Dear friends and neighbors,

We kicked off the 2022 legislative session a week ago today – and already our communities’ priorities are speeding through the bill process, the Senate has passed some great bills off the floor, and we’re looking forward to some public hearings in the coming week!

First, I want to introduce the folks making it all happen: Chio, my extraordinary legislative aide; Ivy, my fabulous session aide (who you’ll recognize as my intern from the 2020 session!); Onya, my brilliant intern; and Hannah, my wonderful communications lead! Together, this incredible team of women help me serve our community, connect with our neighbors, and keep the ball rolling on the work that LD 47 has sent me here to do!

Next, I want to give you a quick look at some of the bills I’m sponsoring this session so you can keep an eye on their progress, or – better yet! – raise your voice to share your thoughts on these policies!

  • SB 5697, aka the RENEW Act, would revamp Washington state’s recycling system, reduce waste, and take the burden of recycling off consumers by placing more responsibility in the hands of packaging producers. This would require that they take on the recycling solutions for their own products rather than leaving that to consumers to deal with. Click here to share your thoughts on this bill during its public hearing on Jan. 18 at 10:30am in the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology committee!
  • SB 5703, aka the Toxics-Free Cosmetics Act, would prohibit the sale and distribution in Washington of cosmetics made with toxic chemicals! So many of us are never made aware of the harmful products used to create cosmetics, and those chemicals have health and environmental impacts that my bill aims to eliminate.
  • SB 5670, aka the Homes 4 Washington Act, would make it easier to build multifamily housing (like duplexes and triplexes) to address Washington’s severe lack of available, affordable housing stock – especially near transit centers. This would help working families get housed and buy home with easy access to their jobs and other resources. Click here to share your thoughts on this bill during its public hearing on Jan. 18 at 8:00am in the Senate Housing & Local Government Committee!
  • SB 5732, aka my Green Roofs bill, would require that new commercial and multifamily buildings install green roofs. The benefits of green roofs are extraordinary: the reduce energy consumption, improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce urban heat islands, reduce stormwater runoff and urban flooding, and so much more.
  • SB 5713, aka my Co-Housing Tax Exemption bill, would provide a property tax exemption for limited equity cooperative housing. This exemption would incentivize the creation of available affordable housing, especially for low-income households. Click here to share your thoughts on this bill during its public hearing on Jan. 19 at 10:30am in the Senate Housing & Local Government committee!
  • SJR 8210, aka the Green Amendment, would amend the state constitution by establishing every single Washingtonians’ right to clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment. It would also solidify Washington’s responsibility to protect and uphold that right.
  • SB 5079, aka my Mobile Home Closure Notice bill, is a policy I introduced last session and am bringing back so that we can help protect our neighbors who live in mobile homes from sudden, destabilizing closures of mobile home property.

I’m excited to champion these bills alongside you and am even more excited to hear from you throughout session. As a reminder, you can always reach me by email or by phone at (360) 786-7692, on Facebook at “Sen. Mona Das,” on Twitter at @senmonadas, or on Instagram at @senatormonadas. Send me an email, give me a call, leave a comment on a post, or tweet at me! Even though we have to stay apart to keep our communities safe, we can absolutely stay connected!

Sincerely, Mona