Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Even though this is a long session — 105 days — things are moving along at a steady pace. Since my last update, two important legislative deadlines have passed. The first was policy committee cutoff, on which bills that do not have fiscal impacts would have had to pass their respective committees, or else be considered “dead” for the year. The second was fiscal committee cutoff. As you can probably guess, bills that do have fiscal impacts would have had to pass their respective fiscal committees, or else be deemed “dead” for the year. There are always exceptions to every rule. Any bill that's determined to be necessary to pass the budget are exempt from these cutoff dates.
I'm thankful to have several bills still moving through the legislative process. More about other legislation I'm working on below.
Travis Alert Act continues to make headway in 2017 session
House Bill 1258, otherwise known as the “Travis Alert Act,” continues to advance through this year's legislative process. Passing this bill is one of my top priorities. This bill could help save Travis' life, and the lives of so many with special needs. Specifically, the bill would:
- Enhance the existing 911 program to alert first responders when a person with special needs is present at the scene of an accident. To do so, people would have the option to submit additional information to the Enhanced 911 system pertaining to an individual's disability; and
- Would review existing procedures and create a training program for first responders to determine best practices for responding to emergencies that involve persons with special needs.
The bill passed the House Appropriations Committee last week and awaits consideration on the House floor. Travis and his mom, Threasa, testified in support of the bill last week, and you can watch their testimony here.
Bill to penalize “up-skirting,” voyeurism advances
House Bill 1200, which I sponsored to help crack down on “up-skirting” and other voyeuristic acts, is awaiting consideration by the House. Under current law, a person must prove he or she was engaged in voyeurism for the purpose of arousing or sexual gratification. This bill would eliminate that provision, and create a crime of voyeurism in the second degree.
Bill to ease burdens on mobile and manufactured homeowners passes House
In February, the House unanimously passed my bill that would lower the fine incurred by individuals seeking affordable housing opportunities in mobile or manufactured homes. Currently, the Department of Labor and Industries imposes a $1,000 fine if a person fails to use a certified installer on a mobile or manufactured home installation. House Bill 1329 would lower the fine to $250 for the first infraction, and would prevent subsequent infractions from exceeding $1,000 per violation.
When I began my first term in Olympia, I started with a commitment to working on legislation that would help do away with some of the burdensome and needless regulations that threaten the vitality of our communities. This is the type of common-sense legislation we need.
Meeting with students
I love meeting with students from district! A group of students from A.C. Davis High School traveled to Olympia to discuss the work they're doing through their organization Connecting to Compassionate Aspiring Navigators Club (CCAN). CCAN is a student-led program that's making a positive difference in the lives of youth in our communities. Students participating in CCAN are immediately welcomed into a mentorship network to raise awareness about teen suicide, bullying and more.
It is inspiring and I am so proud to see these young leaders take active roles in helping their peers.
Staying in touch during session
These e-newsletters are a great tool to keep you informed about the work I'm doing on behalf of our district — thank you for subscribing! There are so many other ways to learn about the latest action being taken in Olympia and communicate your ideas and concerns to me.
Visit my website — By visiting RepresentativeGinaMcCabe.com, you can learn more about me, news and issues I'm involved in and contact me. By clicking “Sponsored Bills” on my page, you can also see the bills I've sponsored and co-sponsored this session.
Watch TVW — Want to watch a committee or floor action live, as it happens? Watch TVW or stream online at tvw.org. I was recently interviewed by Mike McClanahan, a reporter with TVW's The Impact, about my role on the House Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs Committee, of which I'm the ranking Republican. You can watch it here.
Listen to Capitol Report — Each week, I record Capitol Report, an update I send to radio stations throughout the 14th District. You can find all of my audio postings here.
Visit leg.wa.gov — For information about all of the bills before the Legislature, committee agendas, visitor information and more, visit the Legislature's official website at leg.wa.gov.
The easiest way to let me know how you feel about issues before the Legislature is to contact me directly. You can reach me by calling (360) 786-7856 or sending an email to Gina.McCabe@leg.wa.gov.
As session continues, I encourage you to reach out to my office with any questions, ideas and concerns. The best ideas for improving our district and state truly do come from those back home. Together, I know we can make a positive difference for our state.
Honored to serve you,