Rep. Norma Smith's Email Updates


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

We are approaching the last week of regular session, which is scheduled to adjourn on April 26. I hope we can finish by then, and we should be able to, but...

April 17, 2015

Today the majority party in the House released a state operating budget proposal. It would spend a total of $38.9 billion, and includes $1.5 billion in new taxes and tax increases...

March 27, 2015

The Legislature is past the midway point of the 2015 session. We have just completed eight days of voting on the House floor before the "cutoff" deadline to pass House-originated bills...

March 13, 2015

It is such an honor and a privilege to be serving you in the state Legislature as we begin the 2015 session. We have much important work to do this year....

Jan. 17, 2015