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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

There were literally hundreds of people in the halls and around the Capitol campus at rallies this week supporting both gun control and Second Amendment rights.  It was our Democracy in action as citizens expressed their opinions on both sides of this issue.

TakeMySurveyIf you'd like to express you opinion on some of the issues we're dealing with in Olympia, click here to take my short online survey and let me know what you think.  As with previous surveys, I'll post the results later on in session and will also share individual comments from your neighbors.  This is a great way to share you opinions with me.  I also want you to know that I use your stories, anecdotes and the survey results in general to help support our district's priorities and values in Olympia.

Senate Republicans plan for education
The Senate Republicans released their Education Equality Act late last week. You can find more details here.  It's the first comprehensive plan introduced in Olympia and the Senate passed it over to the House this week.

At first glance, this is a good starting proposal that we can actually see on paper to judge.  It focuses on addressing and providing for the unique needs of all students, rewards quality teachers, simplifies school budgeting and gives local decision makers the flexibility needed to make schools work for their community.

While this is only the first step in solving this final piece to the McCleary puzzle, I'm optimistic with the Senate plan.  I'll have more detailed information for you once we take a closer look at the proposal in the House.

Rep. Shelly Short moves to the Senate
My good friend and colleague from the north, former Rep. Shelly Short, has been appointed to the Senate.

Shelly replaces former Sen. Brian Dansel who left to take a job with the Trump Administration.  Shelly served on the House Health Care and Wellness Committee with me and has been a frequent visitor to our district over the years working on environment, health care and natural resource issues.  She has been especially involved with wildfire and wolf concerns.  I'm sad to see her go but know she'll do a great job in the Senate.

Thank you for reading my e-newsletter.  And as always, feel free to contact my office with any questions or concerns you may have about a state issue or agency.  It is an honor to serve you in Olympia.

Sincerely,


Joe Schmick

State Representative Joe Schmick
9th Legislative District
RepresentativeJoeSchmick.com
426B Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
joe.schmick@leg.wa.gov
360-786-7844 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000