Email Updates

We are now in Week 7 of the legislative session. Last Friday was policy committee cutoff – which means all policy bills that do not have any fiscal impacts or relate to the...

Feb. 26, 2019

We reached our first major deadline of session – policy cutoff. With the over 2,000 bills introduced this session, most of them are now “dead,” and will not see any further...

Feb. 26, 2019

First, I want to thank everyone who attended the Coffee and Conversation events on Saturday, Feb. 16. At both venues, we were at or near max capacity, and we all engaged...

Feb. 25, 2019

Friday was Policy Committee Cutoff, a designated day on which most bills without budgetary impacts that did not pass out of their policy committees die. Of the nearly 1,200 bills sponsored...

Feb. 25, 2019

As part of the legislative process, the Legislature has many deadlines it must follow to ensure we finish our work in 105-days. We’ve reached our first deadline, known as policy cutoff....

Feb. 25, 2019

A common theme around the Legislature is finding the right solution to an issue. It’s the nature of our work as state lawmakers. Usually more than one solution is brought to...

Feb. 24, 2019

Greetings from Olympia! As most of you know, in late January, I suffered a heart attack and underwent quadruple bypass surgery. My recovery and rehabilitation are going well, and the doctor...

Feb. 23, 2019

We are more than one-third of the way through the 2019 legislative session. Two important deadlines are rapidly approaching: the House policy committee cutoff (Feb. 22); and the House fiscal committee...

Feb. 22, 2019

The House reached its first legislative deadline today: policy committee cutoff. This means that all policy-only bills needed to pass out of their respective House policy committees or they are no...

Feb. 22, 2019

Legislation has been introduced in Olympia to eliminate the death penalty in state law. What’s even more disturbing, there is also a proposal to eliminate the next harshest sentence for violent...

Feb. 22, 2019