Elevated to caucus leadership role, Mosbrucker prepares for 2019 legislative session in January

Recently appointed as vice-chair of the Washington State House Republican Caucus, Rep. Gina Mosbrucker says she's ready to get to work when the Legislature convenes Jan. 14 in Olympia.

Mosbrucker, R-Goldendale, has served in various committee leadership roles during her past two terms in office, including ranking member of the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee. However, her new role puts her directly at the leadership table with House Republicans.

“It's an honor to be chosen to serve as vice-chair of the caucus and be involved in the Republican leadership meetings as we go through the scheduled 105-day session. This allows me more input on issues affecting our state,” said Mosbrucker, “and a stronger voice on the issues people care about in the 14th District.”

As vice-chair, Mosbrucker will assist Caucus Chair Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, in presiding over daily caucus meetings when bills, amendments and voting are discussed.

With session just over a month away, Mosbrucker has made plans to introduce new legislation and re-introduce previous measures important to the district. Those bills include:

  • Healthy relationships/domestic violence protections – This measure Mosbrucker introduced last year (House Bill 2820) passed the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee, but died before it reached the House floor. The bill is intended to give businesses the tools to help their employees with resources to prevent and protect from domestic violence. Mosbrucker says the new legislation she plans to introduce this year will be more narrowly focused.
  • Seatbelts on school buses – This measure was also authored by Mosbrucker in 2016 (House Bill 2639), reintroduced in 2017 (House Bill 1246) and passed the House Education Committee, but died before reaching the House floor. Legislation she will introduce this year would require every school bus manufactured or assembled after Sept. 1, 2020 be equipped with shoulder harness-type safety belts. The proposal would not be funded by the state budget or local school districts.
  • Suicide prevention – Known as “Madi's Law,” this is a new bill that would seek to establish a youth suicide review team with the purpose of bringing experts together to develop a teen suicide prevention plan for Washington.
  • Tax exemptions for VFWs – This new legislation would exempt the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFWs) from state sales taxes on the sales of items and goods sold at its' posts.
  • SANE training – This proposal comes from the work of the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Best Practices Task Force, which Mosbrucker co-chairs. The task force worked to find best practices for managing sexual assault examinations and reduce the number of untested sexual assault kits in Washington. Under the new legislation, the bill would provide additional training opportunities for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) in Eastern Washington.

“During the 2019 session, lawmakers will also be working to craft a new biennial budget, and there are concerns the majority parties in both the House and Senate are already discussing how to take more taxpayers' money, even though the state is still enjoying substantial revenue surpluses,” noted Mosbrucker.

“With these issues,” she added, “it's shaping up to be a very busy legislative session. However, I'm ready to stand against policies that could be detrimental to our folks back home, while pushing forward on legislation that would make Washington a better place to live, work and raise a family.”

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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