Category Archives: E-News

26 Jan
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Working to protect the environment in 2019

The 2019 legislative session kicked off on January 14 and this year we will be in Olympia for a “long” 105-day regular session. In odd years, lawmakers are responsible for passing two-year operating, capital, and transportation budgets. After the 2019 ...

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30 Nov
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Legislative update: Exciting changes in Olympia

With just 45 days until the 2019 legislative session begins, I am writing to give you a brief update. I’ve spent the last few weeks working with my colleagues in the state Senate to start planning and prioritizing the major ...

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14 Aug
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Protecting Puget Sound orcas

Like many of you, I have been closely following updates about our resident Puget Sound orcas and the great challenges they face. When the orca named J35, or Tahlequah, gave birth on July 24, her baby lived for only 30 ...

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01 Aug
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Sen. Rolfes’ legislative update

Summer has definitely arrived in Kitsap County and I hope you are staying cool! While the Legislature doesn’t meet again until the start of 2019, I’ve been busy meeting with community members and, as chair of the Senate Ways & ...

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18 May
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Back home and connecting with community

Dear Neighbor, It’s been a few months since the 2018 legislative session wrapped up and I’m thankful to be back home. I’m always impressed by the ability of people in Kitsap to take time out of their busy lives to ...

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16 Mar
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Community projects, property tax relief, and ferry upgrades

Dear Neighbor, Last week, I shared some highlights of the 2018 supplemental operating budget that invests in education, mental health and jobs as well as the final piece of funding to satisfy the McCleary ruling, the states constitutional obligation to ...

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09 Mar
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Progress as 2018 legislative session ends!

The 2018 legislative session wrapped up last night and I am happy to report we finished our work on schedule for the first time in four years. As the chair of the Ways & Means Committee for our new Democratic ...

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10 Feb
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Legislative update: Progress in Olympia

Dear friends and neighbors: We have reached the midpoint of the 60-day legislative session. Our new Democratic majority in the Senate continues to make progress and work closely with the House to prioritize legislation that will make a difference to people ...

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12 Dec
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Legislative Update: Big changes ahead in Olympia

Dear Friends and Neighbors, It is hard to believe 2018 is just around the corner. With a new year comes a new legislative session, beginning January 8, and many changes in Olympia. Following a special election in the 45th Legislative District last ...

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17 Oct
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Legislative Update: Ballot Advisory Votes, Paid Family Leave and more

Dear Friends and Neighbors, The election is upon us, and ballots for local elected offices and levies will be delivered to your homes this week. There are many talented and hardworking folks competing to help run and guide our local governments ...

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