2017 Legislative Session Update

Today is day 36 of the 2017 legislative session. Nearly 2,000 bills and resolutions have been introduced. Legislators are busy this week holding public hearings on bills to meet two upcoming deadlines on February 17 and February 24 for bills to be approved by policy and fiscal committees.

Visit the CAPAA website for a list of bills the Commission is tracking that may be of interest to Asian Pacific American communities.

This week, legislators are holding public hearings on proposed legislation, including:

  • SB 5683: Concerning health care for Pacific Islanders residing in Washington under a compact of free association.
  • SB 5070: Concerning paraeducators.
  • SB 5712: Developing a bilingual educational workforce.

Click here for a schedule of additional bills.

Next Public Board Meeting
March 18, 2017
City of Lynnwood
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Asian Pacific American Legislative Day

Each year, the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition organizes APA Legislative Day so that Asian Pacific American communities can voice their concerns to state lawmakers in Olympia.

APA Legislative Day 2017
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Legislative Building – Flag Circle – Lawn
Olympia, WA

10:30 a.m. – Free Entertainment
11:15 a.m. – Rally
12:05 p.m. – Legislative Appointments

Click here for more information.

API Focus Group

Representatives of OSPI’s Race & Ethnicity Student Data Task Force are seeking community participants on a focus group to provide feedback on the guidelines the task force has drafted.

The anticipated outcome for the focus group is to gather recommendations that would better align the race and ethnicity categories with community input. Additionally, the task force hopes to receive feedback that will help to create guidelines for schools and communities about the importance of collecting this data.

Focus Group Details:
Wednesday, February 15, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Renton Technical College Annex
3407 NE 2nd Street, Renton, WA 98056

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2017 Ethnic Legislative Reception

Thank you to those who attended the 2017 Ethnic Legislative Reception on Tuesday, February 7! We had an incredible turnout of commissioners, community members, and elected officials.

Please like our Facebook page to view pictures from the reception that will be posted later this week.

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