Dear Friends and Neighbors,
In an effort to show you what it's like to be your state representative, I'm recording short, behind-the-scenes videos of daily life here in the state Legislature. I did one after my state-of-the-state response, and received a lot of positive feedback. I'll continue to post new videos throughout session.
My bill to help veterans in rural counties gain access to the programs and services they've earned passed the House Committee on Housing, Community Development and Veterans. House Bill 1448 has received broad bipartisan support as we seek to help those who have served and sacrificed for us.
I want to make you aware of the attack on the self-employed that we're seeing in Olympia. You've probably already heard about a Democrat senator sponsoring a bill to do away with booth rental agreements. Over 1,000 hairdressers and stylists descended on Olympia to fight that bill, and won! But there are more bills centered around those who are self-employed, like truck drivers, certain home healthcare workers, janitors, and, yes, hairdressers and stylists. HB 1515 and SB 5513 are two bills that are making their way through the legislative process.
To watch my short video against these bills, click here. To listen to my three-minute Capitol Report radio broadcast on these bills, click here. I was also on Seattle's KVI radio station with host Kirby Wilbur discussing these bills. You can listen to that program here.
We're also seeing an immense attack on our Second Amendment freedoms! There are bills to restrict how many rounds you can use to defend yourself; to do away with state preemption, meaning we could have a patchwork of different gun regulations in each town, city and county; to ban certain weapons based on their looks (the so-called “assault weapons” ban); and more! Please know that I stand firm on our state and national constitutions, which say “shall not be impaired” and “shall not be infringed,” respectively. For a list of gun bills, both good and bad, going through the state House, click here. Note, these are only House bills, not Senate bills.
7th District Telephone Town Hall!
I would like to invite you to participate in our 7th Legislative District Telephone Town Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. We do our best to send out automated phone calls which allow people to join the event, but if you don't receive a call by about 6:05 or so, you can call (509) 213-3069. We'll give you an update on the legislative session, the issues we're working on, and take questions from you. Because of the size of our district, this is the best way to reach out to constituents in a timely, efficient manner. I hope you can join us!