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    An update on the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 | March 2, 2020

    Dear friends and neighbors, Washington state is experiencing an increase in cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), including several deaths. It is anticipated that the virus will continue to spread…. READ MORE

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    Cutoff week and town hall reminder | February 17, 2020

    Dear friends and neighbors, It’s a busy week at the state capitol! Yesterday, February 19, was “House of Origin cutoff.” That’s the final date for bills to be voted out… READ MORE

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    A new chapter | August 14, 2019

    Dear friends and neighbors, As the back-to-school season approaches, families across Washington are getting ready for the new school year and the changes it brings. One big change in my… READ MORE

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    Communities standing together | July 12, 2019

    Dear friends and neighbors, In a historic first, the Pride flag was raised last week over the Tacoma Dome in celebration of Tacoma Pride – and I was one of… READ MORE

  • A “putting people first” budget | May 8, 2019

    Dear friends and neighbors, The 2019 legislative session adjourned just before midnight on April 28. While the final days were a marathon of late, late nights and way too little… READ MORE

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    Staying engaged: Town hall highlights | March 28, 2019

    Dear friends and neighbors, Thank you to everyone who came to our town hall meeting last Saturday at the Eastside Community Center in Tacoma. These meetings are one of several… READ MORE

  • Affordable, accessible health care | March 12, 2019

    Dear friends and neighbors, By the time this newsletter lands in your inbox, we’ll have reached a critical deadline in the state legislature. It’s called “House of Origin Cutoff.” This… READ MORE

  • Long-Term Care Trust Act clears House | February 21, 2019

    OLYMPIA – A first-in-the-nation bill to address Washington’s looming long-term care crisis passed the state House of Representatives today. Reps. Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma) and Drew MacEwen (R-Union) led a bipartisan… READ MORE

  • Reforming our broken eviction system | February 14, 2019

    Dear friends and neighbors, The recent snowstorm threw many of us for a loop, even causing the cancellation of all House and Senate committee hearings at the state capitol this… READ MORE

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    The Legislature is now is session | January 16, 2019

    Dear friends and neighbors Hello from the state capitol in Olympia! On Monday, I was sworn in as your representative in the State House. It is an honor and a… READ MORE

  • Article: Helping Pay for Long-term Care | January 8, 2019

    A few years ago, state Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma) got a close look at the financial toll of long-term care when her mother-in-law went on Medicaid. “It’s incredibly stressful to… READ MORE

  • The 2019 session begins January 14 | December 6, 2018

    Dear friends and neighbors, This week, committees in the state House of Representatives met to prepare for the 2019 legislative session, which begins January 14. Did you know you can… READ MORE

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    It’s cutoff time in the state legislature | February 8, 2018

    Dear friends and neighbors, We’ve reached the point in the legislative session known as “cutoff.” Last week was the first legislative cutoff of this short 60-day session – policy committee… READ MORE

  • E-newsletter: Getting the job done | January 25, 2018

    Dear friends and neighbors, We are already in Week 3 of the 2018 legislative session, and things are moving quickly. Democrats are delivering for Washington families by passing bills that… READ MORE

  • November update from Rep. Laurie Jinkins | November 16, 2017

    Dear friends and neighbors, This is Committee Assembly week in Olympia, which is when House and Senate committees meet to discuss priorities for the upcoming legislative session. The House Judiciary… READ MORE

  • October update from Rep. Laurie Jinkins | October 16, 2017

    Dear friends and neighbors, On Saturday, my 27th Legislative District seatmates and I held the first of three “Community Conversation Hours” in Tacoma. Among the topics discussed were concerns over… READ MORE

  • September update from Rep. Laurie Jinkins | September 21, 2017

    Dear friends and neighbors, Fall is officially here as of tomorrow, but we’ve been bidding summer goodbye all week with the return of cooler temperatures and the arrival of (much-needed)… READ MORE

  • Back-to-School Update | August 24, 2017

    August 24, 2017 Dear friends and neighbors, It’s that time of year again when students and their families begin prepping for the upcoming school year. It’s hard to believe summer… READ MORE

  • What I’ve been up to this summer | August 14, 2017

    Dear friends and neighbors, I’ve recently returned from attending the 2017 National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit, which was held in Boston this year. NCSL is a bipartisan… READ MORE

  • 2017 session update | July 27, 2017

    Dear neighbor, Our 2017-19 state operating budget invests $43.49 billion in funding schools, higher education, public health, mental health care, children & family services, and many other programs Washingtonians expect… READ MORE

  • At Risk: 75,000 Jobs | July 13, 2017

    Unless the Senate votes, $4.17 billion in construction projects won’t happen The House of Representatives passed a state capital budget on a 92-1 vote. But unless the Republican-controlled Senate acts,… READ MORE

  • Special Session Update | May 9, 2017

    Dear friends and neighbors, I hope you are enjoying the glimpse of summer we are having. In Olympia, I am hoping to see a similar sun break in budget negotiations…. READ MORE

  • Special session begins | April 25, 2017

    Special Session Update On Sunday, April 23rd, the Legislature adjourned without passing a new two-year budget for our state. The governor issued notice of a 30-day special session the next… READ MORE

  • A “Families First” budget | March 29, 2017

    Hello friends and neighbors, I got home at 1:00 a.m. this morning after voting a budget I’m very proud of out the House Appropriations committee. As you may know, this… READ MORE

  • Listening to You | March 16, 2017

    Hello friends and neighbors, Last week was House of Origin Cutoff. In order for a bill to survive this deadline, it must pass out of the chamber in which it… READ MORE

  • A third of the way there | February 16, 2017

    Hello friends and neighbors, We are ending the sixth week of the 2017 legislative session, just about a third of the way to Sine Die, also known as the last… READ MORE

  • Focus on education funding | February 2, 2017

    Hello friends and neighbors, We are wrapping up Week 4 of the 2017 legislative session. Important pieces of legislation have been introduced and are making their way through the process…. READ MORE

  • Upcoming Conversation Hours | September 22, 2015

    In between sessions, we always want to set aside time to hear from you, our constituents, on the job we’re doing representing you in Olympia. Over the next couple months,… READ MORE

  • 27th District End of Session Newsletter | September 22, 2015

    In this newsletter: Welcome Letter A Budget for Washington Prioritizing Our Students: Early Learning to Higher Education Updates to Mental Health Policy and Funding Investing in Transportation Building a Better… READ MORE

  • Successful Town Hall! | March 16, 2015

    Every year during the busy legislative session representatives head back to their home districts to host town hall gatherings. This past Saturday morning dedicated constituents of the 27th Legislative District… READ MORE

  • House passes minimum wage and paid sick leave bills | March 3, 2015

    OLYMPIA—This afternoon the House of Representatives passed two middle-class prosperity measures that will strengthen the economy and protect working families. “When recession hits, working families are hit the hardest.  When… READ MORE