Rep. Joe Schmick's Email Updates


A new riparian buffer bill has been introduced in the Legislature, only this time, we may need your help to get the bill passed! Let me explain. Last year, Gov. Inslee...

Feb. 3, 2023

Every 10 years, after the federal government publishes updated census information, Washington redraws the boundaries of each congressional and state legislative district. This is to ensure an equal number of residents...

Jan. 27, 2023

This week, the House Civil Rights and Judiciary Committee held public hearings on several Democrat-sponsored gun control bills: House Bills 1178, 1143, 1144, and 1240. The crowds of people to testify in person on these...

Jan. 20, 2023

Lawmakers, staff, and the public are back in Olympia in person for the first time in nearly three years. If we've learned anything over this time period it's that you –...

Jan. 16, 2023

With the 2022 legislative session in our rearview mirror, we're now entering election-year restrictions. This means, beginning May 16, I will not be able to send you an email update until...

May 13, 2022

The 2022 legislative session ended last night just before midnight. I want to thank all of you who have sent emails, written letters, made phone calls, and testified in remote committee...

March 11, 2022

The majority party in the House passed their supplemental operating budget proposal tonight. It is represents the largest spending plan in state history. Their supplemental budget is almost 10 times more...

Feb. 26, 2022

The house of origin cutoff was this week, meaning all House bills not necessary to implement the budget must pass the House and be sent over to the Senate (and vice...

Feb. 18, 2022

We have been on the House floor all week with most legislators participating remotely. This is the time of session where long days and nights are spent briefing all House members...

Feb. 11, 2022

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...

Feb. 4, 2022