Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The 2020 legislative session is underway. As your state representative, it's my job to find common-sense solutions to the problems facing our communities and state. Schools, homes, businesses, and neighborhoods should be safe places. This year, my legislative priorities include public safety, housing affordability and government accountability.
- Helping the homeless requires compassion and enforcement. We need workable solutions that respond to root causes while keeping our homes and communities safe.
- Housing and homeownership should be within reach for working individuals and families. That means reducing bureaucratic red tape for the construction and remodeling of homes, along with the tax burden on property owners. This has the added benefit of reducing the costs of renting or buying a home.
- Programs and government services should be efficient, effective and transparent. No more closed-door negotiations, last-minute tax hikes or broken promises to the public!
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Business-related House bills
The legislative session is scheduled to end in 60-days, on March 12. Already, more than 350 new bills have been pre-filed, and hundreds more are expected to be introduced during the opening days of the session.
Listed below you will find some of the business-related bills introduced in the House. I've also included instructions on how you can look up bills and check their status. Please be assured, I will do all I can to support good business bills.
House Bill 2186 – A measure that seeks to increase types of commercial driver's license qualification waivers allowed for military veterans.
House Bill 2191 – A measure regarding family and medical leave program coverage for bona fide corporate officers and members of limited liability companies.
House Bill 2216 – A measure relating to sports pool boards.
House Bills 2217 – A measure regarding cottage food product labeling requirements.
House Bill 2218 – A measure that would increase the cap on gross sales for cottage food operations.
House Bill 2221 – A measure regarding providing small winery tax relief.
House Bill 2256 – A measure that would provide tax relief to businesses that support higher education.
House Bill 2257 – A measure that would establish a regulatory reduction pilot program.
House Bill 2266 – A measure related to reasonable accommodation for the expression of breast milk without requiring written certification from a health care professional.
House Bill 2308 – A measure that would require employers to report standard occupational classifications or job titles of workers.
House Bill 2311 – A measure relating to amending state greenhouse gas emission limits for consistency with the most recent assessment of climate change science.
House Bill 2312 – A measure that would make Juneteenth, June 19, a legal holiday and day of remembrance signifying when African slaves learned of their freedom.
House Bill 2330 – A measure concerning fairness and accountability in regulatory actions and compliance enforcement.
House Bill 2354 – A measure that would expedite professional licenses for new Washington residents.
House Bill 2355 – A measure that would create alternative professional licensing standards.
House Bill 2356 – A measure that would reduce barriers to professional licensure for individuals with previous criminal backgrounds.
House Bill 2357 – A measure concerning professional license reform.
House Bill 2365 – A measure regarding notifying Washington consumers of products that transmit user data.
House Bill 2401 – A measure concerning the use of artificial intelligence in job applications.
House Bill 2404 – A measure accounting for differences across counties in setting wage standards.
Want to track a bill? Here are some quick instructions.
- 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 “Standard Reports,” you'll find alternative tracking tools. You can search based on topic, legislative digests, cross-references and or within a specific biennium.
- 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 reach out to me directly if you need more details on specific bills or key public policy proposals.
Thank you for allowing me to serve you in Olympia.
As always, if you have any questions about these bills or any other state-related issues, please feel free to call me. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have.