Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We live in unprecedented times as the response to COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives.
I've heard from many of you how upset and frustrated you are as we remain in a mostly locked down state, as only one person makes all the decisions on your behalf. I want you to know I hear your voices loud and clear. I stand beside you as we demand change, accountability, and a return to normalcy.
For the first time in my political career serving as your state representative, I took my oath of office remotely, and not amongst my fellow House of Representatives colleagues on the House floor. This is unacceptable to me.
I believe there are ways we can conduct the people's work in a safe and healthy manner, but nonetheless conduct that work in-person. As we saw during the 2021 legislatives session opening ceremonies, there are ways that we can accommodate all the health and safety protocols surrounding COVID-19, while conducting business in-person. I will continue to fight to bring your voice back to Olympia where it belongs.
For now, the majority party has made the decision that the House of Representatives will work remotely for the 2021 legislative session. There will be no in-person meetings, or committee hearings, in Olympia. House facilities will remain closed to the public until further notice. The people's work will be conducted via Zoom, and other technological means. This is also unacceptable to me. By clicking here, you can learn more about how to access the Legislature remotely.
However, I don't want the shadow of COVID-19, and this new way of doing business, to discourage you. Please continue to reach out to my office. Your voice, thoughts, and opinions are what drive the work I do on your behalf as your State Representative.
A CALL TO ACTION | Your voice MATTERS! | How to remote testify
One of the only good things coming out of this remote session is the ability for you to testify on the bills that matter most to you, your business, and your family from anywhere.
This session, the Legislature has expanded remote testimony capabilities so you can testify on any bill, up to one hour prior to a committee meeting. If you are uncomfortable providing oral testimony, you also have the option of submitting written testimony on any bill scheduled for public hearing.
To testify remotely, or submit written testimony, in the House of Representatives, click here.
Meeting virtually and registering to testify
- Be punctual; usually there is only one public hearing at which testimony is taken on a particular bill.
- Sign-in is done electronically in all committees at Committee Sign In. You will receive an individual link to join the virtual meeting after you sign in. See detailed instructions on how to join the meeting once signed in.
- Check to see if copies of proposed amendments or substitute bills are available at the Committee Schedules page. Click view docs for the meeting you are interested in.
Stay up to date!
I also encourage you to bookmark the following links. These are good resources to keep you up-to-date and to stay informed about your state government.
- My legislative website. Here you will find my contact information, news releases, archived email updates, and more.
- TVW. The state's own version of C-SPAN. This is where you can watch all of the committees and floor action.
- The Washington State Ledger. This is our legislative news aggregator with information related to state government, public policy, and the legislative process.
- Washington State Legislature website. Here you will find committee and floor schedules, bill information, and how you can testify and/or provide input on a bill.
Stay in touch!
You will notice a new voice when you call my office. I have a new legislative assistant, LJ Rohrer. She is ready to work with all of you, and is ready to take your calls, or emails. Please reach out to her, and my office, as you normally would. Our contact information is at the bottom of this email.
Throughout the legislative session, I hope you will take the time to stay in touch with me. I welcome your thoughts and concerns on issues before the Legislature. I look forward to working with you and for YOU!
I know all of us don't always agree on everything all the time, but please know, I still value hearing from you! I enjoy our respectful dialogues, even when we don't agree on the issue.
Thank you again for the opportunity and the honor to serve you, your family, and our communities as your State Representative.
May God richly bless you all!