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I-405 express lane tolling on ‘The Impact’

By | November 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

On “The Impact” this week, state legislators look at the new Interstate 405 express toll lanes and whether they’re moving traffic faster — or slowing other cars down.

Host Anita Kissee interviews House Transportation Committee members Rep. Judy Clibborn and Rep. Ed Orcutt.

The show also has highlights from several hearings during Legislative Committee Days.

Plus, details about the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver. The public has until Jan. 22 to comment on the statement, either in person or online.

“The Impact” airs Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 7 & 10 p.m.

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TVW coverage during committee week, Nov. 19 and 20

By | November 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

TVW is undergoing a major equipment replacement project that is impacting coverage.

During the Interim Legislative Assembly on November 19th and 20th, TVW will have mobile camera units covering two hearing rooms: Senate Hearing Room 4 and House Hearing Room B. TVW will cover all hearings in those rooms with live webcasts at The hearings will not be broadcast on live television.

Here is the list of committees that TVW will webcast live:

Nov. 19th:
8 a.m.: Joint Select Cmte on Health Care Oversight
8 a.m.: House Task Force on Washington Waters
10 a.m.: Senate Energy Environment & Telecommunications
1:30 p.m.: Senate Ways & Means joint hearing with Senate Early Learning & K12 Education
1:30 p.m.: House Agriculture & Natural Resources
3:30 p.m.: Senate Health Care
3:30 p.m.: House Transportation

Nov. 20th
8 a.m.: Senate Law & Justice
8 a.m.: House Capital Budget
10 a.m.: Senate Commerce & Labor
10 a.m.: House Environment
1:30 p.m.: House Business & Financial Services

For all the hearings that happen in the other hearing rooms — SHRs 1, 2, 3, and HHRs A, C, D, E — we will post audio files of those hearings on our website after the hearings take place. Check for committees scheduled to meet in those rooms.

The equipment replacement project is on schedule to be complete for the 2016 Legislative Session beginning Jan. 11th.

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On ‘The Impact:’ Online fantasy sports games, digital privacy

By | November 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

This week’s edition of “The Impact” looks at online fantasy sports games, which are banned in Washington.

Lawmakers will soon debate whether to lift the ban on all fantasy sports games offering prize money, or just the ones between friends and co-workers. Washington Gambling Commissioner Chris Stearns discusses a new study on fantasy sports being presented to the commission this week.

Plus, details about the state’s new digital privacy guide and what can be done to better protect personal information from hackers. Washington’s Chief Privacy Officer Alex Alben is a guest on the show.

The show will also cover the latest on the Grays Harbor oil export terminals.

“The Impact” airs Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 7 & 10 p.m.

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On TVW this week: House Environment and state Supreme Court

By | October 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

TVW has a reduced schedule as we undergo an equipment overhaul. See the full air schedule for the week of Oct. 26th here.

Monday, Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m.: The House Environment Committee is holding a work session to review environmental permitting requirements for traffic and parking. As part of the ongoing equipment upgrade, we can only stream live audio from this event at this link. However, we are taping the hearing and will broadcast it in its entirely at a later date.

TVW will live webcast this week’s arguments at the Washington Supreme Court at the following links:

Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 9 a.m.: Richard J. Millies vs. LandAmerica Transnation & Falcon

10 a.m.: Washington Department of Labor & Industries v. Bart A. Rowley, Sr.

1:30 p.m.: Heidi Kroeber v. Geico Insurance Company

Thursday, Oct. 29 at 9 a.m.: State of Washington v. Michael Allen Budd

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On ‘The Impact:’ A detailed look at Initiative 1401

By | October 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

This week’s edition of “The Impact” looks at the details of Initiative 1401, which would make it illegal to sell, purchase or trade certain animal species threatened with extinction.

The initiative aims to fight poaching by outlawing products from ten endangered animals, including elephant ivory, shark fins and tiger products. The penalty for breaking the law ranges from $1,000 to $14,000 in fines and potentially up to five years in jail.

The initiative has exemptions for musical instruments, inheritances and educational donations if the item is at least 100 years old there is documentation to prove it.

Supporters say it will help reduce the slaughter of elephants by reducing the market for ivory products. Opponents say the exemptions are too narrow, and it will put legal antique dealers out of business.

