Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Lawmakers returned to Olympia for the 60-day legislative session on Jan. 13. In even-numbered years such, our primary tasks are to approve the supplemental operating, transportation and capital budgets. However, in these beginning weeks, our focus will be on moving policy bills through the committee process.
There are many hot topics facing the Legislature this session. I recently enjoyed the opportunity to join KWNV Radio in Walla Walla to chat about some of these issues. We discussed solutions to homelessness, gun rights, $30 car tabs, and increased government transparency and accountability through the Public Records Act. My radio interview is available by clicking below.
For a quick update on my committee assignments, new remote testimony opportunities, and my promise to fight for your constitutional rights, please watch my latest video update. You can do so by clicking on the photo below.
The work ahead | My committee assignments
I'm proud to serve and continue work on these committees this session:
- House Appropriations Committee where I'll retain my leadership role as the assistant ranking member. One of our main tasks this session will be the supplemental operating budget.
- House Education Committee.
- House College and Workforce Development Committee.
In addition to these four committees, I've also been newly appointed to serve on the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee. To read more about this appointment, please read my press release by clicking here.
It's already been busy in this committee as we recently heard several ineffective gun policies that create constitutional concerns.
- House Bill 2240 – Concerning high capacity magazines.
- House Bill 2241 – Concerning assault weapons and large capacity magazines.
- House Bill 2519 – Concerning reasonable public safety measures to prevent dangerous individuals from acquiring ammunition.
- House Bill 1374 – Relating to local government authority to regulate firearms.
- House Bill 1315 – Concerning concealed pistol license training requirements.
I'll continue to fight against such bills.
Remote testimony now available in the state House of Representatives
During 2019 session, I co-sponsored a resolution to bring remote testimony to the House. I'm happy to report we're offering this service in three committees this session, as a pilot program.
We're fortunate to have a local connection at the Columbia Basin College in Pasco as one of the remote locations.
For more information on remote testimony, the committees offering this service, and how to signup, please visit this website: http://leg.wa.gov/House/Committees/Pages/RemoteTestimony.aspx
Mark your calendars | In-District town hall events
Rep. Bill Jenkin and I will be hosting town hall events throughout the 16th District on Saturday, February 22nd. More details and the locations will soon be announced. We hope you'll be able to join us.
Thank you for the honor of allowing me to serve!