Public Board Meeting

Rulemaking Hearing on WAC 34-04-080

The Commission will be holding a public hearing for the purpose of conducting rulemaking to adopt the new fee schedule for public records requests established in RCW 42.56.120, as amended by section 3, chapter 304, Laws of 2017. More details are available via the Washington State Register, WSR 17-24-071. Written comments regarding this change may be submitted to Michael Itti, P.O. Box 40925, Olympia, WA 98504-0925 or email, by January 10, 2018.

Additionally, the Commission will be reviewing its 2018 legislative agenda and priorities, sharing updates from the 2018 legislative session, and discussing the direction of its Needs Assessment. Public Comment will be available from 11:30 to 11:40 AM.

Visit the Commission’s website to learn more about the Public Board Meetings.

Public Board Meeting Details:
January 20, 2018
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Together Center
16225 NE 87th ST
Redmon, WA 98052

CAPAA’s 2018 Legislative Priorities

The Commission works to examine and define issues pertaining to the rights and needs of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and make recommendations to the governor and state agencies with respect to desirable changes in programs and laws. We value this responsibility to be a voice for the community in state government and welcome your input and feedback on the issues.

The board members of the Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs have approved the priorities for the 2018 legislative session in the areas of Education, Health and Human Services, Economic Development, Immigration, and Civil Rights.

Visit the Commission’s website to learn about the legislative priorities.

Commissioner Spotlights:
Get to Know the Commissioners

The Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) is privileged to have twelve community leaders serving in the role of Commissioners.We will be featuring our Commissioners on their perspectives, goals, and activities.

In this piece, we are featuring Commissioner Gaur, Commissioner Mohan Gurung and Commissioner Lori Wada on why they joined the Commission, what they hope to accomplish as a Commissioner, and what are the highlights of being a Commissioner. Here is a quick snippet of their answers:

Commissioner Gaur: “…My original intent was to serve for the Indian community, but over the past two years with a dynamic group, I truly begun serving the Asian Pacific Islander communities.”

Commissioner Gurung: “As a responsible citizen, I was curious and  wondered, I may be able to do something for our communities and future generations.”

Commissioner Wada: “The outcomes from current work is often limited due to the nature of government systems.  My hopes are future generations will overcome the same hardships as their parents experienced.”

Read the full article on our CAPAA website: Commissioner Spotlight.

2017 Legislative Report Back – Recap

In collaboration with the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition (APIC) of King County, the Commission was able to bring together community members and legislators to discuss the legislative session and policy changes that impact the Asian Pacific Islander communities.

Learn more in the featured article by the International Examiner.

Serve on the Commission

The Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPAA) has an advisory board made up of twelve Governor-appointed commissioners representing the state’s diverse Asian Pacific American communities. CAPAA is currently accepting applications for candidates interested in serving on the Commission.

The Commission serves to improve the well-being of Asian Pacific Americans by ensuring their access to participation in the fields of government, business, education, health and other areas.
If selected, the individual will help examine and define issues pertaining to the rights and needs of Asian Pacific Americans. Commissioners also make recommendations to the Governor and state agencies with respect to desirable changes in program and law.

Commissioners serve on a voluntary basis and have the responsibility to maintain communication with the community they represent as well as to the Board. They are expected to keep the community and board informed on issues, legislative activity, and statutes affecting Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

Commissioners serve three year terms. As part of their duties, Commissioners are expected to attend CAPAA’s public board meetings that are held five times a year around the state.

Washington State Disparity Stakeholder Meeting

Washington State is conducting a Disparity Study of its minority-, women-, and veteran-owned businesses (M/W/VBEs).

As part of the Study process, the State invites you to participate in a group phone interview of stakeholders, such as trade organizations, minority and women business groups, chambers of commerce, community groups and other interested organizations. These important sessions will provide an opportunity to relate your members’ experiences with doing business with the State and its business opportunity Programs. Your insight and experiences will help to identify potential Program improvements, increase collaboration and promote economic growth for all elements of our community.

Wednesday January 10, 2018
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

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