Member Opinions

In this technology-driven age, the Legislature needs to ensure accessibility and transparency in the legislative process. Access needs to be user friendly and available to everyone. Although a 130-year-old institution, the...

Feb. 10, 2020

In the last several years, Washington has made significant efforts to expand voter access. The state has changed its election laws to allow same-day voter registration, bring ballots to college students,...

Feb. 7, 2020

Despite the fact voters continue rejecting initiatives to raise taxes, the majority party in Olympia is pushing hard again this session to increase the state’s gas tax. That’s not how they’re...

Feb. 6, 2020

Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal says providing more money for special education will improve results for families and children, but he doesn’t want families to choose the learning program...

Feb. 4, 2020

Our values and principles are what set the foundation for how we live our lives. This session, my caucus has come up with three key principles that are in line with...

Feb. 3, 2020

“Mr. President, our farmers love you!” President Trump looked up, smiled, walked over to me and shook my hand. What a moment! It was the culmination of more than a year’s...

Jan. 31, 2020

As published in The Spokesman-Review Washingtonians sent a strong message last November when they approved $30 car tabs through the initiative process. Despite nearly 53% of the vote statewide, a coalition...

Jan. 28, 2020

The 2020 legislative session is in full swing and the familiar issues of tax increases, $30 car tabs, gun rights, homelessness, crime and public safety are at the center of much...

Jan. 23, 2020

In an op-ed for the La Conner Weekly News, Rep. Norma Smith touches on several key issues this session, including data privacy, supplemental operating, capital and transportation budgets, homelessness, and $30...

Jan. 20, 2020

We are back in Olympia for this year’s 60-day legislative session, which began Jan. 13, and it didn’t take long to learn what Gov. Jay Inslee and his Democratic friends who...

Jan. 15, 2020