Project costs slashed, but Issaquah may still see state transportation dollars

May 27, 2015

While a final answer may not arrive until the end of next month, at least one local legislator is hoping he can bring home some dollars to ease congestion on Interstate 90.

The city was in line for about $126 million for road projects in the Senate version of the state’s latest budget, Mayor Fred Butler said in March.

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Senator’s office will sponsor student pages

January 27, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 27, 2015

Students ages 14 to 16 may serve as Senate pages through the office of Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, during the 2015 legislative session.

“Each year, hundreds of students enjoy this opportunity, and it’s one that I strongly recommend to 5th District residents,” Mullet said in a news release. “The page program lets young men and women see the workings of the Legislature from the inside and learn the real-world mechanics of how their government functions.”

Senate pages perform administrative tasks and participate in civic educational activities that demonstrate the operation of state government. Each page earns $35 a day for the five-day experience, performing tasks that range from making deliveries to Senate offices, to running errands, to working in the Senate chamber during floor debates. Read more

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Sen. Mark Mullet launches state Electric Vehicle Caucus

December 16, 2014

Hoping to support the advancement of low-polluting, electric cars, 5th District Sen. Mark Mullet announced the creation of a bipartisan Electric Vehicle Caucus.

By Greg Farrar Mark Mullet, 5th District state senator representing Issaquah, gets in his electric Tesla Roadster parked at the state Capitol Building in Olympia, during the 2013 legislative session.

By Greg Farrar
Mark Mullet, 5th District state senator representing Issaquah, gets in his electric Tesla Roadster parked at the state Capitol Building in Olympia, during the 2013 legislative session.

According to the Senate Democratic Caucus, the electric car caucus will bring together Democrats and Republicans who believe the use of electric vehicles can strengthen Washington’s economy.

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Get special presentation, tour at hatchery Sept. 19

September 16, 2014

The public is invited to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery for a special tour and presentation — “Salmon Recovery…We Can’t Do It Alone” — Sept. 19.

Learn about the impact on the Lake Sammamish watershed of human activity and ways individuals and policy makers can create an environment in which salmon can thrive. The Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery has invited those who make decisions within their respective jurisdictions that impact the watershed to this special presentation.

Speakers will include:

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Local senator’s signature legislation signed

June 3, 2014

After working on the issue of health care transparency for two legislative sessions, Sen. Mark Mullet (D-5th District, Issaquah) recently stood at the governor’s side as the bill was signed into law.

“This was my top legislative priority this session, and with the cooperation of my colleagues in the Legislature, we were able to become one of the first states nationwide to pass this type of health care transparency legislation,” Mullet said in a press release.

Starting in January 2016, State Bill 6228 requires insurance companies in Washington state to provide a tool on the homepage of their website and a mobile app to enable consumers to look up information about how much a procedure will cost from various medical providers in their area. Consumers will also be able to see quality information when available and give feedback on patient experience.

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Local representatives missed few votes

June 3, 2014

For the first time in years, Washington Votes did not list local politicians at the top of its annual Missed Votes Report.

In the 2014 legislative session, Reps. Jay Rodne (R-5th, North Bend) and Chad Magendanz (R-5th, Issaquah) as well as Sen. Mark Mullet (D-5th, Issaquah) ranked low in the report.

Magendanz didn’t miss any votes and Mullet only missed two. Rodne missed the most out of local representation, with eight total.

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Legislature ends with basic education funding unresolved

March 25, 2014

OLYMPIA — House Bill 2797 and Senate Bill 6483 have a lot in common. Both increased funding for K-3 classroom construction, both had bipartisan sponsorship and both failed to reach the governor’s desk.

In McCleary vs. Washington, the state Supreme Court ruled the state was not sufficiently funding basic education. Earlier this year, the court ordered legislators to quicken the pace of funding to meet McCleary obligations — including K-3 class size reductions. According to the National Education Association, Washington state is fourth worst in the nation for classroom sizes.

House Bill 2797 would have sold $700 million in lottery-backed bonds to fund K-3 classroom construction; it passed out of the House 90-7 with bipartisan support. It failed to make it to the Senate floor after State Treasurer Jim McIntire said lottery-backed bonds were too risky.

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To the Editor

March 11, 2014


Open letter to the Issaquah City Council:

The vote is over and the residents of Klahanie and surrounding neighborhoods have said no to annexation to Issaquah. My neighbors and I voted no, not because we wanted to stay unincorporated, but because we would like to pursue Sammamish as an option. In order for that to happen, and to have the opportunity to belong to a city, I am asking for your help.

When Mayor Fred Butler and Councilman Joe Forkner were campaigning last fall, both said that they would support removing Klahanie from Issaquah’s Potential Annexation Area if the citizens rejected Issaquah annexation.

Please remember your words last fall, Mr. Butler, and please support our area in finding a home with your neighbor to the north. Time is of the essence! I would further request you not delay this process with considerations of dividing up the Klahanie PAA, which would only lead to difficulties for both cities when it comes to providing services and road improvements.

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Legislators talk transportation, schools at Town Hall

March 4, 2014

As the regular legislative session draws closer to an end, 5th District policy makers gave an update to residents Feb. 22.

Democratic Sen. Mark Mullet and Republican Reps. Chad Magendanz and Jay Rodne welcomed the public to a Town Hall at the Issaquah Highlands Fire Station 73. There, they answered questions about bills hearing discussion in this session, bills that may come in the future and the general state of the Legislature.

Moderator William Shaw gathered questions from the audience and led the discussion, beginning with a possible transportation package.

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Sen. Mark Mullet lends support to electric car bill

February 25, 2014

Two bills have passed in Olympia that are designed to help level the playing field between auto manufacturers and dealers in franchise agreements.

Amended bills passed in the House (HB 2524) and Senate (SB 6272) that would allow Tesla Motors, manufacturer of electric cars, to continue and expand its system of selling cars directly from the manufacturer to the customer.

Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, said in a news release that he supported the legislation that passed Feb. 19.

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