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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The Legislature is off and running. Week one is in the books. During the odd numbered years, the 105-days of session start at a bit of a slower pace as we gauge the work ahead, introduce bills, and begin our time in committee hearings.
At this stage of the game, both parties are working together, finding common ground, and proposing bipartisan legislation.
Representing our core values and priorities
The first week brought new opportunities and opened new leadership doors for me. With the trust of the entire House Republican caucus, I was elected assistant floor leader. I now have an official seat at the table on the caucus leadership team.
My duties include: organizing and managing debate on the House floor, representing Republicans in negotiations with the majority party floor leaders, and assisting caucus leadership in the development of legislative strategy and policy. This role will allow me to advance your core values forward, and the priorities of the citizens of this state. It's time to hold government accountable, keep communities strong, and offer pathways to make life more affordable. I'm honored to be a voice at the head table that's working on solutions that are a better way for a better Washington.
I've co-sponsored several pieces of bipartisan legislation that are in-line with our core values:
Accountable government: House Bill 1338 – This bill focuses on state board of health rules regarding on-site sewage systems. After the catastrophes of the past several years and the thousands of gallons of sewage that were dumped into the Puget Sound, it's time to hold state agencies accountable. We need to protect our environment and waterways.
Strong communities: House Bill 1331 – This bill focuses on opioid use disorder treatment, prevention and related services. There is no question that this is one of the main issues facing our state. It's time to find real solutions to this massive problem. Big issues such as this need big solutions. Political affiliation doesn't matter in the overall solution.
Affordable living: House Bill 1197 – This bill would require gold star license plates to be issued without payment of vehicle license fees, license plate fees, and motor vehicle excise taxes. These plates honor parents, spouses, children, and siblings of our military members who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in service to our country.
Out and about in-district
I had the invitation and opportunity to attend a recent Enumclaw City Council meeting. It was great to interact with everyone on the old stomping grounds, and listen to the issues and concerns firsthand. Working together is the best way to bring change.
If you'd like me to come speak with you, your business, or service organization to provide a legislative update, please contact my office.
Please stay tuned to these weekly legislative updates. I will soon announce the schedule for the in-district town halls I will be hosting with my fellow 31st District lawmakers. These town halls will give you several opportunities to join us to discuss your thoughts, concerns, and possible solutions to what's happening in the Legislature this session.
Stay in touch with me!
Please feel free to contact my office with any questions, issues or concerns. I'm your voice in Olympia, and I want to hear from you. My Legislative Assistant is Meagan Hillier, and she is happy to assist you.
It's an honor to serve you.
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