Rep. Norma Smith's Email Updates


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

Today the Legislature began its second special session. We have yet to agree on the state operating and capital budgets, but this week we did approve the transportation budget (which is...

May 29, 2015

The state Legislature began its "special" session on April 29. Unfortunately, we were unable to get all our business done - including passing a two-year state operating budget - by the...

May 15, 2015

I'd like to give you an update on education funding negotiations in the state Legislature, as well as an overview of the four different plans that have been proposed. I’m sharing...

May 15, 2015