Dear Friends and Neighbors, We are just a few weeks into the 2021 session and the Legislature is already taking big steps to help people as our state works to defeat the virus and rebuild our economy. We are also seeing slow but steady progress on vaccination efforts throughout the state. As of today, more than 800,000 vaccine doses have been administered and that includes nearly 30,000 here in Kitsap County. I know access has been difficult for many of those who qualify – we need 3 million doses to get vaccines to everyone who qualifies, ...Read More
Dear Friends and Neighbors, The last few weeks have been unlike any in our nation’s history -- filled with deep sadness and bright rays of hope. When the 2021 legislative session started last week, the legislative buildings in Olympia were surrounded by security fencing and hundreds of personnel from the Washington National Guard and State Patrol. Their presence was unprecedented and startling, and stood as a stark reminder of the threat of attack and the unrest gripping our nation. I am sincerely grateful for the presence of law enforcement and our state’s security personnel during this time. I ...Read More
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We are nearing the end of a very challenging 2020 for everyone here and across the world. Like you, I’m eager to look ahead to a new year and renewed hope. I’m also grateful to live in a community that shows solidarity and compassion by masking up, social distancing , and helping our neighbors in need, especially during this latest surge in COVID-19 cases. We are stronger together and I think most of us are looking forward to the vaccines that will help to finally control this virus. ...Read More
It is my honor to represent you as your state senator in Olympia and to take this opportunity to share a few updates on the state's coronavirus response and reflect back on the 2020 legislative session. This week we entered Phase 1 of the governor’s “Safe Start” plan, thanks to weeks of collective sacrifice from people here in Kitsap and across the state. It feels good to be looking ahead, but it’s important we all keep up our social distancing practices to prevent a surge in cases that could reverse our promising course.Read More
As we continue to see an increase of new COVID-19 infections in our state, all of our lives have been drastically altered in so many ways. I find hope in all the people in our community and across the state who are stepping up to meet so many difficult challenges. I think we all have deep gratitude for the medical professionals trying to save lives in our hospitals and for everyone else regularly putting their health at risk in support of our collective efforts to reduce the spread of the virus, including those on the front lines keeping ...Read More
We are more than two-thirds of the way through the 60-day legislative session in Olympia and I wanted to provide a brief update. As the Senate’s primary budget writer, I’ve been busy preparing our supplemental operating budget, which will make important adjustments to the two-year budget we passed last April.Read More
The fall season is upon us and the kids are back in school — and legislators are already getting prepared for the 2020 legislative session. Next year state lawmakers will meet in Olympia for a shorter 60-day session. We made historic progress on many fronts this year, but we also have plenty of challenges to address. Many of the best ideas for legislation come from you — please keep in touch with any ideas, questions or concerns as the next session approaches.Read More
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 election, Democrats hold larger majorities in the Senate (28-21) and House (57-41). It's an exciting time in Olympia and our team of Senate Democrats is strong, diverse, and determined to create smart policy and make targeted investments that will improve life for people in our communities.