Dear Friends and Neighbors,
It has been a busy start to the 2017 legislative session here in Olympia.
The pace for me has been extremely fast since day one. We had our first rounds of bills come to the House floor for votes. I had the honor of voting in favor of House Bill 1056. As a 28-year military veteran, I know firsthand how tough deployment is on our families, and on ourselves. It was my privilege to support HB 1056 to give our military service men/women, and their families, further financial protection from unnecessary consumer fees during deployment. The members of our military are the first line of defense in our national security and deserve these protections. Thanks to all of our active, reserve, and veteran Washington state and National Guard for your service! We are thankful for and very proud of YOU!
One of the issues important to me this session, focuses on the right of our law enforcement officers to remain strongly protected in their decisions, actions and overall duties. As a deputy with over 23-years' experience, I believe people need to have a better understanding of what officers go through each day. We put on our uniform, hug and kiss our family goodbye, and walk into the world as your “guardians.” We face split-second, life-and-death decisions – routinely. We have to make these decisions to keep the public and our fellow officers safe. Thank you to all my fellow law enforcement brothers and sisters for putting yourselves in harms way, each and every day, to keep our communities safe.
House Bill 1529 would change the protections currently given to our officers when split-second decisions are made. This bill would change statute to remove the vital elements of 'malice' and 'in good faith.' I am concerned about this change. Previous Legislatures put these provisions into our law because they knew that law enforcement officers go out there every day facing difficult challenges and need proper protection. This component of our statute makes Washington state unique by giving us the strongest protection for our valued officers, as it should!
For more information on House Bill 1529, please watch my recent video legislative update. You can do so by clicking the photo below. Thank you!
My number one task and goal is to serve you, the citizens of the 8th Legislative District, and all the citizens of Washington state. I encourage you to come to Olympia. Visit me, sit in on committee hearings and be part of your legislative process! Your opinion, concerns and ideas are VERY important to me!
It's an honor to serve you. May God bless you, your families, and these great United States of America! I wish each and every one of you a wonderful Washington day!