These past few months, I've had the privilege of traveling throughout the 35th District to meet with local leaders, business owners, and other members of our community to get their feedback on the 2019 legislative session, as well as their ideas for new bills next year. I appreciate everyone who has taken time out of their schedules to meet with me, reach out to my office with their thoughts, and provided support for my past legislation. Together, we have accomplished great things, and I look forward to what's on the horizon.
Committee Assembly Days
State representatives returned to Olympia for Committee Assembly Days September 12-13. It was great seeing my colleagues again and discussing the important issues facing our state. These two days included committee hearings, meetings with staff, and going over information with my caucus and Leadership team.
Both the House and Senate will convene in Olympia for another set of Committee Assembly Days November 21-22. I look forward to continuing a dialogue that my caucus started a few weeks ago in Cle Elum. At a retreat, we discussed solutions and legislation involving public safety, homelessness, affordable living, and government accountability. I will share more details on our legislative priorities in the weeks ahead. Please stay tuned.
Preventing traumatic brain injuries
I plan to introduce a bill next year that would help prevent traumatic brain injuries for skateboarders and bicyclists by increasing grant funding for first responders to distribute helmets at no cost to recipients. KING 5 News did a story on this issue, which you can watch here.
Statute of limitations bill goes into effect
A number of bills that passed the Legislature earlier this year went into effect in July. Two of these measures were my bills to eliminate and extend the statute of limitations for felony sex offenses and to continue fire service mobilizations during state emergencies. It takes a lot of teamwork to get legislation to the governor's desk. I appreciate everyone's efforts on these bills.
To learn more about other bills that were signed into law, and other important information about the 2019 legislative session, you can read the House Republicans' analysis here.
Preparing for the 2020 legislative session
As the weather gets colder and the leaves on the trees continue changing colors, it's time to start thinking ahead to the 2020 legislative session that begins in January. As I take these next two months to prepare, I want to hear from you. We must work together to better our communities. You can reach out to me anytime by calling my office at (360) 786-7966 or sending an email to Dan.Griffey@leg.wa.gov. I look forward to hearing from you.
It's an honor representing you!