Local Town Hall meetings coming up this week

29th District Town Hall at Bates, South Campus

Senator Steve Conway Photo Courtesy Washington House Democrats

Senator Steve Conway
Photo Courtesy Washington House Democrats

After a successful telephone town hall with nearly 5,000 participants, State Senator Steve Conway will be hosting an in-person town hall at Bates Technical College’s south campus cafeteria on Saturday, March 11th.

Having served the 29th District as a State Representative for 18 years, Conway is now the Democratic senator for the Pierce County district that includes South Tacoma, East Lakewood and Parkland. He is a member of the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee and also serves on the Senate Ways & Means and Senate Health Care committees. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon, with a Master’s degree in history and a Doctorate in Philosophy. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics.

Topics of discussion will include:

- Fully funding education
- Job creation
- Mental health services
- Transportation improvements
- Protecting the social safety net
- and answers to your questions

Who: State Sen. Steve Conway,
D- South Tacoma
What: Town hall meeting
When: Saturday, March 11,
from 10 a.m. to noon
Where: Bates Technical College,
South Campus Cafeteria,
2201 South 78th St., Tacoma
Why: This is an opportunity to speak in person with your legislator about issues important to Pierce County and your community.
- Senate Democratic Caucus

30th District Town Hall at Federal Way Senior Center

Representative Kim Reeves Photo courtesy Washington House Democrats

Representative Kim Reeves
Photo courtesy Washington House Democrats

State Representative Kristine Reeves says: Join your 30th District representatives, Rep. Mike Pellicciotti and myself, for our first town hall meeting on Saturday, March 11 from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

We’ll be speaking with constituents at the Federal Way Senior Center (4016 S. 352nd St, Auburn) and we’d love to see you there and listen to you on what is happening in our local communities and at the state level. Hearing from you, your story, is our top priority for this town hall.

Both of us are excited at the opportunity to give you an update on the status of the legislature’s efforts on fully funding education, public safety, uniformed service members and veteran programs, and our efforts to bring jobs to the South Sound region. Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 11, and we’ll see you there!

Rep. Reeves has sponsored HB 1320, which allows Gold Star widows or widowers to receive standard Washington state license plates free of charge for one vehicle, to protect their Gold Star status from public view and avoid harassment.

For the family members of Armed Forces members who die as a result of service to their country, the state and federal government offer benefits to help. One such benefit is the Gold Star license plate, which is free of charge for one vehicle to the widow or widower. Unfortunately, there are those who would prey on these surviving spouses for financial gain.

A state resident brought this issue to Reeves. She had experienced harassment in grocery store and daycare parking lots because some people would see that license plate and think there was a way to profit off of her grief. These people prey on our Gold Star widows and widowers and we need to take care of those military family members.

The bill passed the House March 1st, with a unanimous vote of 98-0. Rep. Reeves hopes the State Senate will agree this is necessary and pass it as well.

ADDITIONAL TOWN HALL MEETINGS:

DISTRICT 31:

Rep. Morgan Irwin, R-Enumclaw, will host a series of town hall meetings throughout the 31st Legislative District on Saturday, March 11:

· City of Edgewood – City Hall Building, 2224 104th Ave. E, from 10-11:00 a.m.
· City of Bonney Lake – Justice and Municipal Building, 9002 Main St. E, from 12-1:00 p.m.
· City of Enumclaw – Fire Department, 1330 Wells St., from 2-3:00 p.m.

DISTRICT 28:

Rep. Dick Muri, R-Steilacoom, and Rep. Christine Kilduff, D-University Place, are inviting community members to attend a town hall meeting in Steilacoom, Sunday, March 12. This is a great opportunity to meet your state representatives face-to-face. The lawmakers will be providing an overview of the 2017 legislative session and answering questions about issues being discussed in Olympia. The details are as follows:

Sunday, March 12, 2017
Doors open at 4:00 p.m.
Event time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Steilacoom Town Hall
1717 Lafayette Street, Steilacoom, WA 98388

DISTRICT 27:

Senator Jeannie Darneille and Representatives Laurie Jinkins and Jake Fey are having a joint town hall. It’s an opportunity to listen to your views and take your questions on the issues facing the 27th Legislative District and the state as a whole.

Date: Saturday March 11th
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Location: Evergreen State College – Tacoma Campus, 1210 6th Avenue, Tacoma WA 98405
If you plan to speak, please arrive early . Sign-in begins at 9:30 AM. Your engagement helps create a democracy that is for the people, by the people.

DISTRICT 26:

Rep. Jesse Young, R-Gig Harbor, will be hosting town halls throughout the 26th Legislative District on Saturday, March 11.

“I would like to thank the cities of Gig Harbor and Port Orchard for working with me over the past couple of weeks planning these events,” said Young. “I wouldn’t have been able to host these great public conversations without their assistance.”

The town halls will be held at the following locations:

· Gig Harbor – City Hall Council Chambers, 3510 Grandview Dr., from 10-11:30 a.m.
· Port Orchard – City Hall Council Chambers, 216 Prospect, from 1-2:30 p.m.

At these community meetings, attendees can ask questions, and Rep. Young will offer an update on the 2017 legislative session.