Dear friends and neighbors,

At noon today, Lieutenant Governor Denny Heck, who serves as President of the Senate, gaveled the Washington State Senate to order for the first time in 2023.

The beginning of the 2023 Legislative session means the commencement of the two year cycle in which the odd-numbered years are 105 day “long” sessions when we create the two-year operating, capital, and transportation budgets in addition to consideration of policy bills.

This year marks my eleventh session in the Senate, and fifth serving as Majority Leader. As always, the start of session is an exciting time for the consequential work we have in front of us. The first day of the Legislature always reminds me of Opening Day of the baseball season. There are festive ceremonies, renditions of the National Anthem, and a feeling of camaraderie. Just as in baseball, today is full of hope that every bill (team) has the chance to pass (win games) and get to Sine Die (the World Series!). All we are missing are hot dogs, sunshine, and a few mascots running around!

Seattle Times Column

Reflecting on the lessons of the 2022 election and our 2023 priorities, I recently wrote an Op-Ed for The Seattle Times. You can read it here.

Session Logistics

We pride ourselves on having one of the most open Legislatures in the country. Part of that reputation relies on the ability for people to have their voices heard even when not able to travel to Olympia. To that end, House and Senate committees will allow for both in-person and remote participation. Yes, remote testimony is here to stay! What began as a necessary tool for participation the last few years has grown to become a vital part of the committee process.

Please find more links and ways to get involved below:
How to Testify in Committee
Senate Committee Sign In
House Committee Sign In

Keep in Touch

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