Dear friends and neighbors,
I’m grateful to have represented the 5th Legislative District for another session down in Olympia, and proud of the work that we were able to accomplish in just a short 60-day session. I want to take a second to highlight some accomplishments from the 2020 session, along with continued efforts to respond to the coronavirus crisis.
See you in November
Because of election year restrictions, I will be unable to update my website, Facebook page, or send e-newsletters beginning May 11. However, my office will remain open so if you need to contact me or my staff, please call my district office at (425) 213-4146 or send an email to Mark.Mullet@leg.wa.gov.
Legislative Session highlights
Five bills that I was proud to champion passed out of the Legislature this session and were signed into law by Gov. Inslee this year.
- SB 5829 helps to recruit more volunteer firefighters by improving their pensions.
- SB 6078 allows fire departments to be reimbursed for the full cost of cleanup efforts.
- SB 6131 makes it easier for churches and other non-profits to raise money for capital projects.
- SB 6052 allows life insurance companies to promote healthier lifestyles for their policy holders by providing wellbeing devices like smart watches.
- SB 6139 extends a successful partnership between our public universities and aerospace sector by another ten years.
This session was marked by ending on time and passing a responsible budget that did not raise taxes on Washingtonians. Although this budget was changed due to vetoes by the governor in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19, the bipartisan effort to get it passed was admirable.
This has been an unprecedented few months for our state and the world. While we have each been impacted by this crisis in different ways, one thing that remains certain is that we will get through this together. I’m proud to be working in a special committee with my legislative colleagues about the process of reopening. The governor recently appointed me to a task force discussing how best to aid small businesses and other companies during the gradual process of opening Washington back up. In both of these roles, my experiences as a small business owner and legislator have guided me to ensure the right decisions are made while still prioritizing public health. Having been in the Senate since the Great Recession, I know how important a responsible fiscal approach will be in the coming months as we work to remedy the impacts of this crisis on Washington’s economy.
If you are searching for resources or information right now, the best place you can turn is Washington’s official website – coronavirus.wa.gov. There you can find up-to-date statistics along with resources for workers, businesses, and what to do if you want to help.