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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We have reached the policy cutoff point of the 2024 session, meaning Wednesday was the last day non-fiscal bills could be considered and passed out of their respective committees in the chamber in which they originated. Fiscal committee cutoff is Monday. The one exception to the rule is bills considered “necessary to implement the budget” which are not subject to the normal cutoff dates.

Update on My Legislation

With the policy cutoff in the rearview mirror, here’s where my bills currently stand.

House Bill 2008, which would create a legislative task force to analyze housing cost drivers was approved by the Housing Committee and referred to the Appropriations Committee, where it’s still waiting for a hearing. The goal of this task force is to determine what factors are driving housing costs in Washington. We need to understand the causes before we can resolve them. Click here to learn more.

House Bill 2133, the “Richard L. Lenhart Act” would protect the safety and security of students and maintain order within public school buses by designating trespassing on a public school bus as a felony offense. Warning signs would be posted on all public school buses, making them safer for students and bus drivers. It’s that simple. Click here to learn more. This bill received a public hearing but was not voted on. However, a nearly identical bill in the Senate (SB 5891) is expected to move forward.


House Bill 2252 would require cities and towns to allow business establishments, such as cafes and grocers that meet certain requirements to be permitted in residential zones. This legislation would foster community engagement, create public gatherings places, and make our neighborhoods and communities feel safer and more connected. It is waiting for a vote by the entire House. Click here to learn more.

House Bill 2428 would allow cities and towns to voluntarily enter interlocal agreements to share a portion of general-purpose local government sales and use tax revenue. This is a simple bill on paper, but it would be a big deal for our cities, towns, and communities, by allowing local government entities to utilize and share revenue from sales and use taxes. By allowing cities the option to voluntarily enter interlocal agreements, it would eliminate the competition for coveted sales tax revenue. The bill has been voted out of committee and is waiting to be pulled to the floor for a vote. Click here to learn more.

I will continue to provide updates as we move forward.

Update on Statewide Initiatives

One of the most interesting issues before the Legislature this session is the six initiatives certified by the Secretary of State. House Republicans made a separate motion on the floor for each initiative to receive a prompt public hearing in committee. The majority party unanimously voted “no” each time. Here’s a brief description of each initiative.

  • I-2113 would restore vehicular pursuit tools to law enforcement.
  • I-2117 would repeal the state’s cap-and-trade program.
  • I-2081would establish a parents’ bill of rights.
  • I-2109 would repeal the capital gains excise tax imposed on sales and exchanges of long-term capital assets by individuals with capital gains over $250,000.
  • I-2111 would codify Washington state’s longstanding tradition of prohibiting state and local personal income taxes.
  • I-2124 enables working individuals to choose not to participate in the Washington Cares Fund, a long-term care payroll tax program.

You can learn more about I-2113 and I-2117 by watching the video below.


Additionally, these issues are part of the House Republican’s priorities, as we work to fix Washington with real solutions. Click on the image below to learn more about the many crises we are facing.


What’s Next?

Here’s what could happen moving forward:

  1. The Legislature may adopt the initiatives as proposed and they would become law without a vote of the people.
  2. The Legislature may reject or refuse to act on the proposed initiatives, and they must be placed on the ballot at the next general election.
  3. The Legislature may propose a different measure dealing with the same subject for any of the initiatives and both measures must be placed on the next general election ballot.

Future Town Hall Meetings

I also want to let you know that I will be joining my fellow 16th District lawmakers, Rep. Skyler Rude and Sen. Perry Dozier, for several in-person town hall meetings throughout the district after session ends. Dates, times, and locations are still to be determined, but I will provide more details as we get closer.

Thank You and Please Stay in Touch

Thank you again for your support and input. It’s an honor to serve you in the 16th District. I will continue to work on both sides of the aisle to create legislation that focuses on your priorities and represents real solutions for the people of Washington. Please continue reaching out with your questions and feedback. My door is always open.

It’s an honor to serve,

Sincerely,


Mark Klicker

State Representative Mark Klicker, 16th Legislative District
representativemarkklicker.com
410 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
mark.klicker@leg.wa.gov
(360) 786-7836 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000