| Dear friends and neighbors,
Tuesday marked the half-way point for this year’s 60-day legislative session, and was also the second major legislative deadline, the fiscal cutoff. This means that any bills referred to the Senate Ways & Means Committee had to pass out of the committee to move on in the legislative process. Many bills died that day, including some I sponsored, but that is the nature of the timeline in a short 60-day session.
As I am sure you have seen on TV, or read in the newspaper or on social media, we have had interesting recent developments in the legislature and in state government. Senate Democrats remain focused on and committed to finding a solution to fully funding our K-12 education system for our one million public school kids, addressing rising rates of homelessness across our state, improving our state’s mental health care system, and continuing to work on the many issue areas that impact the people who call our state home.
Save The Date – Town Hall Meeting
Please join the 27th Legislative District delegation at our annual Town Hall Meeting from 10 to noon on Sat. Feb. 20, at the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus, 1210 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98405. We hope that you will be able to join us for a brief overview of what’s happening in Olympia, and be there to ask questions, and voice your comments. Sign-in will begin at 9:30. I hope to see you there!
Methanol Plant Proposed for Tacoma
I have taken a strong public stance against the methanol and liquefied natural gas plants proposed for Tacoma. I have deep concerns about these projects and the safety of our community. The environmental impact and consequences of projects of this scope would change the future of our city and roll-back many of the steps we have taken to move our community and our region forward.
I invite you to attend the second and third Environmental Impact Statement Public Scoping Meetings. The second meeting is TONIGHT – Wed. Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center, 1500 Broadway, 5th Floor Exhibit Hall. The doors will open at 5 p.m. for speaker sign-up.
The third meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Meeker Middle School, 4402 Nassau Ave NE. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for speaker sign-up.
These meetings will help shape the future of our community. I encourage you to attend the meetings to learn more about the proposal.
New Video Update – Human Services, Mental Health & Housing
Video updates can offer a quick glimpse into what we’re working on in Olympia. In my most recent video update, I give a general overview of the Senate Human Services, Mental Health & Housing Committee, where I serve as the highest ranking Democrat. This committee oversees a wide-range of issue areas, from our state juvenile justice system, to our Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, to Mental Health and Housing. Click the photo or here to watch the update.
2016 Legislative Photo Gallery
I invite you to visit my 2016 Legislative Photo Gallery that gets updated regularly with the different constituent groups that visit my office during session. I was pleased to meet with a student group of kids from Community in Schools. They were in Olympia to learn more about the legislative process…they asked some great questions!
I am still working on a number of bills that are moving through the legislative process. As we move away from our committee meetings and begin to take more votes on the floor I will be advocating for my bills as they advance.
Please keep in touch by calling my office, or sending me an email if you have a question about state government or have a question about a state agency.