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Jan. 23, 2023
Kohl-Welles’ statement on McDermott’s decision to not seek re-election
“Councilmember McDermott has been an outstanding public official and colleague during his time at the Washington State Legislature and on the King County Council....I wish him all the best in the next chapter of his career."

Jan. 5, 2023
Kohl-Welles pushes to ensure cash-reliant residents can participate in King County economy
“When I am out and about, I am finding that more and more businesses are only accepting payment by credit cards or smart phones rather than cash. I believe the trend in this direction is highly problematic as it will prevent many people in our community who do not have bank accounts from participating in the economy. And this isn’t just a novel problem – it has the capacity to further hurt our most marginalized communities from accessing the goods and services they need to survive.”

Nov. 15, 2022
Kohl-Welles applauds inclusion of key D4 investments in passage of biennial budget
“Our region continues to face many serious challenges, from homelessness to behavioral health to a growing income inequality and from climate change to public safety, and much more. The budget we passed today invests creatively in solutions and policies aimed at alleviating these challenges so that King County residents will be more likely to afford housing, access justice and live safe, healthy lives."

Oct. 14, 2022
Statement from Kohl-Welles on City Hall Park staying with Seattle
“I’m relieved that Seattle Mayor Harrell is proposing the City take action to revitalize the long-neglected City Hall Park adjacent to the King County Courthouse, which the City fenced off 14 months ago in August 2021. However, I am disappointed that our two bodies of government were unable to reach a resolution on transferring this land to the County in exchange for 13 surplus County properties that could have been used by Seattle Parks..."

July 26, 2022
Council approves creation of permanent gun, ammo return program
“If we have heard anything from survivors of gun violence, it is that if someone didn’t have access to a gun in a moment of crisis, then their loved one may still be here. This program will be a safe way to dispose of unused or unwanted guns so that in a moment of crisis, it isn’t sitting down the hall. Thank you, Councilmember Dembowski, for bringing this legislation forward, and especially to the many community members who have been part of our recent conversations on gun violence in Committee of the Whole.”

June 24, 2022
Kohl-Welles: Overturning of Roe v. Wade ‘an assault on 14th amendment rights’
“Today, the Supreme Court has unleashed an assault on 14th Amendment rights, including our right to bodily autonomy, by overturning Roe v. Wade. This move should worry every person in America ... The majority of people in the United States agree that pregnant people have the right to make their own reproductive health decisions and that we all have the right to privacy. The Supreme Court is protecting systems of power that enable them to control all of us. We won’t let them ... "

June 14, 2022
Kohl-Welles awards Martin Luther King Medal of Distinguished Service to Mike Tulee
“I am honored to present this award to an individual who has committed himself to serving others and been on the front lines of the struggles for equity and social justice, especially for indigenous peoples. Dr. Mike Tulee is a model for us all as we strive to embody Dr. King’s lessons and vision, dedicating his lifelong work to educating, serving and uplifting his community ... He has certainly made our County a greater place and therefore also this world a finer place to live.” 

May 24, 2022
Patti Cole-Tindall confirmed as King County Sheriff
“I am very pleased to support the confirmation of Patti Cole-Tindall’s appointment to King County Sheriff. During her time serving as Undersheriff and then Interim Sheriff, I have been impressed with her leadership and management skills, including how she leads with humility, collaboration, and thoughtfulness. I know that her unique professional experience and the trust she’s built with deputies will serve her well as she goes forward as our new Sheriff. Congratulations, Sheriff Cole-Tindall!”

May 17, 2022
Council approves creation of Cannabis Safety Taskforce
“During and since my time in the state Legislature, I have been a staunch supporter of the legalization and regulation of the medicinal and recreational use of cannabis. However, the federal banking regulations that force businesses to operate as all-cash businesses have ended up endangering employees, customers and communities. As such, this motion serves to explore how local jurisdictions can better support these businesses, while efforts to reform banking laws at the federal level remain underway...”

May 10, 2022
Council declares Roe v. Wade ‘the law of the land,’ pledges support for reproductive freedom
The King County Council on Tuesday passed legislation declaring its support for reproductive freedom and that the Roe v. Wade decision, even if overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, is the “law of the land” In King County. 

May 4, 2022
Kohl-Welles condemns impending U.S. Supreme Court decision to reverse Roe v. Wade
“Last night’s leaked draft Supreme Court opinion signaling the Court’s intention to overturn Roe v. Wade is appalling and should serve as a serious reminder that civil rights, equity, and justice are not guaranteed. These values must be defended vigorously as unfortunately they have been under attack almost daily over the past several years."

May 3, 2022
Kohl-Welles applauds nomination of Patti Cole-Tindall for King County Sheriff
“I’m very pleased that Executive Constantine transmitted today his choice for King County’s next sheriff, Patti Cole-Tindall. We were fortunate to have three particularly strong finalists, which surely made this a difficult decision. As the Chair of the Committee of the Whole, I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to review the appointment and get to know Interim Sheriff Patti Cole-Tindall better during the confirmation process.

March 22, 2022
Councilmembers Dunn, Kohl-Welles lead Council in recognizing National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week
“The pandemic we have endured for more than two years has only exacerbated the scourge of drug and alcohol addiction and dependencies — not only nationwide, but right here at home in King County. Many of us, I included, have family members or friends who have died or been seriously impaired as a result of substance abuse. It is essential that we as a regional government continue to provide treatment services to assist those in need to recover and be able to live healthy and happy lives."

March 15, 2022
Council approves plan to fight displacement, promote equity, social justice
“As the King County region continues to grow, centering equity in that growth is vital. That’s why we have laid the groundwork today to ensure that new development takes into account the systemic underinvestment in certain areas of the county to the detriment of many of our already-marginalized communities...”

December 14, 2021
Kohl-Welles applauds approval of deal to turn City Hall Park over to King County
“This action begins a new day of stewardship for this long-neglected space and I hope nearby residents, businesses, visitors, courthouse users and workers will join us in reimagining this vital area. By working together, we will ensure this space is inclusive, recreational and safe, and we can make certain the community knows that any movement toward making this space anything but open will be subject to robust public engagement. I appreciate the collaboration of Executive Constantine and Mayor Durkan in making this change a reality.”

December 7, 2021
Massive Health Through Housing Measure Approved by King County Council“Health Through Housing is a game changer and an investment in making major progress toward combating our county’s homelessness crisis,” said King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles. “Not only does this program show our communities we are taking thoughtful and cost-effective action, but goes beyond that by providing actual housing with dignity. A kitchen, a bathroom, a quiet and safe living space—along with supportive services—are all essential to promoting safety and support for houseless individuals as they exit out of the brutal cycle of poverty.”

November 23, 2021
$672 million supplemental budget, funding climate projects, gun violence reduction and key service restorations approved by King County Council
“Over the past two years, we’ve been able to make important and equitable investments in public health, transit, housing, and public safety, and this mid-biennial budget continues these across the County. These new investments will be transformative for folks whose jobs are being restored, individuals who will be able to obtain shelter and permanent supportive housing, those living with mental illness and drug dependency or in need of opioid addiction services, and for families utilizing the Best Starts for Kids programs..."

November 16, 2021
Human Trafficking Prevention Effort Passed by King County Council
“The upcoming statewide campaign represents a significant, coordinated effort to increase awareness of human trafficking. As the most populous county in Washington, it’s crucial that King County continue finding new and creative ways to combat trafficking and make the region a safer place for all to live and work..."

November 2, 2021
Kohl-Welles: District 4 to Benefit from WaterWorks Funding
“I’m very pleased to have been able to secure funding for projects that work to improve water quality now and also for cutting-edge research that will impact water quality work well into the future. These community-led, collaborative projects will support our native plants and marine wildlife, including salmon, local watersheds, and green stormwater infrastructure. These important investments will support healthy and vibrant waterways for years to come.”

October 19, 2021
Council approves legislation to turn City Hall Park over to County
“Today, the Council took a step forward in fulfilling our responsibility to ensure that local government is accessible to all residents of King County. Through having Executive Constantine explore future uses for the park, I am optimistic that the King County civic campus, including the park, will be more accessible, welcoming, and safe for Courthouse employees, jurors, and others seeking access to justice and county services...”

