Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Spring is in full bloom around the beautiful 9th District and I am so glad to be home. The 2018 legislative session ended on March 8. It was the busiest and most tense 60-day session in recent memory, but we finished on time.
In this email update, I will provide you with a small recap of session happenings, a link to my recent newsletter, and a brief explanation of what is to come. Thank you for taking the time to read this email update.
Coming soon to a mailbox near you!
I want to keep you up-to-date with what is happening in Olympia, and how the decisions we make affect you and our district. If you have not already received your 2018 Session Review newsletter, it should be hitting your mailbox soon.
You can also read the digital version by clicking here.
Major headway made for rural broadband infrastructure
Since I was first appointed to serve as one of your state representatives, one of my priorities has been the fight to bring broadband access and infrastructure to our rural communities. I'd be lying if I didn't say this has been a hard, long, uphill battle. Tenacity paid off this session with House Bill 2664.
All ports throughout the state can now build open access networks that are affordable for any number of telecoms or internet service providers to operate in underserved towns and neighborhoods. By giving multiple providers an affordable option, and having the ports absorb the initial cost of investment, more people will have access to the global digital economy.
The governor signed on the dotted line, so it's time to roll our sleeves up and complete the last mile of fiber.
For more information on my efforts, please click here for my opinion-editorial piece that was featured in the Huckleberry Press. You can also click here to read the press release on Gov. Inslee signing this bill into law.
Appointment to serve on the Washington State Women's Commission
Recently the Speaker of the House appointed me to serve on the newly formed Washington State Women's Commission. This commission is the result of legislation (House Bill 2759) enacted during the 2018 session, and is an entity of the governor's office.
The lives of women are complex. As someone who represents many rural communities, I believe it is imperative lawmakers look at the issues affecting women in rural Washington at a foundational level. To address some of these issues, I will be advocating for secure employment opportunities for the family, quality health care and superior education. We must develop a concentrated focus on providing the necessary tools to maintain a healthy family structure.
I cannot stress enough that economic development is a key factor affecting the well-being of women in our less populated regions. Women in rural communities face unique challenges, and sometimes those needs are misunderstood.
I am pleased the governor is bringing a diversity of viewpoints to the table and look forward to being a voice for women across the state.
Moving ahead | Interim
Because this is an election year, my legislative communications will be put under an election-year freeze beginning May 14. However, I am not restricted from responding to your emails, phone calls and messages. I am also not restricted from having in-person meetings with you, so please continue to reach out to me as you normally would. It is my responsibility to be your voice in Olympia. I hope you will contact me and share your comments and concerns.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org and my phone number is (360) 786-7942.
It is my honor to serve as your state representative.