Update from Olympia
March 7, 2017
Greetings Friends and Neighbors,
Things are picking up here in Olympia. We have spent the past week working late into the evening casting votes on policies that have significant impacts on our communities.
The Senate has already approved a funded education proposal that puts students first. Very simply, the state will drive more money to schools, guaranteeing a minimum level of per-student funding with additional funds to meet individual needs such as low-income, English Language Learners, and homeless students.
Visit www.fullyfundeducation.org to read more about our plan.
The Senate Majority Coalition Caucus is also leading the way to address water access in our rural areas. Late last year, the state Supreme Court issued what is known as the Hirst decision, which puts property owners in rural Washington in jeopardy. The decision turns decades of water law on its head by requiring very costly studies before a building permit is issued. Even then, there is no guarantee that someone who has committed his or her life savings to build a home can drill a well for household use.
Senate Bill 5239 is the fix for this problem. It was approved with some bipartisan support, but when we voted it off the Senate floor the opposing Democrats were vague about what they thought would be a better solution. I am hopeful that the House will take up this legislation because there are hundreds of families all across the state in need of a solution. During the committee hearings on the bill, many people came to Olympia pleading for relief.
Getting your input
My house seatmates and I will be hosting in-person town halls later this month. Please keep an eye out for future updates for more information. I will also be hosting a Telephone Town Hall and will send out an update when details are available.
Staying in touch
It is an honor to serve as your state Senator. Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office with questions or concerns regarding your state government. Please note that my office location in Olympia has changed.
10th District Senator