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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

20170119_130928kr_5x7_4It's always great to visit with folks from district.  This week I met with several Realtors from Pullman.  If you're ever heading to Olympia, please contact my office so we can set up a time to chat.

Earlier this week, my colleagues and I proposed an amendment to our House rules that would have established our Fund Education First solution.

Our Fund Education First proposal has been supported by House Republicans for over a decade.  It would change the state's budget process and require the Legislature to pass a separate K-12 education budget before any other appropriation.  This would elevate K-12 education funding to be the highest priority in the budgeting process.

However, the majority party in the House rejected our amendment and it failed on a party-line vote, 50-48.

High-capacity gun mags
The state attorney general, in perhaps an effort to “out liberal” his King County politicians who may be competing for him to run for governor in a few years, is pushing some troubling gun control bills.  While he can't introduced legislation – only elected Representatives and Senators can do that – he can get help from his Seattle friends to sponsor his legislation.

HB 1134 would ban the sale of so-called “assault weapons” and large capacity magazines.  And when I hear the argument, “But you don't need 30 rounds to go hunting,” my response is: “Yes, but our Founding Fathers didn't create the Second Amendment because the deer were coming.”

HB 1387 would put restrictions on who can own certain firearms and large capacity magazines.  This is a slippery slope.  Once you go down this path, as we have seen in other nations and states, the Second Amendment gets chiseled away to nothing.

I don't support these measures.  I still believe “shall not be infringed” is the standard by which we should measure gun legislation.

Deer and elk deprivation
This week in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee we heard there would be more resources sought to reimburse land owners from deer and elk deprivation.  This has been an issue in the 9th District for years.  I'm glad to see our efforts to get these agencies to pay more attention to this problem are starting to pay off.

The Washington State March for Life Rally at the north steps of the Legislative Building on January 23rd, 2017.

The Washington State March for Life Rally at the north steps of the Legislative Building on January 23rd, 2017.

March for Life

One of the largest demonstrations of the year happened this week with the annual March for Life.  Thousands of men, women and children gathered at the Capitol steps to call for an end to abortion.  As an elected official this issue is often difficult for my colleagues but not for me.  I am pro-life.  Always have been and always will be.

As always, thank you for reading my e-newsletter.  Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  It's an honor to serve you in Olympia.


Joe Schmick

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