Marko Liias announces run for Congress

State Representative Marko Liias (D-21) of Edmonds officially announced Tuesday that he is running for Congress in the 1st Congressional District. A video announcement of his decision can be viewed here. “I’m going to run a people-powered campaign,” Liias said. “Middle-class families need a fighter right now — someone who will fight for jobs, protect…

Edmonds lawmaker wants higher fees for DUI offenses

State Rep. Marko Liias says he wants to charge drunken drivers a higher fee and use the money to crack down on repeat offenders, according to The Seattle Times, a My Edmonds News online news partner. Liias, D-Edmonds, is lead sponsor of a bill that would increase the fee imposed on people convicted, sentenced to…

Liias introduces bill that would allow transit agencies to levy $30 fee

Legislation introduced earlier this week by State Rep. Marko Liias, D-Edmonds, would give transit agencies the ability to temporarily institute a $30 “congestion reduction charge” on vehicle license renewals. The bill is limited to King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, where service cuts have limited transit options for communities relying on them. “People here know good…

Reminder: Soundview School screening movie ‘Race to Nowhere’ Sunday

Two state lawmakers from Edmonds will be participating in Lynnwood-based Soundview School’s screening of the highly-acclaimed and thought-provoking education documentary “Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture,” Sunday at 2 p.m. This film is rcommended for public and private school administrators, teachers, counselors and psychologists, as well as parents of middle school and high school…

Liias introduces legislation to support small business growth

State Rep. Marko Liias announced Friday that he has introduced legislation with a package of proposals to support small businesses and encourage their growth.  Liias, D-Edmonds, said he has spent the last year listening to business owners and the challenges they’re facing in the recession.   “Small businesses are fighting to keep their doors open…

Rep. Liias looking for ways to restore Community Transit service

Rep. Marko Liias According to our friends at Lynnwood Today, State Rep. Marko Liias (D-Edmonds) wants to help Community Transit buy back some of the service it slashed last year due to budget cuts. The agency suspended all Sunday and holiday service in June and has been looking for state and federal funding to help…

Submit your questions for Edmonds CC candidates’ forum Wednesday

Have a question for candidates running for 1st or 21st Legislative District State Representative positions? Email it to teresa@myedmondsnews.com. It may be one of the questions asked by panelists during this Wednesday’s Civic Engagement Forum at the Black Box Theater at Edmonds Community College this Wednesday. The  forum includes 21st District candidates Marko Liias, the…

Primary election choices: Washington Legislative District 21 Rep., Pos. 2

We continue with our summaries of candidates who appear on the Aug. 17 primary election ballot, with details collected from  the Snohomish County voters pamphlet, which is here. This report focuses on State Legislative District 21, Representative, Position 2. Marko Liias (Prefers Democratic Party) Elected Experience: I have been your state representative since 2008. I…

Field narrows to two for Cooper’s county council seat

The competition for the just-vacated 3rd District Snohomish County Council seat is down to two people, with the announcement by 21st District Rep. Marko Liias (D-Edmonds) that he will not be seeking appointment to the County Council seat being vacated by Mike Cooper, who will be sworn in Friday as Edmonds mayor. “I appreciate all…

Local lawmakers propose allowing ads on school buses

A couple of local lawmakers are behind bills in the Washington State House and Senate that would allow advertising on school buses. State Sen. Paull Shin, D-Edmonds, has introduced a bill in the State Senate (SB 6466) that would allow advertising on school buses, with all revenue returned to the participating school district’s general fund….