Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Thank you for the honor of serving you as part of our 28th District legislative team. My first regular legislative session was fast-paced and successful. Not only did we pass a bipartisan state supplemental budget that allocates more funding for K-12 and higher education, but we finished our work on time, March 13, which has not been the case for several years before I was appointed. While I believe we could have done more to address transportation project reforms and pass meaningful job creation legislation, I would say this year marks some great successes, particularly for our current military members and veterans.
I hope this brief update is informative. This is the last e-mail update I can send out until December due to election-year restrictions, which I explain in more detail below.
District office address, phone number
Government works best when it's closest to the people it serves. This is why I have a 28th District legislative office in University Place. This allows constituents a local contact and the ability to stop in with questions or to ask for assistance working with a state agency, or even find a state service. My legislative aide, Russell Krantz, staffs the office 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The address and phone number of our district office are as follows:
7902 27th Street, Suite 7
University Place, WA 98466
My legislation to assist veterans, current military members
House Bill 2363 would require the state Department of Social and Health Services to provide services to developmentally disabled children of military service members in the order of their eligibility on their waiver application, keep their place in line as if they did not leave the state to serve their country, and not have to have reapply and begin the wait all over again, having to go to the bottom of the list for services after relocating back to Washington. This bill was signed into law April 2.
House Bill 2343/Senate Bill 5775 would allow the option for veterans to have a veteran designation on their driver's licenses and identicards issues by the state Department of Licensing. The Senate's “companion” bill (Senate Bill 5775), sponsored by Sen. Don Benton of Southwest Washington, passed the Legislature as I authored it in the House. This bill was signed into law April 2.
We want you to know what is happening in Olympia, and how it affects you. However, this is an election year, and under the provisions of a 1991 law (created by Initiative 134) there are limits on what and when we can mail to you. After this e-mail update, the soonest we can send another is just before the 2015 legislative session.
However, the initiative does permit us to respond to your direct requests for information, and we encourage you to write or call whenever you have a question or a comment to share on legislation or other matters. Please be sure to be clear that you would like a response from our office to ensure we are not contacting you outside of the ethics provisions explained above.
My door is open and I hope you'll take time to stop by my office in University Place, call or e-mail me with questions, suggestions, or if you need assistance working with a state agency. I work for you year-round and am happy to help you in any way I can. If you need a speaker for a community event, or would like to meet with me one-on-one, please contact my district office to schedule a date and time.