Republican letters to Gov. Jay Inslee

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Below are letters that Republican state representatives signed on to and were sent to the governor or other government officials dating back to March 2020. Due to election-year restrictions, Republican state representatives were not allowed to discuss these letters and their efforts in legislative communications (email updates, news releases, videos and telephone town halls) from May 11 through November 3, 2020. State representatives were again under these election-year restrictions from May 16 through November 8, 2022.

May 3, 2023

Celmency & Pardons Board decision

The children of Mr. Stitt have made their desire clear: they wish for David Lennon to remain in custody for his actions in 1984; however, it appears that the Clemency and Pardons Board is seeking to dispense forgiveness, contrary to the desires of those with lived experience. For the victims’ family, we ask you listen to their story, respect their wishes, and reject the recommendation of the Clemency and Pardons Board.

April 29, 2023

Blake issue/Senate Bill 5536

House Republicans believe these requested policies are reasonable, important and reflect the values of our communities. We remain committed to finding a meaningful solution that will strike a balance between compassion for those who are struggling with drug addiction and accountability to ensure they seek and remain committed to recovery and become positive contributors to their communities.

January 13, 2023

Southwest Washington law enforcement training center

We, legislators representing the Southwest Washington, are writing to express our full support for the establishment of new regional law enforcement training centers around the state and urge you to consider building the first one in Southwest Washington … We believe Southwest Washington – as one of the fastest growing regions of our state – is an ideal location to train the next generation of law enforcement officers.

February 24, 2022

Kettle Falls School District

…days later, the district received another complaint, stating it originated from the Governor’s office, to remask the children or lose funding. We find this shocking after the original acceptance of compliance by L&I, the physical, emotional, and academic crisis of our children.

February 21, 2022

Transportation plan

We recognize that our state has serious transportation infrastructure needs but ask that you reevaluate whether SB 5974 is the most thoughtful way to raise transportation revenues. We are ready and willing to work in a bipartisan manner to fund Washington’s transportation obligations that will not place unconstitutional burdens on our neighbors.

February 9, 2022

Mask mandates

…there are a huge number of our neighbors who are ready right now to move on to treating this disease as an endemic, and ready for leadership that reflects that reality. It is not just other states quitting their mask mandates; it is science and data saying we have already moved into a new phase with this disease. We ask you to trust the science and end the mandatory state mask mandates.

February 9, 2022

Mask mandates

Please follow the lead of your counterparts in Oregon, California, New Jersey, Delaware and other states and end your COVID-related proclamations on wearing masks indoors and requiring COVID tests or proof of COVID shot status for access to places or jobs. The time has come to reconsider your recent emergency proclamations and orders that restrict Washingtonians’ actions and movements.

January 14, 2022

Mountain passes and supply lines

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has been suffering from crew shortages and the inability to accept mutual aid from local authorities because of Directive 21.14.3 … We request you take action to modify the directive and empower both WSDOT and WSP to do what is necessary to get supply lines fully open and restore safer passage for all.

December 13, 2021

Long-term care insurance program/tax

We want to be clear where we stand on this issue: We believe the program and tax should be fully repealed. The program is fundamentally unfair, the tax is regressive, and the system is fiscally unsound … The Legislature created these problems, and it should address them in the legislative arena. If it is your intention to delay the implementation of the premium assessment through April 2022, the Legislature should pass legislation to do so – even if it means a one-day special session before January 1, 2022.

October 18, 2021

Request for member briefing

Today marks the day many hard-working employees will lose their job because they made the personal health-care decision to not get vaccinated … Members of the House Republican Caucus (HRC) have many questions on behalf of our constituents … I am formally requesting a briefing for HRC members by your staff, to answer our questions on behalf of the countless number of constituents who have contacted us.

September 23, 2021

Requesting meeting on mandates

…businesses are open, many have returned to work, students are back in school, sporting events are taking place and yet we continue to operate under an “emergency” declaration – which has exceeded more than 550 days. It feels like the only reason we are continuing under this declaration is so the executive branch of our government can continue to make decisions without the input of legislators, local elected officials, and communities.

August 25, 2021

Religious exemption questions

We wish to convey accurate information about your proclamation in response to common questions that arose after many versions of religious exemption forms began circulating among the public and media. It is critical for legislators to know how the state and other Washington employers are expected to proceed in reviewing applications for vaccine exemptions from individuals who have a right to refuse vaccination based on their religion.

August 20, 2021

Vaccine mandate concerns

We assume you are receiving many of the emails and calls that are filling up the inboxes of state lawmakers. If so, you know many Washingtonians across the state consider your emergency proclamations to be extreme – including people who are generally supportive of vaccines. If not, we want to bring these voices and concerns to your attention

August 18, 2021

Forced vaccination and mask mandates

We ask you both to show us and our constituents where those mandates are allowed under current law. Let’s look at the language in the 500-plus days emergency order: is it legal to force employers to fire competent employees, and if they choose not to terminate good, hard-working employees, is a fine or threats of funding cuts enforceable? Can public schools lose state and federal funds due to decisions by local elected school boards that may be contrary to a “mandate?”

