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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope this email finds you well. Even though the Legislature adjourned on April 25, I'm your state representative year-round. In this e-newsletter, I will give you an update on the Three Rivers Behavioral Health Recovery Center, honoring our current and fallen law enforcement officers, and provide a COVID-19 update.

Capital budget funding success – Three Rivers Behavioral Health Recovery Center

Our region remains the only metropolitan area in Washington state that lacks the proper detoxification or inpatient residential facility for those suffering with substance abuse disorders.

I'm proud of the hard work and partnerships throughout our communities to secure $2.75 million in the 2021-23 capital budget for the Three Rivers Behavioral Health Recovery Center. This facility will provide over 550,000 Washingtonians with life-saving resources, services, and treatment.

When we work together, we achieve great things!

Honoring our 8th District law enforcement officers, and all officers across Washington state

During the 2021 session, I had the honor and privilege to sponsor bipartisan House Resolution 4628 in honor of our brave men and women of law enforcement across our great Washington state.

Recently, my seatmates – Rep. Matt Boehnke and Sen. Sharon Brown – and I personally presented each law enforcement agency throughout the 8th District, who attended the ceremony, with their own copy of the resolution along with a sincere thank you for their hard work, dedication, and sacrifice to preserve and protect our communities.

Washington State Patrol Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall

The Washington State Patrol Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall was recently unveiled in Olympia. The dedication ceremony took place on the Washington State Patrol's 100th Anniversary. This is a permanent wall to honor those state patrol officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the line of duty. The Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall is located in the Helen Sommer's building on the Capitol campus.

You can watch the dedication ceremony by clicking here.

COVID-19 update

After more than 18-months in full and partial shutdowns due to the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the governor announced the state will fully reopen on June 30th. I believe we do not need to wait until the end of the month. The infection rate throughout Washington state continues to decline, hospitals are not overwhelmed, and people continue to get vaccinated. The time to reopen our economy is NOW!

I believe it is extreme government overreach for the governor's Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) when they recently released new guidance stating employers must confirm that their employees are fully vaccinated before ending masks and social distancing requirements. I have heard from so many of you on what can be done to stop this effort – or the creation of vaccine passports. I sponsored House Bill 1006 and my House Republican colleagues introduced House Bills 1035, 1065, and 1317 during the 2021 legislative session to stop these types of regulations. Not one of our bills received a public hearing or moved through the legislative process; however, we will continue to fight against this!  

We have been fighting for emergency power reform even before the 2021 session began. Even a few of our Democratic colleagues have expressed concern over the governor's unchecked emergency power during this pandemic. However, despite numerous attempts to give the Legislature a greater voice during emergency situations, all those efforts remain rebuffed by the majority party. Even when the state fully reopens on or before June 30, the governor does not plan to lift the state of emergency. We will remain under the rule of the executive branch, with no checks or balances exercised by the Legislature. This is not how our state government is designed to operate.

Be assured, we will not stop fighting for less government control and more personal freedom!

Thanks to all of you who are taking a stand and fight for FREEDOM with us!

Recently, my seatmates – Rep. Matt Boehnke and Sen. Sharon Brown– and I held a virtual town hall meeting to provide you with a recap of the 2021 legislative session. I want to thank each and every one of you who took the time out of your busy schedule to join us for the 90-minute conversation. If you missed this virtual event, I encourage you to contact my office with your questions, comments, and concerns. I want to hear from you!

Stay in touch!

Even though session has concluded, I am your state representative year-round. Please reach out to my office to set up an appointment. My contact information can be found at the bottom of this email.

My office hours during interim are Monday-Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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.

As always, thank you for the opportunity and the honor to serve you, your family, and our communities as your State Representative.

May God richly bless you all!

Sincerely,


Brad Klippert

State Representative Brad Klippert, 8th Legislative District
RepresentativeBradKlippert.com
122A Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
brad.klippert@leg.wa.gov
(509) 317-8471 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000