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After approximately five sessions of working on Tobacco 21 legislation, Gov. Jay Inslee will sign my bill into law this Friday. House Bill 1074 would prohibit the sale of cigarettes, tobacco...

April 3, 2019

We have passed the halfway mark of the 2019 legislative session. Lawmakers have been spending long days and some nights on the House floor debating bills that are going to the...

March 12, 2019

The 2019 session began Monday, Jan. 14. It is a busy time, with committee schedules, meeting with constituents and working on bills. It is an honor and privilege to be in...

Jan. 29, 2019

As you are aware, the Legislature adjourned the 2018 legislative session on March 8. Keep in mind I am your representative year-round. While I want to keep you updated on what...

May 11, 2018

There were a number of accomplishments to point to, but I was concerned with the operating budget, the minimal property tax relief we provided taxpayers and I am still working on...

March 27, 2018

The 2018 legislative session is off to a good start. Less than two weeks into the session an agreement was reached on the Hirst decision, leading to the passage of the...

Jan. 30, 2018

The 2018 legislative session is just around the corner. Sen. Lynda Wilson, Rep. Vicki Kraft and I will be holding a town hall meeting on Dec. 9. The meeting will be held...

Nov. 29, 2017

After many months of negotiations the Legislature was able to reach an agreement and pass an operating budget, Senate Bill 5883, on June 30 and avoid a government shutdown. Of the two-year,...

Aug. 1, 2017

We are down to the last month of the legislative session. We have passed a number of cutoff dates, including the house-of-origin cutoff date. Getting past this deadline is helpful in telling us...

March 24, 2017

We are about a month into the 2017 legislative session and detailed plans to address the state Supreme Court McCleary order are emerging. The Senate Republicans released their One Washington Education Equality...

Feb. 8, 2017