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On ‘The Impact’ this week: Millennial voters and charter school lawsuit

By | October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

On this week’s edition of “The Impact,” meet millennial voters — and hear their thoughts about what they are voting on this year.

Guests include Washington Director of Elections Lori Augino.

Plus, learn more about the legal challenge to Washington’s new charter school law as it reaches the state Supreme Court.

We’ll also have details about the final “free day” of the year at Washington State Parks.

The show airs Wednesdays at 7 & 10 p.m. Updated: Watch the show below.

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Washington’s charter school law debated in front of the state Supreme Court

By | October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Washington Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday about the constitutionality of the state’s new charter school law.

A lawyer for the coalition that is suing to stop the charter school law argued that charter schools are “fundamentally different” than traditional “common schools” and should not be funded with certain taxpayer money.

“There is a requirement, in our view, in the state constitution that says when you appropriate money for common schools, it’s got to be used for common schools,” said Paul Lawrence, who represents a coalition that includes the Washington Education Association, El Centro De La Raza and the League of Women Voters of Washington.

The tax revenue collected from various sources to fund common schools is constitutionally protected, Lawrence argued, and can’t be used for charter schools.

State attorney Rebecca Glasgow told the justices the state’s public school system must adapt to the changing needs of students.

“When the voters approved Initiative 1240, they added charter schools to a long list of existing non-traditional, public education programs — many of which are run by school districts, but some of which are not,” Glasgow said.

“This court should hold that charter schools are common schools,” she said. “But even if they weren’t, they can be operated with unrestricted general fund education money.”

Approved by voters in 2012, the charter school law allows up to 40 charter schools to open over the next five years. So far, ten charter schools have been authorized.

The first charter school opened this fall in Seattle, eight schools are enrolling students for next year and one school is slated to open its doors in 2016, according to the Washington State Charter Schools Association. The association’s CEO Thomas Franta issued a statement saying he was “confident” the court will uphold the law, which he described as one of the strongest in the country.

The Supreme Court will issue a decision at a later date. TVW taped the arguments — watch it below.

On TVW this week: Charter school lawsuit, carbon emissions task force

By | October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Monday Oct. 27 at 10:30 a.m.: TVW is live with the Joint Energy Supply and Energy Conservation Committee. The agenda includes policy recommendations to the 2015 Legislature.

Tuesday Oct. 28 at 10 a.m.: The Carbon Emissions Reductions Task Force will hold a meeting to discuss the draft report on taskforce recommendations. TVW will webcast the meeting.

Tuesday Oct. 28 at 2:30 p.m.: The Washington Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether the law passed by voters allowing charter schools violates the state constitution. TVW will be live on television and the web.

Wednesday Oct. 29 at 10 a.m.: TVW is live with the House Finance Committee as they hold a work session on city and county fiscal sustainability.

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On ‘The Impact’ this week: Backpage lawsuit and Ebola outbreak

By | October 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

On “The Impact” this week, hear from the family of one of the underage girls who was trafficked for sex on the Backpage website. A lawyer for the girl argued before the Washington Supreme Court on Tuesday that the website is responsible for some of its content. Backpage contends that it is immune under a federal communications law.

Also on the show, details about the new screening measures in place to monitor travelers coming to Washington from Ebola outbreak zones. Host Anita Kissee interviews Kathy Lofy, the communicable diseases epidemiologist with Washington’s Dept. of Health.

More information about Washington’s efforts to stop the Ebola outbreak can be found on the department’s website.

The show airs Wednesday Oct. 22 at 7 & 10 p.m. We’ll post a link here once it is available online.

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On ‘The Impact’ this week: Senate races, voting history

By | October 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

On this week’s edition of “The Impact,” we break down the state Senate races that are most in play.

On-set guests Republican Sen. Bruce Dammeier and Democratic Sen. Kevin Ranker talk about the implications the races will have on the balance of the state Senate, which is currently controlled by the mostly Republican Majority Coalition Caucus.

Plus, a look into the state archives to see the first voters’ pamphlet dating back 100 years. The Secretary of State’s office has archived all voters’ pamphlets since 1914 at this link.

