joe fain

Taking the classroom to the Capitol with technology

Published on March 30, 2017
Dragging a class of high school students 42 miles from their South King County classroom to the state Capitol is rarely an option during the busy school year. But this week an Auburn High School journalism class did manage to speak directly with Sen. Joe Fain, their state senator, about legislation they were tracking in... Read More

Washington dogs ‘pawsitively’ ecstatic for new humane treatment law

Published on February 28, 2017
The Senate just passed my bill to help keep dogs safe and healthy when they’re leashed and left alone. This legislation not only had the support of the full Senate and animal care advocates, but also every dog I spoke to on the issue. Read more about it below. Sen. Joe Fain, animal advocates, and... Read More

57 Seconds: higher education

Published on March 07, 2016
Senator Joe Fain breaks down Washington’s public higher education system and how tuition works in 57 Seconds. Read More

Update on transportation investment package

Published on June 28, 2015
As state lawmakers continue working to find agreement on major new transportation investments Sen. Curtis King, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, and Sen. Joe Fain, vice chair of the transportation budget, released this statement: “We appreciate the difficult decision the governor has made and applaud him for not allowing a single issue to stand... Read More

Fain proposal hopes to expedite future state-budget negotiations

Published on June 23, 2015
The Washington state budget affects everyone in the state, but too often in recent years completing a budget has required lawmakers to go into multiple overtime sessions. With that in mind Sen. Joe Fain today introduced a bill that would reduce the time lawmakers can raise money for their re-election campaigns if they do not... Read More

Western Hockey League teams protected by new legislation

Published on May 18, 2015
The Western Hockey League provides an important opportunity for young amateur hockey players to develop their skills and earn college scholarships. However, four Washington teams including the Kent-based Thunderbirds faced potential shutdown after a complaint filed with the state claimed players were professional athletes and therefore subject to certain wage and labor laws. Recognizing the... Read More

Foster youth with medical concerns to receive extended care

Published on May 12, 2015
Foster youth often face a difficult transition into adulthood when services typically end. Legislation signed into law Monday, sponsored by Sen. Joe Fain and Rep. Tina Orwall, will provide extended benefits to young adults ages 19-21 with medical conditions who do not already qualify for extended foster care, which requires them to be enrolled in... Read More

Washington State Lottery…In 57 Seconds

Published on April 15, 2015
Why is there an education funding crisis in Washington if the Lottery was supposed to fund schools? Learn the truth behind the lottery: how much it raises and where does that money go in this week’s episode of 57 Seconds. Read More

Kent lawmakers team up to protect Thunderbirds hockey

Published on March 03, 2015
For 37 years the Seattle Thunderbirds have hosted talented amateur hockey players competing in the Western Hockey League. The Thunderbirds, who have played in Kent since 2009, faced potential shutdown after a complaint filed with the state claimed players were professional athletes and therefore subject to certain wage and labor laws. The Senate today unanimously... Read More