September 16, 2021
Kohl-Welles, Dunn bring legislation to spotlight human trafficking in King County, statewide
“As a region with a major international port and international airport and being close to an international border, King County has experienced persistent challenges around human trafficking, and we must continue raising awareness on the signs of trafficking and providing education on how to report it. After our county’s successful regional campaign, I’m pleased that statewide efforts are underway and I’m hopeful that the Executive will support us in implementing this statewide campaign.”

September 14, 2021
Dunn, Kohl-Welles lead King County Council in recognition of National Recovery Month
“Behavioral health, and especially mental health and substance use, impact our lives daily in a myriad of ways. Everyone in need should have the opportunity to access services that support their overall health and well-being and provide them paths to recovery. Today’s proclamation re-affirms our collective commitment to supporting and de-stigmatizing the health and recovery of those in King County. “

August 13, 2021
Kohl-Welles aims to turn City Hall Park over to County with new legislation
“I applaud the work that has been done by the JustCARE group to find shelter for the many people who were residing in the park and the effort being taken now to restore and secure the grounds ... With this step having been taken, it is time for us to reimagine this space to ensure that it is safe for people to congregate, recreate and traverse safely for years to come. We can also take this moment to think big about its future use...”

August 5, 2021
Statement in Advance of Women’s Safety March at Courthouse
“It is absolutely imperative that all employees, jurors, and visitors feel safe and are safe from physical and sexual violence in the King County Courthouse. Regardless of the purpose of anyone’s being there, it is essential that all are able to safely perform their work responsibilities or navigate essential King County services – especially when exercising one’s right to seek justice.”

August 4, 2021
Kohl-Welles Statement on Best Starts for Kids Levy Passage
“The voters have spoken clearly in support of this truly transformative program - a program that has the capacity to change lives and help children and youth from all walks of life achieve their fullest potential. I look forward to another five years of BSK and will work closely with my colleagues to ensure it is effectively and efficiently implemented.”

July 27, 2021
Council approves more than $389 million for courts backlog, community supports, rental assistance, and more in latest round of emergency COVID funding
“Facing historic backlogs and delays in the courts due to the coronavirus pandemic, this eighth COVID budget allocates the resources to ensure access to justice -- that crime victims, such as survivors of physical and sexual assault and domestic violence, may still seek resolution, that citizens may utilize civil legal aid and the courts to resolve disputes, and that individuals accused of a crime may still access a speedy trial. Beyond that, it strengthens our public health response, provides rental assistance for tenants and landlords, invests in community organizations, and continues the strong record King County has built in responding to COVID with equity, creativity, and sustainability at the forefront.”

July 13, 2021
Council approves requirement for electric vehicle charging in new development
“As we continue to face the growing impact of climate change on our day-to-day lives, it's vital that we think creatively and proactively about how to make eco-friendly choices accessible, such as electric vehicles.”

June 29, 2021
‘Just cause,’ other transformative tenant protections approved by Council
“We’ve heard clearly from advocates, renters, experts, and community members that unless we do something, King County will likely face a wave of evictions as the economy recovers and COVID era renter protections are gradually lifted. While Gov. Inslee has extended the statewide eviction moratorium, it’s a temporary fix, not a long-term solution to the challenges that renters face in securing and maintaining safe and affordable housing in this region.”

June 29, 2021
Kohl-Welles to transfer ‘retired’ vans to organizations serving District Four
“Every year, delivering ‘retired’ vans to organizations serving individuals in my district is an absolute pleasure,” said Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles. “The van retirement program creatively repurposes these vehicles and supports local groups that are doing important and often underappreciated work throughout King County.”

June 1, 2021
Facial Recognition Technology Ban Passed by King County Council
“The use of facial recognition technology by government agencies poses distinct threats to our residents, including potential misidentification, bias, and the erosion of our civil liberties. The use or misuse of these technologies has potentially devastating consequences which the new ordinance will help to prevent. I am very appreciative that my colleagues unanimously supported my legislation today banning its use in King County government agencies, and appreciate the overwhelming community support we’ve had. Our vote today makes King County the first county in the nation to pass this type of ban!”

May 25, 2021
Record $631 million emergency COVID budget approved by Council
“Today we passed the largest supplemental budget in the history of King County. This is transformational — providing support for the mother struggling to provide for her child, for the renter on the edge of eviction, for the business owner getting relief from the new BIPOC economic resiliency fund, for the survivor of sexual assault or gender-based violence seeking justice, and many, many more...”

May 12, 2021
Kohl-Welles applauds vote to send $600 million COVID budget to full Council
“I am very pleased that the King County Council’s Budget and Fiscal Management Committee voted to advance the 7th COVID budget as amended today for final action at next Tuesday's Council meeting. At more than $600 million, this is the largest supplemental budget in the history of King County. These funds will be crucial in providing much-needed support around public health, housing stability, food insecurity, and economic recovery..."

April 29, 2021
Addiction not just an issue of will power: Dunn, Kohl-Welles to launch effort against stigma of substance use disorders
“It’s essential that individuals with substance use disorder be able to seek treatment safely through public health resources ... Addiction affects individuals and families across all demographics ... This campaign, in partnership with Public Health—Seattle & King County, has the potential to be life-changing for many and I am hopeful that it will encourage folks all around our region to see addiction as what it is: a public health issue.”

April 20, 2021
Council sends Best Starts for Kids levy renewal to voters with unanimous approval
“It’s safe to say, the first Best Starts for Kids levy approved by the voters in 2015 has been a huge success. But our work isn’t done yet. That’s why I am very pleased the Council has voted today to give the voters of King County the opportunity to renew and enhance an already comprehensive Best Starts for Kids levy. The future is bright in King County.”

March 23, 2021
Eviction protections extended, added vaccination support in $92M budget approved by Council
“ The Council’s unanimous approval of the 6th Covid Budget marks the year’s first big step forward in addressing the health and financial needs of our community as we face the continuing challenges of Covid together. This budget addresses critical needs in public health and provides a massive amount of assistance to residents struggling to pay rent. We also apply the lessons learned over this last difficult year and created many improvements to our systems, adding a hub-and-spoke model to work with community-based organizations and an advisory committee to the rental assistance program and an accounting system that will allow small organizations without deep reserves to receive assistance when they cannot wait for reimbursement.”

March 23, 2021
$65 million approved to make crucial upgrades at West Point treatment plant
“ I’m very pleased that the Council has approved this significant investment in the West Point Treatment Plant’s energy connections. Maintaining the power supply at the plant is integral to ensuring that equipment is operating well and that the emergency bypass system is not activated. This investment and the urgency shown by the Executive in addressing this problem is a good thing for the health of our region’s waters and the people, plants, and animals that call King County and beyond home.”

March 16, 2021
Transformative tenant protections proposed for King County
“ ... For many of our neighbors, it’s a thin line between having a roof overhead and spending the night in a shelter or in a tent on one of our sidewalks. And for many, it’s having to decide to pay for rent or pay for needed medical care. We know that housing is essential to stability for King County residents. By enhancing protections for renters, we can work on the front end to prevent even more people from entering homelessness.”

February 18, 2021
Board of Health to weigh how helmet laws may discriminate against homeless individuals
“I’m pleased that today the King County Board of Health added the subject of disparate impacts of bicycle helmet laws in King County to our work plan for this year. Unfortunately, the intent of a policy does not necessarily always align with the outcome.”

February 9, 2021
Councilmembers condemn preferential vaccine offerings by some area hospitals, request state prohibit such practices in legislation
“I was appalled to learn that some hospitals in our region were offering preferential treatment to donors, board members, families, friends and connected community members when it came to administering vaccines..."

January 22, 202
Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign draws big response, increases reporting statewide
“I’m very pleased to see that the awareness campaign initiated by my colleague, Councilmember Dunn, and me appears to be working. In 2019, we launched this awareness campaign with the intent of leveraging public-private partnerships in order to make sure that more people in our community are sufficiently informed to identify the signs of human trafficking and feel empowered to take action by reporting incidents..."

