Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The 2022 legislative session is flying by quickly. Last Thursday, Feb. 3 was the first major deadline of the session. Bills that did not pass from their respective policy committees by that date in the chamber where they originated are considered “dead” for the session. Today is the fiscal policy cutoff. Bills that have not passed their respective fiscal committees by the end of today are also considered “dead.” Legislation necessary to implement the budget is exempt from the deadlines.
I am pleased to report 10 of my prime-sponsored bills have passed their respective committees and two have already passed the House of Representatives unanimously. I invite you to read about those bills in this email update.
Tomorrow also marks the halfway point — 30 days — of the scheduled 60-day session.
Our focus now turns from committees to the House floor as we vote on House bills that have passed their respective committees.
I encourage you to stay informed and involved. Watch the House floor debates and committee actions on TVW.org. Go here to learn how you can participate in the process.
Join us for a 14th District Virtual Town Hall!
Mark your calendar and be sure to join me, Sen. Curtis King and Rep. Chris Corry on Saturday, Feb. 19 for a 14th District Virtual Town Hall meeting.
We will provide an update of the 2022 legislative session and then take questions from participants. Citizens may also submit written questions during the registration process.
The event will be held from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. The remote event will be conducted using the Zoom platform. Preregistration is required by going to https://bit.ly/3KM456A. After registering, a confirmation email will be sent about joining the webinar. Space is limited, so it is best to register early.
Mosbrucker 2022 bill list and status
I am very grateful for the input and support I have received from people all over the district who have suggested legislation and testified on bills. I have been working with members of both parties on common-sense legislation to help citizens in the 14th District and across the state of Washington. With the first major committee deadlines passed, I have 10 bills that are moving through the process — eight of them coming to the House floor for a vote in the coming days. A list of those bills is below. I also invite you to listen to my discussion of this legislation on KLCK Radio.
- House Bill 1357 – Overseas voters: Would require county auditors to mail a statewide and local voters' pamphlet to registered Washington voters overseas, including military voters. The measure is not an unfunded mandate, according to the Office of the Secretary of State. This is one of the first bills to pass the House during the 2021 session. It passed Jan 12, with a unanimous vote. The measure is scheduled for a public hearing on Wednesday, Feb. 9, in the Senate Government and Elections Committee.
- House Bill 1497 – Telephone solicitors: Would prevent telephone solicitors from making calls before 8 a.m. or after 5 p.m., no selling of the called party's name and information, removal of the called party from the solicitor's list upon request, and no further calls within at least one year after that request has been made. Passed the House Consumer Protection and Business Committee on Jan. 20, this bill is in the House Rules Committee, awaiting to be pulled to the House floor for a vote.
- House Bill 1571 – Missing, murdered indigenous persons and survivors of human trafficking: Also known as the “Bring them home bill,” this measure would allow tribal members to pray over a deceased indigenous person without compromising the scene before an autopsy is conducted. And it creates a receiving center to provide help for trafficked victims. This bill passed the House Public Safety Committee on Thursday, Jan. 20. It also passed the House Appropriations Committee on Feb. 4 and is on its way to the House Rules Committee for further action. Learn more about this bill here.
- House Bill 1621 and House Bill 1622 – Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners – SANE nurses play a critical role in the detailed forensic investigations that are necessary for the prosecution of sex crimes.
- House Bill 1621 would require the state Department of Health (DOH) to establish a stipend program of up to $2,500 per licensed nurse to cover fees and costs necessary to become a certified sexual assault nurse examiner (SANEs). It also would require DOH to establish a hospital grant program to increase access to certified SANEs for hospitals without sufficient access. SANE nurses play a critical role in the detailed forensic investigations that are necessary for the prosecution of sex crimes. This bill passed the House Health Care and Wellness Committee. It also passed the House Appropriations Committee on Feb. 4 and is on its way to the House Rules Committee for further action.
- House Bill 1622 seeks to increase the availability of SANE education in rural and underserved areas by requiring the Washington State University College of Nursing to establish a SANE online and clinical training program and a regional SANE leader pilot program. This bill passed unanimously from the House floor on Wednesday, Jan. 26.
- Read the press release on House passage of House Bill 1622.
- Watch my video update on efforts to expand sexual assault nurse examiner training.
- Listen to my Capitol Report on SANE nurse training.
- House Bill 1623 – Electric grid adequacy: The measure would address the real risk in Washington of rolling blackouts and inadequate electric supplies. It requires the Washington Department of Commerce and the Utilities and Transportation Commission to hold annual stakeholder meetings through 2029 to discuss the adequacy of the state's energy resources for meeting electric needs and address steps to meet those needs. This bill passed the House Environment and Energy Committee on Friday, Jan. 13. It is now on the House floor awaiting a vote.
- House Bill 1624 – Modifying the motorcycle safety education board: Adding women, east/west members for equity. The measure passed the House Transportation Committee on Feb. 3 and is now in the House Rules Committee awaiting further action.
- House Bill 1715 – Sentencing Guidelines Commission: This bill addresses membership of the state's Sentencing Guidelines Commission. Passed from the House Public Safety Committee. This bill is now on the House floor awaiting a vote.
- House Bill 1844 – Creating the offense of unlawful branding of another: This bill would make it a class B felony to mark another person's body with a subdermal implant, tattoo, or body art, with the knowledge that the mark is intended to be used to track the person or mark the person for ownership as part of a plan or scheme to engage in trafficking of the person. This bill passed the House Public Safety Committee on Feb. 1 and it is in the House Rules Committee awaiting further action.
- House Bill 1845 – Body camera grants: Would help small police departments who are unable to afford body cams but want this proven transparency tool. The measure passed the House Appropriations Committee on Jan. 25. It is now in the House Rules Committee, awaiting to be pulled to the House floor for a vote.
For a complete list of bills I've sponsored during the 2021-22 biennium, go here.
Making for a Safe Washington
As ranking Republican on the House Public Safety Committee, I have spent many hours in negotiations with majority Democrats trying to effect meaningful change and fixes to a series of police reforms they passed last year. We've been concerned that the police reform bills that went into effect last July effectively removed handcuffs from criminals and placed them on law enforcement officers.
During this session, I've been seeking the passage of legislation that would:
- allow law enforcement officers to engage in vehicular pursuits – (House Bill 1788).
- protect retailers from theft – (House Bill 1656).
- make it a class C felony for anyone who knowingly possesses fentanyl – (House Bill 1937). According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, overdose from fentanyl is now the leading cause of death of Americans between the ages of 18 and 45.
Read more about our Safe Washington plan.
Contact my office
Please contact my office any time you have questions, comments or suggestions about legislation and/or state government. My contact information is below. Also, sign up for text alerts from Washington House Republicans. And go to my website, RepresentativeGinaMosbrucker.com, to get the latest news and information on legislative issues I'm involved with.
Thank you for allowing me the amazing honor of serving you and the citizens of the 14th Legislative District.
Honored to serve you,