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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This week, the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee held public hearings on several Democrat-sponsored gun control bills: House Bills 117811431144, and 1240.

The crowds of people to testify in person on these bills was impressive. There were also numerous citizens testifying remotely. You can watch the entire committee hearing here.

I do not believe gun control legislation is the answer to increased crime in our state. I am a strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights. I believe criminals should be held accountable for their actions. I believe that law enforcement should be able to pursue criminals. I believe we should crack down on property crimes, including auto theft. And, I believe we need more cops on the street as our state continues to be the worst in the nation for law enforcement personnel per capita.

Legislative priorities

Much of what we do this session will fall under one of the following four priorities:

Reducing your cost of living
We should cut the sales tax, use the state's budget surplus to cut property taxes, and repeal the Long-Term Care Trust Act and employee tax.

Fixing our housing crisis
We need to create housing opportunity zones, expedite housing permits, and expand development boundaries.

Empowering all families
Help students recover from learning loss, provide school choice, and expand the working families tax credit.

Making communities safer
We need to confront drug addiction, close encampments, put more officers on the streets, address the rise in auto thefts, and allow police pursuits.

This is a long, 105-day legislative session. Your feedback and input is very much appreciated as I represent your voice in Olympia. Throughout the session, my 9th Legislative District seatmates and I will provide occasional articles for your local papers. If you haven't had the chance to read our joint article in your local paper yet, you can click here to read it.

Thank you for staying involved and for reading my weekly update. Please contact my office with any questions or concerns about legislative matters.

Sincerely,


Joe Schmick

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