January 12, 2021
King County appoints four members to 2021 districting committee
“The redistricting process is vital to ensuring that King County residents are represented fairly and enables the Council to adapt as the population distribution of the County changes. Now more than ever, fair representation at all levels of government is crucial to making sure that our local elected officials reflect the will of their constituents and represent them in good faith..."

January 5, 2021
Kohl-Welles to continue as Budget Chair, other key committee roles in 2021
“I am pleased to continue serving as the Budget and Fiscal Management Chair in 2021 and am thankful for receiving the confidence of my colleagues in supporting my appointment. Last year, 2020, was a difficult year in just about every facet, and navigating eight budgets was no exception..."

December 2, 2020
Kohl-Welles issues statement applauding Executive’s appointment of Terry White as Metro general manager
“I’m very excited that the Executive has named a truly homegrown transit champion to lead one of the best transit agencies in the nation. Terry White has proven himself to be an effective leader and he has done so during a global pandemic and economic recession..."

December 2, 2020
Kohl-Welles issues statement on brief wastewater bypass Wednesday at West Point plant
“I’m disheartened to learn that an accident at the West Point Treatment Plant has caused yet another discharge of raw sewage into the Salish Sea. Fortunately, the discharge could have been a lot worse but, unfortunately, this is not the first time this has happened, and it may not be the last..."

November 17, 2020
King County budget delivers big for Downtown, Ballard, Queen Anne, Magnolia, and other Northwest Seattle residents
“I worked diligently to ensure funding was secured for communities throughout District 4. Many non-profit organizations, senior centers and arts, culture and science organizations are suffering from the economic fallout caused by COVID-19. This budget aims to uplift and maintain these critical institutions in a time when we are facing great economic uncertainty.“

October 15, 2020
Joint Statement on I-976 Supreme Court Ruling
“Today’s ruling is a breath of fresh air ... A lack of access to mobility is a major barrier for many in our community to being able to gain employment, attend school and carry out everyday activities that many of us take for granted. Had I-976 been upheld we would not have been able to assure many in our region affordable and reliable transit options."

October 13, 2020
Council Passes Unprecedented Funding to Create Supportive Housing
"Adopting these measures is an important opportunity that we must take to reach our most vulnerable neighbors experiencing chronic homelessness. We need a greater inventory of affordable housing that we can target for use by those in our community struggling the most to make ends meet – those with low to no income. This will make a big difference in helping us with that task. It will take all of us, working together on this and other future measures, to end homelessness.” 

October 9, 2020
Kohl-Welles, Zahilay and Dembowski to Host Virtual Town Hall Next Wednesday
King County Councilmembers Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Girmay Zahilay and Rod Dembowski will host a virtual town hall next week to discuss plans for restructuring the Metro Transit network to adapt to new Link light rail stations slated to open next year. 

September 9, 2020
King County Councilmember Kohl-Welles to Host Virtual Town Hall on Budget, COVID-19 Response, Racial and Social Justice and More
Joined by three King County department heads, Councilmember Kohl-Welles will host a virtual town hall on September 17 to discuss with residents several key issues and the county's response. 

June 23, 2020
COVID-19 Response Prompts Another $86M in Emergency Funding
“Because of COVID-19, families, communities, workers and businesses across King County are hurting health wise, emotionally and financially. This spending package is aimed at providing relief to their urgent needs and from the economic fallout caused by the pandemic. It also will help position our County to bounce back once the crisis is behind us. And, importantly, the funding is targeted to support historically disadvantaged communities that have been disproportionately impacted by this pandemic – an important step to take if we are to dismantle and disrupt racism in our communities once and for all. And, our work is not yet finished. We will take up another COVID-focused budget in August to help with urgent needs being faced by our residents, workers and businesses during this tumultuous time.”

June 23, 2020
Council passes new protections for King County renters during COVID-19 crisis
“This ordinance centers on the principle that housing is a human right and as such it’s an important measure in protecting that right. This legislation is critical in this time of the Covid-19 pandemic with many of our residents not having adequate resources to pay their rent. However, we have many more steps to take to ensure King County residents have accessible, affordable and stable housing. I look forward to continuing this important work with my colleagues and community partners that have been advocating and organizing on these issues long before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

June 17, 2020
Councilmember Kohl-Welles Issues Statement in Response to Dire State Revenue Forecast
“The revenue forecast numbers issued today by the state are absolutely staggering...While the state budget is different from our county budget, it is becoming abundantly clear that we will have extraordinarily difficult choices to make in crafting our biennial budget this fall. But we will rise to the challenge and do all we can to preserve our values and equity and social justice priorities.”

May 12, 2020
Council Approves $60M for Continued COVID-19 Response
“This is a robust spending plan aimed at helping small businesses, organizations and our most vulnerable communities throughout the county weather the storm caused by COVID-19 and put us in a strong position to bounce back once the skies have cleared. Ultimately, we need to get people back to work and have all of our ducks in a row for when we can safely approach something close to normalcy. If we can do this, we will be in the best position for ensuring the health and wellbeing of our residents as well as for our economic recovery. This plan helps us get closer to these goals.”

April 14, 2020
Councilmembers Zahilay, Kohl-Welles Issue Joint Statement on Resolution to Freeze Rent and Mortgage Payments Amid COVID-19 Economic Shutdown
“Thousands of King County residents are terrified. Not only of COVID-19, but of losing their livelihood and their homes. An eviction moratorium is a great first start, but it doesn’t address the mounting debt that will be waiting...This resolution allows us to amplify the voices of our constituents and add the King County Council to a larger national movement — a movement for providing the greatest forms of economic relief in existence: keeping people housed and keeping small businesses alive.”

March 31, 2020
Council Approves $2.2M for Emergency Childcare for First Responders and Other Essential Workers During COVID-19 Crisis
“This is an example of King County government responding creatively and nimbly to meet immediate needs. I am very appreciative of the work of Council Chair Balducci and Executive Constantine in leading on this legislation and am pleased to be a co-sponsor. We all owe so much to our front-line responders, from the health care providers to the bus drivers to the grocery clerks. Supporting them with their childcare needs as well as our childcare providers is the right thing to do and in reality helps all of us. I just wish we could do more.”

February 25, 2020
King County Council Approves Steps to Preserve Ballard P-Patch
“In so many ways, the Ballard P-Patch is more than just a community garden. It’s a vibrant gathering place where people from all walks of life can come together to grow produce, learn from each other and provide food for some of our most vulnerable neighbors, such as through the Ballard Food Bank. And, importantly, it’s a much needed open and green space in a part of our city that is becoming increasingly dense. With this vote, we are taking a very important step toward preserving this garden for generation to come.”

February 25, 2020
Kohl-Welles awards Martin Luther King Medal of Distinguished Service to Colleen Echohawk
“It’s very rare to find someone so dedicated to working for the greater good, someone who sees value in all people and is willing to courageously fight for them every day. Colleen Echohawk is one of those rare examples of someone who truly lives to answer Dr. Martin Luther King’s question ‘What are you doing for others?’ I’m fortunate to have her as a constituent in District 4.”

February 4, 2020
Council Approves Plan to Accelerate Conversion of Metro Fleet to All-Electric
“With the passage of this ordinance, we have provided a much needed ‘jump start’ toward our effort to significantly reduce and eliminate carbon emissions from our county’s fleet.” 

January 8, 2020
Kohl-Welles Confirmed to Lead Budget Committee in 2020
“I look forward to working with my colleagues on the council in this new role as Chair of the Budget and Fiscal Management Committee. Our county faces many challenges from homelessness and housing affordability to affordable transit access and climate change. However, these challenges provide us as an elected body the opportunity to implement meaningful policies aimed at making our county a better place to live. I’m excited to continue my work for another term serving the constituents of District Four and all the residents of Martin Luther King County.” 

December 16, 2019
Statement on Homelessness Authority Approval at Seattle City Council
“Today marks a new chapter in how we as a region respond to homelessness by ending our fractured approach and replacing it with a consolidated regional authority that will provide cost efficiencies and cost effectiveness in responding to our homelessness crisis. I want to thank the Seattle City Council for passing this proposal before the end of the year."