August 9, 2021

School mask mandate

While my preference would be to leave masking decisions solely to parents, there should at the very least be local control when it comes to this issue. School districts and their communities vary greatly statewide. Local school districts should make this decision in concert with the parents in their communities. Even a change to make mask requirements dependent on certain measures (i.e., vaccination rates, hospitalizations, community spread) would make more sense than this new policy.

May 10, 2021

Reopening economy

We see California is now poised to fully reopen its economy June 15, with Oregon intending to follow suit before the end of June. These are, with our state, the original members of the Western States Pact, which was formed with a shared vision of addressing COVID-19. We encourage you to now share the vision of Governors Newsom and Brown and decide that Washington, also, should fully reopen June 15.

April 15, 2021

Roll back to Phase 2

We are writing to express our concern regarding your decision to move Cowlitz, Pierce and Whitman counties back to Phase 2 of your Healthy Washington plan … We hope you will honor Pierce County’s request for an additional 15,000 vaccine doses per week and Cowlitz County’s request for an additional 2,000 vaccine doses per week. We also hope you will work closely with Washington State University officials in providing them with the resources they need to lower the rate of infections among the student population.

March 8, 2021

Open Safe, Open Now plan

Again, Governor, we view our ‘Open Safe, Open Now’ approach as being a sensible and practical continuation of the path our state is already on, but with the hope and predictability and balance the people of our state deserve to see. We strongly encourage you to act immediately on advancing all of Washington to 50% capacity and urge you to give our other points serious consideration as you work on your own plan.

March 1, 2021

Reopening schools

Finally, we need fair and collaborative leadership between the teachers’ union, school boards, administrators and all staff so districts are communicating and supporting each other to solve the issues that get our students back in the classroom.

Feb. 24, 2021

Phase 3 and Capitol campus security

We are again requesting that you consider the following: Clearly define Phase 3 in the Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery plan immediately. If not, the Legislature should. One absolute priority: Phase 3 must get our businesses back open at a minimum 50% capacity, so they have a reasonable chance of breaking even.

Feb. 22, 2021

Vaccine distribution

Distribution of vaccine doses should be open and transparent; and equally important, the process must be fair. The health and safety for residents in rural counties, such as Lewis County, must be treated equally by this administration. Unfortunately, that fair distribution of the vaccine is not evidenced by the data available.

Feb. 11, 2021

Reopen Kittitas County

Gov. Inslee, we implore you to move Kittitas County out of the South Central Region and either into the North Central Region or create a region of their own. They have followed the advice and science and done an outstanding job working to control this virus, they deserve nothing less. Governor, we respectfully request a meeting with you and your staff to discuss this most serious matter in further detail. We look forward to hearing from you.

Feb. 11, 2021

Capitol campus security

Let us not forget: It is the people’s Legislative Building, not ours. The people sent us there to work on their behalf on a temporary basis. We are asking that you work with us to find security solutions and protocols that safeguard our Capitol campus in comprehensive ways, but do not rely on fences and do not inhibit the public’s access to their Legislative Building. This will likely include both policy and funding considerations.

Feb. 2, 2021

Vaccines/safely reopening communities

Our first concern is how Washington has diverted from the original course of delivering vaccines through local healthcare providers and health systems in favor of mass vaccination sites. Our next concern revolves around the regionalized approach and metrics within the Roadmap to Recovery Plan. The decision to move the West and Puget Sound regions to Phase 2 highlights the inequity of the Roadmap to Recovery Plan as it is applied to our region.

Jan. 22, 2021

State agencies/employers

We are not recommending or condoning our employers and employees defy the public health guidelines. It is simply a matter of educating and guiding those who are trying to do right by their business, employees and communities. Most want to do the right thing, yet they may need education, flexibility or financial assistance from their state government instead of instilling a sense of fear.

Jan. 15, 2021

Opposition to latest reopening plan

We are watching people suffer and families collapse, while depression, mental illness, suicide attempts, domestic violence, substance abuse, bankruptcies, and financial collapse are all on the rise. Our current path is not working, let our most capable electees from all around this state participate. We can protect our people, keep them safe from the virus and get people working. The citizens of this state deserve nothing less.

Jan. 11, 2021

Vaccine guidance for school employees

We urge you to revise your recent guidance so that all school employees who wish to get a vaccination can receive one in February as part of Phase 1B2.

Dec. 31, 2020

Homelessness crisis

Our state needs common-sense, sustainable solutions that break the cycle of homelessness, restore our communities, and protect our environment. We have been ready – for months – to come together at a moment’s notice to work on meaningful solutions for our state’s residents, communities, and businesses. We again ask for a renewed dialogue and approach on this critical issue. Hopefully you stand ready with the same commitment.

Dec. 1, 2020

Gyms and fitness facilities

We believe it makes no sense to penalize a sector that, according to data and studies, has not been a source of COVID-19 infections. The industry has proven it can safely provide a valuable service to the public during the pandemic.