Update: The show is now online — watch it below:

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Clarification on the League of Women Voters of Washington

By | October 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

TVW would like to clarify the position of the League of Women Voters of Washington. In our question to Sen. John Braun on the Oct. 8 edition of “The Impact,” we stated the league was opposed to Initiative 1351, which would reduce class sizes. The league’s board voted to take no position, and neither supports nor opposes the initiative.

The following is a statement from their website: LWVWA.org.

“Initiative 1351 – The League of Women Voters of Washington does not take a position on this initiative.This measure would direct the legislature to allocate funds to reduce class sizes and increase staffing support for students in all K-12 grades, with additional class-size reductions and staffing increases in high-poverty schools. Although the LWVWA has studied K-12 education numerous times (1968, 1975, 1977, 1991, 1997 and 2009), it has not studied class size as a way “to ensure that every child regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or disability is ready to learn (K-12 – 2). The League’s position on Initiative and Referendum supports having sponsors of these measures suggest ways to pay for them.Therefore the LWVWA Board voted to neither endorse nor oppose Initiative 1351.”
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On TVW this week: Ethics board, welfare program updates

By | October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s what we’re covering live on TVW this week:

Tuesday, Oct. 14 at noon: The Legislative Ethics Board is meeting to discuss and vote on a rule for how frequently lawmakers are allowed to accept free meals from lobbyists. TVW will air the meeting on television and the web.

Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 7 & 10 p.m.: On “The Impact,” we look at the battle over control of Washington’s Senate and why it matters so much this election. Plus, a rare glimpse into our state archives to see what Washingtonians voted on 100 years ago.

Thursday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m.: The House Early Learning committee is holding a meeting to discuss child welfare court data. It will be broadcast live on television and on the web.

Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7 & 10 p.m.: On “Inside Olympia,” host Austin Jenkins interviews the proponents and opponents of the class size initiative, as well as the gun control initiative.

Friday, Oct. 17 at 9 a.m.: A health subcommittee is scheduled to get updates on two welfare programs, as well as a prescription drug initiative. Live on television and the web.

Friday, Oct. 17 at 1 p.m.: TVW will be live with the Citizens Tax Preference Commission.

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Former TVW president Greg Lane to become Deputy Secretary of State

By | October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Secretary of State Kim Wyman announced today that former TVW President and CEO Greg Lane will become Deputy Secretary of State.

Current deputy Mark Neary will become Assistant Secretary of State, succeeding Ken Raske, who will retire at the end of the year.

Lane joined TVW in 2008, and his last day as leader of the organization was Oct. 3. He previously worked as the deputy chief of staff and communications director for the Attorney General, and as the media services director at the House of Representatives.

From the Secretary of State’s press release:

Wyman noted that as a TVW board member, she had an opportunity see Lane’s administrative and policy skills in action. After Lane announced his departure from TVW, Wyman said she realized Lane would be an ideal fit for the Office of Secretary of State and asked him to come on board.

“I’m delighted that Greg will be our new Deputy Secretary and I know he brings energy, innovation and a commitment to excellence,” Wyman said. “As we look toward big changes at the State Library and State Archives and bringing our `A-Game’ to Elections, Corporations, Legacy Washington and our special programs, we will have a very strong leadership team to guide the way.”

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On TVW: Marijuana banking regulations, jail and mental health agency collaborations

By | October 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s what we’re covering this week on TVW:

Monday, Oct. 6 at noon: A joint legislative committee is holding a work session on legal marijuana and federal banking regulations. At 1 p.m., the House Government Accountability and Oversight committee will discuss the legal marijuana markets in Washington and Colorado. The meetings will be broadcast on TVW and the web.

Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 7 & 10 p.m.: On “The Impact,” Washington lawmakers get an update on the legal marijuana market and how it’s working so far. Plus, the pros and cons to I-1351, Washington’s class size initiative.

Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7 & 10 p.m.: On “Inside Olympia,” host Austin Jenkins discusses the upcoming elections with State Democratic Party Chairman Jaxon Ravens and Susan Hutchison, the chair of the state Republican party.

Friday, Oct. 10 at 9 a.m.: The Adult Behavioral Health System Task Force is holding a meeting to discuss jail and mental health agency collaborations, among other items. TVW will air the meeting live on television and the web.

