Washington State House Democrats


Legislative update: Punishing corporate crime & keeping “dark money” out of politics

Friends and neighbors –

I am committed to having the legislature finally fund basic education after many years of legislative inaction. This week, I cast my first vote as a legislator to ensure that the House of Representatives passed a bill to avert the “levy cliff,” which is the pending loss of over $10M to our local schools. I hope the Senate soon passes the bill so our local schools have budget certainty. I will continue to work on school funding and will keep you updated.

Take a look at the video below where my seatmate, Rep. Kristine Reeves, and I talk about why we voted to keep our schools funded.

Standing Up Against Corporate Crime

As a prosecutor, I have prosecuted corporate officers who commit fraud, and I know it’s time for laws to catch up to the times. Today, I have filed my bill to better hold the corporate entities accountable.

Right now, fines against corporations can’t exceed $10,000. It was last increased in 1924. It’s time for a change. My new bill would increase the fine for a Class A felony to $1,000,000.

I’ll be working hard to make this bill into a law. It’s an important first step in holding bad actors accountable.

Keeping “Dark Money” Out of Elections

Today I also filed a House bill to keep “dark money” out of elections. The DISCLOSE Act would better identify the sources of money in politics and allow for more transparency in elections. I am focused on shining the light on money in politics.

Telephone Town Hall Next Week

Next week I’ll be hosting a Telephone Town Hall with my seatmate Rep. Kristine Reeves. We’ll also be calling constituents in the district, so you may receive a call from us. But if not, you can still join in with the phone number below. Please consider joining us on Wednesday, February 1st from 6:00 – 7:00 PM to have your voice heard.

When: 6:00 – 7:00 PM Wednesday, February 1st.

Where: Via your telephone by calling 877-229-8493 and using ID Code 116309.

Keep in touch

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or ideas you might have. I’d love to hear from you.