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E-NEWSLETTER: All schools should matter when it comes to security Dear Friends and Neighbors, Today we reached another important milestone in the 2018 session – the final day for action on bills from the “opposite house.” That means we have finished voting on bills passed by the House of Representatives, and the House is through voting on Senate bills for... Read More...
E-NEWSLETTER: Still advocating for lower property taxes Dear Friends and Neighbors, A recent visitor asked me about my top legislative priority. That was an easy one: jobs. Good things happen when more people are employed, and the Legislature can do much through tax policy and regulations to preserve jobs and encourage job creation. As a member of... Read More...
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E-NEWSLETTER: Let’s lower your property taxes! Dear Friends and Neighbors, A debate is under way here at the Capitol about reducing your property taxes. I am hopeful that it will lead to what amounts to a tax rollback. This discussion will probably continue until the closing days of the legislative session. Here is some background to... Read More...
E-NEWSLETTER: Two down, seven to go… Dear Friends and Neighbors, We are now wrapping up the second week of this short session.  We started the week with packed hearings in the Law and Justice Committee on several firearms related bills that have generated quite a bit of controversy.  I’ve received and responded to nearly 3,000 e-mails... Read More...
17th District lawmakers to hold town hall meeting Dec. 9 Residents of the 17th Legislative District will have a chance to learn more about the upcoming 2018 legislative session in Olympia and talk with their legislators by attending a district town hall meeting on Saturday, Dec. 9. The meeting, open to the public, will be held from 11 a.m. to... Read More...
‘Fourth-quarter comeback’ for rail bill signed into law today On Thursday, the governor took a different course on freight rail jobs, signing a measure sponsored by Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, to open Clark County to hundreds and potentially thousands of new rail jobs. The governor previously vetoed a companion version of the bill. “It’s a rare opportunity to get... Read More...
Recognized for Railroad Safety Leadership Recently, I received a Certificate of Recognition from the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen and Smart Transportation division of the Washington State legislative board. They gave this recognition to me, Sen. Jan Angel, and Sen. Barbara Bailey for our work to support legislation that provides basic safety, oversight, and... Read More...
Washington Student Association’s Legislator of the Year! It is a deep honor to receive the Washington Student Association​’s Legislator of the Year award! They’ve been great partners as we work with students and universities to provide world-class higher education in Washington. Thank you to President Maresa Miranda and the Washington Student Association! Read More...
Wilson revives freight rail jobs bill, Senate passes compromise After the governor vetoed a critical freight rail jobs bill from the House, he found a capable negotiator in Sen. Lynda Wilson to revive it. The vetoed bill was a companion measure to Wilson’s Senate Bill 5517, which passed in the Senate Tuesday with the compromises negotiated with the governor’s... Read More...