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Dear Friends and Neighbors of the 11th Legislative District,

The 2021 Washington State Legislative session is underway and I wanted to thank you for your confidence in me to represent our community’s interests in the Legislature.

Once again I’m asking for your input on bills that are introduced by other legislators.  These bills are all listed on the Senate’s daily Short Titles and Referrals list, which I will send to you every day as soon as it is delivered to my office (usually very late in the day).

Due to the high volume of bills introduced each day, I would very much appreciate your taking a quick glance at the Short Titles and Referrals list to see if there are bills that strike you as either worthy of my co-sponsorship, having potential if amended, or are so bad that we need to make every effort to kill them.

Lists come out each day around 5 p.m. although they’ve been known to come out much later at times. You’ll need to respond back to me right away at Bob.Hasegawa@leg.wa.gov (preferably by 9am the following morning) as I only have until 2 p.m. of the next day (tomorrow) to sign on as a co-sponsor if that’s your recommendation.  I discourage communicating a deep analysis and feedback on bills at this time, as time is too limited for me to process all the feedback from the many respondents in the few hours allowed for me to make decisions–you’ll have plenty of time prior to any votes being taken on the bills.  Please understand that I’ll be in committee hearings most of that time and/or attending to other legislative duties as well so the more time you give me to consider your input the better.

This is your opportunity to directly impact the creation of the laws of our state.  Don’t worry, you’ll soon get the hang of this process.  You shouldn’t feel obligated to participate in this, but please do feel free to do so if/when a bill catches your eye or you otherwise feel so moved.  If we’re all working together on this, we’ll have it covered.  The more eyes we have watching the process, the better we can ensure the Legislature is truly representing all our interests.

Thank you for your input and participation in our democracy.

-Bob