Here’s a look at images from the show, which is posted online here.

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On TVW this week: School levy discussion in House Finance

By | October 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

TVW has a reduced schedule as we undergo an equipment overhaul. See the full air schedule for the week of Oct. 19th here.

Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m.: The House Finance committee is holding a work session to discuss how property tax levies are used to fund K-12 education in Washington.  TVW will tape the meeting to be posted later at this link.

Thursday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m.: TVW will tape the Joint Transportation Committee as they get an update on several issues, including trooper retention. The meeting will be posted at this link.

TVW is live webcasting this week’s Washington Supreme Court hearings at the following times:

9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20th (Sandra C. Thornell v. Seattle Service Bureau, Inc.)

10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20th (Whatcom Co. v. Eric Hirst)

1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20th (State of Washington v. Johnny Dale Fuller)

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On TVW this week: Energy and labor committees

By | October 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

TVW has a reduced schedule as we undergo an equipment overhaul. See the full air schedule here.

Thursday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m.: The Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications committee is holding a work session in Ocean Shores to discuss broadband access in underserved areas. TVW will attempt to go live from the meeting if technology allows — if so, it will be at this link. (Update: We are not able to go live. The hearing will be posted at a later time.)

Friday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m.: The House Labor committee is holding a work session in SeaTac to discuss commercial janitorial safety, worker rights and regulation of the construction trade. TVW will tape the meeting at post it at this link.


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On ‘The Impact:’ Hear from the 30th legislative district candidates

By | October 14, 2015 | 0 Comments
Host Anita Kissee with Carol Gregory, top, and Teri Hickel, bottom.

Host Anita Kissee with Carol Gregory, top, and Teri Hickel, bottom.

On this week’s edition of “The Impact,” host Anita Kissee interviews the two candidates vying for the 30th Legislative District seat in the state House. The seat became vacant last year following the death of Democratic Rep. Roger Freeman.

Former teacher Carol Gregory, a Democrat, was appointed to the seat following Freeman’s death and is campaigning to keep it. Her challenger is Republican Teri Hickel, the former executive director of a youth leadership program in Federal Way.

The race is drawing high interest because Democrats currently hold a slim two-seat majority in the House. The mostly Republican Majority Coalition Caucus holds the Senate.

Also on the show — catch up with members of the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee on their multi-city “listening tour” as they hear ideas from the public about ways to fund basic education.

The committee is focusing on how to reduce the reliance on local school levies — see the background materials shown at the meeting here. TVW also produced a 16-minute short documentary showing how an overreliance on levies impacts schools and teachers.

“The Impact” airs Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 7 & 10 p.m.

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TVW releases new short documentary about school levies, teacher compensation

By | October 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Over the past 30 years, school districts in Washington have become increasingly reliant on local levies to pay for costs that the Washington Supreme Court says should be covered by the state — including teacher salaries and basic education.

This 16-minute short documentary produced by TVW looks at how a school in the Highline school district is affected by an overreliance on local levies.

Categories: Education, Schools, tax, TVW

On ‘The Impact:’ Details about the state’s first Alzheimer’s plan

By | October 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

This week on “The Impact,” host Anita Kissee looks at details of the state’s first Alzheimer’s plan to address the growing needs related to the disease.

The Legislature passed a bill last year providing authorization to develop an Alzheimer’s Disease Plan for Washington. The state Department of Social and Health Services recently released a 153-page draft of the plan.

On the show, Kissee meets with a patient who is struggling with the disease. Kissee also interviews Bob LeRoy from the Alzheimer’s Association and Bea Rector of the Dept. of Social and Health Services.

The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting 11 town hall meetings across the state in October and November to discuss the draft plan — dates and locations are available here. Anyone who suspects elder abuse can call the state’s hotline at 1-866-ENDHARM.

Also on the show — details about the upcoming Combined Fund Drive masquerade ball on Oct. 24 at the state Capitol, which is expected to draw up to 600 people. The Combined Fund Drive is a way for public employees to give to charity through payroll contributions and fundraising events.

“The Impact” airs Wednesday, Oct. 7th at 7 &10 p.m.

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