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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Implementing the will of the voters, who approved $30 car tabs in November, continues to be debated at the state Capitol. Nearly 53% of voters supported Initiative 976. Despite what some elected officials may believe, we were sent here by the people. It's our job to honor their choice.
That's why I will be voting “yes” for House Bill 2227 which seeks to limit state and local taxes, fees and other charges related to vehicles to establish $30 car tabs. I'm also supporting other bills that would prioritize transportation spending without penalizing maintenance and improvement projects or public transit because of the change in revenue. For more information on those measures, click here.
Throughout the legislative session, I will record videos about events in Olympia, proposed bills, and a variety of other topics. Click below to watch my first legislative update video for the 2020 session.
It was an honor to share remarks on the House floor recently regarding the legacy of civil rights leader, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Click below to hear my speech.
Hundreds of people came to the state Capitol to rally for their Second Amendment rights recently. Supporters, many carrying holstered or slung firearms, peacefully assembled to stand for their constitutionally protected right to bear arms.
I am a strong gun-rights advocate. Legal gun owners are not the bad guys. Our constitutional rights must be protected. Unfortunately, a variety of proposals are currently being considered in Olympia that would infringe upon those rights. I've included a list of some of those bills below. If you are opposed to these measures, I encourage you to call the legislative hotline at 1 (800) 562-6000 and make your voice heard.
House Bill 2240 would put a ban on high-capacity magazines. With some exceptions for law enforcement, military, and law enforcement, the bill seeks to limit magazine sizes to 10 rounds.
House Bill 2241 would put a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines.
House Bill 2519 seeks to put stronger restrictions on the acquisition of ammunition.
House Bill 1374 would increase local government authority to regulate firearms. It seeks to repeal the statute that preempts local jurisdictions from adopting laws relating to firearms.
House Bill 1315 would increase requirements for concealed pistol license permits.
The House Republican Caucus has recently introduced a news aggregator called The Ledger. It's a great source for up-to-date information on bills and policy being debated and decided at the state Capitol and other legislative news.
As always, please feel free to call (360-786-7808) or email me with your questions, comments or concerns about state government-related issues. I look forward to hearing from you!
470 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7808 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000