Dear Friends and Neighbors,
It's hard to believe we are already two-thirds of the way through the legislative session. Tuesday was house of origin cutoff, meaning bills needed to pass out of the House or Senate or they are considered “dead.” A complete list of bills that have passed both chambers can be found here. We also continue to update this shorter “dead or alive” list that breaks certain legislation down by House committees. For more information on individual bills, please visit this website, enter the four-digit bill number and click “Search.” From there, you can comment on measures by clicking “Comment on this bill.”
Like the last half of this week, next week will include a lot of committee hearings. You can find the House schedule here. Please know you are welcome to come to Olympia to testify on a bill or just listen in on committee hearings.
Getting involved in your citizen Legislature
A constituent contacted me recently about a measure in the Senate that she opposed. I encouraged her to come testify on the legislation and share why it would hurt her small business. She came to the Capitol and testified against the bill. Her input provided me a different perspective on the issue and I appreciate it. This is a great example of how easy it is to get involved in your citizen Legislature.
Capitol Report Podcast
Every two weeks, I participate in a Capitol Report Podcast to discuss current legislative issues. In my most recent podcast, I talked about deadlines in the Legislature, the transportation tax package, health care, and how the public can get involved in state government. You can listen to it here.
I sat down with Anita Kissée, host of TVW's The Impact, and House Democratic Majority Leader Pat Sullivan on Tuesday to talk about the legislative session. We discussed various issues, including cutoff, K-12 education funding, a transportation tax package and minimum wage. To watch the interview, please click here.
Profile piece in The Seattle Times
I'm not sure how many of you subscribe to The Seattle Times. If you do, you may have seen the profile piece they posted about me on February 17. If not, you can find it here. I enjoyed talking to the reporter, but the photo shoot was a little awkward for me. Let's just say modeling is not in my future.
Meeting with the Washington Food Industry Association
I had an opportunity to meet with and speak to members of the Washington Food Industry Association during their day at the Capitol on February 4. I always enjoying meeting with business leaders and job providers. I'm pictured to the right with Granite Falls IGA Owner Mike Trask.
In your service,