 

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‘Flight Plan: Charting a Course for Drones in Washington’ is now airing on TVW, online

By | October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

This one-hour television special from TVW looks at the growing popularity of civilian drones, and the privacy questions they raise. TVW introduces you to hobbyists who are flying drones for fun, as well as professionals who want to use them for things like selling real estate or growing grapes.

We also take you inside Washington’s booming drone industry, where unmanned aerial systems are built primarily for military customers. And finally, we show you how police and Washington state agencies could use the technology — and hear from those who say government drones threaten your civil rights.

“Flight Plan: Charting a Course for Drones in Washington” is airing on TVW. Or, you can watch it anytime on YouTube or at TVW’s website.

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More must be done to prevent oil spills in Washington, Inslee says

By | October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Gov. Jay Inslee says the state and federal government must do more to prevent oil spills from “outdated, inadequate and outright dangerous” trains that carry volatile Bakken crude oil across Washington state.

“These train cars were not designed to carry this product,” Inslee said at a press conference in Seattle on Wednesday. The governor is calling on the federal government to impose a speed limit of 30 miles per hour for trains that have not been updated to transport high-hazard materials, and 40 miles per hour once the train cars are upgraded.

“We don’t let speeding cars through our school zones,” he said. “We should not let speeding unsafe oil rail cars through Washington state cities.”

A train carrying Bakken crude oil derailed in Seattle in July as it was heading for a refinery at Anacortes, but it didn’t spill any oil. Inslee said the state “dodged a bullet” because the train was traveling at slow speeds.

Inslee also wants the federal government to shorten the two-year time period it is proposing for rail companies to upgrade train cars. “That is too long,” he said. “A one year window should provide adequate time for rail car upgrades that are already underway.”

In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, the governor urged a “quicker phase out of the T-111 tank cars that are inadequate for transporting high-hazard materials,” saying the cars should not be used to transport Bakken crude after October 2016.

The Dept. of Ecology released a preliminary report on Wednesday that makes recommendations on how the state can improve rail safety at a time the state is seeing increased carloads of oil and coal from Montana and North Dakota.

The report includes more than $12 million in budget recommendations, including hiring extra rail inspectors, providing equipment and training for local first responders and firefighters, and developing new geographic response plans for oil spills.

Inslee said he would use the recommendations to submit a plan to the Legislature during the 2015 session.

The public can submit comments about the initial recommendations online or at two public meetings: Oct. 28 in Spokane, or Oct. 30 in Olympia.

TVW taped the press conference. Watch it below:

On TVW: Food safety hearing, revenue forecast & health benefit exchange update

By | September 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s what TVW is live with this week:

Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 9 a.m.: House Agriculture and Natural Resources committee is holding a work session on food security and new federal food rules. TVW will be live on television and the web with the hearing.

Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 10 a.m.: House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education is having a work session on early education. The meeting will be broadcast live on television and the web.

Wednesday, Sept. 17 a 7 & 10 p.m.: On “The Impact” this week: Finding adequate treatment and housing for Washington’s mentally ill patients. Plus, how the new military alliance will work to preserve the military’s economic presence in our state.

Thursday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m.: A health care committee will get an update on the health benefit exchange. Watch live on TVW, or at this link.

Thursday, Sept. 18 at 1:30 p.m.: The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council will release its revenue forecast. Live on TVW, and the web.

Thursday, Sept. 18 at 7 & 10 p.m.: On “Inside Olympia” this week: What are the reasons behind record Columbia River salmon runs? Is wildlife poaching a problem in Washington? Host Austin Jenkins interviews a leader from the state Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

Friday, Sept. 19 at 1 p.m.: TVW will be live with the Citizens Tax Preference Commission.

 

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TVW president Greg Lane stepping down

By | August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

TVW President and CEO Greg Lane is stepping down from his position, effective Oct. 3

Lane joined TVW in 2008. He is the third president in TVW’s history, succeeding Cindy Zehnder and founding president Denny Heck.

