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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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Washington state's journey towards a sustainable future

Washington state's journey towards a sustainable future

Dear friends and neighbors, We cannot ignore the fact that Washington state’s communities, economy, and natural systems are being affected by climate change. Heat waves, flooding, wildfires, and drought continue to wreak havoc in our state. This legislative session we passed several new bills and made historic investments aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and safeguarding our water resources, forests, infrastructure, agriculture, and human health. Taking Action on Climate Change In 2021, Washington became the ...

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Protecting reproductive health care in Washington

Protecting reproductive health care in Washington

Dear friends and neighbors, I am thrilled to report that this legislative session we have made significant progress in protecting reproductive health care in our state. I am proud to work alongside my colleagues in advocating for these efforts to ensure that all Washingtonians have access to the reproductive care they need. Washington state has a longstanding commitment to protect reproductive rights, and we have reaffirmed that commitment this year with a series of ...

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Bill headed to Governor’s desk provides homeowners a break on their property taxes

Bill headed to Governor’s desk provides homeowners a break on their property taxes

Dear friends and neighbors, I am thrilled to share some exciting news with you. On Friday, the Washington state Senate passed HB 1355 on a unanimous vote after also passing unanimously in the House. This bill expands the qualification for the property tax assistance program for senior citizens, disabled individuals, and qualifying veterans. The property tax assistance program is designed to help those who are most in need by providing financial assistance to cover the cost of property taxes. By ...

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