This week, I met with leaders from the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. From left: Councilman Louie Ungaro, Chairwoman Virginia Cross and former Senator Claudia Kauffman.

Hello everyone,

We just wrapped up week six of the 2019 Legislative Session. I’ve introduced several bills this year that I hope improve the lives of Washingtonians.

But, as we work our way through the process, some bills “die.” Simply put, we get to a point in session where they can no longer be considered because of the Senate’s rules.

In this newsletter, I’ll update you on which bills are still “alive” and which bills could use a little bit of help.

To see a full list of the bills I’ve introduced this year, and to check on their status, visit this website.

Thank you and stay in touch!

Mona

Environmental Priorities Coalition Lobby Day Rally, January 29th, 2019.

Plastic Bags

I’m happy to announce that Senate Bill 5323, which would limit the use of plastic bags in Washington state, is still alive. It’s awaiting executive session in the Ways & Means Committee, and I’m hopeful that it will reach the Senate floor sometime soon.

If this issue is important to you, please contact members of the Ways & Means committee and urge their support.

It’s imperative that we protect our environment, and this bill is a great step toward doing that.

You can read more about the bill here.

Self Help Housing Development

Many of you have heard of programs like Habitat for Humanity, which help people build homes of their own.

Senate Bill 5025, which I sponsor, would provide sales, use and excise tax exemptions for these wonderful programs that help people get back on their feet. We have a housing crisis in Washington state, and we must support programs that help our neighbors achieve housing stability.

This bill is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Ways & Means Committee on March 1. If this issue is important to you, please contact members of this committee and urge their support.

Warehousing & Manufacturing 

This bill was designed to help areas of Washington negatively impacted by the end of the streamlined sales tax mitigation program — particularly Kent.

Ending the program about $20 million. Kent was one of the areas hardest hit by this policy.

Senate Bill 5862 would create a new account to support Warehousing and Manufacturing Job Centers – the cities eligible to receive funding under that account are those cities that received more than $50,000 in streamlined sales tax mitigation in 2018. You can read more about the bill here.

This bill is scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Ways & Means Committee on March 1. If job creation in the 47th District is important to you, please contact members of this committee and urge their support.

Funding Necessary Legal Services for Children

I’m working with the state Attorney General’s Office on a bill (Senate Bill 5942) that would ensure that we’re appropriately budgeting for the Assistant Attorneys General (AAGs) who help children navigate a complex legal system.

Because of the opioid epidemic, the caseloads for these AAGs have increased drastically in recent years. We need to ensure that this program is adequately funded.

This bill has already passed out of the Senate Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee, and heads next to the Senate Ways & Means Committee.  If this issue is important to you, please contact members of this committee and urge their support.