Friends and neighbors in the 40th,
Due to election year restrictions I will be unable to update my website, Facebook page, or send e-newsletters beginning on May 11. However, my office will remain open, so if you need to contact me or my staff, please call my office at (360) 786-7678 or send an email to Liz.Lovelett@leg.wa.gov.
It has been an honor to serve this incredible district as your state senator for another year! The work we do down in Olympia is fast-paced and can be hard to keep up with, but I want to do my best to keep you all up-to-date. Along with plenty of important pieces of legislation, your state government responded quickly to the coronavirus crisis and these efforts will continue every day until we defeat it.
This crisis is unprecedented not only for our state, but for the entire world, and we are all learning to adapt to a new normal. The Legislature responded at the end of the 2020 session with fast-tracked funding to address the crisis, but it is becoming clearer everyday that more will need to be done to fully confront the impact. I have been in continued virtual meetings with community leaders, legislators, and state agencies to discuss next steps forward. I know through our collective strength and resilience that we will get through this together. Other steps forward include multiple task forces that are working together to advise the governor’s office based on public health and economic impact on all Washingtonians. I will continue to advocate for our communities and neighbors in all future conversations and support a public health-based approach at addressing this emergency.
If you are looking for up-to-date data, resources, or ways to help your community, be sure to visit Washington’s primary website at coronavirus.wa.gov for accurate information.
2020 Legislative Session
This year, the Legislature passed plenty of meaningful legislation that will benefit Washington for years to come. I was proud to champion multiple bills that highlight the continued need for progressive environmental action and sustaining resources for our most vulnerable communities. A few of these that were ultimately signed into law will:
- Safeguard our marine ecosystems through derelict vessel prevention
- Create new financing tools for solar power
- Increase access to fresh produce from farmers markets for WIC recipients.
There is still plenty of work to be done to protect what makes the 40th the most beautiful district in our state, and I will continue to fight for the future that our kids deserve. Working to electrify our state’s ferry system, expand opportunities for affordable housing, and create local climate resiliency methods are my top areas of concern during this interim, and I will continue to work with local community leaders on next steps.