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A historically productive legislative session for our community

A historically productive legislative session for our community

Dear friends and neighbors, While this was the short 60-day session we have in each even-numbered year, it was one of the most productive and successful session of all the years I have served as your state senator.  I know that the challenges we face as a community require hard work and consistent focus in order to bring change and progress. ...

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Tune in Monday night for our virtual town hall meeting

Tune in Monday night for our virtual town hall meeting

Dear friends and neighbors, I will be hosting a virtual town hall meeting this Monday with my seatmates, Rep. Sharon Wylie and Rep. Monica Stonier, to recap the events of the 2022 legislative session and answer questions from constituents. The town hall starts at 6:30 p.m. and may be viewed live on my Facebook page and on YouTube. You may submit ...

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It’s official: Washington commits $1 billion to I-5 bridge replacement

It’s official: Washington commits $1 billion to I-5 bridge replacement

Dear friends and neighbors, Yesterday budget negotiators for the House and Senate agreed on a transportation revenue package that was passed by both chambers of the Legislature today.  It has been my goal to approve funding for an I-5 Bridge Replacement for many years. The I-5 bridge replacement funded by this package is the reason I came to Olympia 10 years ago. ...

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Making sure victims of child abuse get the protection they deserve

Making sure victims of child abuse get the protection they deserve

Dear friends and neighbors, In 2015, I worked closely with our Children’s Justice Center and children’s advocates to address an inequity in the way suspected child abuse victims are assisted in our state. At that time, suspected victims of child sexual abuse were able to access the state’s Victim’s Compensation Fund for payment of their specialized medical examinations; however, suspected child ...

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Support for our small businesses is a top priority

Support for our small businesses is a top priority

Dear friends and neighbors, The 2022 legislative session has gotten off to a swift start. In the first week of the new session, my legislation to make sure Vancouver continues to benefit from the state’s Main Street Program cleared the Senate Business, Financial Services & Trade Committee and is now available to be called to the floor for a vote of ...

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Major legislation to help us recover and rebuild

Major legislation to help us recover and rebuild

Dear friends and neighbors, It’s been months since the end of the 2021 legislative session, but little has changed since then in terms of our major needs and priorities. When the Legislature convened back in January, we faced potential economic catastrophe, spiking COVID-19 cases, political violence in D.C. and at home, and the uncertainty of a mostly remote session. At the same ...

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Tune in this Wednesday to our virtual town hall

Tune in this Wednesday to our virtual town hall

Dear friends and neighbors, I will be hosting a virtual town hall meeting this Wednesday with my seatmates, Rep. Sharon Wylie and Rep. Monica Stonier, to recap the events of the 2021 legislative session and answer questions from constituents. The town hall starts at 6 p.m. and may be viewed live on Facebook and on YouTube. You may submit questions in ...

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Pandemic relief remains our top priority

Pandemic relief remains our top priority

Dear friends and neighbors, The 2021 legislative session accomplished three major milestones: it was the first-ever session conducted mostly remotely, to keep people safe from the pandemic; it was the fourth straight year the Legislature finished its work on time, something that hadn’t happened since 1941; and, most importantly of all, we passed the most laws in recent memory to bring ...

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$1.2 billion toward a new I-5 bridge

$1.2 billion toward a new I-5 bridge

Dear friends and neighbors, The transportation revenue package currently before the Legislature, vitally needed in communities across our state, is even more critical to Southwest Washington. Like past transportation packages, it would sustain our ability to travel smoothly and safely by supplementing the steadily declining gas tax revenues that maintain roads all over our state. More importantly, it commits $1.2 billion toward ...

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It’s ‘all hands on deck’ with the pandemic

It’s ‘all hands on deck’ with the pandemic

Dear friends and neighbors, We received great news Thursday when the governor announced that Clark County will be able to move to Phase 2 of the Roadmap to Recovery plan, bringing relief to area businesses that have been wanting badly to reopen. I know how frustrated our local business owners have felt, and I share that frustration. The pandemic has saddled ...

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