Category Archives: E-News

24 Mar
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Thanks for an incredibly informative town hall!

Dear friends and neighbors, I always enjoy town hall meetings, but Monday’s was extra special. The level of participation was by far our highest ever, and it showed in the quality of discussion. The questions were plentiful and knowledgeable, and ...

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18 Mar
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How capital gains and childcare go hand in hand

Dear friends and neighbors, Earlier this month, the Senate passed two major bills on a long Saturday afternoon. It was no accident that we passed both bills the same day, because they are related. Senate Bill 5237 is a sweeping ...

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15 Mar
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Our telephone town hall meeting is set for March 22

Dear friends and neighbors, Though the pandemic has made direct interactions a little trickier this legislative session, one communications channel is unchanged—the telephone town hall meetings I host with my district seatmates, Rep. Steve Tharinger of Port Townsend and Rep. ...

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02 Mar
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How I confronted garbage and swine in Olympia

Dear friends and neighbors, Olympia can be a stuffy place. We vote on bills with titles like “Dredged material disposal,” “Irrigation dist. elections” and “Bridge year pilot program.” Then you get a bill titled “Prohibiting the feeding of garbage to ...

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26 Feb
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Protecting your personal information

Dear friends and neighbors, Now that we’ve passed the first big cut-off deadline of this legislative session, we know which bills have died and which are moving forward. And two of the biggest deal with protecting sensitive personal information that ...

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05 Feb
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SB 5302 would help us reduce prescription drug prices

Dear friends and neighbors, One of my continuing efforts over the years has been to reduce the cost of the expensive prescription drugs that can strain household budgets. Two years ago, for instance, I secured $20,000 in the state operating ...

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28 Jan
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Good news and bad news about COVID-19

Dear friends and neighbors, First the bad news, much of which you already know all too well. The pandemic continues to disrupt our personal and professional lives, our businesses and our communities. While we race to vaccinate the populace and ...

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21 Jan
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The time to ban seabed mining is now

Dear friends and neighbors, We often enact laws to correct or eliminate activities that are causing harm. What’s even better is when we can address a problem before it can even become a problem. That’s the case with my legislation ...

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14 Jan
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Pandemic relief is our top priority this session

Dear friends and neighbors, Probably no event in our lifetime has forced us to change the ways we live and work so dramatically as the COVID-19 pandemic. Even when it comes to the Legislature, the pandemic is determining what we’ll ...

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