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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I’m reaching out to you with an urgent call to action. Our efforts are needed in shaping the future of our state, and I firmly believe that your voice can make an impact.

Three important public hearings next week

Good news! The majority party has decided to hold public hearings on three out of the six citizen-driven initiatives. While it’s a positive step forward, I’m a bit disappointed that not all of the initiatives will get the chance they deserve.

But don’t worry, because your voice can make a big difference! Your thoughts, opinions, and experiences are critical in helping our lawmakers make decisions. Your involvement can ensure that the initiatives get the attention they deserve.

I encourage you to join in the conversation about these three initiatives. Whether you share your thoughts in writing or speak in person, your input helps. When you provide feedback on the initiatives by commenting and sharing your opinion, it ensures that your thoughts are documented and taken into consideration.

Let’s work together to ensure these initiatives get the consideration they deserve!

  • I-2081: A parental bill of rights will have a public hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 8 – 9 a.m. Comment on this initiative.
  • I-2111: Prohibiting state and local income taxes will have a public hearing on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Comment on this initiative.
  • I-2113: Restoring vehicular police pursuits will have a public hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 28, 9 – 10 a.m. Comment on this initiative.

You might consider testifying, either in person or online. But remember, because each hearing is short, there won’t be many chances to speak. So, if you decide to testify, keep in mind that only a few people will get the opportunity to share their thoughts.

  • For information on how to testify in person or online, click here.
  • Learn more about the initiatives.

What’s next?

All three initiatives are slated for committee voting on Friday, March 1. Following this, it will be at the discretion of the majority party to advance them for a floor vote. Approval by the Legislature would bypass the need for them to appear on the November ballot, ensuring their enactment.

Unfortunately, the majority party has chosen not to schedule hearings for the remaining three initiatives. However, we’re not giving up. With two weeks left in the session, we’re committed to continuing our push for hearings on all initiatives. We’ll keep fighting to make sure every proposal gets a fair shot and the chance to be heard.

Here they are:

It’s important to note that after the last day of session, I cannot use my newsletter, website, or other legislative resources to provide information about the three remaining initiatives, as it would be considered campaigning for a ballot measure.

Thank you!

If you have any questions or need assistance to participate effectively, please feel free to reach out. Your dedication to our communities means a lot, and I’m eager to collaborate with you as we work towards making a positive impact together.


Alex Ybarra

State Representative Alex Ybarra, 13th Legislative District
470 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7808 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000