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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The 2024 legislative session is in the books and a lot happened during this quick 60-day period, including big news for some of the statewide initiatives, two of my bills becoming law, and the Legislature passing the state’s biennial supplemental spending plans. House Republicans entered the 2024 session with several important goals as we look to fix Washington with real solutions. Now that session is over, here’s a recap of some of the successes we enjoyed.

Three of the Six Statewide Initiatives to Become Law

The people of Washington sent six initiatives to the Legislature for consideration. Three of them passed the Legislature and will become law later this year. I supported each of these measures and their passage is a huge win for Washingtonians who made it clear they favored these policies.

  • Initiative 2113 will allow law enforcement to use the “reasonable suspicion” standard to pursue criminals rather than “probable cause,” which became the standard in the 2021 session. Click here to view the public hearing.
  • Initiative 2081 will create a Parents’ Bill of Rights that will increase transparency and ensure that public schools share with parents any records relating to their children, including instructional materials and health-related issues. Click here to view the public hearing.
  • Initiative 2111 will prohibit state and local personal income taxes at any level. With so many people struggling with the current affordability crisis, this will protect everyone from future attempts from the majority party to impose taxes on our personal income. Click here to view the public hearing.

Unfortunately, leaders from the majority party chose not to hold public hearings on the other three initiatives:

  • I-2117, a repeal of the Climate Commitment Act.
  • I-2109, a repeal of the capital gains tax.
  • I-2124, an opt-out of Washington’s long-term care retirement program.

They will now go to the ballot where voters will determine their fate in November. To learn more about each initiative and the initiative process in general, please click here.

Update on My Legislation

Now to my legislation. I introduced several bills this session and I’m happy to report two of them have reached the governor’s desk.

The governor signed House Bill 1880 last week and the bill is scheduled to take effect on July 1 of this year. This legislation will eliminate the five-year rolling timeline for architecture applicants to successfully pass each section of their examination for registration.

This is an unnecessary barrier that costs extra time and money, and disproportionately impacts women and minorities. According to the National Council of Architectural Registration Board, it’s an outdated policy that is hurting their industry. This change makes licensure more equitable and helps people pursuing a career in architecture. It also aligns Washington with national standards. Click here to learn more.

Additionally, both the House and Senate unanimously passed House Bill 1970, which the governor signed on Monday. It requires the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) to establish a caregiver communication specialist position within the DCYF to improve communication between the DCYF and people caring for children receiving child welfare services. By improving communication between the DCYF and caregivers, ultimately, it’s going to help these kids. Click here to learn more and click on the image below to watch my floor speech on final passage.

State 2024-2025 Supplemental Budgets

The Legislature was also tasked with writing and passing the three primary budgets: operating, transportation, and capital. In even-numbered years, lawmakers implement changes to the existing spending plans, known as “supplemental budgets.” These adjustments allocate funding for the latter part of the state’s two-year budget cycle, essentially serving as corrections or modifications to the originally enacted budgets.

Let’s start with the supplemental capital budget, the biennial construction, repair, and infrastructure funding plan, which appropriates $1.33 billion in additional funding. I serve as Assistant Ranking Member on the Capital Budget Committee and together with my seatmates, we helped secure nearly $18 million in funding for projects in the 18th Legislative District, including:

  • $16.2 million for the Madrona Recovery 54-bed facility.
  • $400,000 for the Battle Ground Health Care Clinic.
  • $309,000 for the Battle Ground Senior Center.
  • $258,000 for installation of the Battle Ground School District distributed antenna system.
  • $173,000 for the Florence Robison North Park equipment replacement.
  • $50,000 for Glenwood Little League facility improvements.
  • $515,000 for the Wallace Heights septic elimination project.

I’m happy to see our district get the assistance it needs, especially the Madrona Recovery center. This project is vital to everyone in Southwest Washington. Adding 54 more beds for youth who struggle with substance abuse and behavioral health problems is a game-changer for Clark County, and the entire state. We are grateful to get this important funding for our district.

Next up is the bipartisan supplemental transportation budget. The final version of this budget allocates an additional $1.1 billion on top of last year’s $13.5 billion. It prioritizes maintenance and preservation investments, focuses on enhancing highway safety, and addresses the recruitment and retention of Washington State Patrol officers.

You may recall that last year’s budget included $35.6 million in new funding for transportation projects in the 18th District, which included additional money for the 179th interchange replacement project in Clark County, brining the total to $87 million between now and the end of the project. The good news is we are still on track to receive that money so this and other important transportation projects can move forward.

Additionally, the 2024-25 supplemental transportation budget includes $600 million for the I-5 bridge replacement project which reflects the extra funding received from the federal government grant. We all know how important this project is for everyone in Southwest Washington, so it’s good to see the additional money going toward this purpose.

Lastly, we passed the supplemental operating budget, but unfortunately, I couldn’t support this spending package. For starters, I’m disappointed House Republicans weren’t included more in the negotiations. We represent significant portions of the state, and our communities deserve representation in these discussions.

Furthermore, while the absence of new taxes in this budget is positive, there is still no tax relief for struggling Washingtonians. Lawmakers have had multiple opportunities to enact meaningful tax relief in recent budget cycles but have chosen not to.

Thank You for Your Support!

Thank you for allowing me to serve and represent the 18th District in Olympia. Although session is over, I’m still your representative throughout the entire year. If you have any input, questions, or concerns, please reach out to me by using the contact info below.

It’s an honor to serve you.


Stephanie McClintock

State Representative Stephanie McClintock, 18th Legislative District
representativestephaniemcclintock.com
466 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
Stephanie.McClintock@leg.wa.gov
(564) 888-2271 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000