Torres introduces duo of DACA-related bills to help ‘Dreamers’
First-term Latina legislator continues legacy of Washington Republicans fighting for Dreamers Nearly a decade after the Republican-led Senate Majority Coalition Caucus unveiled its REAL Hope Act to support education opportunities for Washington’s “Dreamers” – people who were brought into the United States illegally as minors – state Sen. Nikki Torres...
Senate adopts Torres Resolution on Human Trafficking Prevention and Awareness
The Senate unanimously adopts Senate Resolution 8612, raising awareness of human trafficking. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Nikki Torres, recognizes the importance of education regarding and awareness of the issue of human trafficking and the state and federal resources available to support victims.
Senate panel advances Torres bill combating organized retail theft
The state Senate Law and Justice Committee today voted to advance Sen. Nikki Torres’ legislation to further define the crime of organized retail to theft, a step the central Washington lawmaker says is crucial to protecting retailers, consumers and black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities, which are disproportionally...
Senate unanimously approves Torres’ first bill, to expand farm internship program
The state Senate yesterday unanimously approved Sen. Nikki Torres’ legislation to help support the next generation of Washington farmers by expanding the state’s farm internship program. Torres’ legislation is the first Republican bill passed by the Senate this session, and reflects the freshman senator’s concern for agriculture, which is a...
Seattle Times Editorial: Expand WA’s farm internship program statewide
Washington’s farm internship program has worked well. Lawmakers should graduate it from a temporary limited pilot to a permanent statewide program. The state’s economic reputation might be airplanes and Big Tech, but Washington’s roots are in agriculture. Apples, hops, wine, dairy and hundreds of other agricultural products are a cornerstone...
Torres introduces bill to further Washington’s efforts regarding missing and murdered Indigenous people
State Sen. Nikki Torres introduced a bill today to continue the Legislature’s efforts to identify the root causes of the shockingly large number of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Washington. She said Senate Bill 5477 is aimed at enacting practical, long-term solutions that address systematic failures in investigating these...
Torres farm internship bill clears Senate labor committee
Today members of the state Senate Labor and Commerce Committee unanimously advanced Sen. Nikki Torres’ legislation to help support the next generation of Washington farmers by expanding the state’s farm internship program. “The average age of a Washington farmer is nearly 59,” said Torres, R-Pasco, who represents the largely rural...
Torres named deputy floor leader on Legislature’s opening day
Newly elected senator from Central Washington’s 15th Legislative District takes office in Olympia OLYMPIA – Sen. Nikki Torres, elected in November to represent the 15th Legislative District, was named Republican deputy floor leader in the state Senate Monday as lawmakers returned to the Capitol to launch their 2023 legislative session....
IN THE NEWS: Yakima Valley lawmakers take concerns for energy, public safety to Olympia
Yakima Valley lawmakers are preparing for the new Washington legislative session that begins Monday in Olympia. Returning lawmakers Sen. Curtis King, R-Yakima, and Rep. Gina Mosbrucker, R-Goldendale, have submitted bills addressing energy and public safety, while newly elected Sen. Nikki Torres, R-Pasco, has signed onto a bill addressing police pursuit....