Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Children are back in school. The weather has more of a chill. Nightfall is earlier. And the leaves are changing color. I hope you had an enjoyable summer. Mine was perfectly filled with faith, family and friends. I was also very busy working on legislative issues for our district and the state, attending seminars and speaking engagements, and even conducting a successful press conference to discuss the difficult issue of domestic violence. I wanted to take a few moments to touch on some of these issues and look ahead as we have only three short months before the legislative session begins Jan. 13. 2020.
Mosbrucker bills take effect
As I reported to you just after the 2019 legislative session concluded, with the exceptional help of my staff, I had astounding success moving forward some very important policy bills. Six of my seven prime-sponsored bills signed into law took effect July 28. The seventh went into effect Sept. 1. You can read more about each of those bills here.
Helping victims of domestic violence
Among my bills that took effect is House Bill 1533, which requires information about domestic violence resources be provided in the workplace. I recently hosted a news conference at the YWCA of Yakima, along with Employment Security Department (ESD) Commissioner Suzi LeVine to highlight this bill and unveil a new domestic violence resources poster that will be featured in the workplace.
ESD is responsible for producing and distributing the poster. Along with phone numbers and a website for the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the Washington Domestic Violence Coalition, the poster includes a blank spot where employers can add information about local services.
Nationwide, one in three women and one in four men have been victims of domestic violence. Here in Washington state, about 41 percent of women and 32 percent of men have experienced intimate partner violence in their lifetime. Between 2006 and 2015, 563 Washingtonians were killed as a result of intimate partner violence.
Often, the workplace is the only safe place for these victims. If they are afraid to go home from work, this poster, which will be displayed in every Washington workplace, gives them information to find a way out. I believe it will save lives.
- News release: New workplace poster provides information to victims about local domestic violence resources
- Radio release: Mosbrucker unveils domestic violence resources poster
- Rep. Mosbrucker, state officials unveil new domestic-violence posters for workplace (Yakima Herald-Republic)
A second domestic violence resource bill I introduced passed the Legislature and it became law:
- Domestic violence traumatic brain injuries – House Bill 1532: This measure enacts methods to provide information to domestic violence victims about the signs and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries so they can seek help. Read my press release on this bill.
College magazine features story of missing and murdered indigenous people legislation
Building on my legislation I passed last year to begin the process of locating missing and murdered indigenous women in Washington state, I sponsored House Bill 1713 this year, which passed the Legislature.
The bill establishes two liaison positions within the Washington State Patrol (WSP) for the purpose of building relationships between government and native communities. It also requires WSP to develop a best practices protocol for law enforcement response to missing person reports for indigenous women and other indigenous people. Plus, it requires the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs to provide WSP with government-to-government training.
This summer, I was honored to be contacted by Clark College Foundation in Vancouver, which interviewed me and Colville Confederated Tribe member Earth-Feather Sovereign, who helped me with the legislation. In August, the Clark Partners Magazine was released to the public with the story of our journey, entitled “Stolen Sisters.” It gives an insight to this important issue. I encourage you to read it and also watch our video.
Thousands of veterans hired under YesVets program
I am pleased to report that more than 4,424 veterans have been hired by 1,000 employers in Washington state since legislation I sponsored, known as the YesVets program, took effect Feb. 1, 2016.
Originally entitled, “One Business, One Vet,” the veterans' hiring campaign under House Bill 2040 was my first bill to pass the Legislature (with unanimous approval) in 2015. It was signed by the governor.
When veterans come home after serving their country, one of the most important things for them after reuniting with their families is having a job. This bill encourages employers to hire at least one veteran. The new numbers show employers in Washington have gone far beyond that. I'm honored the YesVets program has been an amazing success for our veterans in Washington state.
Employers seeking to participate in YesVets can submit an online application or contact a Local Veterans Employment Representative to get connected with veterans seeking job opportunities. Once a business signs up and hires a veteran, they are recognized with a YesVets decal. Continued participation is recognized with annual decals.
I work for you throughout the year
I invite you to contact my office in Olympia any time you have questions, comments or concerns about state government, state agencies or legislation. My assistant, Ben Tindall, will be happy to take your call, or set up an appointment for us to visit. You'll find my contact information below.
It is a great honor to serve and represent you!
Honored to serve you,