Rep. Rude appointed to remote-testimony task force, statutory committees

Rep. Skyler Rude, R-Walla Walla, has been selected to serve on a legislative task force directed to explore providing remote-testimony options for committee hearings in the Washington State House of Representatives.

Rude, who co-sponsored a resolution during the 2019 session to form the task force, said allowing remote testimony in the state House is long overdue.

“The Senate has been successfully providing remote-testimony options in their committee hearings for a number of years now, and they're looking to expand. We must keep pace so both chambers can provide the same engagement opportunities for citizens,” said Rude. “Having driven back and forth from Walla Walla to Olympia for official duties, I know it's not a financially feasible option for many Washingtonians. Giving people the option to actively participate from remote sites will help ensure lawmakers hear from and represent residents from all corners of the state.”

The task force's first meeting took place July 25.

Rude was also appointed to several statutory committees: Legislative Evaluation and Accountability Program Committee, Joint Higher Education Committee, Joint Task Force on Community and Technical College Counselors, and the Capitol Furnishings Preservation Committee. These bipartisan committees help inform legislation and state policy for future legislative sessions.

The 2019 legislative session adjourned April 28. The 2020 legislative session is scheduled to begin Jan. 13.


Washington State House Republican Communications