Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Time is moving quickly and we have reached the halfway point of the 2016 Legislative Session. I continue to work hard on the issues and challenges that impact our district and our state. I will continue to focus on creating opportunities for these challenges. With less than 30-days remaining in session, our priorities have shifted to work on the House floor and voting on bills that have passed through our committees. There will be some very long days and nights ahead.
I would like to provide you with a status update on the bills I have introduced and let you know what else has been happening here in Olympia. Pictured on the right are fire commissioners of the Spokane County Fire District 8 and Franklin County Fire District 3. It is always great to meet and talk with the great people of our district. I welcome you to come visit me in Olympia – my door is always open to you.
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My first bill was unanimously approved by the House! Earlier this session, I introduced House Bill 2807 after the Whitman County Port Commission brought the idea to me. This bill would require the Washington State Department of Transportation to designate certain portions of state route 128 and state route 193 – 4.5 miles of Wawawai Road from Port of Lewiston through to the Port of Whitman at Wilma, on the north side of the Snake River – as a heavy-haul corridor for the movement of overweight vehicles not exceeding 129,000 pounds. There has been extensive growth in our port areas and this is an essential component of economic development for Eastern Washington and harmonizes the weight limits on a road that serves both ports.
I am excited that this bill was unanimously approved by the House by a vote of 96-0! It will now move forward to the Senate for further consideration. I will keep you updated on the progress of this bill.
Join me for a telephone town hall on Monday, Feb. 22
On Monday, February 22 at 6:30-7:30 p.m., Senator Mark Schoesler, Representative Joe Schmick and I are hosting a telephone town hall. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to discuss the issues that matter most to the citizens of the 9th District during this call. I look forward to the discussions that will take place between us all.
We'll be in Olympia and you can call in from the comfort of your home and ask us questions live during the hour-long call. Many residents will receive invitations by phone just before the meeting begins; those wishing to join in the community conversation can call (800) 269-1146. If you would like to participate online, got to listen.townhallinteractive.com and use 742951 as the PIN.
Honoring our National Guard
Every session, the Capitol hosts National Guard Day and gives us the opportunity to truly honor the brave men and women of our state's National Guard. I was deeply moved by their presentation at this year's ceremonies. Our National Guard are such amazing heroes that don't often survive the dangerous situations they face, both at home and abroad. We are fortunate to have these protectors amongst us keeping us safe for international terrorism and the homegrown terrorism within our own state and country. I also thank our local National Guard members that continue to train alongside our local fire districts so they are there to lend an extra helping hand in our fire suppression efforts.
Local student participates in Page Program
Recently, I had the honor of working with Page Samuel Voves of Rockford. Samuel attends Freeman High School. He is interested in the entertainment industry, including movie production. He also likes to write short stories in his spare time.
Since 1891, young people from across the state have come to Olympia to serve as Pages for the Washington State House of Representatives. Paging presents students with a unique educational opportunity to participate in the legislative process. Selection as a page is a great honor. If you know of a student that would like to apply to be a Page, please find the information here.
It is an honor to serve you and the wonderful people of the 9th District.
My door is always open! Please come visit me in Olympia!