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2020 Legislative Report

2020 Legislative Report

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.

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COVID-19 response & resources

COVID-19 response & resources

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 ...

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Exciting progress in Olympia

Exciting progress in Olympia

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.

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Good news for Washington's economy

Good news for Washington's economy

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.

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Working to protect the environment in 2019

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 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.

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Legislative update: Exciting changes in Olympia

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 issues we will tackle next year. Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter and I hope you enjoy a peaceful holiday season.

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Protecting Puget Sound orcas

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 minutes. Soon, the whole world was watching as she began carrying her dead calf – something she would do for more than two weeks. One orca researcher has called this a “tour of grief,” and I know many of you right here in our community are interested in learning more about what the state is doing to help ...

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Sen. Rolfes' legislative update

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 & Means Committee, preparing to write the state’s next budget. I watch our state’s economic performance closely and lately we’ve received mostly positive news. For two straight years our state has led the nation in economic growth, but I know we are also experiencing many challenges. I touch on a few of these below – important steps that ...

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