Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We've now completed two weeks in the scheduled 60-day legislative session, which began Jan. 13. It's a very busy time in our committees, listening to public hearings and voting on bills. The first committee cutoff dates are soon — Feb. 7 for house of origin policy bills and Feb. 11 for house of origin fiscal bills. It is an amazing honor to represent you and our fellow 14th District citizens in these discussions.
I'd like to take a few minutes to give you an update and encourage your attention and participation in the issues.
Join Rep. Chris Corry and me for a telephone town hall, Feb. 4
Before the legislative session began, I held listening tours in Carson, Dallesport, Goldendale and Yakima. I appreciate the great turnout at each of these events in which citizens told me about their concerns and asked questions.
Now that I'm in Olympia during session, my seatmate, Rep. Chris Corry and I are reaching out and inviting 14th District citizens to join us in a telephone town hall, in which we will provide an update, answer your questions and listen to your concerns.
The program is much like a radio call-in talk show. You can call in from the comfort of your home, and either sit back and listen to the community conversation, or ask your question by pressing the “star” key (*) on your telephone keypad. Our event will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 4 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Call us at that time to join in the telephone town hall. The number is (509) 408-2384. I look forward to hearing from you.
During the interim, we worked to set priorities that primarily focus on three things: safety, affordability and accountability. Our new motto: “It's Your Home. Expect More!” We heard your concerns and are focusing on these areas:
Safety by addressing homelessness in a comprehensive and results-oriented way, supporting our law enforcement community, and cracking down on crime; Affordability by implementing $30 car tabs as voters want, prohibiting new income taxes, fighting against higher fuel and energy costs, and making child care more affordable; Finally, accountability by holding all of us elected officials accountable, including the governor and majority party, to make sure government works for you, to protect your constitutional rights, and ensure your voice is heard by eliminating title-only bills and other barriers that prevent public input and access.
House passes third Mosbrucker domestic violence protection bill in two years
House Bill 1056 is the measure I introduced last year that would create a task force to identify the role of the workplace in helping to curb domestic violence. While two of my other bills to help domestic violence victims (House Bills 1532 and 1533) became law last year, this one stalled in a Senate committee. I'm pleased to report it was the second bill passed from the House this year — and with a unanimous vote! The measure has been referred to the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee.
Approximately one-in-three people in Washington state have experienced intimate partner violence and unfortunately, hundreds in our state have died. It's my hope these bills help save lives and give domestic violence victims the tools they need to help them safely escape their abusers.
For more information:
- Read my press release.
- Listen to my conversation with Kevin Malcolm on KLCK Radio, Goldendale/The Dalles.
Cody's Law introduced to help families find missing loved ones
One of my top priorities this session is to pass Cody's Law, which could help solve some or many of the 1,926 missing persons cases and 172 unidentified remains in Washington state.
Named after 26-year-old Cody Turner, who has been missing from his Yakima home since July 2015, House Bill 2792 would require law enforcement, county coroners/medical examiners in the state to submit a missing persons case and, if possible, DNA samples to the U.S. Department of Justice's National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) within 60 days of the report. Information about unidentified human remains, including DNA, fingerprints, dental records and other identifying data must be submitted to NamUs by the county coroner/medical examiner within 30 days of discovery.
NamUs uses forensic science and technology to help resolve missing, unidentified and unclaimed persons cases nationwide, while providing support to victims and their families. It's my hope this legislation would help to solve these cases and bring closure to the families. The bill has been referred to the House Public Safety Committee.
For more information:
- Listen to my description of the bill on my Capitol Report radio program.
- Four years later, family still searching for answers in Yakima man's disappearance | KIMA-TV, July 27, 2019
My other bills
In the past year, seven of the bills I introduced and prime-sponsored have become law. Each of these measures are issues brought to me by you and other citizens across our district. In upcoming email updates, I will highlight other bills I have introduced this year. You can see a list of all my prime-sponsored and co-sponsored bills here. Please call or email my office if you have questions on any of this legislation.
Listen to my radio reports
I am frequently on the radio providing legislative updates to our district. You can listen to my Capitol Report radio program each week at various times on KLCK 1400, which broadcasts in The Dalles/Goldendale area. You can also hear me live on KLCK 1400 with Kevin Malcolm every other Friday at 8 a.m. – Feb. 7, Feb. 21 and March 6. Also, tune in at 7:40 a.m., Feb. 25 on News Talk KIT 1280 Radio in Yakima, as I provide a live legislative update on the air with hosts Lance Tormey and Dave Ettl. In addition, you can hear all of my radio programs on my SoundCloud page.
I encourage you to stay informed and involved
Here are several ways to keep on top of what is happening during the 60-day session:
- Bookmark my legislative website, where you can find my latest press releases, video updates, radio interviews and more.
- Follow House Republicans on Twitter and Facebook.
- Visit The Ledger, a new legislative news aggregator that features the top stories from around the state.
- Watch TVW's “Legislative Review,” which airs nightly and gives viewers a 15-minute overview of what happened that day at the Capitol.
Your input is important and helps me serve you more efficiently. Please call my Olympia office or email me any time with your questions, comments or concerns. My legislative assistant, Wanda Brosey, will be glad to assist you. My contact information is below.
Thank you for the amazing honor of allowing me to serve and represent you!
Honored to serve you,