January 28, 2022
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Today, at the end of the third week of the legislative session, we are fast approaching February 3rd, the first important cut-off date: the House policy cut-off date That is when policy bills, which aren’t necessary to implement a budget, need to be voted out of the House Committee they were referred to. Here are some priority bills that may be of interest to you:
Reducing taxes and the cost of living
- HB 1898 – Reducing state property tax levies
- HB 2015 – Expanding the Working Families Tax Credit
- HB 1858 – Reducing manufacturing tax rates
Improving public safety
- HB 1737 – Restoring balance and common sense to police reform
- HB 1788 – Allowing law enforcement to chase suspects
- HB 1787 – Increasing funding for law enforcement recruitment
- HB 1873 – Stopping catalytic converter thefts
Holding government accountable
- HB 1772 – Emergency powers reform
- HB 1541 – Increasing funding to cities for homelessness solutions
- HB 1177 – Implementing the periodic review of state spending programs
- HB 1536 – Establishing regional apprenticeship programs through ESDs
- HB 1633 – Promoting school choice through scholarships
- HB 2056 – Requiring teachers to make materials used in the classroom available to parents
For more information about our priorities this year, visit the House Republican website.
New text alert system
House Republicans have a new text alert system. You can sign up here if you want to receive the latest news and information directly to your cell phone.
Virtual town hall meeting
On Saturday, Feb. 19, at 10:30 a.m., I’ll be joining Sen. Keith Wagoner for a virtual town hall meeting over Zoom. This is another opportunity for you to ask us questions directly and tell us what you think about the issues facing our state and community.
If you would like to participate, you can register here: https://tinyurl.com/5622dsf3
I look forward to hearing from you!
Tracking a bill?
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.
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
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!