Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Short sessions are very fast paced! Earlier this week, my colleagues and I worked late into the night to vote on bills that were pulled from committee before the House of Origin cutoff date, Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. We were working long days and nights and I'm very anxious to see how the bills we passed will do over in the Senate.
It is always so nice to be visited by constituents and I appreciate hearing your thoughts on legislation we are debating in Olympia. Coming up, you will have the opportunity to discuss the issues with Sen. Schoesler, Rep. Schmick and I from the comfort of your own home. This telephone town hall will take place on Monday, Feb. 22 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. If you would like to participate, please call 1-800-269-1146. I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on what is affecting our communities in the district the most.
It was a great honor to have Commissioner Tom Kammerzell of the Port of Whitman County join me on the House floor in support and passage of House Bill 2807. This bill was recently unanimously passed by the House with a vote of 97 to 0. You can read about this bill here. I am excited to announce that this bill has received a public hearing in the Senate Transportation Committee on Monday, Feb. 22 at 3:30 p.m. Stay tuned on the progress!
If you would like to come and visit me in Olympia, please contact my Legislative Assistant, Shelby, and she would be happy to schedule a time with you. It is always great to see the people of our district in Olympia and I encourage you to come and visit.
It was a great honor to spend some time with Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers this week. She served in the state House as our House Republican Leader from 2002-2003 and now serves as the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference. She proudly represents Eastern Washington in Congress and it was great to hear about the work she continues to do. My family and I have known the Congresswoman for a number of years and it is always wonderful to find time to visit with her. She is a true inspiration to me and to all women of government.
Earlier this session, I introduced House Bill 2611 which would have allowed a vehicle, or a combination of vehicles, to exceed certain weight limits by up to two thousand pounds when operating on the public highways of this state that are not part of the federal-aid interstate system and are carrying an agricultural commodity. Unfortunately, my bill didn't make it to the House floor for final passage.
There is good news! A companion bill in the Senate, SB 6265, was voted on and passed 35-14. With so many farms, food processing and distribution companies in our district, it is important that we make sure these goods can be transported safely and effectively throughout our state. This bill is a great step in the right direction for our district and I commend the Senate for taking action.
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It is a pleasure to serve you!