Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I want to thank all of you who joined the telephone town hall event with myself, Rep. Cary Condotta and Sen. Linda Evans Parlette. We received many thoughtful questions and comments that we will keep in mind as we work here in Olympia. We are responding to voicemails left after the call if you were unable to ask us your question.
Today is the 46th day of the 60-day session. The House is considering Senate bills and the Senate is considering House bills – there are still hundreds of proposals in the process to consider! Once bills have passed both chambers, in identical form, they will go to the governor's office for his signature or veto. The proposed supplemental budgets are also being released. You can read more about them here.
Update on legislation
House Bill 2105, which I sponsored to provide increased transparency with online public agendas, is moving forward in the Senate. This week it unanimously passed the Senate Governmental Operations Committee and is now in the Senate Rules Committee where it will be considered for the schedule to be voted on by the entire Senate.
Last week, Chelan County Auditor Skip Moore and Chelan County Commissioner Doug England traveled to Olympia to testify in support of House Bill 2106. I appreciate their willingness to come over and share the need for this bill which I sponsored. This legislation would provide a fix to our primary elections process and help local governments save money in the future.
Washington State Apple Blossom Festival royalty visit Olympia
I was honored to host the royalty court for the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival earlier this week. Queen Roslyn Thompson, Princess Caroline Dahl and Princess Nikara Morgan had the opportunity to speak before the Senate, be honored in the House, meet several elected officials and tour the capitol. These young ladies do an outstanding job representing the apple industry and our area. My family and I look forward to this year's festival April 24-May 4. Read more about the royalty's visit here.
I also interviewed the young women for my weekly video update – click the photo below to watch:
Finally, I want to congratulate Leavenworth's Torin Koos and Winthrop-natives Brian Gregg and siblings Sadie and Erik Bjornsen for their competition in the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The House adopted a resolution this morning that I sponsored to honor these U.S. Olympians from our district. You can read the resolution here. Thanks to each of them for making our region and our district proud!
Please contact my office anytime with questions, comments or concerns. It's an honor to serve you.
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