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3rd District Delegation wants to hear from constituents at townhall meetings

3rd District Delegation wants to hear from constituents at townhall meetings

 

Three politicians serving Spokane's 3rd Legislative District want to hear your concerns.

State Sen. Andy Billig, and Reps. Timm Ormsby and Marcus Riccelli will hold two townhall meetings to “hear from constituents and answer questions.”

The 3rd District Delegation is prepared to discuss education, transportation, job creation, the state budget and "others."

The meetings will be at:

March 16, 10 a.m. to noon
Shadle Park High School Auditorium
4327 N. Ash St., Spokane

March 16, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Emmanuel Family Life Center
631 S. Richard Allen Ct., Spokane

For more information, contact the offices of the representatives at the following numbers:

Sen. Andy Billig - (360) 786-7604
Rep. Timm Ormsby - (360) 786-7946
Rep. Marcus Riccelli - (360) 786-7888

Day of Action held for GMO labeling advocates

Day of Action held for GMO labeling advocates

 

Washington Food & Water Watch held a Day of Action today to mark their food-labeling initiative being added to November's ballot.

Initiative 522, also known as “The People's Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act”, “would require most raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, seeds and seed stocks, if produced using genetic engineering as defined, to be labeled as genetically engineered when offered for retail sale,” according to a news release from Brian Zylstra, spokesman for secretary of state office.

Genetically-modified food initiative certified, Day of Action planned by proponents

Genetically-modified food initiative certified, Day of Action planned by proponents

 

Although turnout should be quite low, political action groups around Washington state are gearing up for a fight surrounding a food-labeling initiative slated to be on November's ballot.

Initiative 522, also known as “The People's Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act”, “would require most raw agricultural commodities, processed foods, seeds and seed stocks, if produced using genetic engineering as defined, to be labeled as genetically engineered when offered for retail sale,” according to a news release from Brian Zylstra, spokesman for secretary of state office.

I-522 turned in 353,153 signatures with an error rate of 17.02 percent, which is “slightly less than the historic average.”

Now that the initiative has been certified and will be on the ballot, its campaign is organizing events to bring awareness to the community. Michelle Kim, field organizer for Food & Water Watch Spokane is inviting everyone to come to a Day of Action outside of Main Market Co-op (44 W. Main Ave.) to learn more about the initiative.

Sen. Murray issues statement about PTSD review

 

Washington Senator Patty Murray responded to Secretary of the Army John McHugh's completion of the army-wide PTSD examination by saying more still needs to be done for vet mental health.

“Murray pushed for the review after hundreds of service members at Joint Lewis-McChord had their PTSD diagnoses taken away then, in many cases, restored over the past two years,” read a news release.

Read the senator's full statement below:

 

“While I’m pleased that the Army has announced they have completed this study, it’s far more important that they take quick action to remedy the problem. The Pentagon should also follow through on their commitment to extend this review to all branches of the military so servicemembers aren’t slipping through the cracks. In the coming weeks I will be meeting with Secretary McHugh to get the specific recommendations that came out of the study.

Republicans of Spokane County to meet to discuss gun control, other key issues

Republicans of Spokane County to meet to discuss gun control, other key issues

 

The Republicans of Spokane County announced they will be meeting after the weekend to discuss key issues.

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich will speak about gun control “addressing the proposed gun legislation and other relevant issues.”

Dick Leland, deputy for Cathy McMorris Rodgers, will speak about the fiscal cliff negotiations.

Michael Cathcart, director of government affairs at Spokane Home Builders Association, will discuss Proposition 2, which will appear on February's ballot. Prop 2 regards a “taxpayer protection policy at the city level.” A “yes” vote would mean that a supermajority of city council votes would be necessary to raise taxes.

The group will be meeting Monday, Jan. 21 at the Quality Inn I-90 and Argonne.

3.3 million voters' pamphlets in the mail

3.3 million voters' pamphlets in the mail

About 3.3 million voters' pamphlets will arrive to households across the state this week.

According to the Assosicated Press, the secretary of state's office says the pamphlets are being delivered around the same time voters are receiving their ballots for next month's election.

There are 26 editions of the pamphlet to account for races in different counties, plus pamphlets in Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese. The biggest pamphlets are more than 240 pages.

The pamphlets include information on races for president, governor, Congress, the state Supreme Court and Legislature as well as ballot measures concerning legalizing marijuana, same-sex marriage and authorizing charter schools.

McMorris Rodgers hosting Spokane town hall meeting

Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers will be in the Spokane area and she wants to hear from the public. 

According to a spokesman for Rep. McMorris Rodgers,  the Congresswoman will be continuing her tour of town hall meetings by hosting a meeting Spokane on Thursday.

The meeting will give citizens a changes to express their opinion on critical issues including jobs, government spending, health care, energy and national security with the Congresswoman. 

The town hall will be at The Lincoln Center located at 1316 N. Lincoln, starting at 6 p.m.

This is just one of many town hall meeting Rep. McMorris Rodgers has done in Eastern Washington. She has hosted open forums in Dayton, Walla Walla, Newport and Republic.