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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Democrats in the House of Representatives passed a low-carbon fuel standard on Wednesday night. Studies show it will increase the price of gas by at least 57 cents per gallon, and the price of diesel by at least 63 cents per gallon. This will hurt farmers, families and our state economy as a whole, and will NOT have any measurable impact on global greenhouse gas emissions. As a reminder (as I've said before), the entire state of Washington emits less than three-tenths of one percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. We have some of the cleanest air and water in the nation. Yet, with House Bill 1110, we're going to make it more expensive to drive crops to market, transport goods, commute to work, and drive to school, the doctor's office or the grocery store. This is a misguided policy originating from downtown Seattle. In fact, the state of California tried this and are now backtracking.

You can watch my floor speech here. You can learn more about the low carbon fuel standard, including statistics, studies, facts and more – and also view our collective efforts against this bill here.

Firefighters receive awards
I was very honored to join Pullman firefighters at an awards ceremony as a result of their rescue efforts during the flash flood last spring. My bill to give the head of L&I greater discrepancy with fines is still alive in the House. I continue to receive very positive feedback on both sides of the aisle and am hopeful that it will pass committee.

My bills
House Bill 2450, my bill to give an incentive to retain qualified emergency personnel in rural areas, passed out of the House Committee on Rural Development, Agriculture and Natural Resources this week. It now goes to the House Appropriations Committee for further consideration. To read a story on this bill by the Washington Ag Network, click here.

Issues survey
Last fall, before the start of the 2020 legislative session, Rep. Mary Dye and I sent out a hard copy issues survey. We received close to 850 mailed back to us, many with additional comments. The top three issues were: holding the line on tax increases; saving our dams; sustainable budgets. In addition, here are a few comments that were mailed in:

“Save the dams of Eastern WA. Felon voting law should remain. No income tax and no pay for mile system rather than gas tax.”

“Citizens must vote with ID's. No sanctuary cities or states. No voting for felons ever!”

“Save the critical access hospitals in rural communities.”

“Please help disabled veterans by providing assistance in Franklin County.”

“Common sense gun control. Raise taxes on the rich.”

“Water storage. Focus on water reuse and infrastructure and groundwater recharge.”

“Protect the second amendment and defeat the WA state Attorney General legislation.”

“Protect all water rights, reduce abortions, protect religious freedoms. Thank you for fighting for us!”

Thank you to all who participated. We really appreciate hearing from you as it helps us make decisions on your behalf here in Olympia. We represent people with diverse backgrounds and beliefs. We may not always agree on every issue, but will always listen and do our best to represent our collective values, priorities and vision for the future.

And, as always, thank you for reading my legislative update and for staying involved. If you are going to visit Olympia during session please make sure to contact my office. It's always great to see a face from back home.


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