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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We're nearly at the halfway mark of this short, 60-day session. Even though most of the Capitol is still relatively quiet with very few legislators, staff or the public in attendance (and with committee meetings and floor votes online), there is a lot being done.

Important emergency powers reform legislation that I'm cosponsoring, House Bill 1772, received a public hearing in the House State Government and Tribal Relations Committee this week. This bill would help restore balance and trust in state government by limiting the duration and scope of the governor's emergency powers, while still allowing for necessary emergency actions to be taken during extreme, unforeseen circumstances.

Public safety continues to be a point of emphasis as the majority party tries to fix some of the problems with their law enforcement reform bills from last year. I am joining with several of my colleagues in pushing for meaningful solutions that will address public safety, keep our communities and families safe, while allowing officers to do their jobs safely and effectively:

  • HB 1737 Fixes last year's bills, restores balance and common sense to policing.
  • HB 1788 Allows law enforcement to pursue suspects.
  • HB 1656 Protects retailers from theft/changes definition.
  • HB 1787 Puts more police officers on the street, offers signing and retention bonuses.

You can learn more about our Safe Washington Plan here.

I've also been working against the governor's salmon bill, House Bill 1838. This bill would devastate the agriculture community. You can read my op-ed on this issue here.

Our caucus is trying something new this year: Text alerts. The system allows people to sign up for text alerts and opt out at any time. It is yet another way for us to keep you updated on what's happening in the Legislature. Please consider signing up at this platform

Finally, please mark your calendars for our 9th Legislative District Zoom town hall meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Go to tinyurl.com/9thDistrictTownHall to register for the event.

As always, thank you for staying involved in your state government and for offering your thoughts and opinions. It is an honor to serve you.


Joe Schmick

State Representative Joe Schmick, 9th Legislative District
426B Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(253) 275-1425 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000