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2019 Legislative Session!
The session was a success for children and youth across many of our sectors. There is new investment in behavioral health, protection of the Puget Sound Taxpayer’s Accountability Account, and reduction of sentences for status offenses, among others. Check out this comprehensive 2019 Legislative Session summary from Partners for our Children.
Washington Non-Profit Legislative Reception
In partnership with Washington Non-Profits, YDEKC sponsored the Legislative Reception on March 4th. The event was a huge success, with many YDEKC members making the trip and meeting with elected officials. Look for the event next year–we hope to have even more engagement with legislators!
Opportunity for Youth: Page for the 2020 Legislative Session
Youth can apply to be a page for the next legislative session! It is an exciting way for youth to see the legislative process in action. Learn more and apply here.
Youth Development Work Group: SB5665/HB1664
We had a very good first run with our Youth Development Work Group bill. SOWA, YDEKC and many of our Members pushed hard and had success in House, passing with a 90-7 vote and in the budget. The companion bill died in the Senate. We are having meetings with the prime sponsors and key leaders in June in order to regroup and decide about the next best steps to pursue the goal of having a mission and vision for prevention and promotion of services for youth age 5-young adult at the state level. A huge thank you to all of you who wrote, called and testified! Passing a bill is a big lift and we ALMOST arrived!