Dear friends and neighbors,

I’m happy to report that this year more of my bills have been passed off the Senate floor than in any other year that I’ve been in the Legislature. As I emphasized in recent town hall meetings with my Republican counterparts, that’s because I’m working with Republicans and Democrats in a bipartisan fashion.

Seven bills that I sponsored this year passed with strong bipartisan support and are now before the House:

Left to right, Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, Rep. Jay Rodne, R-Snoqualmie, and Rep. Paul Graves, R-Fall City, during a town hall meeting in Issaquah on Feb. 17, 2018.

-Ban on Credit Freeze Fees: SB 6018 eliminates credit bureaus’ fees to freeze your credit reports to protect your personal info. Passed 46-2.

Allow GET holders to share in investment returns: SB 6087 lets participants in Washington’s Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program directly share in recent investment gains, giving them a larger return on investment in the program. Passed 43-3.

College credit for high school students: SB 5917 requires colleges and universities to develop a policy to give high school students who pass International Baccalaureate or Cambridge International exams college credit. Passed 48-0.

Supporting paraeducators and training requirements: SB 6388 passed 46-1.

Improving how we regulate our financial service sector: SB 6024 passed 46-0.

Letting our local housing authorities continue to invest in affordable housing: SB 6371 passed 44-2.

Creating an easier system for the State Treasurer to replace lost checks: SB 6311 passed 47-0.

In related news, the Senate is now considering HB 2948, Rep. Paul Graves’ House version of my bill to save Maple Valley money by making sure the state continues to pay to maintain SR 169 and SR 516.

Thank you again to everyone who attended our recent Town Halls in Maple Valley, Issaquah and North Bend! I appreciate your feedback.

Best regards,