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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I want to invite you to join me and my seatmate, Rep. Mary Dye, for our 9th Legislative District telephone town hall. We will host the event on Monday, March 13 from 6-7 p.m. An automated call will go out a few minutes before the event to landlines in the district. However, if you do not have a landline or you want to make sure you can participate, you can call (509) 841-0315 on March 13 from 5:45 p.m. all the through the program. We will give a quick update on the legislative session, the bills we’re working on, and then take questions from participants. I hope you can join us.

Rep. Joe Schmick and Rep. Mary Dye on the House floor during the 2023 legislative session

We have been working long days and late into the night on the House floor debating and voting on bills. We are offering amendments to try and make bills better and fighting against legislation we view as harmful to our citizens. A few bad bills from this past week include:

  • House Bill 1074 would create heavy documentation requirements housing providers must comply with to recoup costs for damages made by tenants.
  • House Bill 1169 would eliminate criminals having to pay a penalty to fund services for victims of crimes and shift these costs to taxpayers.
  • House Bill 1181 would add a climate change element to the Growth Management Act. 

For our continually updated bill list, click here.

The Week Ahead
As we look past house of origin cutoff and to House committees considering Senate bills, please consider signing up for The Week Ahead. Not only does this communication provide you with a list of bills and their descriptions, it offers information on how to weigh in on the legislation. This link takes you to the agenda for next week.

Thank you for reading my email update. I hope you are able to join us for our telephone town hall.


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