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A review of the 2020 legislative session, including following through on investments in mental and behavioral health, safeguarding your online data privacy, and protecting our environment for generations to come, in...

April 13, 2020

Every day, we hear about the numerous deficiencies of the political process. They can be more than disheartening when creating obstacles to problem solving. However, one largely untold story...

May 26, 2019

As with every legislative session, there were a number of successes and disappointments during the 105 days we convened at the Capitol this year. I wanted to begin this update by...

May 9, 2019

Sunday on the House floor, Rep. Norma Smith lauded the historic investments in the 2019-21 capital budget to expand the state’s mental and behavioral health safety net. The capital budget was...

April 30, 2019

On Sunday, the Washington State Legislature approved the 2019-21 capital budget. The $4.9 billion budget includes a record $308.1 million in funding for mental and behavioral health facilities: $120 million in...

April 30, 2019

During Thursday’s House and Senate Republican media availability, Rep. Norma Smith provided an update on how the Legislature is addressing the state’s mental and behavioral health crisis.

April 19, 2019

Since my last update, we’ve seen the introduction of the three major budgets we pass every biennium—operating, transportation and capital. The operating budget pays for the day-to-day operations of state government,...

April 10, 2019

Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, joins KSER’s Ed Bremer to break down the 2019-21 House capital budget proposal. She discusses the collaborative and bipartisan effort it took to address the state’s mental...

March 26, 2019

On Monday afternoon, the Washington State House of Representatives released its proposed 2019-21 capital budget. The $4.6 billion proposal includes record funding for mental and behavioral health facilities—more than $357 million:...

March 25, 2019

Rep. Norma Smith joins KSER’s Ed Bremer to discuss the Legislature’s first major deadline, as well as bills related to child safety, recycling, and data brokers. She also gives her perspective...

Feb. 12, 2019