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Your 2nd Amendment right under attack Dear Friends, Greetings from Olympia! This week was filled with late-night votes on the floor of the Senate as we reached the cutoff for approving legislation sent over by the House. We are now in the final stage of the session, when the work is focused on two things: ironing... Read More...
Supporting sexual-assault survivors Dear Friends, Greetings from Olympia! This week was filled with long committee meetings and late-night votes on the floor of the Senate as we reached the fiscal deadline for committees to act on legislation. Lawmakers still have lots of work to do, putting the finishing touches on bills and negotiating... Read More...
Expanding opportunities in higher education Dear Friends, Greetings from Olympia! This week was filled with long committee meetings as we reached another deadline for committees to act on legislation. This included a Ways and Means committee hearing that concluded with a vote in the dark of night (literally, at 1:30 a.m.) by the Senate Democrat... Read More...
Join me Wednesday evening for a ‘telephone’ town hall! Dear Friends, Greetings from Olympia! Last weekend I had the opportunity to give our community a legislative update at an 8th Legislative District town hall meeting in Richland. Representatives Boehnke and Klippert and I had a great turnout, and I thank everyone who was able to attend. For those who... Read More...
Legislative Cutoff: an update on my bills that survived! Dear Friends, Greetings from Olympia! Wednesday marked the “house of origin” cutoff for this session. That meant the deadline for the full Senate to approve any bill originating in the Senate – and by doing so, to keep that bill “alive” for the House to consider this session. The exceptions... Read More...
Creating and expanding jobs in our mental healthcare system Dear Friends, Greetings from Olympia! We have reached the halfway point of the legislative session and have been busy all week in the Senate chamber, voting on bills. While the Senate bills that have been sent over to the House of Representatives this session address a wide variety of issues,... Read More...
STEM Education – preparing students NOW for their future Dear Friends, Greetings from Olympia! Today is the deadline for any bill with a fiscal impact to pass at the fiscal-committee level in order to keep moving during this 2019 legislative session. The exceptions to this rule are bills necessary to implement state government’s capital, transportation or operating budgets. In... Read More...
Implementing a tip line for mental health resources in Washington Dear Friends, Greetings from Olympia! We have reached the policy “cutoff,” meaning all Senate bills that are policy-related and don’t affect the budget need to be passed out of committee today in order to still be considered “alive” or moving in the legislative process. I wanted to tell you about... Read More...