E-Newsletter: Protecting your right to privacy

Making history: first woman speaker of the House


The 2020 session begins with a new face at the House rostrum: Speaker Laurie Jinkins! I was proud to vote yes on the House floor during opening ceremonies for Washington’s first-ever woman and out lesbian speaker of the House. It is the first time in nearly two decades that a new speaker takes over the gavel. I look forward to working with Speaker Jinkins to pass policies that put people first and help communities across Washington thrive. Learn more in the Seattle Times.

Mini Town Hall: January 25

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Listening to people in our community is important to me. Along with Rep. Steve Bergquist, I will be co-hosting a mini town hall on Saturday, January 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Friendz Cafe (12930 E Marginal Way S) in Tukwila. This is a space to have conversations with people across the 11th Legislative District. Each community member wishing to participate is invited to sign up for a 15-minute time slot. During your time, you’ll have a chance to ask me your questions, comment on legislation, and tell me about your ideas to improve Washington communities. Sign up by contacting my legislative assistant, Taylor Rome. She can be reached by email (Taylor.Rome@leg.wa.gov) or at 360-786-7956.

An update on consumer data privacy legislation

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While the technology industry is driving the economy of the Pacific Northwest, some of the benefits also have downsides. The House is committed to protecting private data that is collected online by allowing individuals the right to access, correct and delete that data from companies. The measures are still being worked out, and are based on concepts from Europe and California. Learn more about what Washington is doing on data privacy in the Washington Post.

Bringing sunshine to local elections


Taxpayers deserve transparent and accountable governments and elections. In more than 150 local governments this isn’t happening. Thanks to reporting from King 5 News, it was discovered that fraud and bad actors are undermining our democracy around the state. In some districts, elected officials haven’t been on a ballot in 30 years, while voters must be landowners in other elections. This is archaic and unethical, which is why I introduced House Bill 2415 to end this lack of transparency and antiquated voting laws. Learn more on King5 News.

Cyber security in state government

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As the Chair of the Innovation, Technology and Economic Development committee in the House, I lead our discussions on state IT projects and state cyber security priorities. WaTech’s state Office of CyberSecurity is Washington’s first line of defense against cyber attacks. Their team of experts is responsible for identifying, blocking and responding to all threats on the statewide online network to prevent major problems. According to data security experts, hacking into and taking over private information online is easier than it may seem. With billions of electronic devices synced to the internet worldwide, it’s incredibly important to know how to protect yourself online. Learn more on TWV’s The Impact.

Protecting privacy of public service employees


My work in cyber security has heightened my awareness of the risks to individuals. Public servants should feel safe at their workplace. House Bill 1888 would protect sensitive personal information, including birth dates, from being made publicly available. No one should have to risk identity theft, stalking, domestic violence or workplace harassment because they choose to serve the public. Hear testimony from public employees on TVW.

Zack in the News

King 5 News
Lawmakers propose sweeping reform for special purpose taxing districts after KING 5 investigation

Everett Herald
It’s ‘Madam Speaker’ now: What’s happening in Olympia today

Seattle Times
Who is taking and selling your personal data? Washington lawmakers work to give people more of a say

Technology vs. privacy: Washington looks to regulate facial recognition tools in 2020

Rep. Zack Hudgins