December 11, 2019
Nearly $350,000 Awarded to Projects to Clean Up Water Quality in Councilmember Kohl-Welles’ District 4
“I’m pleased to have been able to secure funding for programs and cutting-edge research that will improve water quality in District Four and throughout our region. Our livelihood and the livelihood of marine life in Puget Sound, especially our southern resident killer whales, are threatened by water pollution from a variety of sources. We must be proactive to mitigate this damage and keep our waters clean.”

December 11, 2019
Statement from Councilmember Kohl-Welles on Passage of Regional Homelessness Authority Legislation
“With today’s action, we are one step closer to setting up an authority that truly has the capacity to bring transformational change to the way we serve and respond to those in our community experiencing homelessness...Throughout this process, everyone has brought forth concerns and made concessions – everyone. Now it’s the Seattle City Council’s turn to vote on this groundbreaking proposal."

December 5, 2019
Regional Homelessness Agency Clears First Crucial Vote, Headed for Full Council Next Week
“This has been an incredibly complex process that’s taken place involving elected leaders and regional stakeholders with differing points of view on how this new authority should operate. We have a citizenry that is hungry for change. They see fragmentation everywhere and issues regarding homelessness that are only worsening. I believe we have crafted a proposal that has the capacity to build a solid alliance across governments and agencies informed by experts and significantly by those with lived experiences of homelessness to finally begin to reverse the effects of this bleak chapter in our region’s history.”

November 20, 2019
King County Workers Now Have Two Years to Report Discrimination
“The #MeToo movement is a watershed moment in history that marks a culture shift toward greater justice for victims and survivors of harassment and discrimination including sexual harassment and assault. Extending the statute of limitations for victims and survivors to report to the County’s Office of Civil Rights is one tool in a myriad of responses to #MeToo that will hopefully give people greater flexibility in identifying harassment or discrimination they may wish to report.”   

November 20, 2019
$450 Million Supplemental Budget Approved by King County Council Includes Key Funding Championed by Kohl-Welles
“This supplemental budget recognizes the urgency of many of our region’s most pressing issues. As a member of the Budget and Fiscal Management Committee, I engaged with my colleagues to ensure the values and needs of the residents of District Four were reflected throughout this spending plan.”

November 13, 2019
Renters’ Commission to be Established to Better Protect King County Tenants
“This commission will bring a much-needed fresh perspective to our policy making decisions regarding tenants’ rights and regulations that impact renters. As we move forward as a government and representative body of the people of this County, it is imperative that we continue to bring new voices to the table – especially those voices that have traditionally been left out of the process.”

October 15, 2019
First Piece of Major Renter Protection Package Clears Committee
“On paper, our economy is thriving. But in reality, too many of our neighbors are struggling to get by and are being priced out of their homes. This suite of legislation will help increase affordability for and access to stable housing as well as increased representation for renters. Most important, it will help renters feel a sense of stability knowing they can’t be evicted without just cause.”

October 9, 2019
Expansive Climate Change Legislation Proposed for County
“On September 20th, I heard loud and clear from youth around the world that immediate action on the global climate crisis is needed now. For many years, our county has led the way in implementing policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the environment around us. This package of bills accelerates our work to implement green infrastructure, jobs and policy. The youth have done their part to raise awareness about this issue and now it’s up to those of us elected leaders to take definitive action to reverse course and implement climate policies that will make a difference for generations to come.”

September 11, 2019
Uber, Lyft, taxi drivers to get sex trafficking awareness training
“Rideshare and taxi drivers are often on the front lines of the human trafficking trade. By providing them with training about this horrific practice, they will be better able to recognize when someone is being trafficked and know what steps to take in response to connect potential victims to information to get them help and to safety.” 

June 26, 2019
County Council Confirms Members of Task Force focused on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
“I’m excited to work with this group of talented individuals to truly make our government work for all people – regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. Access to government is something many of us take for granted. Nonetheless, too many of our neighbors and community members have historically been left out of the democratic process. This task force is an important first step in righting this wrong and working toward reversing inequities across our county’s government.” 

May 15, 2019
Councilmember Kohl-Welles to transfer surplus vanpool vans to organizations serving District 4 and King County
“Delivering ‘retired’ vans to organizations that help people throughout my district is one of my favorite parts of my job. The van retirement program is a creative way for us to support people who are actively working to make our County a better place for all.” 

May 15, 2019
County employees sent into “working retirement”
“Delivering ‘retired’ vans to organizations that help people throughout my district is one of my favorite parts of my job. The van retirement program is a creative way for us to support people who are actively working to make our County a better place for all.”

May 9, 2019
Seattle City CM Juarez Confirmed to Sound Transit Board
“I was pleased to enthusiastically vote in favor of Deborah Juarez’s confirmation to the Sound Transit Board of Directors. Her experience on the Seattle City Council and as a successful attorney makes her a dynamic addition to the board. I look forward to working with her in her new role as we continue to expand and enhance transit throughout the region.” 

May 8, 2019
Recognizing need for affordable housing
“We know that stable housing can be a ticket out of poverty and a pathway to the middle-class. That’s why it is so important for all of us to work together to meet our goal of building or preserving 44,000 units of affordable housing –right now!” 

April 24, 2019
County Council recognizes April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month
“Sexual Assault Awareness Month is critically important in providing a much needed opportunity to educate society on the many misconceptions of assault and rape while addressing issues and cultural norms that allow these horrific crimes to persist. Unfortunately, too many of us have fallen victim or have known someone to have fallen victim to assault or rape. We must collectively and urgently do everything we can to eliminate rape and assault from happening so that one day no one has to identify as a victim or a survivor.” 

April 22, 2019
Leg. Filed Proposing Free Transit During Snow Emergencies

“This past winter our region was hammered with one of the worst snow storms the region has seen. Cars skidded out of control or got stuck, pedestrians struggled to gain footing and slipped on sidewalks, and too many of our most vulnerable citizens were left stranded. Free Metro fares will keep people safe and is the right thing to do.” 

March 27, 2019
Responding to the rise of Islamophobia
“All too often, our society rushes to stereotype an entire group of people based on the actions of a few. Just as the heinous acts of the Ku Klux Klan do not define the morals of all Christians, the violence instigated by ISIS and other extremists does not define the hearts of all Muslims. As Malcolm X said after his pilgrimage to Mecca, True Islam [teaches] that it takes all of the religious, political, economic, psychological, and racial ingredients, or characteristics, to make the Human Family and the Human Society complete. In King County, we strive to make this human family whole.” 

March 13, 2019
County Council wishes calm seas and bountiful catches to fishing crews preparing to head to Alaska
“For nearly one hundred years, our community has come together for this ritual and sent our fleet off in a joyous and hopeful celebration. I hope you can join us this Sunday at 2 p.m. at Fisherman’s Terminal!” 

March 13, 2019
Remembering the challenges women have faced, recognizing their continuing contributions locally, nationally and globally
“Women’s History Month is not just a time for reflection and celebration. Rather, it is a time to look ahead, to continue the struggle, and resurrect our desire and passion for a world in which no woman is treated differently because of her gender. We still have much to do here in King County and across the globe. But, I’m as inspired as ever by the women with whom I work.” 

February 27, 2019
Human rights activist Cindy Domingo receives MLK Medal of Distinguished Service
“If you didn’t know Cindy and had just met her, you would be taken by her kindness, helpful nature, and her smile that can light up a room. But make no mistake, Cindy Domingo is a dragon slayer.”

February 21, 2019
Kohl-Welles to lead King County Board of Health
“I’m eager to drive our agenda, tackling difficult issues and exploring new policies and strategies aimed at improving health outcomes for all.” 

February 14, 2019
Dembowski and Kohl-Welles to host joint Town Hall
“Town hall meetings are a critically important component of a healthy representative democracy. They allow us to update the public on what we have been working on and provide for constituents the opportunity to share their priorities and concerns about issues important to the community. I look forward to this exchange every year.” 

January 18, 2019
Kohl-Welles, Dunn Join Partnership to Promote Awareness of Human Trafficking in King County
“Knowledge is power and public awareness is key in combating the scourge of human trafficking, including labor trafficking and sexual exploitation of children and vulnerable adults.”

