Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The Legislature adjourned sine die March 10. But this doesn't mean lawmakers can return home just yet. Unfortunately, budget negotiators were unable to come to an agreement in the final days, so now the Legislature is headed into overtime. This is unacceptable. Remember, our task this session is to pass a supplemental budget plan — small, midcourse adjustments to a two-year spending plan. Former Republican House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Huff once established standards for supplemental budget considerations:
“A supplemental budget request will be considered if:
- It is an unanticipated, unmanageable change in an entitlement program, workload or caseload;
- It corrects a serious technical error in the original appropriation;
- It deals with an emergency; or
- It addresses an opportunity that will not be available next biennium.”
It's important we stick to this framework when crafting a supplemental budget.
14th District successes
This session, I was privileged to work on a number of bills — many brought to me by constituents — that will benefit communities throughout Washington and in our very own 14th District. Two have been approved by the Legislature and are awaiting signatures by the governor.
House Bill 2391 – would align federal and state payroll laws. This would help some of our counties that have been out of compliance with the IRS due to conflicting state and federal statutes.
House Bill 2711 – would commission a study to determine the availability of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) in Washington, and make recommendations for improvements.
I sponsored other legislation this session that, due to special session, still have a chance to advance. One of these is House Bill 2183, Erin's Law, which I discussed in a previous email update. There's a chance this bill could be added to the supplemental budget via a budget proviso. I am working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get this critical legislation passed.
I will continue my work on this bill and others until session adjourns. I hope they will make it out of the Legislature soon.
Travis Alert Act
My Travis Alert Act legislation is still alive. This legislation is critical for so many individuals and families throughout Washington. I am determined to continue my work on this important bill.
Travis, the bill's namesake, and his mom recently visited me in Olympia and discussed the Travis Alert Act in this video.
In closing, I want to thank the many wonderful individuals from the 14th District who made the drive over to Olympia to visit with me this session. It is such an honor serving our communities.
Honored to serve you,