Dear Friends and Neighbors,
My first legislative session is going by incredibly fast. We have just three short weeks to complete our work, including adopting a supplemental budget. This week is what is known as “cutoff” – meaning we had a deadline to pass House bills out of the House and send them to the Senate for consideration. Likewise, in the Senate they had the same deadline to get their bills passed and send to us for public hearings and further debate. We spent most of the last two days on the House floor voting and exchanging thoughts on the many bills we passed. Don't forget that you can always watch the legislative action online at www.tvw.org.
I hope you will take the time this Saturday, Feb. 22, to share your questions, suggestions and solutions with me and Sen. Steve O'Ban as well as 2nd District Sen. Randi Becker and Reps. JT Wilcox and Graham Hunt at our joint town hall meeting. The details are as follows:
Joint town hall meeting Saturday, Feb. 22
Graham Fire Station
10 to 11:30 a.m.
23014 70th Ave. East, Graham
Coffee and cookies will be provided
No RSVP is required
I introduced two measures to assist veterans and their families this year. Here are the bills and their status in the Legislature:
- House Bill 2363 would require the state Department of Health and Social Services to provide services to developmentally disabled children of military service members in the order he or she was on the waiting list in another state, rather than having to go to the bottom of the list for services after relocating to Washington. This bill passed the House unanimously Feb. 17 and was referred to the Senate Health Care Committee where it will have a public hearing Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. in the John A. Cherberg Building, Senate Hearing Room 4.
- House Bill 2343 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. This bill did not make it out of the House this year, I am hopeful we can address this in the next session.
As a veteran and active in our military community, I believe even small changes that help those who have served us bravely make a difference.
I hope to see you this Saturday at our town hall event in Graham. If you cannot attend, please feel free to call or e-mail me with your thoughts.
It's an honor to serve you.