Rep. Joe Schmick's Email Updates


This past week was unbelievably busy. I've asked around and even long-time Olympia legislators and staff say the pace of the first few weeks of this session has been crazy! Here...

Feb. 1, 2019

My office has received many phone calls and emails about an effort (Senate Bill 5326) to eliminate booth rental agreements, like those used by hairdressers and stylists, who rent “booths” and...

Jan. 25, 2019

The 2019 session has begun. I'm in Olympia now for the next 105 days working for you; being YOUR voice in the state House. Things are a bit different now with...

Jan. 18, 2019

With the 2018 legislative session behind us, it has been great to be back home and visiting with so many of you at the various parades, community days and civic celebrations...

May 10, 2018

We recently celebrated Beef Day in Olympia.  Cattlemen from around the state served some of the best beef I've ever tasted!  Even though there was snow on the ground, the lines stretched down...

March 3, 2018

The Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released its quarterly state revenue forecast this week.  Because of lower caseloads (entitlement programs and services) and a strong economy in much of...

Feb. 16, 2018

Despite increased opposition from citizens, the Democrat-controlled Senate Energy, Environment and Technology Committee passed a version of Gov. Inslee's energy tax.

Feb. 9, 2018

We are nearing the halfway point of the 60-day legislative session and today is the policy committee cutoff.  Any bills not out of their original policy committees – like Education, Environment...

Feb. 2, 2018

We are currently spending more time in committee as we rapidly approach committee cutoff on Feb. 2.  Policy bills need to be approved by policy committees and moved along through the...

Jan. 26, 2018

After more than a year of tough negotiations, we were finally able to provide a bipartisan solution to Hirst.  Senate Bill 6091 will allow for permanent, legal, reliable water to rural property...

Jan. 19, 2018