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The 2019 session begins January 14

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

Statements from Reps. Laurie Jinkins and Christine Kilduff on today’s announcement of federal de-certification of Western State Hospital:

“Since 2015 the Legislature has invested $380 million to increase behavioral health services and treatment capacity in our communities, as well as to address deficiencies at Western State Hospital that... READ MORE

Putting people first: Consumer protection

Dear friends and neighbors, This is my last e-newsletter for a bit (see below for why), and I’ve chosen to devote it to highlighting some of the consumer protection-measures that... READ MORE

A higher education update from Rep. Laurie Jinkins

Dear friends and neighbors, It’s that time of year when high school seniors are figuring out what they’re going to do next. For many, higher education is the next step,... READ MORE

Access to Democracy bills and upcoming events

Dear friends and neighbors, It’s been just over a month since the 2018 session concluded, and all bills passed during the session have now been signed into law. Most go... READ MORE

Letter to students participating in the March For Our Lives Tacoma event on 3/24/18

Click here to read the letter Rep. Laurie Jinkins sent to students at Truman Middle School who helped organize the March For Our Lives Tacoma event.

State budget fully funds education, cuts property taxes

Dear friends and neighbors, Exactly one week ago, the 2018 legislative session adjourned – on time! – in Olympia. It was a thrill to be with colleagues and staff on... READ MORE

NY Times: One State’s Quest to Introduce Long-Term Care Benefits

OLYMPIA, Wash. — For a few weeks this year, the rarest of things seemed like it was about to occur. A state, in this case Washington, was working to pass... READ MORE

An update from Rep. Laurie Jinkins: Day 60

Dear friends and neighbors, Today is Day 60, the final day of the 2018 legislative session. The House has passed the final supplemental budget, and the Senate will do so... READ MORE

SB 6617: I heard you loud and clear

SB 6617 has been vetoed. I support the veto. I want to thank all of you who reached out to me and let me know your disappointment in my vote... READ MORE

Statement by Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, on today’s passage of the Legislative Public Records Act

“Today the Legislature took an important first step into the sunshine with the passage of the Legislative Public Records Act. Openness and transparency in government are crucial components of democracy.... READ MORE

MEDIA ADVISORY: Town hall meeting with 27th Legislative District lawmakers

  Who: Rep. Laurie Jinkins, Rep. Jake Fey, and Sen. Jeannie Darneille, the legislators from the 27th Legislative District representing part of Pierce County, including Tacoma, Ruston, Browns Point and... READ MORE

It’s cutoff time in the state legislature

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

Tacoma legislators commend Point Ruston resolution

OLYMPIA – Three Tacoma legislators are commending the resolution of the years-long Point Ruston development dispute following the approval of an interlocal agreement forged between the cities of Tacoma and... READ MORE

E-newsletter: Getting the job done

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

Passage of state construction budget funds Tacoma projects

  OLYMPIA—Thursday’s passage of the state’s new $4 billion construction budget is great news for Tacoma, where previously-stalled projects can now move forward thanks to millions of dollars in state... READ MORE

E-newsletter: The 2018 legislative session is underway

Dear friends and neighbors, The 2018 legislative session began this week in Olympia. I’ve returned to our state capitol energized after meeting with so many of you during the interim –... READ MORE

New York Times gives a shout-out to Jinkins’ long-term care bill

As Washington’s – and the nation’s – population ages, more and more families are facing the challenges of caring for an elderly family member. The majority of adults have no... READ MORE

November update from Rep. Laurie Jinkins

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

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

Meet with Rep. Jinkins in your neighborhood

Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, is offering a number of informal “office hours” in neighborhoods across the district between now and the end of the year. On Tuesday, October 3rd, the... READ MORE

September update from Rep. Laurie Jinkins

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 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

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

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

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

Shutdown averted – here’s what’s in the new state budget

Dear Friends & Neighbors, We are expecting to pass an agreed upon operating budget late tonight. It makes a historic investment in our K-12 system, keeps us from laying-off over... READ MORE

What would a state government shutdown mean?

Dear friends and neighbors, As most of you know, the Legislature is in the middle of a second special session to pass a new two-year budget for our state. Because... READ MORE

Special Session Update

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

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

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

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

Media Advisory: 27th Legislative District town hall meeting on March 11

Who: State Sen. Jeannie Darneille, State Reps. Laurie Jinkins and Jake Fey What: Legislative Town Hall Meeting When: Saturday, March 11, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Where: The Evergreen State... READ MORE

We are halfway through the 2017 legislative session

Hello friends and neighbors, We are ending the eighth week of the 2017 legislative session. This was the first full week of floor action, which means were on the House... READ MORE

Joint statement from the members of the LGBT caucus on Washington state’s commitment to a discrimination-free environment for all students

The members of the Washington State Legislature’s LGBT caucus jointly released the following statement on Washington’s commitment to ensuring all students have the right to a discrimination-free environment: “Washington’s Superintendent of... READ MORE

A third of the way there

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

Joint statement from the members of the LGBT caucus on today’s Ingersoll v. Arlene’s Flowers decision