During Lane’s tenure, TVW expanded its web services to make meetings more accessible to the public. All hearings and meetings recorded by TVW are now available on the organization’s website, and viewers can search, highlight and share TVW video, as well as track issues and access legislative documents.

Lane also led efforts to enhance the produced programs at the station. TVW won three Emmy Awards from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the last two years. In 2013, TVW won the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.

The education resource Teach With TVW was expanded under Lane’s guidance, including the creation of Capitol Classroom, which each year teaches more than 300 middle and high school students how to participate in the legislative process.

“TVW was established because citizens deserve to be able to watch their government work, no matter where they live in our state,” Lane said. “I’m very proud of the improvements TVW has made over the last six years to increase that access, as well as help people better understand the issues and how to participate in the process.”

TVW’s Board of Directors is launching a search to fill the position.

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On TVW: Pension funding council, fish hatchery lawsuit and Results Washington

By | July 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

TVW will be covering the following events live this week:

Monday, July 28 at 10 a.m.: TVW will be live on television and the web with the Pension Funding Council. The webcast will be streamed at this link.

Tuesday, July 29 at 10 a.m.: The Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee is holding a work session on “recent state hatchery litigation and settlement.” The meeting will be broadcast live on television and on this link.

Wednesday, July 30 at 10 a.m.: TVW will live webcast Gov. Inslee’s “Results Washington” meeting on the economy at this link.

 

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On TVW this week: Discussion about rules for ‘unstable slopes’ in wake of Oso mudslide

By | July 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s what TVW is covering live this week:

Monday, July 7 at 1 p.m.: TVW is live webcasting the first meeting of a joint legislative task force on “Economic Resilience of Maritime and Manufacturing.” The agenda is here, and TVW will live webcast the meeting at this link.

Tuesday, July 8 at 9 a.m.: TVW will be live on television and the web with a special meeting of the Forest Practices Board. In the wake of the deadly Oso mudslide, the board is considering new rules to “improve public safety and local and state coordination efforts for those living near unstable slopes.” It will also consider rules for aerial chemical spraying. The full agenda is available here, and TVW will webcast it at this link.

Wednesday, July 9 at 10 a.m.: TVW will be live on television and the web with the first meeting of a task force on nuclear energy. The meeting will be webcast at this link.

Wednesday, July 9 at 12 p.m.: Gov. Jay Inslee will hold a press conference to announce his proposal for updating the state’s clean water standards and fish consumption rate. TVW will live webcast the press conference at this link.

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On ‘The Impact:’ New television ads warn smokers about driving while high

By | June 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Traffic safety officials are launching a new television advertising campaign in July to warn people about the consequences of driving after smoking pot.

The state’s first retail marijuana stores are set to open on July 8, and the ads coincide with stepped-up DUI patrols that will begin on July 1.

The campaign features three 30-second television commercials produced by the Colorado Department of Transportation. The message of the ads: You can do a lot of things high, but don’t drive. Here’s an example:

On this week’s edition of “The Impact,” host Jennifer Huntley talks with Shelly Baldwin, a program manager with the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, about the new ad campaign.

Also on the show, find out about an upcoming change for registered domestic partners. Couples under the age of 62 who are registered domestic partners with the state will automatically become married on June 30. The change is part of the state’s 2012 law legalizing same-sex marriage.

More information about the conversion process is available online here.

“The Impact” airs on Wednesday, June 25 at 7 & 10 p.m.

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On TVW: Safety at marijuana stores, examination of criminal justice system

By | June 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

TVW will be live with several events on Tuesday, June 24, including:

10 a.m.: The governor’s Results Washington group will meet to discuss its “education” initiative. TVW will live webcast the meeting, which will cover topics such as early learning and the opportunity gap.

10 a.m.: The House Finance Committee is holding a work session on the fiscal sustainability of cities and counties. The agenda is available here, and TVW will live webcast the meeting at this link.

12:30 p.m.: TVW will be live on television and the web with a press conference by Gov. Jay Inslee, who will discuss public safety efforts as the state prepares to open its first recreational marijuana retail stores. Also speaking at the press conference will be Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Washington State Liquor Control Board Chair Sharon Foster, and State Health Officer Kathy Lofy. The press conference will be live streamed at this link.

