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The Times They Are a Changin'

The Times They Are a Changin'

Dear colleagues,  On the wall in my office is a framed poster from the 1950 Pendleton Roundup. Yup, I lived in Pendleton at the time. On a bright orange background, it features a cowboy on a wild bucking bronco, and is captioned “LET ‘ER BUCK.” I have been ...

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Community projects receive funding in capital budget proposal

Community projects receive funding in capital budget proposal

Dear friends and neighbors,  The Senate released its proposal this week for the state’s capital budget, which funds construction projects across the state – mostly buildings, but many other things too. This year’s supplemental budget proposal includes major funding increases in K-12 school construction, ...

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Improving civility in our political discourse

Improving civility in our political discourse

Dear friends and neighbors,   We are now more than halfway through the legislative session! We’ve been busy all week passing bills off the Senate floor. Bills that started in the Senate have to make it through the Senate by Tuesday or they’ll be done for the session. Read More

TOMORROW: Join us for the 22nd Legislative District’s virtual town hall

TOMORROW: Join us for the 22nd Legislative District’s virtual town hall

Dear friends and neighbors,  I’d like to remind you that my seatmates, Reps. Jessica Bateman and Beth Doglio, and I are hosting a virtual town hall tomorrow! We'd like to give you a mid-session update and learn more about the issues that are ...

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Week 3 of the legislative session

Week 3 of the legislative session

Dear friends and neighbors,  Welcome to week three of the legislative session! We’ve got just about a week and a half left before our first deadline of the session—Jan. 31. That’s when policy bills will need to make it through their committee of origin. After Jan. 31, much ...

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What’s coming up this week in the legislature + a quick recap on week one

What’s coming up this week in the legislature + a quick recap on week one

Dear friends and neighbors,   Week one of the legislative session was packed with public hearings on so many important bills.   Click the photo below to see powerful testimony on a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow voters to decide if they want school bond measures ...

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Week 1 of session is underway!

Week 1 of session is underway!

Dear friends and neighbors,   It’s week one of the 2024 legislative session! We have A LOT of important things to accomplish in just 60 days.   Here’s what I have going on this week:   On Tuesday, in the Senate State Government & Elections Committee, we’ll have ...

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2024 legislative session starts next week!

2024 legislative session starts next week!

Dear friends and neighbors,   I’m happy to welcome my colleagues back to our district as we get ready to kick off the 2024 legislative session on Jan. 8.  During the last session we approved our biennial budgets, and this year, we’ll consider new policies and supplemental budgets. ...

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Save the Date! Housing Affordability Roundtable

Save the Date! Housing Affordability Roundtable

SAVE THE DATE!

Join Representative Beth Doglio, Representative Jessica Bateman, and Senator Sam Hunt for an open discussion on housing affordability-related issues facing your community. The goal for this event is for your legislators to hear from YOU, their constituents, on housing affordability-related concerns directly impacting the Lacey/Olympia/Tumwater area. WHO: Sen. ...

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See you tomorrow!

See you tomorrow!

Friends and Neighbors— Representatives Jessica Bateman, Beth Doglio and I invite you to a legislative town hall on March 16 at 6:30 pm at the South Puget Sound Community College Lacey Campus Event Center on 6th Avenue SE. We hope you’ll bring your questions, thoughts, and ideas. Read on for more ...

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