McCabe appointed to national organizations’ public safety, energy and environment committees

Rep. Gina McCabeR-Goldendale, has been selected to serve on three committees operated by national organizations that support state legislatures in public policy development.

The first of these is the National Conference of State Legislatures' (NCSL) Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety CommitteeMcCabe said she's looking forward to hearing perspectives from other lawmakers as she attempts to work with state and local leaders on solutions to combat gang-involved and gang-related crimes in Yakima.

“We need to take a multi-pronged approach to addressing gang violence like what we've seen recently in Yakima and what communities throughout the nation are plagued with,” said McCabe. “Estimates from the National Gang Center suggest gang-related homicides account for around 13 percent of all homicides annually nationwide. That statistic is staggering, and lawmakers must take a look at solutions that will help intervene in young people's lives early to prevent them from becoming gang members.”

“Serving on committees like these allow me to learn from and work with leaders throughout the country who represent communities that face similar problems.”

McCabe will also serve on the Council of State Governments (CSG) West Energy and Environment Committee and NCSL's Legislative Effectiveness Committee, which meets twice a year to examine the effectiveness of state legislatures and discuss how they can be improved.

Both NCSL committees will be convening meetings during NCSL's annual legislative summit, which will take place August 6-9 in Boston, MA. The Energy and Environment Committee is scheduled to meet during CSG West's annual meeting August 15-19 in Tacoma, WA.

In the Washington State Legislature, McCabe serves as the ranking Republican on the House Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs Committee and the assistant ranking Republican on the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee. She also serves on the House Business and Financial Services Committee.

Lawmakers began their second special session of 2017 on May 23.

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