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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The 2022 legislative session is under way. With just 60 days to complete our work, I am hopeful we will use the allotted time wisely to deliver real solutions for Washington families.

2022 session | Legislative priorities

The ongoing pandemic has affected more than our health. Kids are struggling to receive a basic education, small businesses are suffering, and inflation is making life more difficult for families and those on fixed incomes.

It's not all bad news, however; with a four-year operating budget surplus projected to be $8.8 billion, $2.2 billion in reserves, and $1.2 billion in unspent federal stimulus funds, the state has more than enough to help Washingtonians weather this storm.

Alongside my colleagues in the House and Senate, I will be working to:

Business bills

With the state's significant budget surplus, the Legislature must take action to help struggling businesses. I am closely tracking business-related legislative proposals that have been introduced so far, including:

  • HB 1592: Concerning military spouse employment.
  • HB 1593: Expanding the landlord mitigation program to alleviate the financial burden on victims attempting to flee domestic violence, sexual assault, unlawful harassment, or stalking.
  • HB 1613: Concerning shared reporting responsibilities for both the paid family and medical leave and the long-term services and supports trust programs to clarify that information collected from employer reports shall remain private.
  • HB 1614: Concerning online marketplace consumer product theft and safety protection.
  • HB 1617: Aligning state and school holidays.
  • HB 1641: Restoring the business and occupation and public utility tax exemption for custom farming and hauling farm products.
  • HB 1656: Changing the definition of theft.
  • HB 1666: Clarifying the method for determining the value of specified tangible personal property incorporated as part of certain public infrastructure for the purposes of use tax and business and occupation tax.
  • HB 1672: Concerning local property tax levies for conservation futures.
  • HB 1677: Concerning employer tax incentives for the support of veterans and military families.
  • HB 1682: Concerning a compliance pathway specific to emissions-intensive, trade-exposed businesses for achieving their proportionate share of the state's emissions reduction limits through 2050.
  • HB 1683: Concerning involuntary removal of property from current use classification.
  • HB 1685: Increasing the cap on gross sales for cottage food operations.
  • HB 1686: Allowing the labeling of biodegradable products that are supported by recognized national or international test methods.
  • HB 1687: Enhancing the college bound scholarship program by increasing opportunities for students to attend community and technical colleges.
  • HB 1688: Protecting consumers from charges for out-of-network health care services, by aligning state law and the federal no surprises act and addressing coverage of treatment for emergency conditions.
  • HB 1691: Concerning financial responsibility requirements related to oil spills.
  • HB 1694: Concerning logistical processes for the regulation of priority chemicals in consumer products.
  • HB 1698: Prohibiting latex gloves in the handling and preparation of food for sale to consumers.
  • HB 1700: Concerning sustainable funding for the derelict vessel removal account using the vessel watercraft excise tax.
  • HB 1702: Accelerating broadband connectivity for Washington.
  • HB 1704: Regulating service contracts and protection product guarantees.
  • HB 1706: Concerning truck drivers ability to access restroom facilities.
  • HB 1709: Addressing safety measures for tow truck operators and vehicles.
  • HB 1710: Establishing a Washington state cannabis commission.
  • HB 1718: Prohibiting activities related to the production and manufacturing of fur products.
  • HB 1722: Concerning the acceleration of broadband deployment.
  • HB 1723: Closing the digital equity divide by increasing the accessibility and affordability of telecommunications services, devices, and training.

As the session progresses, this list will likely continue to grow. I will do my best to keep you updated with the latest information.

Another virtual legislative session

Like last year, the Legislature will be meeting virtually. Keeping you informed is a top priority for me. In the weeks to come, I will do my best to remain as accessible as possible and ensure your state government stays accountable and transparent.

Tracking a bill?

Click here to find information on specific bills. In addition, when you visit my website, you can easily view the legislation I'm sponsoring or co-sponsoring by clicking “Sponsored Bills.”

Here is a quick set of “bill tracking” 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.

Here's how you can stay connected

My legislative website | Here you will find my contact information, bio, news releases, email updates, videos, opinion pieces, bills, and other information.

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.

TVW | The state's own version of C-SPAN, TVW broadcasts floor and committee action live online.

The Ledger | A legislative news aggregator.

Legislature's website | View bill reports, committee agendas, and information about upcoming activities in the Legislature here.

State agencies | You can find a list of all state agencies, boards, and commissions here.

Remote Testimony

Want to testify on a bill or other important public policy? Click here to learn about how you can make your voice heard throughout session

Thank you!

I am committed to staying connected with you as session progresses. Please contact me if you have questions about bills being introduced, bills that are scheduled for a hearing, or other state government-related issues.

During session, especially in this virtual environment, my office receives hundreds of emails per week. I will do my best to answer the ones I receive from constituents first, so please be sure to include your home address and phone number in your correspondence.

It's an honor to serve you!

Sincerely,


Carolyn Eslick

State Representative Carolyn Eslick, 39th Legislative District
RepresentativeCarolynEslick.com
467 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
carolyn.eslick@leg.wa.gov
(360) 485-0391 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000