Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your family, like mine, is getting ready for a fun and relaxing holiday. Last week, lawmakers gathered at the state Capitol for what is known as Committee Assembly Days. Along with my colleagues, I was busy attending caucus meetings, doing committee work and discussing public policy topics that will be considered and potentially decided during the 2020 session.
The Long-Term Care Trust Act
With more people living longer, the cost of long-term health care needs to be addressed. Recently, Washington state took a big step forward on that issue. The Long-Term Care Trust Act was signed into law by the governor in May 2019. It is the nation's first long-term care benefit program.
Here's how the bill works: Starting in 2022, workers will pay a monthly payroll tax of 58 cents for every $100 earned in income. Washington residents who have paid into the fund for ten years—three if they experience a catastrophic disabling event—will be able to collect $100 a day up to a lifetime cap of $36,500 when they need long-term care services such as a nursing home, assisted living, adult family home or in-home help with daily activities. Want to learn more about the Long-Term Care Act? Click here for info.
When the Legislature passes a tax increase—like the Long-Term Care Trust Act—an advisory vote automatically gets placed on the next general ballot. Each increase prompts a separate advisory vote. The intention is to keep lawmakers accountable to tax-payers. The results do not change the law. However, advisory votes provide important feedback to legislators on the will of the people. If you would like to learn about the results of this year's advisory votes, click here.
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.