Festivities began Friday night, with a welcome reception at the state capitol rotunda featuring Governor Jay Inslee. After Saturday morning caucus and committee meetings, we attended a truly stimulating lunch session with an expert labor panel: 1) Joe Kendo, legislative and policy director of the Washington state labor council; 2) Mike Martinez, head of the state building trades council, also AFL-CIO; 3) Lily Wilson-Podega, political director for the Teamsters; and 4) Dennis Eagle, director of legislative and political action for the Washington Federation of State Employees.
Have you ever had an idea for a new law or wondered what it would take to change an existing law? The process is both simple and complex. The simple part - what you learned about in government class - is that each bill must:
- Be introduced
- Be heard in committee
- Be voted out of committee
- Be pulled to the floor
- Pass out of House or Senate
- Repeat steps 2-5 in the opposite house
- Be agreed upon by the House and Senate
- Be signed into law by the governor!
Read more about it in the newsletter below.
Every two years all Democratic Party Organizations in Washington reorganize - elect new officers and appoint new committee chairs. Our reorganization meeting is Wednesday, January 14, 7:00 PM at the Hall at Fauntleroy. All members are welcome to attend. Only PCOs elected in the August, 2014, primary election can vote for most officers, but all members can vote for Treasurer and Secretary (see our by-laws, Article IV, Section 2).
Our annual holiday party is Wednesday, December 10, 6:30 PM at the Hall at Fauntleroy. All members and their guests (partners, spouses, children, & parents) are welcome to attend. This is a party so there are no speeches or asks, just fun! Entertainment is the Elliott Brothers Jazz trio.
Please bring a potluck side dish or dessert or two to share, along with any special dietary restricted foods your family may require. The District provides hams, turkey, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.