Rep. Tana Senn, who dually serves as a councilmember for the city of Mercer Island, spoke Wednesday in support of ESHB 1313, Washington's Paid Sick and Safe Leave bill. The legislation would provide paid leave for workers who are ill or caring for an ill family member.
In a statement, Rep. Senn also noted that though often overlooked, the bill would support survivors of domestic violence.
"Paid sick and safe leave can literally be a life line for those who are working their way out of abusive relationships," said Senn.
Sick leave is often needed for victims to take time off to recover, and to attend court hearings.
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Senn named vice chair of Environment Committee
Earlier this week, Rep. Senn was selected to serve as vice chair of the House Environment Committee, a position she said was central to her decision to serve in the Legislature.
"The environment is one of the most pressing issues for citizens who make their homes in our 41st Legislative District
," she said in a statement. On Mercer Island, Senn serves on both the city's Sustainability and Parks and Recreation Committees.
"Rep. Senn's rapid rise to a committee-leadership position reflects her commitment and solid grasp of issues that come before our committee. She was a very welcome addition," said Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, D-Burien, who chairs the Environment Committee.