Honoring the 2021 Daffodil Court Dear Friends and Neighbors, I wanted to share a quick update with some exciting news from last week! Not even a global pandemic could stop the Senate from taking a moment to recognize the 2021 Daffodil Court. I am thrilled to have sponsored the Senate resolution honoring the 88th Anniversary of... 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...
We’ve made it to phase 3! Today I am happy to share some exciting updates with you! After a few weeks of uncertainty, Governor Inslee recently announced that the entire state of Washington will be eligible to open up to phase 3 beginning on Monday, March 22. So, what does phase 3 include? It means that:... 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...