Dear Friends and Neighbors,
This week, lawmakers have gathered at the state Capitol for what is known as Committee Assembly Days. Along with my colleagues, I'm busy attending caucus meetings, doing committee work and discussing public policy topics that will be considered and potentially decided during the 2020 session.
The upcoming 2020 session | Supplemental budgets
It's difficult to believe how quickly time has gone by. In just a few short weeks, the 2020 session begins. It will be a fast-paced 60-day sprint to the finish line. We are scheduled to start on January 13th and adjourn on March 12th.
As you may recall, last year we approved the state's operating, transportation and capital budgets. Those budgets will remain in effect from July 2019 through June 2021. This year, we will make adjustments to the state's already approved budgets. Lawmakers, budget negotiators and financial analysts will be looking at various expenses across the state and proposing “supplemental funding” where needed. That's why short sessions in even-numbered years, such as 2020, are commonly referred to as “supplemental budget” years.
Changes should only be made to cover areas where deficiencies are found. Here's the problem: Our state government needs to learn how to live within its very ample means. As a member of the House Capital Budget Committee and your state representative, I'll be watching the bottom line carefully. The government can and should do more with less!
I-976 | Car tab information
Want to know more about the impact of I-976 on the cost of your car tabs? The Washington Department of Licensing (DOL) has posted a link and I-976 Fact Sheet with more information. Stay tuned. I will send more updates on this topic during the 2020 session.
Stay informed and updated!
During the legislative session, I'll be sending frequent updates on bills being debated at the state capital. In addition, I've listed several helpful links below that will keep you informed and updated on the activities of your state Legislature:
- The Capitol Buzz | A weekday roundup of online news stories. Click on the link to subscribe.
- The Current | An online legislative publication from the Washington House Republicans. Click on the link to subscribe.
- My legislative website | Here you will find my contact information, bio, news releases, email updates, videos, opinion pieces, bills, and other information.
- TVW | The state's own version of C-SPAN, TVW broadcasts floor and committee action live online.
- Legislature's website | You can find bill reports, committee agendas, and information about upcoming activities in the Legislature here.
- Capitol Campus activities and events | Find a calendar of legislative events here.
- Legislative Hotline | 1-800-562-6000.
- State agencies | You can find a list of all state agencies, boards and commissions here.
Want to track a bill? | Learn how here!
Would you like to track a bill through the legislative process? Here's a set of easy instructions. You can also view all the bills I'm sponsoring or co-sponsoring by visiting my webpage and clicking on “Sponsored Bills.”
- Go to leg.wa.gov
- On the left-hand panel, click “Bill Information.”
- If you know the bill number, enter it in the search field and hit enter.
- Don't have a bill number? Under the section “Bills by Topic,” you'll find alternative tracking tools. You can search based on topic, bill number, and initiative.
- If you click on the House Floor Calendar, this helpful tool gives you a detailed list of all bills scheduled to be heard on the House floor each day.
- Need more information? Please feel free to contact me if you need more details on specific bills.
Come to Olympia for a visit!
The Washington State Capitol Campus is a wonderful place to visit. There are several buildings and locations to enjoy. Free guided tours are available year-round. Click here for more information.
Would you like to testify on a bill?
Is there a bill you would like to support? Or maybe a bill you don't like? Come to Olympia to testify. We want to hear from you! For more information on how to testify in Committee, click here. If this is your first time, I'd be more than happy to help you through the process. Contact my office if you have any questions.
I'd like to thank each person who has reached out to meet with me the past few months to share ideas or express concerns about issues important to you. There's no doubt your input helps me do a better job of representing your interests in Olympia.
If you would like to schedule a meeting to chat with me, please call or email. My contact information is listed at the bottom of this update. I'm always glad to hear from you!
Thank you for allowing me to serve you.