Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I need to bring a bad piece of legislation that is going to be voted on in the Washington State House of Representatives THIS WEEKEND to your attention. Police reform is a major topic the Legislature is debating this session. It looks like the narrative of defunding the police now includes provisions to also disarm the police.
House Bill 1054 would take away many necessary and imperative tools law enforcement officers use every day to keep themselves, and the communities they serve, safe. In fact, this bill removes many of the very tool's officers rely on to de-escalate situations and avoid the necessity to use deadly force.
You can learn more about my opposition to this bill, and some of the tools it would take away from our officers by clicking here.
You can also read my op-ed on this bill, and many other bad police reform bills that are still potentially alive in the Legislative process, by clicking here.
If you oppose this legislation, I URGE YOU to contact the Speaker of the House and tell her NOT to advance this bill to the virtual House floor!
Washington state continues push to become the second state in the nation to decriminalize drugs
We continue to see a huge push from the Democrats to decriminalize drugs. In my recent video update, I discuss House Bill 1499 which is the House's attempt to decriminalize drugs. You can learn all about it by clicking on the photo below.
In other news, the Washington State Supreme Court has come out with a ruling in the case State v. Blake that the state's felony drug possession law, as written, is unconstitutional. Simply put, the Supreme Court believes that finding drugs on someone, either on their person or in their car, etc., is not enough to prove that person knew they possessed those drugs. In other words, possession of drugs in Washington state has been legalized, unless the Legislature intervenes. I URGE YOU to contact the Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority Leader and demand that the Legislature act THIS SESSION against decriminalizing drugs. There is still an opportunity to fight this!
Save the date | 8th District Virtual Town Hall
Where I would rather hold this event in-person and in-district, my seatmates and I will be hosting a virtual town hall on Saturday, March 20 at 2:00 p.m. and would like to invite everyone to attend.
You do need to register to participate in the event. You can do so by clicking here. If you'd like to submit a question before the event, there is a place to submit it on the registration form.
If you have any questions, or need help registering, please contact my legislative assistant, LJ Rohrer. She's happy to assist you.
Stay in touch
Throughout the legislative session, I hope you will take the time to call or email 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!