Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The 2020 legislative session has begun and we are working hard for you in Olympia. I want to thank you for taking the time to read my quick update to you and also let you know about some of the ways to stay informed and involved in YOUR state government:
The Ledger is a legislative news aggregator that includes news stories from around the state, videos, audio files and more. This is probably the best way to stay connected and informed on a day-to-day basis. I encourage you to bookmark this web site and make it a part of your daily browsing. Think “Drudge Report,” but on a state level.
The Capitol Buzz is a daily news clipping service that you can visit via the web site, or you can sign up and receive it in your inbox via email.
My web site is also a place to see bills I'm sponsoring or cosponsoring, press releases, video and audio throughout the legislative session.
The Legislature's web site includes options to track bills, view committee membership and contact information as well as committee agendas, and more.
Results from my issue survey
Last fall, I sent out a link for you to take my issues survey. Here are the results, along with a few comments sent in from residents throughout the 6th district:
As you can see, the top three issues, according to you, were: public safety, tax increases, and education. Thank you to those who responded. Here are some additional comments from constituents:
“Taxes are too high in Washington state, forcing retirees to sell and move away from their families.”
“Global warming! Why is the environment not even on your list???”
“The homeless problem is an addiction problem. Providing housing for addicts does nothing. It just makes them comfortable in their addiction.”
“Keep $30 car tabs, cut spending and reduce taxes. Don't let King County or Seattle dictate our state priorities.”
“Remove Washington's 'sanctuary state' status.”
“Increasing law enforcement and giving them our backing would help #1. Giving them mental health services training would also help.”
It's Your Home. Expect More.
The theme for this session is this: It's Your Home. Expect More. We believe many parts of the state have become unsafe, unaffordable and unaccountable. Click here to learn more about our priorities, our plan, and our legislative proposals to help make living in your home more safe and more affordable.
Many of you have expressed your frustrations with state government at the issue of $30 car tabs. Click here to learn about what we're doing to fully implement the will of the voters after they passed I-976 last year.
You can also click here to learn more about why some in Olympia want to raise taxes, including a state income tax, and how we are fighting against that effort.
Next Week – gun bills and the March for Life
The assault on our rights continues as bill after bill is introduced to reduce your right to defend yourself. The Second Amendment to our national constitution is quite clear, and our state constitution is even stronger, in terms of the right to protect ourselves and our loved ones. If you are concerned about your Second Amendment rights, please take a look at the schedule of bills being heard next week in committee. You can travel to Olympia to testify, call or email the chair and members of those committees (information here), or even write letters to the editor of our local paper. If we don't fight for our rights, we're going to lose them.
Also next week is the annual March for Life rally at the Capitol steps. This will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 1:30 p.m. This has always been a time of reflection and unity as we stand for the rights of the unborn.
In my next update to you I'll discuss legislation I'm sponsoring this year as well as announce our 6th Legislative District telephone town hall with my seatmates, Rep. Mike Volz and Sen. Jeff Holy. Until then, please feel free to contact my office with questions or concerns about your state government. It is a pleasure and honor to serve you in Olympia.