January 17, 2019
Kohl-Welles statement on Microsoft housing funds
“With its pledge of $500 million, Microsoft reminds us what it means to be a major partner in the community and more than solely a major business”  

January 16, 2019
Kohl-Welles, Gossett to host viewing of homelessness documentary
“This film provides a unique glimpse into the everyday struggle of our neighbors living without permanent housing and the folks who work tirelessly to help them.”  

December 10, 2018
Mapping future of vital transit corridor
“I am pleased with the long-term recommendations detailed in this report.”  

December 6, 2018
Kohl-Welles statement on state Supreme Court ruling blocking Initiative 27
“We have to try something new. Maintaining the status quo is no longer an option. Too many people are dying.”

November 15, 2018
Groundbreaking Gun Legislation Passes Board of Health
“It may seem obvious that guns can be harmful to people but sometimes the obvious needs to be stated. If clearly labeling health risks works for alcohol and cigarettes, it can work for firearms.”

November 13, 2018
Kohl-Welles secures funding in County budget for District Four programs and facilities, affordable housing, homelessness prevention, water quality research, and increased transit service
“This budget responds to our County’s most urgent needs with comprehensive targeted investments to make King County a welcoming place for all people, from all walks of life, to live, work and thrive.”

November 13, 2018
Kohl-Welles secures funding for orca study
“Tragically, not one calf has been born and survived in the past three years. All I could think was something is very wrong here and we need to better understand what impact we as a County are having on the livelihood of this iconic mammal.” 

November 13, 2018
Kohl-Welles: County must speed up visa certification process for immigrant victims of violent crime
“Non-citizens in the United States are especially vulnerable if they become victims of a crime. While King County welcomes all immigrants regardless of their immigration status, we must go above and beyond to ensure these victims of crime have equal access to justice and are able to help law enforcement without fear of retribution or deportation.” 

November 13, 2018
Gang Unit and Massive Investments in Housing, Homeless Services, and Transportation Headline Budget
“From Vashon Island to Skykomish to White Center to Snoqualmie Pass, this budget improves transit services, enhances protections for our environment, strengthens law enforcement, and increases access to justice, among many other programs and services.”

November 5, 2018
Anita Khandelwal confirmed as Director of Public Defense
“I am very pleased to join the majority of my colleagues in confirming Anita Khandelwal as the Director of Public Defense. Anita has the experience as well as a deep comprehension of the law and has been a passionate advocate for the clients her department serves. I have no doubt she will do an exceptional job.” 

October 16, 2018
Statement on Comments Made to KUOW
“The comments made related to sexual assault by our colleague do not represent the King County Council. We believe victims. We stand with survivors. We believe the past matters. We call on fellow elected officials to work together to end gender-based violence in all forms. While the #MeToo movement has spurred what are certainly difficult and nuanced conversations, there is absolutely no room for justification, invalidation, and victim blaming.”

October 15, 2018
Kohl-Welles Statement on Paul Allen’s Passing
“Without Paul Allen our region would be a completely different place. There likely would be no Seahawks here, Seattle likely wouldn’t be as much of world-renowned tech hub, and we likely would not have made so many positive strides in brain research.”

October 15, 2018
Domestic Violence Awareness Month Declared by County Council
“This month should be more than just raising awareness about an issue. Rather, it has to be the beginning and continuation of a movement that works towards fundamentally reversing the course of a culture that has become overwhelmed by people suffering from intimate violence.”

October 10, 2018
Discussing your budget priorities
“This is a unique opportunity for my constituents to share their priorities on how the county intends to invest in our region over the next two years.”

October 1, 2018
Celebrating talent in all forms
“No one should be denied the opportunity to pursue their dream or their passion because of a disability. During this month, it is important that we remember and celebrate those who have overcome adversity while also doing what we can to tear down barriers to ensure all people in our County have the opportunity to be successful.” 

September 25, 2018
Cleaning records, creating opportunities
“This is one step that we can take to ensure all residents of King County have the opportunity to reach their full potential.”  

September 17, 2018
Joint Statement on Passage of Safeco Funding
“The ordinance we voted on today has been called a compromise. Make no mistake, this is not a compromise.”
September 11, 2018
Safe Storage, Other Gun Measures Pass Committee
The Law & Justice Committee sends gun safety measures to full Council for consideration.

September 5, 2018
Kohl-Welles Statement on Stadium Funding Vote
“I am disappointed with the approach supported by five of my colleagues to provide nearly $135 million in taxpayer dollars to support upgrades and improvements to Safeco Field. While I am pleased that the amendment increases funding for affordable housing, the overall proposal has significant problems.”

August 2, 2018
Neighborhood Senior Orgs Receive Over Half Million
“There was a clear need for increased funding to senior centers and community organizations serving seniors across King County and I am thrilled to see their important work being supported in this new and exciting way.”

July 31, 2018
Co-Sponsor Pulls Name, Seeks to Reduce Stadium Funding
“The bottom line is our region is experiencing a major housing crisis. If a government declares something a state of emergency, then the public deserves to have their elected officials act accordingly.”

July 30, 2018
Council approves collaborative effort to combat Human Trafficking
“Human trafficking, including sex trafficking and labor trafficking, is not confined within geographical boundaries or jurisdictions and neither should our efforts to prevent, protect and provide services to victims and survivors as well as prosecute perpetrators. I am pleased King County has been joined by a number of regional partners in this important initiative.”

July 26, 2018
Statement from Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles on the proposed demolition of the Showbox Theater
“From Duke Ellington to Pearl Jam to Macklemore, many moments in that theatre have been turned into lifelong memories.”

July 24, 2018
Councilmember Kohl-Welles to donate surplus vanpool vans to organizations in District 4
“These vans have a lot of miles left in them and it is heartening to know that they will be put to good use by organizations that help those in need and make our community a better place to live.”  

July 23, 2018
“Retiring” county employees prepare for new adventures
“Many in our community are hurting and sometimes finding a way to assist those organizations that help them can seem daunting and overwhelming. The van donation program reminds us that even little actions can make a big difference.”  

July 17, 2018
Regional Human Trafficking Awareness Effort Moving Forward
“Human trafficking, including sex trafficking and labor trafficking, is not confined within geographical boundaries or jurisdictions and neither should our efforts to prevent, protect and provide services to victims and survivors as well as prosecute perpetrators.” 

July 16, 2018
Investments benefitting homeless vets and seniors highlight adopted Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy plan
“Our community has high expectations for what the proceeds of this levy will accomplish and I am pleased this spending plan meets those expectations and beyond.” 

June 25, 2018
New Harassment, Discrimination Policies Requested by Council
“Employees should not be afraid to go to work, be worried they’ll lose their job or have to continue to work in an environment where they do not feel heard, safe, or respected.”

June 25, 2018
Jeffrey Barker’s Work with Homeless Recognized by Council
“Jeffrey is an example of what it means to put your beliefs into action. His work to lift up people around him is an important reminder that we all have the ability to make our community a better place for all.”

June 18, 2018
Council: End immediately Trump policy separating mothers and children
“As a mother, I would be shaken to the core if someone were to take my children away from me in a foreign land, especially without telling me where they were being taken.”  

June 11, 2018
Kohl-Welles requests public input on Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy
“This is a unique opportunity to see your local government in action outside of the county courthouse. Moreover, it’s a chance to influence a hugely important piece of legislation that has the capacity to impact our community in meaningful ways. And, it’s of immense value to the Council to receive input from our constituents, community organizations, and from those who will be affected by what we do.” 

June 4, 2018
Celebrating Pride Month with Action
“This task force will provide our county an opportunity to look back on how some of our past policies may not have best served people who have not been comfortable or able to conform to a specific gender identity or sexual orientation while at the same time develop new ways to carry us toward a more inclusive future.” 

May 21, 2018
Raising Awareness, Removing Stigma: Council Declares May Better Hearing and Speech Month
“Hearing loss affects persons both young and old and can lead to isolation and depression. For kids, it can seriously hamper development. That’s why it is so important for us to raise awareness about the negative impacts of hearing loss so we can get people the help they need to live rewarding and fulfilling lives.”  

