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We are rapidly approaching the second month of the scheduled 105-day remote legislative session, which began Jan. 11. Participating in the virtual session As I noted in my last email update...

Feb. 5, 2021

I wanted to take a few minutes to provide a brief update on the coronavirus emergency, the telephone town hall I held last week, and information about upcoming election-year restrictions. Thank...

May 8, 2020

Late Thursday night, we finished our work and adjourned for the year. It was an intense 60-day session with some highs, but a lot more lows. One-party control of the House...

March 10, 2018

The big news since my last update is the Legislature was finally able to send the 2017-19 capital budget to the governor's desk to be signed into law. The $4.17 billion...

Feb. 2, 2018

Rep. Michelle Caldier and Sen. Patty Kuderer have introduced legislation to curb excessive pay hikes for executives and board members at nonprofit insurance companies in Washington state.

Jan. 22, 2018

After 172 days of session, the Legislature finally adopted a two-year, $43.7 billion operating budget last Friday. While 48 percent of the 2015-17 operating budget was allocated for K-12 education, this...

July 7, 2017

For the past few weeks, House committees have been hearing Senate bills, while Senate committees have been hearing House bills. With a split Legislature — Democrats narrowly control the state House...

March 30, 2017

We are now one month into the 2017 legislative session, and the first major milestone is right around the corner. Feb. 17 marks policy cutoff, which means bills that do not...

Feb. 15, 2017

As we wrap up the third week of the 2017 legislative session, I wanted to provide you with an update on the session, the committees I'm serving on, as well as...

Jan. 27, 2017

With the 2017 legislative session scheduled to begin Jan. 9, I wanted to provide you with a preview of the 105-day session, as well as some insights into what I've been...

Dec. 1, 2016