By Evan Smith Herald Writer
Democratic 32nd District State Rep. Cindy Ryu says that she’s been using the time since the end of the regular legislative session to prepare for the special session rather than raise money for a possible fall campaign for King County Council.
Ryu represents Lynnwood, part of Mountlake Terrace, south Edmonds, Woodway and the rest of the Snohomish County part of the 32nd Legislative District, in addition to Shoreline and the rest of the King County part of the district.
She was a finalist early this year for appointment to the county council position that Bob Ferguson gave up to become state attorney general, and she had announced plans to run for the county position in the fall.
Now, she says that the special session will keep her from raising money for a campaign, both because state law prevents legislators from campaign fundraising during the session and because she says there is important work during the special session.
She says that the most important task during the special session that starts Monday would be passing a “responsible, sustainable and balanced operating budget that meets our school-funding obligations while maintaining vital services for our most vulnerable citizens.”
She said recently that she hopes the state Senate will do that.
“I hope the Senate also passes the Reproductive Parity Act, the Dream Act and a strong toxic-free toys bill before the end of the session.”
Ryu noted that during the 105-day regular session, the Legislature had “passed the transportation budget and bills that improve education and increase accountability in our schools, give foster children more educational opportunities, protect workers’ privacy, compensate people who are wrongfully sent to prison, protect victims of stalking, and increase public safety.
She added that she is proud that the Senate had passed the neighborhood safe-streets bill that she has introduced and the House of Representatives has passed nearly unanimously in each of the three years she has been in the Legislature. The bill would allow cities to reduce speeds on residential streets without expensive engineering studies. She said that senators from rural areas had opposed it as a “Seattle bill,” but it finally passed the Senate in the final five minutes before the cut-off time for consideration of non-budget bills.
Ryu added that she and committee colleagues had kept three “anti-consumer, new payday loan product bills” from advancing to the House floor.
Ryu is vice chairwoman of the House business and financial services committee; a member of the committee on community development, housing and tribal affairs; a member of the transportation committee; and a member of the rules committee.
As for running for the King County position, she said she would wait until near the May 17 filing deadline to decide.
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