Dear Friends and Neighbors,
On Tuesday, our first overtime legislative session ended and we’ve already started our second. As I explained in a previous e-newsletter, this is unnecessary and a big disappointment. Our budget negotiators tell me that progress has been made as they’ve met regularly with House negotiators, but it’s still difficult to move forward when the other side has taken an impossibly high starting position.
Aside from that, there has been some good news, as all of my bills that passed the Legislature have now been signed into law. You can read a bit more about them below and if you have any questions about the budget situation or the bills, please shoot me an email at Lynda.Wilson@leg.wa.gov.
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Yours in service,
Small Business and More Get Action with Bill Signings
I was very proud to help bring the Small Business Bill of Rights forward this year and push it to the final step of being signed into law. The final version that made it through was the House companion bill sponsored by Rep. Andrew Barkis.
Making Washington open for small businesses to start, grow, and invest is crucial to a strong and growing economy. That starts by making the rules of the road crystal clear. This bill gets that job done.
Read more about it in The Columbian by clicking the link below…
Inslee signs Wilson’s small-business bill: Senator champions law that clarifies business owners’ rights
8 Bills Signed into Law
As of today, I have had 5 of my primary sponsored bills and 3 companion bills get signed into law. Each of these bills represent a concerted effort to enact change that will help our community grow and prosper. I’m very thankful to all the staff, advocates, and very busy people like you who took the time to support some of these bills. This much success would not be possible without a lot of help!
These bills received the governor’s signature to become law:
SB 5185 – Empowering disaster response volunteers
SB 5285 – Aligning education guidance with ag/natural resources job market
SB 5338 – Keeping ORV purchases in Washington
SB 5665 – Modernizing small business alcohol purchasing rules
SB 5778 – Protecting veteran college tuition assistance
HB 1352 – Rep. Andrew Barkis (Companion to SB 5230) – Small Business Bill of Rights
HB 1199 – Rep. Morgan Irwin (Companion to SB 5203) – Giving youth courts jurisdiction for traffic violations
HB 1648 – Rep. Monica Stonier (Companion to SB 5314) – Streamlining county treasurers
Good News at Daybreak
Last week was the official opening of the new, expanded Daybreak Youth Center in Brush Prairie. It’s an amazing project run by passionate people who are making a huge difference for our kids. It’s also remarkable because it gained the united support of all the Clark County legislators to help get state capital budget funding. Getting that many politicians all on the same page doesn’t happen every day, so it was exciting to see the project reach such a great conclusion.
New Responsibilities on Trade, Government Accountability
I was deeply honored to be chosen to serve on two more joint legislative committees focusing on trade and government accountability. I’m very excited to bring my small business perspective to the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Trade Policy and build on my previous work to expand legislative oversight of government accountability with the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC).