Due to COVID-19, the Legislature will be working mostly remotely for the 2021 session. As we work on the logistics of the legislative session and determine the best way to get our work done on behalf of the people of Washington state, we have had the following goals in mind:
- A session that is safe for legislators, staff, and the public
- A session that is transparent
- A session that not only preserves, but enhances, public participation
- A session that functions efficiently and effectively so we can pass a responsible budget and other priority legislation
Over the past few years, I’ve worked hard to implement more remote testimony opportunities for people who are unable to travel to Olympia. Now, remote testimony will be standard across every committee. Constituents from all areas of the state will be able to testify on bills more easily from their own kitchen tables. We will share details on how to participate in remote testimony as we get closer to session.
As we begin to prepare for the 2021 session, I am grateful to my colleagues for placing their trust in me again to serve as Senate Majority Leader. Even more exciting are the impressive legislators that make up the rest of the Senate Democratic Caucus. See the full list here.