Dear Friends and Neighbors,
On Monday, I sent out an e-mail update titled “The Week Ahead.” This is an internal document that members of the House Republican Caucus receive which highlights the upcoming week's committee schedule along with important bills that folks back home might want to be aware of. I know you all lead very busy lives and I certainly don't want to clutter your already inundated inboxes – but I felt this update was important for you to have so you can see exactly where bills are in the legislative process. I heard positive feedback from many of you so I will continue this effort through the remainder of session. The plan going forward is to send you the “The Week Ahead” on Mondays and my regular e-newsletter on Fridays. And again, thanks for taking the time to stay informed.
Second Amendment Rally
There was a rally at the state Capitol today in support of the Second Amendment. There were probably 200-250 people in attendance. Here are a couple pictures from that event. I agree with the sentiments expressed in both handmade signs!
Is the new governor going to lead? Or obstruct?
Earlier this week, Gov. Inslee dipped his toes into the legislative stream by accusing the state Senate of “going backwards” on much-needed workers' compensation reforms and the issue of declaring our state's abundant hydro power as “renewable” under the state's energy policies. He said the same thing about a bill that would require parents of an underage girl to be notified before she has an abortion.
While acknowledging his veto powers, he said it was “too early to start waving around red pens vocally.” His comments make many of us wonder if Inslee is going to be a leader this session or an obstructionist. We'll have to wait and see. But talking about his “red pens” before legislation has even moved one-fourth of the way through the process is cause to be suspicious, for sure.
I had the opportunity to be on TVW this week – the state channel that broadcasts and records committee and floor action, as well as creates public policy programs for citizens to stay informed about state government. The discussion was about the Abortion Mandate Coverage bill, the expansion of Medicaid and the implementation of Obamacare. If you have a few minutes, I encourage you to click the picture on the right and scroll the timer forward to 26:50. It was interesting debate with the chair of the House Health Care and Wellness Committee, Rep. Eileen Cody from West Seattle.
9th District Telephone Town Hall
Don't forget about my telephone town hall next week! On Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. you can join me along with hundreds of your friends and neighbors in the 9th Legislative District to talk about the issues that are important to you. Just dial 1-877-229-8493 and enter pin # 15440. I hope you are able to join us!
Again, thank you for taking the time to read my e-newsletter and for staying involved in the legislative process. It's your government – I'm here to serve you!