2 p.m.: Inslee will sign an executive order creating the Justice Reinvestment Task Force, which will conduct a data-driven review of the state’s criminal justice system. Washington state was selected to be one of 22 states to participate in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative. Following the signing of the executive order, the task force will hold its first meeting. TVW will live webcast the event at this link, and it will be broadcast on television at a later time.

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On ‘The Impact:’ Education funding, ferry water monitoring system

By | June 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

On Wednesday’s edition of “The Impact,” host Jennifer Huntley gets reaction from Representatives Ross Hunter, D-Medina, and Bruce Chandler, R-Granger, about the state Supreme Court’s latest order on education funding.

Plus, Carol Maloy of the Dept. of Ecology state ferry system describes a new partnership with scientists to learn more about the water in Puget Sound. A high-tech water monitoring device attached to the ferries measures the velocity of the water moving in and out of Puget Sound. It is currently in place on the “Salish” ferry, which crosses daily between between Port Townsend and Coupeville.

More information about the program can be found here.

Update: Watch “The Impact” below:

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Hundreds of bills passed by Legislature set to take effect this week

By | June 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

More than 200 bills passed by the Washington State Legislature this year are set to go into effect on Thursday, including new laws dealing with tanning beds, religious holidays and the number of credits required for high school students to graduate.

Here is the full list of bills that passed and the date they take effect. Among those taking effect on June 12:

Religious holidays: State employees will be allowed to take two unpaid days off a year for religious reasons, and public school children will be excused for two days under Senate Bill 5173.

Military in-state tuition: Veterans and active duty military members will qualify for in-state tuition at Washington colleges and universities without having to first establish residency. Senate Bill 5318 waives the one-year waiting period for veterans, military members and their families.

Homeless fees: A $40 document recording fee that people pay during real estate transactions, such as buying or refinancing a house, is extended until 2019. The fee supports homeless shelters, affordable housing and other homeless programs.

24 credit diploma: Starting with the class of 2019, high school students will have to earn 24 credits for a diploma. The current minimum is 20 credits, although some school districts require more than the minimum. The bill also provides more opportunities for students to take career and technical classes that meet graduation requirements.

Tanning beds ban: Teenagers under the age of 18 will no longer be allowed to use tanning beds in Washington. Senate Bill 6065 bans minors from using tanning beds, unless they have a written prescription for UV radiation treatment from a doctor. Tanning salons will be fined $250 for violations.

Domestic violence: Washington residents under domestic violence restraining orders will be barred from owning guns. The bill says that someone who is under a protection, no-contact, or restraining order related to domestic violence must surrender his or her guns to law enforcement.

Many of the other bills passed by the Legislature this year take effect July 1, including a bill that bans minors from purchasing cough syrup that contains dextromethorphan.

Also beginning July 1, all adoptees over the age of 18 will have access to their original birth certificates unless a birth parent files a form declining to release the information. More information about the law and forms are available at the Dept. of Health website here.

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On TVW: College bound scholarship, House Judiciary committee, Supreme Court

By | June 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s what TVW is covering this week:

1 p.m. Monday, June 9: TVW will live webcast the College Bound Scholarship Program Work Group meeting. The program was created by the Legislature in 2007. It gives low-income middle school students a chance to earn a scholarship to college if they sign a pledge to keep a 2.0 GPA, commit no felonies and apply for college financial aid. Watch the webcast at this link.

9 a.m. Thursday, June 12: TVW will be live on television with the House Judiciary Committee as they hold a work session on the recreational land use immunity statute. The work session will be immediately followed by a joint session with the House Public Safety and Judiciary committees on several items related to legal financial obligations. Both meetings will be live webcast at TVW.org.

9 a.m. Thursday, June 12: TVW will live webcast the Washington Supreme Court arguments in a case involving Regence BlueShield’s refusal to cover treatments for autistic children. A lower court found that Regence’s exclusion for treatments violates Washington’s Mental Health Parity Act of 2006. TVW will live webcast the arguments here.

10 a.m. Friday, June 13: TVW will be live on television with the state Clemency and Pardons Board. The board will hear from seven people who are seeking to commute or pardon their sentences.

 

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