Letter from Olympia Dear Neighbor, This has been a busy week at the Capitol. We’ve reached the halfway point of the legislative session and have been busy with floor action, debating and passing bills out of the Senate Chamber. As a member of the minority party in a 28-21 arrangement, I have found... Read More...
Q13 NEWS: Innovative Olympia page school breeds future lawmakers OLYMPIA, Wash — The state Capitol in Olympia can be an intimidating and mystifying place for those who don’t follow politics closely. But under that imposing dome is an innovative program for teens that has been quietly making Washington state better for generations. While nearly every state in the U.S.... Read More...
Letter from Olympia Dear Neighbor, This has been an exciting week in Olympia. On Monday, I welcomed my wife Erin and daughter Clara to the Capitol for Children’s Day. It was wonderful to have them join me on the Senate floor with other family members! Budget update We are starting this budget year... Read More...
Zeiger bill to protect consumers from cheating contractors heard today The Senate Labor and Commerce Committee today held a public hearing on a bill by Sen. Hans Zeiger, R-Puyallup, that responds to reports of shoddy work by residential contractors. Senate Bill 5795 would allow the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) to increase a contractor’s bond requirements by up to... Read More...
Letter from Olympia Dear Neighbor, Things have been moving quickly in Olympia, with almost 900 bills introduced in the Senate so far this session, I have been busy meeting with constituents and stakeholders to hear their thoughts and concerns on proposed legislation. I want to hear from you. Please consider joining Rep. Kelly... Read More...
Trio of Zeiger-sponsored tiny house bills to be heard this week Three tiny house bills sponsored by Sen. Hans Zeiger, R-Puyallup, will be heard in Senate committees this week. Senate Bill 5384 would allow Growth Management Act counties to authorize establishing tiny house communities when there is a shortage of affordable housing within a reasonable distance from urban services. This bill... Read More...
Letter from Olympia Dear Neighbor, The 2019 legislative session is underway, and things are already moving along quickly at the Capitol. This is a budget year, meaning the Legislature is tasked with approving a budget for the 2019-21 biennium. We will also be working on a variety of other topics, including the needs... Read More...