Dear friends and neighbors, With just a few weeks left in this year's 60-day legislative session, I'm eager to provide updates and answer your questions today. I hope you will join me and Reps. Drew Hansen and Tara Simmons for a Virtual 23rd District Town Hall this morning at 11 a.m. You can sign up here to watch on zoom or you can watch on YouTube here. I hope to see you this morning and please always feel free to contact me at Christine.Rolfes@leg.wa.gov. Thanks for the opportunity to serve you, ChristineRead More
Dear friends and neighbors, There is less than a month remaining in this year’s 60-day legislative session and we’ve had some exciting developments in recent days with the introduction of a new transportation funding package called Move Ahead Washington. This proposal is possible in part due to infrastructure investments from Congress and an unexpectedly robust state revenue collection in 2021. In this newsletter, I’ll highlight the projects in our district included in the plan. It still has a long way to go to get to the governor’s desk and become law, but this is a crucial first step ...Read More
Dear friends and neighbors, We just wrapped up the third week of this year’s 60-day legislative session and the pace has been brisk. I want to share a brief update on a few of the key bills the Legislature is already acting on this year.
Update on WA Cares ActIn 2019, the Legislature passed the Washington Cares Act, which made our state the first in the nation to start a program that would support a long-term health care benefit for state residents, funded through a 0.58% employee payroll deduction. This program was designed to help us stay ...Read More
Dear Friends and Neighbors, The 2022 Washington State Legislature gaveled in the new session this week and as we start a new year I continue to have a lot of hope for the future of our communities here on the Kitsap Peninsula and across the state. Unfortunately, because of the latest surge in Covid cases, most of our work will continue to be remote for at least the first few weeks. This session will last 60 days and is scheduled to wrap up on March 10. All hearings and floor debates will streamed on TVW and you ...Read More
Dear Friends and Neighbors, For those of you who have worked with or been served by my office, I wanted you to know that we are undergoing staffing changes. For one, in what has been called the “end of an era,” Linda Owens is retiring this week!
Thank you Linda!More than a decade ago, Linda Owens accepted an offer to come work with me in the State Senate and during that time she has remained a trusted assistant, office manager, advisor, and friend. As my Executive Legislative Assistant, she has helped thousands of our neighbors navigate complex ...Read More
Dear Friends and Neighbors, I want to thank all of the community members who attended the 23rd District Ferry Town Hall on Nov. 30. It was a productive conversation and a chance to get an update on the current disruptions to service. More than 100 people registered for the event and attendees were able to get valuable information straight from Washington State Ferry officials on the various steps they are taking to address inadequate service levels. If you missed it, you can watch it by clicking here. If you are ...Read More
Dear Friends and Neighbors, Like so many of you, I am frustrated by the delays and disruptions to the ferry service we all depend on here in Kitsap. There are many reasons for the current service cutbacks, and I am working with my colleagues in the Legislature and officials from the Washington State Ferries to identify sustainable solutions that will deliver reliable service and give our communities a sense of certainty when it comes to essential transportation needs. I hope you'll join us for a conversation to discuss current challenges and the path forward with my fellow legislators and ...Read More
Dear friends and neighbors, Fall has arrived and the school year has started here in Kitsap. As life gets busier and we all continue to do our part to control the pandemic, I wanted to get you some timely information about two important issues you may have heard about in the news recently.