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For some, cherry blossoms represent a time of renewal. For Washington lawmakers, they also signal the nearing end of a legislative session. We have less than 30 days to go in...

April 3, 2019

The Legislature is now more than halfway done with the 2019 legislative session. Since my last update, a lot of bills have passed out of the House and over to the...

March 19, 2019

We did it – we survived snowmageddon. During that snowy weekend earlier this month, I witnessed a tremendous outpouring of community service, from neighbors shoveling driveways, offering rides to those stranded,...

Feb. 28, 2019

It's been a while since I've sent one of these email updates, so I wanted to take some time to share with you details about the first few weeks of the...

Feb. 1, 2019

Just recently, I mailed a newsletter that provides an overview of the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions. In the newsletter, I discuss the hits and misses of the state operating budget,...

May 11, 2018

I'm sorry to inform you my telephone town hall scheduled for this Thursday, March 22, from 6-7 p.m. is canceled. Unfortunately, I've come down with pneumonia and will not be able...

March 20, 2018

On Thursday, March 8, the 2018 legislative session adjourned. It was my first experience with a true sine die, as we were able to adjourn on time without plans to reconvene...

March 16, 2018

The 2018 legislative session is underway! This year is a short session — 60 days — and we'll be tasked with making small tweaks (i.e. adjustments to caseloads and workloads, and changes due...

Jan. 24, 2018

I'm happy to share that after a record 172 days of session, the Legislature finally passed a compromise budget. The two-year, $43.7 billion budget makes a number of critical investments, but perhaps...

July 11, 2017

There are about two weeks left of the 2017 legislative session. With such a short time before we're schedule to adjourn, lawmakers are busy in both chambers getting legislation over the...

April 10, 2017