Dear Friends and Neighbors,
This year is winding down. That means the 2024 legislative session, which is scheduled to start on Jan. 8, is just a month away. As we get ready to return to Olympia, the Legislature is facing several difficult issues, including public safety, our ongoing affordable housing shortage, and the devastating effects of the fentanyl crisis.
Top Priorities in 2024
Affordable Housing Crisis: Among my top priorities in the coming session is to form a task force to get to the heart of our housing shortage, which affects everyone in Washington in some way. We must look at this crisis from every possible angle to understand the root causes of this issue, so we can understand how to create real solutions that will help the most people. I will continue to update you on these efforts throughout the upcoming session.
In addition to the housing crisis, these are some of my additional priorities for the 2024 session:
Cap-and-Trade Relief: The high cost of fuel is hurting individuals and families, and much of the blame can be placed squarely on the cap-and-trade program that took effect in January of this year. House Republicans are working on several real solutions to address the rising cost of fuel, including giving taxpayers some of the excess revenue already collected through the cap-and-trade program, which has already tripled expectations. This includes the Carbon Auction Rebate (CAR) program introduced by Rep. April Connors, R-Kennewick, that would send a $100 Carbon Auction Rebate on July 1, 2024, to registered vehicle owners in the state. Click here to learn more.
Bipartisan Energy Collaboration: I recently joined Rep. Alex Ramel (D-Bellingham) in person for a podcast to discuss our joint effort to pass a renewable energy bill (HB 1756), which just became law this summer. Thanks to this legislation, much of the tax revenues from new wind and solar will now go to the communities where renewable energy is produced. Click here to listen to our podcast. The bill was designed to answer some potential local objections to renewable energy projects and to make progress on combating climate change. It’s also a great example of what we can accomplish when we work together for positive solutions.
As always, I look forward to meeting with many of you this session to hear about the issues that matter most to you. As your state representative, my job is to collaborate with colleagues from both sides of the aisle to bring real solutions that benefit everyone in Washington.
Committee Assignments and Leadership
In 2024, I will continue serving on the Housing Committee, where I am the top-ranking House Republican. I will also serve on the Postsecondary Education and Workforce, and Transportation committees. I look forward to working with everyone on these committees from both sides of the aisle to find common ground and real solutions. I know when we work with a bipartisan effort that’s when we accomplish the best results for Washington.
House Page Program
The Washington State House of Representatives Page Program is now open for applications. To become a page, applicants must have a legislative sponsor, be between the ages of 14 and 16, and obtain written permission from their parents and school. Pages earn $65 per day while working in the program. During their week serving as pages, they attend Legislative Page School every day to learn about the three branches of state government, the lawmaking process, and the importance of civil discourse. They also get to carry out numerous important duties that help the Legislature operate efficiently. The page program provides housing in homes that are vetted by the Washington State Patrol.
If you have a student in mind who would benefit from this program, please share this opportunity with them. I would love to work with the young people of the 16th District in Olympia. Click here for more info.
Stay in Touch with Me
There are many options for you to keep up with the work of the Legislature. Here are some links that will help:
My legislative website | Here you will find my contact information, bio, news releases, email updates, videos, opinion pieces, bills, and other information.
The Capitol Buzz | A weekday roundup of online news stories. Click on the link to subscribe.
The Current | An online legislative publication from the Washington House Republicans. Click on the link to subscribe.
TVW | The state’s own version of C-SPAN, TVW broadcasts floor and committee action live online.
The Ledger| A legislative news aggregator.
Legislature’s website | Here you can see bill reports, committee agendas, and information about upcoming activities in the Legislature.
State agencies | You can find a list of all state agencies, boards, and commissions here.
Tracking a bill?|Click the link to find information on specific bills. In addition, when you visit my website, you can easily view the legislation I’m sponsoring or co-sponsoring by clicking “Sponsored Bills.”
Thank You for Your Support!
Thank you again for your trust and for allowing me to serve you in Olympia. It is truly an honor, and I will do everything I can to represent everyone in our District. We have a lot of work to accomplish and I’m ready to continue working on your behalf. Please reach out to me to share your thoughts, questions, ideas, and opinions. My door is always open.
It’s an honor to serve.