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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
It was great to see Realtors from the 7th District visit us at the state Capitol last week!
Also last week, the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee held public hearings on several Democrat-sponsored gun control bills: House Bills 1178, 1143, 1144, and 1240. You can watch the entire committee hearing here. At the same time, Democrats continue to sponsor legislation to reduce penalties for drive-by shootings, reduce sentences for gang-related activities, and eliminate the ability for prosecutors and judges to give harsher sentences for violent crimes committed with a firearm.
This issue for me is one of my core beliefs. I do NOT support additional gun control measures. I believe our Second Amendment protections found in both our federal and state constitutions are solid, permanent, and not up for debate.
Targeting law-abiding gun owners in an effort to reduce crime is not the right direction. We should be allowing police to pursue criminals again, make hard drugs illegal, get more cops on the streets, and enforce the stringent laws we already have on the books. It always amazes me that some of the very same lawmakers who advocate for strict gun control laws are also some of the same ones who support no cash bail and reduced sentences for violent offenders.
But what do you think? This week's poll question is this: “Should the Legislature implement legislation to restrict access to certain semi-automatic firearms?” Click here to take my one-question survey.
Your answers to my survey questions helps me make the case to my legislative colleagues. More than once, I've stood on the House floor with survey results in hand while giving a speech for or against legislation. The opinions of my constituents matter!
Last week's survey
Here are the results from last week's survey where I asked what is the most important issue for you right now:
Inflation and affordability scored high, as did crime and feeling safe. Thank you to those who participated.
Giving the people the final say on tax increases – it takes a constitutional amendment!
The majority party in Olympia has introduced legislation this year to eliminate tax advisory votes. Tax advisory votes are required on all taxes passed by the Legislature, but they are not binding. They are a way for the people to say “yes” or “no” to a tax, so the Legislature knows how the people feel. Despite voters continually saying “no” to tax increases, the majority party continues to raise taxes.
This year, I'm cosponsoring a constitutional amendment that would require a vote of the people after the Legislature implements a new tax. House Joint Resolution 4202 would give the people the final say on tax increases. I believe our citizens should have more of a voice when it comes to tax increase, not less. You can read a recent news article on this effort here.
Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement about our 7th Legislative District telephone town hall event. And as always, please contact my office with questions or concerns about legislative matters and issues that are important to you. And if I can assist you with a state agency or navigate some bureaucracy, please let my office know. We are here to help!
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