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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

I wanted to provide some details about the 2017-19 operating budget the Legislature adopted late last month. Critically, it brings the McCleary saga to an end by investing $7.3 billion more...

July 28, 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

Majority Democrats pushed their McCleary education funding plan through the House Wednesday, but with plenty of criticism from House Republicans who say the proposal falls short of real reforms.

Feb. 22, 2017

Following a spirited debate on the floor of the Washington State House of Representatives, House Democrats passed their long-awaited education bill on a 50-47 party-line vote.

Feb. 22, 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

Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, talks with KBRC/KAPS News Director Jeff Rex about several issues under consideration in the state Legislature, including cybersecurity and privacy issues, making sure agencies are complying with...

Feb. 2, 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