E-Newsletter: Keeping your data secure and private

Dear Neighbors,

We have been debating bills on the House floor all last week. Here are some highlights.

Making your vote count by moving away from caucuses and towards a primary for the Presidential Primary

Presidential primaries

The Presidential Primary will move from May to March, giving you a louder voice as to which nominee makes it on the ballot. Historically, by the time Washington votes, national nominees have already been chosen. The legislation will also move away from the current caucusing system to a vote by mail ballot, creating a more inclusive pathway. Read more in the Spokesman ReviewCrosscut, and Seattle Times.

Putting the date of election day on ballot envelopes

Hudgins rally

Last election a constituent suggested we put the date of the election on the outside of the ballot envelope. I thought it was great, and got the idea drafted as a bill and worked with Rep. Melanie Morgan (D-Parkland) to move it out of the House. Lawmakers unanimously voted to move House Bill 1520 to the Senate. This legislation mandates the date of election day be boldly featured on the envelope voters receive when they get their ballot. Watch Rep. Melanie Morgan’s video statement on Twitter. 

Keeping your personal information secure

Hudgins Kloba

Identity theft and data breaches are unfortunately becoming more common. To fix this problem, Senate lawmakers passed landmark legislation (SB 5376) to better secure your personal information. The House has a companion bill (HB 1854), and we are looking at both closely. These have the potential to be the strongest data privacy laws in the nation. I have been working with Senator Reuven Carlyle (D-Seattle), and dozens of stakeholders to put European type rights over your personal data in Washington state law. As the committee chair, I coordinate on large policy bills that come through the Innovation, Technology and Economic Development Committee. Read more in the Seattle Times. 

Fixing campaign finance and public disclosure

Hudgins and Slatter

You may recall I led an effort to reform and update the Public Disclosure Commission last year. It was the first time in decades the statutes were substantially overhauled. As often happens, that overhaul needed a few fixes and updates. House Bill 1195 passed off the House Floor 95 – 2. This legislation builds off of, and fixes work done last year to provide more transparency. This bill was requested by the Public Disclosure Commission and was developed by them in their open meetings.

Protecting against facial recognition overuse

facial recognition software

Facial recognition software has rapidly integrated into our communities and economy. We must have checks and balances to this technology. Under House Bill 1654 new restrictions and attention is given to how this new technology will be regulated. This is especially important for communities of color and women, as this software has been less accurate in identification. Watch Rep. Ryu’s committee testimony on TVW.

Rep. Zack Hudgins