Aug. 7, 2020

Bowling centers

Over the years, we have lost two of the three bowling centers – please take action to help assure we do not lose our only remaining center in Longview – or anywhere else in our state.

July 28, 2020

Temporary worker housing

Our concern is that growers are required to attempt to comply with the underlying rules, which took effect almost immediately, while waiting for L&I and DOH to review and approve these requests for variances. An expedited emergency rule requires an expedited review and approval process for these variances. We strongly encourage you to commit the staff resources and necessary authority to speed up this approval process.

June 5, 2020

Request for ESD audit

Based on the concerns I have outlined above, I am writing this letter to call for a formal audit of ESD to determine where the process broke down and to seek recommendations as how to correct the issues.

May 29, 2020

Special session

Our state government works best when all branches work together. The legislative branch, as a whole, has remained on the sidelines while you exercised your emergency authority. It is time for that to change.

May 26, 2020

Point Roberts

I am writing today asking you to give special consideration and priority to Point Roberts in Whatcom County in your Phased reopening guidelines.

May 11, 2020

AG William Barr

Our great concerns are: 1) that the COVID-19 outbreak has become – as many public health experts predicted – a lingering, chronic phenomenon; and 2) that our Governor’s erratic use of the extraordinary powers granted by the people will also linger, causing damage to the people’s constitutional rights and well-being far beyond the intended scope of our state law.

May 8, 2020

Data privacy

We look forward to receiving information you can provide on this topic and a more complete understanding of any personal data privacy issues that may arise in the context of our state COVID-19 response.

May 7, 2020


While we must not lose focus on our public health and the economy, it is a quality of life issue for those who are not able to receive the mental health services that they need. I am requesting on behalf of them and their loved ones that telehealth waivers be granted to out of state providers.

May 5, 2020

Whitman County

Please reconsider your decision and allow Whitman County to also apply for a variance so it can finally, if slowly, start its reopening process.

May 1, 2020

Decentralize and recover

We have capable elected officials and staff ideally situated in each county to take much of this tactical level decision making off your shoulders and allow you and your staff to focus on higher level strategy. We believe it is time to let them do just that.

April 30, 2020

Religious services

Churches, temples, and other religious institutions should be allowed to develop congregation-specific operational plans under the general guidelines already in place.

April 27, 2020


Please reconsider these draft rules and revise them so that we can have safety while providing the labor, wages and food needed to keep Washington’s economy going.

April 27, 2020

Bunk bed regulation

Farmers need flexibility to establish safe workplaces, not prescriptive regulations.

April 22, 2020

State lands

I am writing today asking you to open up our state lands to the public. Most outdoor activities can be done in a safe manner. It also provides mental health benefits for the people of our state.

April 21, 2020

Building codes

This is not the time to institute expensive difficult codes that will discourage the building of homes at an affordable price point.

April 20, 2020

Economic recovery

At a time when it feels like people are growing further apart, let’s come together and put Washingtonians back to work and begin our economic recovery.

April 20, 2020

Elected officials’ salaries

At a time when so many are unemployed, it makes no sense for elected officials to be granted a raise. The foregoing of scheduled increases would allow the savings to be directed to higher and better priorities of protecting programs for the most needy in our state.

April 17, 2020

Safe Economic Restart

We propose three sets of actions to enable the safe restart of Washington’s economy and promote its continued recovery over the long term. The earliest of these would focus on sectors that can return to safe operations with minimal risk to workers or customers, while giving hope to employers statewide that they will be able to follow suit.

April 17, 2020

Pet groomers

We propose three sets of actions to enable the safe restart of Washington’s economy and promote its continued recovery over the long term. The earliest of these would focus on sectors that can return to safe operations with minimal risk to workers or customers, while giving hope to employers statewide that they will be able to follow suit.

April 17, 2020

Antibodies testing

Antibody testing is therefore essential to getting Washingtonians back to work and accelerating what is already sure to be a long economic recovery.

April 16, 2020

Supply chain workforce

Please consider widening the role of CDL schools and State Driver’s License Agencies on the list of essential businesses, to allow the training of new CDL drivers to ensure a robust supply chain workforce.

April 2, 2020

Faith-based organizations

We also respectfully ask that you amend your order and designate faith-based organizations as a critical sector (essential workforce).

April 1, 2020

Boys & Girls Clubs

Executive authority is required to provide this organization with immediate financial assistance to continue their operations.

March 31, 2020

Residential construction

Therefore, we respectfully ask that if you decide to extend the statewide “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order that you adopt the new DHS designations and reclassify residential construction as an essential service.

March 27, 2020

Licensed firearm dealers

Given this new information, and in the interest of being consistent with the federal list, we ask you to also update Washington’s list by designating licensed firearms dealers as essential businesses.

March 27, 2020

Recreational fishing

We would ask you to consider adding recreational fishing to your list of allowable essential activities under Stay Home—Stay Healthy.