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Virtual Town Hall Recap

Virtual Town Hall Recap

Thank you for such a dynamic and productive virtual town hall this last Tuesday. We had a big turnout, with over 130 people showing up to participate, ask questions, and hear the latest news from Olympia. Among the topics discussed were affordable housing, behavioral health, climate change, initiatives before the legislature, and more. Dialogue like this is essential for our democratic ...

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Intern Takeover - Anders Svenningsen

Intern Takeover - Anders Svenningsen

Howdy! My name is Anders Svenningsen, and I have had the honor to work as Senator Billig’s intern these past three months. Today I have the privilege to share in the traditional "Intern take-over” of the newsletter. I am originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but currently, as a senior at Gonzaga University, I call Spokane home. At school, I am ...

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Virtual Town Hall Tonight

Virtual Town Hall Tonight

Please join us tonight at 7pm for a virtual town hall meeting!

We will provide an update on the 2024 legislative session, and we will have plenty of time to answer your questions. Read More

A Day in The Life of a Senator

A Day in The Life of a Senator

Dear friends and neighbors,

This week, the chamber of origin cutoff means yet another shift in schedule. We have been on the Senate floor the last few days working to pass Senate bills. After the cutoff on Tuesday, Feb. 13, any Senate bills that ...

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Aviation Podcast & Citizen Legislatures

Aviation Podcast & Citizen Legislatures

Dear friends and neighbors,

Last week, I mentioned the cutoff deadlines and how they help to facilitate the legislative process. This week, we see another cutoff go by. Today is fiscal committee cutoff day. In the Senate, this means that all bills need to have passed through either the Ways & Means or Transportation committees by adjournment today in order to ...

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Cutoffs and Protecting the Spokane River

Cutoffs and Protecting the Spokane River

Dear friends and neighbors,

Entering the fourth week of session, we are rapidly approaching the first policy committee cutoff. Any bill that has not been passed out of its policy committee by 5pm on Wednesday, January 31st will not progress any further this session, unless they are necessary to implement the budget. This is the first of seven cutoffs designed to help ...

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Tax Credit Update and How to Testify on a Bill

Tax Credit Update and How to Testify on a Bill

Dear friends and neighbors,

It is week three of the legislative session and bills are moving through their respective policy committees and onto the floor. This newsletter includes an update on the Working Families Tax Credit, an important tax rebate bill we passed in 2021 that is now in its implementation phase as well as information on how you can influence ...

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We Want to Hear From You!

We Want to Hear From You!

Dear friends and neighbors,

We are back in Olympia for the legislative session and we need your input. Join us Tuesday, January 16th, at 7pm for a live, interactive tele-town hall meeting. This will be an opportunity for you to hear from your 3rd LD legislators and ask any questions you may have.

How to Participate

There are two ways to get involved:
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Opening Day

Opening Day

Dear friends and neighbors,

Today is the official first day of the 60-day 2024 legislative session. Each year on opening day, TVW interviews legislative leaders to highlight priorities for the upcoming session. You can watch my interview from this morning here.

Baseball and the Legislature

I often remark about how the Opening Days of my two jobs (baseball and the legislature) are ...

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CCA Updates and 2024 Staff Introductions

CCA Updates and 2024 Staff Introductions

Dear friends and neighbors,

On Monday, January 8th, we will start the 60-day legislative session. There will be a lot of policies and budget items considered this session, but I want to take a moment to focus on one in particular that has been getting a lot of attention lately: the Climate Commitment Act. I also want to introduce you to our ...

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