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Our Town Hall Has Been Rescheduled to Tuesday, February 20th at 6:30 PM!

Our Town Hall Has Been Rescheduled to Tuesday, February 20th at 6:30 PM!

Friends and neighbors, Unfortunately, we’ve had to reschedule our upcoming Virtual Town Hall. We will now be hosting the event on Tuesday, Feb. 20th at 6:30 PM. The event has been updated on Facebook and YouTube so if you’ve already signed up there’s no need to sign up again. Just make sure you’ve marked your calendar! We’re looking forward to hearing your questions and input on the big issues we’re working on this session! Democracy works best when we all come together ...

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How the CCA Will Keep Washington Safe

How the CCA Will Keep Washington Safe

Climate change threatens us all. In the past decades, we’ve seen increased flooding, catastrophic wildfires, droughts, habitat destruction, salmon depletion, and other existential threats to our way of life in Washington. These are not abstract problems to be dealt with in a far-off future. We are seeing the damage of climate change right now in our communities. The Quinault Indian Nation village of Taholah, a low-lying community near the Pacific Coast, has had to plan for complete relocation due to rising ...

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We’re Making Progress on Behavioral Health, and We Won’t Stop Now!

We’re Making Progress on Behavioral Health, and We Won’t Stop Now!

Dear neighbors, Our behavioral health crisis is one of the most widespread and personal issues now facing Washington state. So many families have had to grapple with the reality of serious mental health conditions. Few communities are unaffected by the housing instability and addiction epidemics that result from untreated behavioral health issues. We’ve learned a lot in the last few years. As Democrats, we’ve come together to build a new, stronger behavioral health system. By using innovative approaches, support for our workforce, ...

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Senior homelessness is on the rise. This bill will help.

Senior homelessness is on the rise. This bill will help.

Dear neighbors, I spend a lot of time working on ensuring we have more affordable housing in our communities. Last week, a public hearing was held on a bill I introduced, SB 5901, and its House companion, HB 1998. This bill will make it possible to build co-living housing – high quality apartments that share a communal kitchen. The testimony I heard during the hearing was truly eye-opening. AARP testified that, according to census data, senior homelessness is rising ...

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Bill Addresses Toxic Chemical Killing Salmon

Bill Addresses Toxic Chemical Killing Salmon

Saving our Salmon! I am excited to announce that a bill I introduced, SB 5931, had its public hearing today. This bill will protect salmon from a toxic chemical known as 6ppd. Although few are aware, 6ppd is a chemical found in vehicle tires and it’s the second deadliest aquatic toxin ever studied! The substance makes its way into our waterways through road runoff and can kill our coho salmon after only a few hours of exposure. This is ...

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Exploring Tribal Governance and Local Leadership in Washington State

Exploring Tribal Governance and Local Leadership in Washington State

Dear friends and neighbors, As we embrace the arrival of fall and draw closer to the 2024 legislative session, I'm excited to provide an update on the activities of this busy interim, particularly from my recent visit to the Yakama Nation earlier this month. As a member of the Local Government, Land Use, & Tribal Affairs Committee in the Washington State Senate, this visit offered me insights into tribal governance and the significant role of local government in our beautiful state. During ...

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Mitigating fire hazards in Washington

Mitigating fire hazards in Washington

Dear friends and neighbors, It's been quite a busy interim. Since the legislative session ended, I have been hard at work meeting with community members and stakeholders — learning, traveling, and road-mapping the upcoming year. I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Colville Tribe's reservation and the Roslyn area last week, focusing on the crucial issue of fire hazard mitigation. In light of this, I want to share with you some insights from my trip and the latest developments on this ...

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A Brighter Future for Families in Need

A Brighter Future for Families in Need

Dear friends and neighbors, I hope you've been enjoying your summer and making the most of the sunny days. I have had the pleasure of spending the past few months visiting members of our district, attending community events, and meeting with stakeholders as we prepare for next year’s legislative session. I want to share with you something that's close to our hearts – the stories of the families who will benefit from an important housing initiative right here in our district, the ...

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