May 14, 2018
Everyone Counts: Council takes lead in accurate 2020 Census in King County
“Without an accurate census count we won’t be able to secure the federal funding needed to address these chronic issues plaguing our county. At the same time, we must ensure our refugee and immigrant communities are not placed in harm’s way by this count and stand ready to defend them should the federal government attempt to use the census for nefarious purposes.” 

May 7, 2018
Prepaid Postage Ballots Approved by Council
“We should be doing everything in our power to improve access to democracy countywide and I am confident that prepaid postage will go a long way towards doing just that by breaking down barriers to participation.”  

May 2, 2018
County Council recognizes and celebrates the Nordic influence in King County
“Our Nordic ancestors have played an enormous role in the development and character of King County.”  

April 30, 2018
Immigrant rights activist Jorge Barón receives MLK Medal of Distinguished Service
“Jorge truly exemplifies what Martin Luther King Jr. stood for by fighting for a world that is inclusive and welcoming to all people regardless of where they were born or how they got here.”

April 30, 2018
Allowing infants to come to work
“Infants at Work programs, like the pilot we are implementing today, are not only important because they allow young parents to spend more time with their newborn children but because they are proven to improve employee retention and satisfaction without sacrificing productivity.”  

April 23, 2018
Raising Awareness and Recognizing Survivors
“We as a community and as a county must not stop doing everything we can to stop sexual violence in all of its forms.”

April 16, 2018
County Council approves expanding housing opportunities
“For many in our communities, stable housing is a ticket out of generational poverty. I’m very pleased to have sponsored this ordinance, the passage of which this month was especially fitting as it reflects the 50th Anniversary of the Federal Fair Housing Act.”

April 6, 2018
Kohl-Welles: Backpage shutdown closes avenue used to support human trafficking
“This has been a battle that has stretched over two decades. From Olympia to King County, I have worked in collaboration with government agencies and human service organizations to help end this heinous practice that has shattered lives.”

March 22, 2018
Bill focused on preventing newborn abandonment signed into law
"With this law, we will continue and enhance our efforts to educate struggling new parents on their options."

March 19, 2018
Councilmembers: 4Culture vote “Micromanaging a nationally-recognized organization”
“We should support 4Culture’s continued commitment to both geographic and ethnic diversity in the art and heritage programs it funds, not go backward by politicizing the way arts are funded in King County.”

March 19, 2018
County Council joins young people in calling for end to gun violence
“These students are not political tools, they are political activists. I applaud them for their civic involvement and deep personal commitment to critical changes that I wholeheartedly support. Their youth doesn’t invalidate their morals and intelligence, and their precious lives are in the crosshairs. Now is the time for the reforms they demand.”

March 12, 2018

County Council wishes calm seas and bountiful catches to fishing crews preparing to head to Alaska
“These crews and their captains face a level of danger that most of us will never confront in our workplace, and they do so year after year.”  

March 6, 2018
Baby Kimball Tragedy Spurs Newborn Surrender Legislation
“To help prevent future tragedies, especially the death of newborns, it is crucial to have current and accurate data to guide public outreach strategies.”

March 5, 2018
Women’s History Month Proclaimed by Council
“While celebrating how far we’ve come we must also acknowledge the work that remains to be done. We must work to ensure that all women, regardless of socioeconomic status, age, racial and ethnic background, sexual orientation, or ability, are treated equitably.”

March 5, 2018
A Gender-Neutral County Code is One Step Closer
“Words matter and language that accurately references gender and our diverse roles in society is a small but important step towards building a more inclusive and understanding King County.”

February 26, 2018
Council adopts guidelines for immigrant and refugee assistance that make King County a “National Model”
“Today, we stand together to send a strong message of inclusion to immigrant and refugee communities of King County: You are welcome here.”

February 5, 2018
Kohl-Welles to host joint Town Hall
“I look forward to this opportunity to discuss several important topics with my constituents, and to hear what other issues are most important to our community. I hope for a great turnout and an even greater conversation.” 

January 29, 2018
Council approves legal assistance for families during inquest process
“Today we heard intensely personal and heartbreaking stories from family members, and this is simply the right thing to do.”

January 29, 2018
Council approves creation of Immigrant and Refugee Commission
“I am proud to serve a community that engages and empowers its newest Americans rather than ostracizing them.”

January 29, 2018
County Council recognizes ongoing work to end Human Trafficking
“The scourge of these crimes continues, but thanks to the early and continuing efforts of Emma Catague, Velma Veloria, and Sutapa Basu, among others, we have powerful tools to use in fighting these horrors and inhumanities.”

December 11, 2017
Council bans solitary confinement for youth in detention
“It is our responsibility to make sure all young people in detention have the access and opportunity they need to reach their full potential, such as educational programming required under state law.”

December 11, 2017
Council acts to support West Point employees and strengthen safeguards at treatment facility
“These two pieces of legislation will help the Wastewater Treatment Division take the necessary steps to ensure that West Point is prepared to both prevent future floods as well as manage peak flows and respond to potential emergency situations.”  

December 4, 2017
Council takes first steps to making County Code Gender-Neutral
“Referring to females as generic males or Councilmembers as Councilmen doesn't cut it. Gender-neutral language was adopted by the federal government decades ago by state in the past ten years ago. King County can do it, too.” 

November 20, 2017
Council accepts reports on steps to address labor trafficking
“Labor trafficking is an insidious and oftentimes invisible epidemic and it is imperative we take steps as a regional government, and as a community, to address its systemic nature and reach survivors. I am very pleased the Council is taking this important next step and look forward to upcoming legislation that will work to implement these recommendations.” 

November 6, 2017
Council Votes to Fund Measures to Prevent Gun Violence
The people of King County stand with the people of south Texas and send our deepest condolences to those who lost loved ones in yet another preventable attack.

October 30, 2017
Extending period for Property Tax Refunds
“Changing the refund period from 3 to 6 years is a fair approach to an issue that can be easily proven and easily fixed. No one should pay more than he or she should have to pay because of an error made by the County.”

October 30, 2017
TOUCHDOWN SEAHAWKS! Council Recognizes Anniversary of Community Effort to Keep the Seattle Seahawks Flying In Seattle
“The Seahawks are a remarkable part of our region’s history and culture and it’s a great pleasure as well as a relief that we still are able to enjoy our Seahawks today.”

October 30, 2017
Information on Keeping Infants Asleep—and Alive
“Implementing this program through the Public Health—Seattle & King County’s Office of Vital Statistics, where birth certificates are issued, makes use of an important opportunity to provide education materials on safe sleep for infants.”  

October 23, 2017
Council approves program to boost funding for housing
“All King County residents deserve the opportunity to have a safe, healthy, accessible and affordable home. I am pleased we now have the opportunity for KCHA to provide the means to expand affordable housing options for low-income and infirm residents in King County.”

October 11, 2017
Kohl-Welles delivers former County employees into “Working Retirement”
“It’s been heartwarming to deliver these vans to very worthwhile organizations in our communities. All are now being put to use in helping those in need and to kids who will benefit from participating in wilderness programs.”  

October 9, 2017
Kohl-Welles acts to keep transit along First Avenue
“If we had not taken these steps today, a densely populated area with steep hills that runs from the waterfront up to Third Avenue, would see its transit service disappear in March 2018.”  

October 6, 2017
Kohl-Welles: Contraceptive rollback “fiscally irresponsible, ineffective, and counterproductive”
“Creating cost barriers to contraceptives is not only an attack on basic rights, it's fiscally irresponsible, ineffective, and counterproductive. The ‘unintended’ consequences if this rule remains in effect, would be enormous.” 

October 2, 2017
Councilmembers Call for Congressional Response to Tragedy
“Failure to act at the Federal level continues to put King County, and every community in America, at risk – and this remains simply unacceptable.” 

October 2, 2017
Celebrating talent in all forms: County Council declares October Disability Awareness Month
“Disability Awareness Month is a great opportunity to recognize and celebrate all the variously abled individuals who strengthen our community through their talents and qualifications.”

September 25, 2017
Council adopts call for County to continue advancing the goals of Paris Climate Agreement
“From investing in zero-emissions buses to protecting our migrating salmon despite rising temperatures—we will work tirelessly on all levels to safeguard the health, beauty and natural resources of the Pacific Northwest for generations to come.”  

