Rep. Norma Smith's Email Updates


Yesterday, we began a 30-day special session called by the governor. While we completed the transportation budget and came close to completing the capital budget during the regular session, budget negotiators...

April 25, 2017

Earlier this afternoon, we were advised by House leadership that lawmakers would be voting sometime this evening on part or all of the House Democrats’ proposed state operating budget. Unfortunately, this...

March 30, 2017

We are now in the second half of the 2017 legislative session. We spent long hours on the floor earlier this month in the run-up to house of origin cutoff, passing...

March 17, 2017

An important debate over the future of K-12 education was held in the House on Wednesday, as the majority party brought their education funding plan (House Bill 1843) to the floor...

Feb. 24, 2017

The marathon is on! We are now in the fifth week of the 2017 legislative session, and policy cutoff is right around the corner. This represents the first important milestone of...

Feb. 9, 2017

One of my responsibilities as the ranking member of the House Technology and Economic Development Committee (TED) is to learn about and take action on matters relating to cybersecurity and privacy....

Jan. 13, 2017

Yesterday, March 10, marked the final day of the 2016 regular legislative session. I had hoped to be sending you a final session update, but unfortunately, budget writers in the House...

March 12, 2016

This 60-day legislative session began Jan. 11, and is scheduled to end March 10. This is a "supplemental budget year," which means our task is making minor adjustments to the budgets...

Feb. 4, 2016

For the first time in state history, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting volunteers to help battle the wildfires that have been raging throughout our state. These...

Aug. 21, 2015

After 176 days and three special sessions, the Legislature finally adjourned Friday to bring the longest legislative session in state history to a close. While I share your frustration with how...

July 14, 2015