Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Yesterday, Congressman Doc Hastings visited Olympia to bid his farewell. You may have heard that he will be retiring. Congressman Hastings has represented Central Washington for 20 years, and I am forever grateful for his public service and the work he has done as chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources in Washington, D.C. It was good to see him, thank him in person and catch up on things.
The last week I've spent a great deal of time voting on bills at my desk on the House floor. We've spent some long hours discussing legislation related to the economy, health care, education, elections and more. A good resource for status of bills, legislative calendars, and committee information is our state legislative website www.leg.wa.gov, including the Legislative Information Center.
Books benefitting Educational Foundation now available
I'm excited to share that the “Investing in the Future – Teachers Make a Difference” books I mentioned last week are now available for purchase! The books are just $12 and proceeds go toward the North Central ESD Educational Foundation Teachers Make a Difference scholarship fund. Contact Eldene Wall to obtain a copy. I will be sharing the great stories of NCW teachers with colleagues here in Olympia. I wrote the book's foreword, so please click here if you would like a sneak peak.
Washington's Civic Educator of the Year from Wenatchee High School
It was a pleasure to nominate Mrs. Malia Renner-Singer as Civic Educator of the Year, and a joy to see her accept the award here in Olympia on Monday. Watch this week's video update where I interview Mrs. Renner-Singer about how and why she got into civics and her experience in Olympia:
Mrs. Renner-Singer also had the chance to watch some floor debate and voting in the House, and I was able to introduce her to the governor. I am so proud to represent teachers like her, and that her administration, district and parents support the great work she is doing with students! You can read more about Mrs. Renner-Singer and the award in this press release.
Telephone town hall
Hearing from you is central to my job as your state representative. However, with a district as geographically large as ours, it's difficult for me to reach out to every community or for some people to make a trip to an in-person town hall. That's why my seatmates, Sen. Linda Evans Parlette and Rep. Cary Condotta, and I are hosting a telephone town hall next week. I hope you can join us:
Tuesday, Feb. 25, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Call toll-free (877) 229-8493
Enter pin number 112411 when prompted
To ask us a question, press star (*) then 3
This is a great way for you to participate from the comfort of your own home, and for us to reach out to constituents while we're in session in Olympia. I look forward to talking with you!
If you can't make the event, please always feel free to contact my office with questions, concerns and suggestions.
It's an honor to represent you.
122G Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
360-786-7832 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000