The 2016 legislative session is at the half-way point, as the House and Senate are now passing bills over to the opposite chambers. But before we get to that, I want to talk with you a little bit about the controversial new I-405 tolling lanes and my work to fix the problems caused by the Department of Transportation’s implementation of these lanes. Please watch this brief video:
I’m pleased to report that several of my key bills are continuing to move through the legislative process and are awaiting House floor action, including:
I am very happy with the recent unanimous House vote to pass my major bill to reform our Legal Financial Obligation (LFO) system, HB 1390. That bill now awaits action in the Senate.
Criminal offenders are not satisfying their obligations to pay their fines and fees, largely due to excessive accumulated interest. As a result, victims are not receiving any restitution, and offenders have been unable to return successfully to the community. Some cities and counties are even locking people up for not paying their fines, which is like debtor’s prison. My bill reforms the whole system of LFOs to help make victims whole and to help offenders re-enter society.
Thanks for taking the time to catch up on my work down in Olympia. I always appreciate hearing from you, so if you have ideas, or questions, or suggestions for me, please don’t hesitate to call me at (360) 786-7878 or email me at Roger.Goodman@leg.wa.gov
All best wishes,
Representative, 45th District
Washington State Legislature