Rep. Joe Schmick's Email Updates


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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

This week, the House debated and voted on legislation impacting Washington state’s Long-Term Care Insurance and Payroll Tax, a plan created through House Bill 1087 during the 2019 legislative session. House...

Jan. 21, 2022

The 2022 legislative session began this week much like the 2021 session. It will be a mostly-remote session with online committee meetings and floor votes and very few legislators or staff...

Jan. 14, 2022

The 2022 legislative session is just over a month away. The 60-day session will once again be a mostly remote session with online committee hearings. However, unlike last session, legislators will...

Nov. 30, 2021

Many of you have contacted my office expressing frustrations with the long-term care tax going into effect Jan. 1, 2022. I understand and share your concerns. When the Democrat majority in...

Nov. 12, 2021

During the 2021 legislative session, I spoke out against – and voted against – a slew of bills brought forward by the activist Defund the Police movement. It was obvious at...

July 30, 2021

Washington citizens will soon see less money in their monthly paychecks unless they opt-out of mandatory long-term care insurance foisted upon them by Democrats in Olympia. No, this is not hyperbole....

July 16, 2021

In a previous update to you, I talked about the trifecta of proposals that could drastically increase the price we all pay at the pump. This could raise costs on those...

April 27, 2021

As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Gov. Inslee has rolled back three counties to Phase 2: Pierce, Cowlitz, and Whitman. I continue to have concerns that one person is controlling the lives,...

April 16, 2021

After two weeks of long, late night and weekend sessions, today is the “opposite house cut off.” Bills originating in the Senate have to pass the House, and vice versa. Otherwise,...

April 11, 2021