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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We've already reached the end of the fourth week of the 2023 legislative session. As one of your state lawmakers, I've been busy attending multiple committee meetings, considering and voting on numerous bills, and meeting with hundreds of groups and individuals who want to make a difference. There is a lot going at the state Capitol, but before I bring you up to date on a few things, I want to say thank you for your support and input.
Please Take Our Survey
It's an honor to be your state representative and I take this responsibility seriously. I truly want to represent you and be your voice in Olympia. As we continue to progress through the 2023 session, I want to know what's on your mind. What issues really matter to you? What do you think the Legislature should be focused on? Which policies do you support or oppose?
Please make your voice heard by taking the 18 District legislative priorities survey, which will be open till Wednesday, Feb. 8. Please click here to share your input. I plan to share some results from this survey in a future update.
And if you would like to meet with me in-person, or discuss any issues further, please contact me using one of the methods listed at the bottom of this email. I look forward to hearing from you.
First Two Bills Voted Out of Committee
As a freshman legislator, I'm happy to report that my first two pieces of legislation have made it out of committee. Both bills are intended to spur job growth in the state. House Bill 1360, which is cosponsored by the chair of the Consumer Protection and Business Committee (CP&B), would allow the Department of Licensing (DOL) to consider competency-based standards for professional licenses.
That means the DOL could issue a professional license to an applicant who meets all requirements and passes a competency-based test for that specific professional license.
House Bill 1301, which also received full bipartisan support from CP&B, would direct the DOL to review and analyze 20% of professional licenses each year. It would also require the DOL to submit an annual report to the Legislature with recommendations on whether the reviewed professional licenses should be terminated, continued, or modified, in an effort to streamline the licensing process and use our tax dollars more efficiently.
This is great news for Washingtonians looking to advance their career goals. Anything we can do to help simplify the licensing process for those who need it is a step in the right direction.
Both bills will now wait for a vote from the full House of Representatives. I will provide further updates as these bills progress.
Map of the New 18th Legislative District
I know I'm new to many of you in the 18th District, not only because this is my first time in office, but also because some of you are new to the district. This map shows the new boundaries.
TVW Video Profile
As a new state representative, I look forward to getting to know as many of you as possible. Please click on the image below to watch a short video to learn a little more about me and my background.
Please Stay in Touch
As we move forward this session, please continue reaching out to me via email, phone, or in-person. I'm here to represent you and my door is always open. I'm honored to work together with everyone in the Legislature to find positive results for Washington. Your ideas and input will help me do that. Thank you for your continued support.
It's an honor to serve you!
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