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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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Prefiling Bills and Majority Leader Roles

Prefiling Bills and Majority Leader Roles

Dear friends and neighbors,

We are rapidly approaching the start of the 2024 legislative session and my days have been busy meeting with constituents, stakeholder groups, and legislative colleagues as we prepare for the session which begins on January 8th. In these newsletters I typically try to keep you up to date on hot topics in the legislature, but I also like ...

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Count Down to the Legislative Session

Count Down to the Legislative Session

Dear friends and neighbors,

In just forty days, I will join my colleagues in Olympia for the 2024 legislative session. This the second session of the biennium, and we are gearing up to keep delivering for Washington state through sine die on March 8th.

Preparing for Session

Today and Friday, all Washington State senators will meet in Olympia for Committee Days. Committee Days ...

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Bikes and a New Crosswalk

Bikes and a New Crosswalk

Dear friends and neighbors,

This fall, I have had the opportunity to meet with a variety of organizations and individuals, both to prepare for the 2024 session and to celebrate some of the amazing work being done in Spokane during the interim. Two events that I found particularly inspiring were our Bike Town Hall and the Crosswalk Youth Shelter groundbreaking.

Bike Town ...

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Bike Town Hall

Bike Town Hall

Dear Friends and Neighbors, This Friday, October 6th, I will be collaborating with Councilmember Zack Zappone and the City of Spokane to host a Bike Town Hall event. This Bike Town Hall features a one-hour mellow bike ride around Spokane with stops to learn about recent and possible bike infrastructure projects as well as plenty of time to ask questions. There will ...

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Sine Die!

Sine Die!

Dear friends and neighbors,

A few minutes ago, the final gavel came down and the 2023 Legislature adjourned Sine Die. While we usually end floor sessions with an announcement about the time we will convene the next day, this Latin phrase "Sine Die" means "without day" and signifies that the Legislature does not intend to return until the next legislative session. This ...

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Session Aide Takeover

Session Aide Takeover

Photo: Session Aide Maddie Sontag on the House Floor for the Intern Mock Debate.  Hello! My name is Maddie Sontag, and I have had the privilege of working for Senator Billig for the last 3 months. It is tradition in this office for the intern to take-over the newsletter for a week. I was the intern for the first month of ...

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