Legislature

Legislative video – WA CARES Fund I recently shared background on the  WA Cares Fund and the payroll tax that comes along with it. Watch my video above to learn about some of the questions I’ve been receiving and what you need to know before this program is implemented! Read More...
WA Cares Fund – new payroll tax coming soon! Dear Neighbor, As Washington State reopens its doors fully again, I thought it appropriate to send a short update on the state of our economy, the job market, and the impending payroll tax for long-term care known as the Washington Cares Fund. How did Washington’s economy weather the pandemic? According... Read More...
Gildon introduces legislation to help counties succeed in recovery plan Sen. Chris Gildon has sponsored a bill to ensure equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine is considered before a county is moved back to a more restrictive phase under the “Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery” plan. Senate Bill 5484 would require the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to... Read More...
Legislature addresses Supreme Court ruling on drug possession Dear friends and neighbors, Through my legislative updates this year, I’ve shared information with you on a wide variety of topics being discussed in Olympia this session. From climate legislation, testifying remotely, taxes proposals and emergency powers, this legislative session has been one for the history books! Today I want... Read More...
It is budget season in Olympia! As we enter the home stretch of the 2021 legislative session, lawmakers’ focus will turn to one thing – budgets. In odd numbered years, the legislature is required to create and pass three budgets: the Operating budget, Transportation budget, and the Capital budget. Today I’m going share highlights of each... Read More...
Legislative video – Capital Gains Income Tax update Check out this week’s video where I share an update on the passage of Senate Bill 5096, which is the Capital Gains Income Tax. I’ve spoken about the strategic objective of this Income tax previously and you can view it here. I’d also encourage you to voice your support for or... Read More...
Working together during a virtual session One thing you may not know about the legislative process is that it is very social. Lawmakers collaborate with staff, the public, stakeholders and each other to craft bills that ultimately become law. Working virtually this year has not made this intricate process any easier. Over the last few weeks,... Read More...
Gildon bill to establish Early Childhood Court Program passes Senate Legislation aimed at improving the well-being of young children whose parents are involved or at risk of becoming involved in Washington state’s child welfare system, passed the Senate today. Senate Bill 5331, sponsored by Sen. Chris Gildon, R-Puyallup, was passed unanimously. It now goes to the House of Representatives for... Read More...
2021 Legislative session: good, controversial and interesting bills We’ve made it to cutoff! It’s hard to believe that we’re one-third of the way through this year’s legislative session. While things definitely look different in 2021, the legislative process is still the same and this Monday was the policy “cutoff.” This means all Senate bills that are policy-related and... Read More...