Video Update: Early Action COVID Relief, Keeping High School Seniors on Track, and Public Broadband

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged our communities and our economy. Virtually no one has been left untouched. That is why we acted swiftly to pass an early action COVID-19 relief package. This bill gets $2.2 billion dollars in federal funding out to our communities who badly need it. Learn more about the bill in this week’s GoodMinute.

Early Action COVID-19 Relief

Helping Washington students graduate during the pandemic

Last week, the House passed a bill to ensure that current Washington high school seniors can still graduate in the midst of this public health crisis, eliminating uncertainty for families and educators.

The pandemic has disrupted learning all over our state. There is no school district that has not been hurt by COVID-19, and students should not be punished for circumstances out of their control. With this bill, districts can grant emergency credit waivers to eligible students who are on track to graduate.

I’m proud of our action to help students succeed and move forward in achieving their dreams. We need to lift up the resilient, hardworking students of Washington.

Why Washington Needs Public Broadband

My colleague Rep. Drew Hansen recently introduced the Public Broadband Act. If passed it would remove the statewide restrictions that currently prevent some public utilities from offering public broadband directly to consumers. This is a big deal because many Public Utility Districts, ports, and municipalities want to offer broadband services to their residents.

When you only have one internet service provider in your region, and reliability and quality suffer, you’re left without a service that everyone needs in the 21st century. I’m very excited about the Public Broadband Act and was inspired by the testimony I saw from those supporting the bill. You can watch some of that testimony by clicking below.

As always, please reach out if you have questions, comments, or ideas.

All best wishes,

Roger Goodman

Representative, 45th District

Washington State Legislature