Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We’ve just concluded the fourth week of the legislative session, and it’s clear things are moving rapidly! Wednesday was a significant milestone as we reached the House of Origin Policy Committee Cutoff. Looking ahead, our next deadline is Monday, Feb. 5, for the House of Origin Fiscal Committee Cutoff, followed by the House of Origin Cutoff on Tuesday, Feb. 13.
In Olympia, the big news involves the six citizen-driven initiatives that have been certified and forwarded to the Legislature for consideration. Washington state’s initiative process grants voters the opportunity to shape or modify laws. Remarkably, it has been half a century since the Legislature received more than two initiatives in a single year.
I support all these initiatives. In fact, my Republican colleagues and I have been busy advocating for public hearings on them. Unfortunately, it seems the majority party is hesitant to accommodate our request.
I firmly believe the individuals who dedicated their time to sign these initiatives deserve a platform to be heard in Olympia. Regardless of personal opinions on the proposals, they merit fair consideration. These initiatives have widespread public support from both sides of the aisle and deserve a just and timely evaluation as mandated by our state Constitution (Article II, Section 1). Together with my legislative colleagues, we will continue to push to ensure that happens.
Here’s a list of the initiatives:
- Initiative 2113 would restore important vehicular pursuit options for law enforcement.
- Initiative 2117 would repeal the state’s Climate Commitment Act and its cap-and-trade program. Or, as many of us call it, the carbon tax.
- Initiative 2111 would prohibit state and local personal income taxes.
- Initiative 2081 would establish a Parents’ Bill of Rights for their children’s public school education.
- Initiative 2109 would repeal the state’s capital gains tax.
- Initiative 2124 would allow workers in our state to opt out of the WA Cares program and payroll tax.
Mark Your Calendars: 13th District Virtual Town Hall
Be sure to mark your calendar for our upcoming 13th District Virtual Town Hall! Join me, Senator Judy Warnick, and Rep. Tom Dent as we co-host this event on Friday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m. The virtual town hall will take place on Zoom, so be sure to register early. Don’t forget to submit your questions regarding bills and discussions happening in Olympia when you sign up. I’m looking forward to engaging with you all!
My energy bill gains momentum
Hanford Tour, 2023
With over 16 years in the Grant County Public Utility District, I’ve learned a thing or two about what makes the energy industry tick. And guess what? I’ve got some good news to share — my energy bill, House Bill 1948, is making great strides through the legislative process!
This bill is about expanding access to renewable energy resources on a larger scale. Imagine more energy options and convenient volunteer programs where utilities retire renewable energy credits for participants. It’s a step in the right direction for hydrogen, fusion, and other clean energy sources.
What’s even better? We’re aligning HB 1948 with existing legislation like the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA). This ensures that we’re all working towards the same goal without unnecessary redundancy or confusion. It’s all about advancing effectively and reducing energy costs. HB 1948 is currently in the House Rules Committee, awaiting scheduling for deliberation and a vote on the House floor.
There are many avenues for engaging in the legislative process. If you’re in Olympia or nearby, don’t hesitate to contact me to arrange a meeting. Whether through calls, emails, or letters, your questions and concerns are always welcome. Additionally, remote participation options are available for your convenience. Click here to learn more.
I value your feedback, and I am fully dedicated to advocating for our region and the wonderful people of the 13th District!
In your service,