Brush Prairie sophomore serves as page for Sen. Rivers Cole VanderMaas, a sophomore at Hockinson High School in Brush Prairie, spent a week working as a page for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia. Cole was one of 26 students who served as Senate pages for the seventh week of the 2016 legislative session. He was... Read More...
IN THE NEWS: Plenty of evidence to back refusal to confirm Peterson   By Sen. Ann Rivers  Sometimes, despite a person’s demeanor and education, she or he just isn’t the right fit for a job. Our state Senate majority recently decided against confirming Lynn Peterson as state transportation secretary. There was overwhelming evidence to support our vote, which ended her tenure at... Read More...
Transportation secretary fails to win Senate confirmation, loses job A majority of the state Senate voted today against confirming the state transportation secretary appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee. The decision means Lynn Peterson is out as head of the state Department of Transportation after three years. “This is about having accountability at the highest levels in state agencies. Secretary... Read More...
IN THE NEWS: Coalition fights to strengthen Career & Technical Education Photo caption: Accepting the Washington Association for Career and Technical Education Legislator of the Year award in September 2015. I’m sharing a blog post from the Washington Business Alliance championing a bill I’ve co-sponsored that would fund material and supplies for career and technical programs just like we do for... Read More...
Sen. Ann Rivers’ Legislative Update for Feb. 3 – DOC scandal update The past three weeks in Olympia have been filled with committee hearings, education task-force work sessions, stakeholder meetings and visits from folks back home – like the firefighters pictured above who stopped by my office. It was great to see them!  Read my entire e-newsletter here to get my latest legislative update.     Read More...
Gloria Boieriu serves as page for Sen. Rivers Gloria Boieriu, a junior from Columbia River High school, spent a week working as a page for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia. Boieriu was one of 10 students who served as Senate pages for the second week of the 2016 legislative session. She was sponsored by... Read More...
Bipartisan ‘Safe Today’ bills dropped in Legislature A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced a package of bills related to rape kits and justice for survivors of sexual assault, dubbed “Safe Today” legislation. This is in reference to the acronym SAFE, which stands for Sexual Assault Forensic Examinations, the official name of rape kits. HB 2530 and... Read More...
Sen. Rivers, Rep. Vick to host community town halls Jan. 9 Sen. Ann Rivers and Rep. Brandon Vick will be holding three town hall meetings Jan. 9 in advance of their return to Olympia for the 2016 legislative session. The details are as follows: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Ridgefield Fire Station 911 N 65th Ave. 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Battle Ground City Hall,... Read More...
IN THE NEWS: Low-income residents deserve access to civil legal aid Guest Editorial by Senator Ann Rivers Low-income residents deserve access to civil legal aid Published: December 20, 2015 My greatest joy as a legislator is helping people. I love that this position gives me the opportunity to assist my friends and neighbors almost every day. Time and time again, I’ve... Read More...
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