A look at three controversial bills

What's the fuss about property taxes, rent control and gift cards? Here's a rundown on three bills that are stirring debate in Olympia.

Note: This e-newsletter originally was distributed to Sen. Gildon’s subscribers Feb. 2, 2024. To subscribe to Sen. Gildon’s e-newsletters, click here. 

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Dear friends and neighbors,

In this week’s video update from Olympia, I explain three bills that have become major controversies in our 2024 legislative session. These bills would —

  • Allow property taxes to grow faster (Senate Bill 5770),
  • Launch a state rent control program (Senate Bill 6136), and
  • Give the state control over uncashed gift cards and unused merchant loyalty rewards as “unclaimed property” (Senate Bill 5988).

Do these bills solve problems? Or do they add to them? I hope you’ll take a moment to watch — I’m interested in what you think.

Save the date! Town hall meeting set for Feb. 17 in Puyallup

I’ll be appearing with my seatmates in the House, Reps. Kelly Chambers and Cyndy Jacobsen, at a 25th District town hall meeting Feb. 17 at Pierce College in Puyallup. Join us for coffee and a social hour at 10 a.m. — meeting begins at 11 a.m. This is your chance to ask us questions about the 2024 legislative session and let us know what you’re thinking. I hope you will be able to be with us!

25th District town hall meeting

10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 17

Social hour at 10 a.m./ Meeting begins at 11 a.m.

Pierce College/ Arts and Allied Health Bldg. Theater

1601 39th Ave. SE, Puyallup

Map link here. Note: Pierce College is not affiliated or an event sponsor.


Thanks for reading — it is an honor serving you!






Sen. Chris Gildon, 25th Legislative District
Deputy Leader, Senate Republican Caucus

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PHONE: (360) 786-7648

E-MAIL: Chris.Gildon@leg.wa.gov

MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 40425/ Olympia, WA  98504


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