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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to give you a quick update on some things that have happened over the last couple of weeks and then look ahead to the last 10 days of the 60-day legislative session.

My role as Floor Leader

State lawmakers reached house of origin cutoff on February 13. Leading up to this deadline was several days of House floor action voting on dozens of amendments and bills. As Floor Leader, a role I’ve held since 2019, I organize many of these debates — including helping pull bills to the House floor from the Rules Committee, sharing run lists, discussing policies in caucus, tracking amendments, and handling roll calls on amendments.

Bills I’m concerned about

While many good bills passed prior to house of origin cutoff, below are some bad bills that passed which are now being considered in the Senate. I opposed all of them.

  • A natural gas ban in our state for new residential and commercial buildings. | House Bill 1589
  • Allowing judges to reduce sentences of convicted criminals. | House Bill 2001
    • Watch my floor speech here.
  • Rent “stabilization” or rent “control.” | House Bill 2114
  • Option to eliminate odd-year elections in cities, towns, and other districts. | House Bill 1932
  • Independent prosecutions within the Attorney General’s Office of criminal conduct arising from police use of force. | House Bill 1579
  • Two measures involving gun rights — House Bill 2118 (relating to firearm dealers) and House Bill 1903 (reporting lost or stolen firearms).

Standing up for victims and survivors of crime

I will continue to fight for victims and survivors of crimes and bring their voices to the debate on legislation dealing with public safety and our criminal justice system. In a debate on House Bill 2001, which would allow judges to reduce sentences of convicted criminals, I talked about how important it is to listen to the voices of victims. You can watch my floor speech here.

Too often in Olympia, we’ve seen policies proposed that favor criminals over victims. This has to stop. It is these types of policies, including limiting vehicular pursuit options for police officers in 2021, that have led to the public safety crisis our state is facing today. We must rebalance the debates and policies moving forward and fix what is broken from past policies.

Three initiatives to receive public hearings beginning tomorrow

There are six certified initiatives that are now being considered by the Legislature. I support all six initiatives and believe the Legislature should pass them this legislative session. If they do not pass, they will go to the ballot in November. You can find information on all of them at this website.

When each initiative arrived in the House, my caucus made motions on the House floor for them to receive prompt public hearings in their respective committee. I made the motion for Initiative 2081, which would establish a Parents’ Bill of Rights relating to their children’s public education, but it was voted down. Following this action, I joined my colleague Rep. Jim Walsh in the House gallery for a video to discuss what happened, why we feel it is important for this and all initiatives to receive public hearings, and why we support the policy of Initiative 2081.

House Republican ranking and assistant ranking members also sent letters to House committee chairs and vice chairs asking for public hearings on these initiatives. It appears our efforts made a difference. Democrats recently announced they would hold public hearings on February 27 and 28 on the following three initiatives:

Please let your voice be heard! Information on how you can weigh in can be found by clicking on the links above.

Guests

One of my favorite things about being a state lawmaker is when people from the 7th District come visit Olympia. Below are some recent pictures of constituents at the Capitol.

Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber and Sen. Shelly Short with Chewelah FFA in the Washington State Senate | February 20, 2024
Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber and Sen. Shelly Short with Cusick FFA in the Washington State Senate | February 20, 2024

Stay connected

A lot of important decisions will be made in the Legislature over the next 10 days. Please call or email me if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas to share. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Jacquelin Maycumber

State Representative Jacquelin Maycumber, 7th Legislative District
RepresentativeJacquelinMaycumber.com
425B Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
jacquelin.maycumber@leg.wa.gov
(360) 786-7908 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000