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Legislative Update: Victim-Centered Trauma-Informed Responses to Crime, Health Coverage for Hearing Aids, and Getting Toxic Chemicals Out of Cosmetics

Dear Friends and Neighbors, The Legislature is now in full swing down here at the Capitol in Olympia. We will devote one more week to public hearings and votes on... READ MORE

Video Update: Supporting Children Who Witness Violence & Working Families Tax Credit

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Children who witness violence are also victims of that violence. That is why I have proposed legislation to create a better system to support and heal... READ MORE

Media Advisory: Bill to Limit Traffic Stops for Non-Moving Violations to be Heard in House Community Safety, Justice, & Reentry Committee Today

WHAT: Hearing on HB 1513, the Traffic Safety for All Act, House Committee on Community Safety, Justice, & Reentry The Traffic Safety for All Act would improve public safety by... READ MORE

Legislative Update: Climate Resilience, Senior Meals, and Legislative Page Program

Dear Friends and Neighbors, As the legislative session rolls along, take a look as some of bills that I am supporting this year. The Legislative Page Program is also back... READ MORE

Video Update: Back in Olympia and How to Get in Touch

Dear Friends and Neighbors, The Washington Legislature is back in session, and we are meeting in person at the Capitol in Olympia! For the first time in two years, the... READ MORE

Media Advisory: Criminal Sentencing Task Force Presents Final Report on Comprehensive Sentencing Reform

The Washington State Criminal Sentencing Task Force was formed in 2019 by the Legislature to undertake a comprehensive review of state sentencing laws. In a joint session of the House... READ MORE

Video Update: Session in Review, Protecting Victims of Domestic Abuse, and Striking the Right Balance on Police Reform

Dear Friends and Neighbors, The Legislature has now adjourned for the 2021-22 biennium. In addition to passing the supplemental operating, transportation, and capital budgets, we enacted a transformative new transportation... READ MORE

Legislative Update: Bringing Films Back to WA, Reducing Homelessness, and the Small Business Agenda

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Yesterday, the Legislature adjourned Sine Die and the 2022 legislative session is now finished. Most of this year’s session has again been held virtually, although some... READ MORE

Video Update: Addressing Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorder, Outdoor School, ADUs, and Preventing Hazing

Dear Friends and Neighbors, With the turmoil of war now gripping Ukraine, my thoughts are with the tens of thousands of Ukrainian-Americans who live right here in Washington State. I... READ MORE

Legislative Update: Town Hall Video, Catalytic Converters, and Language Access for Prescription Drugs

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Thank you to everyone who attended our Virtual Town Hall this week. As usual, residents of the 45th District brought informed, insightful and topical questions, and... READ MORE

Legislative Update: Move Ahead Washington, Doulas for All, and Virtual Town Hall

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Last week, Democrats introduced the Move Ahead WA transportation package. This 16-year, almost $17 billion package creates a sustainable, achievable future for our transportation sector. Move... READ MORE

Video Update: Protecting Survivors of Domestic Abuse, Helping Small Businesses, and Giving Voice to Washington Workers

Dear Friends and Neighbors, This year’s “short” legislative session is at its halfway mark, and we’ve already accomplished a lot of important work. We are approaching the “house of origin”... READ MORE

House Passes Goodman Bill to Add “Coercive Control” to Definition of Domestic Violence

OLYMPIA – Legislation to add “coercive control” to the definition of domestic violence passed the Washington State House of Representatives yesterday. House Bill 1901, sponsored by Rep. Roger Goodman (D-Kirkland) passed with a bipartisan... READ MORE

Legislative Update: Opportunity for Washington Students, Government Leading by Example, Safe Staffing Standards, Feeding Kids, and Virtual Town Hall

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Growing Opportunity for Washington Students Our colleges and universities, apprenticeships and other credentials give students a path to a more secure future, and these options should... READ MORE

House Passes Bills to Clarify Police Reform Laws

OLYMPIA – The Washington State House of Representatives passed a pair of bills Friday afternoon to clarify portions of the police reform package passed by the Legislature last year. HB... READ MORE

Legislative Update: Session Kicks Off and Police Accountability Clarification Legislation

Dear Friends and Neighbors, This year’s legislative session has begun! For the next two months we will be hard at work drafting a supplemental budget and working on legislation to... READ MORE

House Democrats Introduce Bills to Provide Clarity to Police Accountability Laws

OLYMPIA – House Democrats introduced a pair of bills last week to clarify portions of the historic police accountability package passed by the Legislature last year. Legislators passed a package... READ MORE

Video Update: Putting Police Accountability Laws Into Action, Supporting Students, and the Climate Commitment Act

Dear Friends and Neighbors, After a public outcry regarding a lack of police accountability, the Legislature passed a broad package of legislation designed to improve trust between law enforcement and... READ MORE

Media Advisory: House Public Safety Committee to Hold Work Session on Drug Policy Reform

Media Advisory: House Public Safety Committee to Hold Work Session on Drug Policy Reform November 16, 2021 WHAT: The House Public Safety Committee will hold a work session on drug... READ MORE

Attorney General’s Office: Nothing in Police Reform Legislation Prevents Police from Responding to Community Caretaker Calls

OLYMPIA – In response to concerns from some law enforcement agencies whether they have the authority to show up to community caretaking calls and calls involving a mental health crisis... READ MORE

Goodman and Johnson Statement on Implementation of Police Use of Force Bill

This statement is also available in the following languages: Chinese – click here Korean – click here Punjabi – click here Spanish – click here Vietnamese – click here OLYMPIA... READ MORE

Video Update: 2021 Legislative Session in Review

Dear Friends and Neighbors, The Legislature just wrapped up a truly historic lawmaking session. Operating remotely so we could stay safe and healthy, we were still able to pass landmark... READ MORE

Legislative Update: Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights, Rental Assistance, and Banning Private Prisons

Dear Friends and Neighbors, We have reached the end of the legislative session. We adjourn Sine Die tonight! As we approach the finish line we are resolving a number of... READ MORE

House Passes Bill to Address State v. Blake Ruling

OLYMPIA – The Washington State House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 5476 in response to the Washington State Supreme Court’s State v. Blake ruling today with a vote of 80-18.... READ MORE

Legislative Update: Blake Decision, Honoring Billy Frank Jr, and Strengthening the PFML Program

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Responding to the State v. Blake Decision On February 25, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled in State v. Blake that Washington’s law criminalizing simple possession... READ MORE