Dear Friends and Neighbors,
My name is Jenny Graham and I am the newest member of the 6th Legislative District team! Along with my seatmates, Rep. Mike Volz and Sen. Jeff Holy, we are now in Olympia until the end of April working on your behalf; fighting for our shared values and priorities.
A little bit about me…
I am an Army veteran, a small business owner, a mother, a wife, and a victims' advocate. I'm a survivor of abuse and my sister was a victim of the Green River Killer. I worked for several years on legislation to change the statute of limitations on certain child rape crimes, which was finally signed into law by Gov. Inslee in 2014. This involvement in state government led me to run for office and I'm grateful the public has chosen me to fight for them in the state Legislature.
I have been assigned to be the assistant ranking Republican on the House College and Workforce Development Committee. I will also serve on the Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee, and the Public Safety Committee. Protecting our citizens, working towards justice and advocating for victims will remain at the top of my priority list!
Rental booth bill impact hair stylists and independent contractors
In an amazing display of grassroots activism, hundreds of hair stylists, hair dressers, and other independent contractors descended on Olympia recently to protest Senate Bill 5326. This bill would do away with the small rental booth agreements that allow many single mothers and second-income family members to maximize their earnings potential by renting a booth or chair instead of working for a large salon. I fully stand with these workers and think it is a bit underhanded to try and get more B&O tax dollars from them by forcing them to work for larger companies. I know firsthand that many choose to be independent contractors so they have flexibility with their schedules. If you are a single mother, you often have to work around school, sports and childcare. If you are a second income for your family, you're often working around the same things as well as your spouse's schedule.
While the Democrats who proposed this legislation are publicly saying the bill has been dropped for now, people need to understand that bills can be amended at any time. They have also introduced other bills (HB 1515 and SB 5513) that deal with independent contractors, which can include truck drivers as well! Click here if you'd like to watch a short video by two of my legislative colleagues describing this effort.
Join us for our 6th District Telephone Town Hall
Mark your calendars now for our 6th District Telephone Town Hall. On Tuesday, March 26 we will be hosting a “community conversation” from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. This is an easy an convenient way to hear what's going on in Olympia and for you to ask us questions. Just call (509) 795-2166 between 6:00 and 7:00 pm on that day to participate. I hope you can join us!
If you have any questions or concerns about state government of legislative issues, please don't hesitate to contact my office. My Legislative Assistant, Hunter Pederson, and I are here to help you! And thank you for the honor and privilege of working for you in Olympia.