Senate Majority Leader It has been an eventful couple of weeks with a momentous election that saw the Washington State Senate Democratic majority increase, followed by my colleagues in the Senate choosing me to become the new Senate Majority Leader. It is an honor to serve our state as Majority Leader. Of course, serving the constituents of the 3rd Legislative District will ...Read More
While summer is the interim season between legislative sessions, there is still a lot of work to do. I use this time to prepare for the next legislative session, diving deeper into community issues, meeting with constituents and getting out to see our district in action. I Did the Time I recently met with Layne Pavey, founder of I Did the ...Read More
The last day of the legislative session is called ‘Sine Die,’ Latin for ‘without day,’ because the Legislature adjourns without setting a day to reconvene. We started the session with the goal of finishing in 60 days and are on pace to accomplish that goal later today. Step 3 of ‘How a bill becomes a law’ This year, I introduced twelve prime-sponsored bills, and four ...Read More
Staying alive We have now passed two cut-off dates, and the majority of bills that were introduced will not progress any further this session. Essentially, the legislative session is like a funnel. We started with nearly 4,000 bills introduced over 2017 and 2018 in both the House and Senate, but only about 600 will pass into law. The next cut-off is the "House ...Read More
How a bill becomes law: Step 2 You may remember a few weeks ago, our team dropped SB 6345 in the hopper to start its legislative journey. In this week's installment, SB 6345, a bill to impose a 10-year moratorium on fracking in Washington state, received a hearing in the Agriculture, Water, Natural Resources & Parks Committee. The hearing gave ...Read More
Capital budget passed!
I am pleased to announce that the capital construction budget, blocked from a vote since last year, finally passed the Legislature. The capital budget was the top priority for our new Senate majority and funds construction projects that will generate 19,000 jobs statewide.
In the Spokane area alone, the state will fund $125 ...Read More
Today we start the second week of the Legislative session. Early in session, we are mostly holding hearings in committee, refining bills and deciding what will move forward to the next phase of the legislative process. We will also be on the Senate floor later this week to pass a few high priority bills. A bit of Spokane in Olympia New to ...Read More
As we prepare for the next legislative session, which begins Jan. 8, there is a lot of positive change in Olympia. After a special election victory in the 45th Legislative District, Democrats have reclaimed the majority of the state Senate. With these changes, I have been elected by my colleagues to serve as Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate. I will ...Read More
Mobile Office this Wednesday Please join me, Rep. Riccelli and Rep. Ormsby at our Mobile Office this Wednesday in Spokane. As in the past, we host mobile offices to stay in touch with our constituents who may not have been able to visit us in Olympia or our district office in Spokane. The Mobile Office is an informal event that allows for one-on-one dialogue ...Read More