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In these uncertain and unprecedented times, I hope efforts to reach out to you, explain the decisions made by the governor, provide information and resources, and answer your calls, emails and...

May 8, 2020

I hope this letter finds you healthy and well. We continue to endure unprecedented times. We are all in this storm together, but our experiences and resources vary greatly. I know...

April 21, 2020

It’s hard to believe, but the 60-day legislative session is almost a third over. The pace of these “short” sessions is always fast, with a lot happening each day. I wanted...

Jan. 31, 2020

In an op-ed for the La Conner Weekly News, Rep. Norma Smith touches on several key issues this session, including data privacy, supplemental operating, capital and transportation budgets, homelessness, and $30...

Jan. 20, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving Week! I hope that even with the many challenges we face in our communities, we can find time this week to reflect on our many blessings and connect with...

Nov. 27, 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

In a 96-2 vote Sunday, the Legislature approved the state’s 2019-21 transportation budget. The budget allocates money for maintenance and development of the state’s transportation infrastructure, such as roads, ferries and...

May 1, 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

In a 97-1 vote Sunday, the Washington State Legislature approved the 2019-21 capital budget. Also known as the state’s construction budget, the $4.9 billion spending plan makes key investments in mental...

April 29, 2019