July 24, 2017
Council approves transfer of surplus vanpool vans to organizations in District 4
“I am thrilled to be able to provide these community partners with a retired vanpool van. These vans still have a lot of life left in them and I’m glad to see them put to good use serving our County residents.”

July 24, 2017
New careers for “retiring” County employees
“I am thrilled to be able to provide our community partners with retired vanpool vans.”

July 20, 2017
Statement on Veterans, Seniors and Human Service Levy going to voters in November
“Today’s action will allow voters the opportunity to decide whether to fund services so that vulnerable populations across our County can be connected to housing, services and evidence-based programming. These populations include; veterans, seniors, survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, and many more.” 

June 26, 2017
Council approves sale of Convention Place Station for Convention Center expansion
“This well-crafted agreement will ensure the increased economic benefit is shared by the entire community through new jobs, extending the length of time before buses exit the tunnel, and increased funding for affordable housing.”

June 26, 2017
Council celebrates Centennial of Ballard Locks
“History and function come together at the Locks to create an experience that can include walking through the surrounding botanical gardens, learning about the locks as an essential pathway for migratory salmon and enjoying the fish ladder viewing room, or touring the vital infrastructure.”  

June 19, 2017
“Smokin’ on the Water” National Champion UW Women’s Crew Team Recognized by County Council
“The outstanding performances, achievements and victories by the UW Women’s Rowing Program embody not only the spirit and goals of Title IX but also the legacy of superior education and athletics at the University of Washington. These exceptional athletes will inspire young girls to get involved in high school and college sports for years to come.”  

June 14, 2017
Bill focused on preventing newborn abandonment passes out of State Senate
“This bill will continue our efforts to educate struggling parents who are unable to care for a newborn on the law that allows them to safely surrender their child without fear of prosecution or repercussions. I urge the House of Representatives to take action.” 

June 13, 2017
County Council adopts steps to review operation of West Point Treatment Plant
“A lot has happened since West Point came online over 50 years ago, including enormous population growth. As West Point is the workhorse of our wastewater treatment system, it is essential to determine the effects of such changes on its current capacity and what needs to be done to ensure its viability for decades to come.”  

June 12, 2017
County Council appoints Javier Valdez to State House
“I commend Rep. Valdez on his demonstrated leadership, commitment to equity in public service, and his willingness to step up for this critically important job. I am confident he will be an exceptional representative for the 46th Legislative District and leader in our state.” 

May 22, 2017
Kohl-Welles recognizes Allan Panitch’s contributions to the community with MLK Medal of Distinguished Service
“Allan has demonstrated his dedication and service to youth and to our most vulnerable citizens throughout his entire adult life.”

May 2, 2017
Kohl-Welles: “Access for All” is going to voters
“If approved, the program will be funded by a 0.1 percent increase in the county sales tax, which would be 1 cent for every $10 spent. It will generate an estimated $67 million each year over the next seven years.”  

May 1, 2017
Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles Statement on the Passing of Mike Lowry
“I found Mike to be a humble man who worked tirelessly to effect social change where it was needed, and I will miss that tenacity.”  

April 24, 2017
Protecting the rights of Juveniles in Custody
“Just as adults are entitled to an attorney, it is our responsibility to make sure children and youth are able to have an attorney available to them as well. This can be especially important during a time they may be confused, afraid or vulnerable. I am pleased to co-sponsor this legislation and remain committed to working on diverting youth from the justice system altogether.” 

April 17, 2017
County Council approves funds to assist immigrants and refugees
“I have always believed our legislative efforts should advance equity, reflect social justice, and promote safety in our region. Historically and presently King County has been and is made up of immigrants and refugees and we must stand together today and always.”  

April 12, 2017
Councilmembers Statement on Access for All
“By conducting a hearing on the measure in the Budget Committee this morning, the Council was able to have an open and honest discussion about priorities, opportunities, challenges and concerns. Although we did not take action today, we look forward to working with our colleagues to improve the proposal and find a path forward to placing the Access for All proposal on the August ballot.”

April 10, 2017
Recognizing survivors and raising awareness to stop sexual violence
“Awareness is necessary for prevention and intervention of sexual assault, and support for survivors living with shame and stigma, but we must also create a change in our culture by identifying and interrupting norms and behaviors perpetuating this crisis. In doing so, we must focus on age-appropriate awareness, from early years, through K-12 schooling, and on college campuses.”  

March 13, 2017
Council Approves Independent Investigation of West Point Treatment Plant Disaster
“Teamwork has paid off, as we’ve reached agreement on the Council’s leading this effort in consultation with the Executive branch.” 

March 7, 2017
Council to Call for Third Party Investigation of West Point Disaster
“We will take up emergency action at the King County Council this Monday to appoint an independent, third party consultant to investigate what led to this disaster. In light of questions raised and then unanswered by plant management at recent hearings, we believe it is our duty to get this information from an independent source. This cannot ever happen again.”

March 7, 2017
Public invited to meeting on repairs to the West Point Treatment Plant
“This is a chance for the public to hear what went wrong, what will be done to fix the problem and what's being done to make sure this never happens again.” 

March 6, 2017
County Council Women’s History Month proclamation recognizes, celebrates the challenges and contributions of women
“While celebrating how far we’ve come, we must also acknowledge the work remaining to be done. We must work to ensure that all women, regardless of socioeconomic status, age, racial and ethnic background, sexual orientation, or ability, is treated equitably.”

March 6, 2017
County Council Replaces Carbon-Based Power with Clean Wind-Generated Electricity
“I am excited the County and Puget Sound Energy will work together as we continue to innovate in producing clean and renewable energy for our region.”  

March 6, 2017
County Council joins in wishing “safe fishing” to crews preparing to head to Alaska
“Commercial fishing has been a foundation of our economy for over a century. Fishers risk their lives, and their families risk the loss of their loved ones every year. The fishing industry is an integral part of our King County community. We also acknowledge the many years of participation by the Ballard First Lutheran Church in the annual Blessing of the Fleet. We wish the fleet an abundant and abundantly healthy start of the season!”

March 1, 2017
Emergency action to speed repairs of West Point Treatment Plant
“I felt given the magnitude of the disaster the Council needed to act quickly, comprehensively, and responsibly. Puget Sound is iconic, beautiful, and a driver of our local ecosystem—what happened must never happen again.”

January 30, 2017
Kohl-Welles Issues Statement on Unconstitutional Immigration Ban
“I’m very much concerned that the events that have occurred since President Trump took office have not themselves been vetted for constitutionality, legality OR simple human decency. We have people arriving with visas that have been denied entry into our country. That is an outrage and goes against established custom in our country and internationally.” 

January 9, 2017
County Council recognizes ongoing work to end Human Trafficking
“Because of our region’s ports, our shared international border with Canada, Sea-Tac International Airport and access to I-5, King County has long been a hotspot in the international trafficking of persons. Human trafficking is an extreme violation of human rights that threatens the health and welfare of all our communities.”

November 17, 2016
Kohl-Welles Secures Funding for District Four Facilities, Public Health, Metro Access and Other Priority Programs
“As Chair of the Health, Housing and Human Services Committee, I’m extremely pleased we were able to increase funding for public health,” said Kohl-Welles. “We will fund a new program to screen for lead poisoning, especially in children, and will be able to hire an epidemiologist to focus on combatting communicable diseases.”

November 14, 2016
Commitment to public safety, homelessness and transportation highlight King County Budget
“I am pleased we will continue our commitment to invest in our young people and will fund additional shelters and emergency services for the homeless. I am proud we funded critical needs in Public Health around prevention of both communicable diseases and lead poisoning. And I am pleased we funded further study into best practices to combat human trafficking in King County.”

November 7, 2016
County Council recognizes the life and work of State Senator Andy Hill
“As a state senator working with Sen. Hill from the time he first started as a freshman, I became impressed right away with his courage and willingness to stand up for his beliefs. A good example is his having voted for my medical marijuana licensing system legislation, even though his caucus leadership opposed it.”

