Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Cottage food-maker business owners need our help. Many of these entrepreneurs are stay-at-home parents looking for a way to supplement their income. The food items they prepare are subject to inspections and fees. However, listing a home address on the label can be problematic. That's why my bill, House Bill 2217 would adjust that requirement by listing the business permit number instead of the address. Another bill I'm sponsoring, House Bill 2218 seeks to change the revenue requirements they collect before coming under Washington state's food processing law.
I'm happy to announce that both bills were approved on Friday by the House Rural Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. The bills will now go the House Rules Committee where they will await a date to be heard and decided on the House floor. Stay tuned. I will keep you on the progress of these bills in future email updates.
Save the date | Town hall meeting
I'm excited to announce that along with my colleagues, Sen. Keith Wagoner and Rep. Robert Sutherland, I will be co-hosting a town hall meeting in Arlington on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Please consider attending. Your feedback on events and policy being debated and decided in Olympia is critical to my work on your behalf. I look forward to seeing you there!
Date: Saturday, Feb. 22
Where: Arlington Municipal Airport; Putnam Hall,
Address: 18204 59th Ave NE; Arlington, WA
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
*If you have any questions about this event, call (360-786-7816) my office. I'm happy to help.
Remote testimony pilot program for the House
It's a good day for open government! The Washington State House of Representatives is conducting a remote testimony pilot program during the 2020 session. Participating committees will use audio-video connections at select locations. Although it is not available yet in the 39th District, I'm extremely pleased to see this important program move forward. Click here for more information.
Here's a list of some business-related bills being considered in Olympia
House Bill 2409 – Concerning industrial insurance employer penalties, duties and the licensing of third-party administrators.
House Bill 2564 – Requiring health and safety training for construction workers.
House Bill 2646 – Reducing work-related musculoskeletal disorders in the health care sector.
House Bill 2171 – Concerning vested vacation or paid time off upon an employee's termination.
House Bill 2474 – Concerning sales commissions.
House Bill 2613 – Granting relief of unemployment benefit charges when discharge is required by law and removing outdated statutory language.
House Bill 2614 – Concerning paid family and medical leave.
House Bill 2191 – Concerning family and medical leave program coverage.
House Bill 2401 – Concerning the use of artificial intelligence in job applications.
House Bill 2691 – Concerning the scope of collective bargaining for language access providers.
House Bill 2740 – Concerning the employment of individuals who lawfully consume marijuana.
House Bill 2364 – Creating the charter of personal data rights.
House Bill 2742 – Concerning the management and oversight of personal data.
Please feel free to reach out to my office anytime with your questions or thoughts on these bills or other state government-related matters. I'm always glad to hear from you!