for 16 years. The salaries increased in 2017, to $28,728.

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Kirkland Reporter: South Asian organizations look to take political action and advocacy to the next level

The Kirkland Reporter writes:

Another politician in attendance for Sunday’s festivities was Washington State Rep. Vandana Slatter. Slatter is a representative for Washington’s 48th Legislative District and took the time to speak about issues that ethnically diverse communities face in modern day society and what it’s going to take to create change during such a pivotal time period.

“Our democracy is based on participation,” Slatter said. “When their are groups like this who are interested in being part of the political process and being part of their government… That’s what I look for.”

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Sen. Dhingra, Reps. Slatter and Pellicciotti speak out in support of Washington lawsuit

Washington State Wire writes:

State Senator Manka Dhingra (D-Kirkland) and Representatives Vandana Slatter ( D-Bellevue) and Mike Pellicciotti  (D-Federal Way) reacted to Governor Inslee and AG Ferguson’s announcement Thursday that Washington will sue the Trump Administration for the effects of its “zero-tolerance” immigration policy.  The three lawmakers attended the press conference in SeaTac on Thursday to demonstrate support for the action and reiterated that support, condemnation of the immigration policy, and called for families to be reunited in statements to the Washington State Wire. Read More

Washington State Wire: A conversation with Rep. Slatter on the Future of Work Task Force

Washington State Wire writes:

Last week, House Democrats announced the appointment of Representative Vandana Slatter to the Future of Work Task Force. Three other legislators, six business representatives, and six labor representatives will also join Slatter on the task force.

Slatter represents the 48th legislative district which includes Bellevue, Redmond, and Kirkland. She says that her experience representing a district with large tech and construction sectors, combined with her over 20 years of experience in the biotech industry, makes this work force particularly important to her.

Rep. Slatter says that one of the first priorities of the task force will be to find key trends in the changing work force and identify the information that needs to be collected.

Read the whole interview here.

Bellevue students join the National School Walkout to call for gun control

Bellevue High School junior Bridget Conroy listed off a series of sobering statistics in front of hundreds of her peers at the school’s courtyard Wednesday morning.

“Twenty-six people were killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook,” she said, referencing the country’s most deadly school shooting. “Seventeen people were killed at the massacre at Stoneman Douglas. Since this year began, there have been 19 school shootings. Since Sandy Hook, 1,607 school shootings have occurred.”

Conroy and the hundreds of other Bellevue students were among a National School Walkout movement that took place across the United States the morning of March 14, the one month anniversary of the Feb. 14 Parkland, Florida school shooting in which 17 were killed by a lone gunman. Read More

The Times recommends: Vandana Slatter for 48th district House seat

VANDANA Slatter has already proven herself a capable representative for the 48th Legislative District, since being appointed to the state House earlier this year. She should be elected in November.

The Democrat from Bellevue, who represents parts of Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland and other cities along the Lake Washington shore, already has successfully sponsored two bills. One measure enlarges the osteopathic medicine board, and the other improves data collection on teacher education programs.

Slatter has a long and varied civic resume. She brought a fresh perspective to the Bellevue City Council, where she got involved in international trade, resource management, transportation and youth, before moving on to the state Legislature.” Read More