October 10, 2016
County Council recognizes, celebrates history and heritage of Latino/Latina Community in King County
“People of Latinx ancestry are 9.4 percent of the population of King County. The contributions of generations of Latinx elected officials, educators, workers, artists, business leaders and community organizations have helped create the thriving economy and society we enjoy in King County today.” 

October 3, 2016
County recognizes and celebrates value of workers with disabilities
“Here at King County we welcome the talents of all people, and will continue to work to remove barriers that get in the way of full participation by all residents.”

September 19, 2016
County Council approves “transformative” implementation plan for Best Starts for Kids
“The BSK programs will ensure that ALL children in King County get the best possible start in life and are able to sustain their gains through young adulthood and throughout their lives. Kudos to Executive Constantine for spearheading this important initiative.”

September 19, 2016
Recognizing sacrifice: County Council approves naming new facility at Boeing Field in honor of fallen firefighter
“The role of Boeing during WWII helped build the region we know today. It’s important to remember our history, and to recognize those who sacrificed. By honoring Luther Dean Bonner today we are honoring all our first responders who put themselves at risk every day in the course of doing their jobs.”

September 15, 2016
Kohl-Welles: Liquor and Cannabis Board responds to call for testing of legal marijuana for pesticides
“The LCB’s plan to work with the Washington State Department of Agriculture to randomly test products and to test samples after consumer complaints appears to help this new industry begin to provide safer cannabis products.”

September 12, 2016
King County Council recognizes National Recovery Month
“Sadly, I’ve just learned first-hand about the crucial importance of drug treatment. My husband called me this morning while I was on the bus to work to tell me that our 26 year-old nephew had died of an overdose last night. He had been in and out of treatment for an opioid addiction. Recovery can take years and the availability of affordable and quick treatment for people in crisis can save lives.”

September 7, 2016
Council committee approves blueprint for Best Starts for Kids
“This program was approved last year by a huge majority of voters, who recognized the need to invest in the future of our children and communities. Kudos to Executive Constantine for spearheading this important initiative.”

September 6, 2016
Measures to prevent lead poisoning in King County
“Public Health of Seattle and King County estimates that more than eight thousand children in King County may have elevated blood lead levels and the state Department of Health reports that only a fraction of children exposed to lead in King County and Washington state actually receive blood lead-level tests. We are encouraging all King County health care providers to screen all children at ages twelve and twenty-four months for lead levels.”

September 1, 2016
Council committee discusses steps to keep pesticides out of cannabis
“The state is not conducting regular testing of retail marijuana products to determine whether and where these harmful substances are being sold to consumers. This issue is especially important in light of the minimal amount of research that has been conducted on the health impacts of pesticides in marijuana – especially since those impacts may vary when the substance is inhaled.”  

August 29, 2016
County Council acknowledges achievements and challenges facing women
“In 2015, female full-time workers made only 79 cents for every dollar earned by men. While that’s better than the 58.9 cents they earned in 1963, if we continue at the pace of the last fifty years, it will take until 2060 for women to finally reach pay parity with men. We’ve come a long way, but we have yet to achieve full gender equity.”

July 18, 2016
County Council recognizes math champ Edward Wan
“His remarkable mathematical skills as well as his passion for learning and for helping others learn sets an inspiring example to students in King County and across the country. I applaud his remarkable achievements.”  

July 11, 2016
County Council to protect vulnerable lives
“A struggling parent that is unable to care for a newborn child is already able to safely surrender that child in King County without fear of prosecution or repercussions. Today’s action will further distribute that information so parents most at-risk, such as adolescents, are made aware of this option just as they feel they have no choice left.”

July 11, 2016
Amendment to make King County Charter gender neutral sent to voters
“Today’s action will allow voters the opportunity to ensure the language of the King County Charter is inclusive and does not reflect bias.”

June 6, 2016
County Council recognizes LGBTQ Pride Month
“The month of June is an opportunity to celebrate one of our County’s greatest strengths, our diversity. I’m honored to stand beside LGBTQ individuals in our community to celebrate Pride and continue to fight for equal rights.”

May 23, 2016
County Council recognizes history, heritage of Asian Pacific Islanders
“It is the full history of both inclusion and exclusion that is formative of the Asian Pacific Islander experience in King County and across the United States. By replacing the word ‘American’ with ‘Islander’, we acknowledge all people of API descent, including those who aren’t necessarily citizens, but have sacrificed to make King County the inclusive, diverse, and culturally rich place that we strive to be.”

May 23, 2016
County Council recognizes effort to provide instruments to students
“Music is a gift that every child and young person can benefit from through participation in music education. No one should be denied that opportunity because of challenges with affordability. I am pleased to recognize Music4Life today and urge anyone with spare instruments to donate!” 

May 9, 2016
County Council approves first program from Best Starts for Kids Levy
“We now have a roadmap to move forward and immediately begin the process of delivering these client-centered services where they are needed most, such that the family or youth will be asked? ‘What do you need so that you do not become homeless?’ ”

May 5, 2016
Councilmember Kohl-Welles meets with Senator Patty Murray

May 3, 2016
County Council recognizes history and success of University of Washington Crew
“From the 1900s to today, University of Washington rowers have demonstrated a commitment to hard work, persistence, and teamwork in the face of great obstacles. They have used those skills to build one of the most successful programs in the country for women and men.” 

May 2, 2016
Council approves new ballot drop off boxes in District 4
“While the number of locations will be fewer than some suburban and rural communities, these drop off sites will be a great benefit to the voters throughout the district.”  

April 25, 2016
Metro Transit examines greening its fleet
“I am honored to co-sponsor this significant motion and look forward to reading Metro’s report on the feasibility of a carbon neutral fleet.”

March 28, 2016
Kohl-Welles responds to today’s State of the County Address
“Executive Constantine is correct to start focusing on the ST3 proposal, but I have a concern on the current plan that would have light rail arrive in Ballard 5 years after its arrival in West Seattle when the Ballard extension has nearly three times the forecasted ridership.”

March 21, 2016
King County residents receive MLK Medal of Distinguished Service
“As Director of the Queen Anne Helpline for 30 years, Pat Sobeck’s legacy is sure to live on through the many volunteers who embody her spirit of service and the countless recipients of her tireless advocacy.”

March 21, 2016
“Retiring” County employees prepare for new careers
“These non-profits do incredible work on behalf of our community and I am glad to be able to provide them with a necessary means of transportation to continue their good work. I look forward to seeing these vans in action across District Four and elsewhere in the coming months!”

March 7, 2016
Celebrating their strength: King County proclaims March “Women’s History Month”
“It is important we take this moment to celebrate the accomplishments of all women and equally important that we recognize the work that is yet to be done to ensure women of all socio-economic statuses, ages, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, abilities and disabilities have the same opportunities as our male counterparts.”

February 29, 2016
County Council joins in wishing “safe fishing” to crews preparing to head to Alaska
“This is a meaningful event that honors the efforts and commemorates the lives of those who risk everything working at an industry that is so central to our region’s history, culture, and cuisine.”

February 16, 2016
County Council recognizes history and contributions of African-Americans
“By recognizing Black History Month, we honor the history and legacy of the African-American experience. In celebrating that history, we must also never forget the deprivations and degradations and the struggle to overcome them that are a unique legacy of the lives of African-Americans in this country.”

January 28, 2016
Kohl-Welles to Chair Health, Housing and Human Services and Regional Water Quality
“I look forward to meeting the challenges of the coming year and working towards a more equitable, healthy, vibrant and sustainable King County.”

January 25, 2016
Council approves members of King County Children and Youth Advisory Board
“I am grateful to the members of the Children and Youth Advisory Board for their willingness to serve, advise and share their knowledge and experience to guide this process.”  

January 12, 2016
Kohl-Welles’ swearing in touches on past, focuses on future
“I love being in a non-partisan body, working with highly committed, thoughtful, and talented colleagues and staff in a collaborative setting, tackling real issues in a more immediate way than what is the norm in the legislature.”

January 12, 2016
Kohl-Welles joins in recognition of legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Dr. King’s legacy of promoting peace, freedom, equality and justice for all through peaceful demonstration and the principal of love is as important today as it was 50 years ago. I look forward to working with my colleagues, constituents and our community this coming year to uphold these values.”

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