The members of the Washington State Legislature’s LGBT caucus jointly released the following statement on the state Supreme Court’s decision in Ingersoll v. Arlene’s Flowers: “This morning, our state’s highest... READ MORE

Jinkins, Johnson introduce legislation to create long-term care benefit for seniors

OLYMPIA – A bipartisan group of legislators, led by Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, and Rep. Norm Johnson, R-Yakima, have introduced legislation to create a long-term care benefit for Washington state... READ MORE

Responding to President Trump’s Executive Order

Hello friends and neighbors, >I am sorry to have to start this e-newsletter by emphatically telling you that I do not consent. Those of us who are elected officials understand... READ MORE

Focus on education funding

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

The work ahead for the 2017 Legislative Session

Happy New Year friends and neighbors, I last sent out a newsletter in the month of December. Since then, the 2017 legislative session has begun. Last Monday, I was sworn... READ MORE

Bipartisan committee sends mental health recommendations to Governor Inslee

OLYMPIA – The bipartisan Select Committee on Quality in State Hospitals has agreed on preliminary recommendations for improving Washington’s mental health care system. The eight legislators on the committee sent... READ MORE

BREAKING: Rep. Jinkins statement on capture of escaped Western State patient

OLYMPIA – Statement from Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D – Tacoma) on capture of escaped Western State Hospital patients: “I am relieved to hear both men who escaped together from Western... READ MORE

Tacoma lawmakers urge thorough examination of proposed methanol plant

OLYMPIA – Sen. Jeannie Darneille, Rep. Laurie Jinkins, and Rep. Jake Fey have asked the City of Tacoma to broaden the scope of its environmental review process for Northwest Innovation... READ MORE

Hearings scheduled for five gun and gun safety bills in House Judiciary on Thursday

OLYMPIA – The House Judiciary Committee is holding public hearings on five gun-related bills this Thursday, Jan. 21. Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D – Tacoma) chairs the House Judiciary Committee and... READ MORE

House Judiciary Committee scheduled to hear Rep. Laurie Jinkins’ gun safety bill

OLYMPIA – Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D – Tacoma) has introduced responsible gun legislation to help Washington families and law enforcement officers intervene to potentially prevent acts of gun violence. With... READ MORE

Rep. Jinkins op-ed: Legislators must target inequity this session

[well type=””]Originally published in The News Tribune here.[/well] As legislators reconvene in Olympia Monday for what is sure to be a challenging session, it’s tempting to throw up our hands... READ MORE

Group of House Democrats sends letter to Inslee supporting acceptance of refugees

OLYMPIA – Today a group of 18 House Democrats sent a letter to Governor Inslee commending his leadership in the potential resettlement of thousands of families and orphans from war-torn... READ MORE

Upcoming Conversation Hours

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

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

Governor signs Joel’s Law to give families access to emergency mental health treatment

OLYMPIA – Today Governor Jay Inslee signed Joel’s Law, the mental health care reform bill that will allow families to get emergency mental health treatment for their family members in... READ MORE

Legislature passes Jinkins’ Consumer Protection Bill

OLYMPIA –Today, the legislature passed a bill reforming our state’s medical liens system, House Bill 1503. The bill, prime sponsored by Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma that will protect consumers. “For... READ MORE

Legislature passes Jinkins’ bill to help those suffering from mental health problems

OLYMPIA – Since January, Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, has been working non-stop to fix our broken mental health system and help those dealing with mental health issues get the care... READ MORE

House approves two-year budget, invests billions in education

OLYMPIA – The House of Representatives approved a two-year operating budget today that invests an additional $3.2 billion in K-12 education and makes significant investments in early learning, higher education,... READ MORE

Statement from Rep. Laurie Jinkins on middle class prosperity

“Coming down with the cold shouldn’t cost you’re your job. If you work full time, you should be able to pay your own way. Women should receive equal pay for... READ MORE

Statement from Rep. Laurie Jinkins on mental health funding in the House Democrats Budget

“For months now my colleagues and I have been working to repair our state’s broken mental health system. A system that failed Joel Reuter, Rick Garcia, Sheena & Chris Henderson,... READ MORE

Successful Town Hall!

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 advances bills to repair mental health system

OLYMPIA – In a momentous day on the House floor, members passed four bills that aim to fix holes in our mental health system: HB 1448, HB 1450, HB 1713... READ MORE

House passes minimum wage and paid sick leave bills

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

UPDATE: Today’s House vote on Minimum Wage bill likely at 2 p.m. instead of 4

The House of Representatives will consider the minimum wage bill, as well as other middle-class prosperity bills today starting at 2 p.m. instead of 4 p.m. as previously announced.  ... READ MORE

Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Jinkins advances bills to repair mental health system

OLYMPIA – Over the past few weeks Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, has been eating, breathing and sleeping mental health issues. She has devoted more... READ MORE

Children’s day fun!

Yesterday, Rep. Kagi and Rep. Jinkins had the pleasure of hosting a little one on the House Floor for Children’s Day.  What fun!

Listen to the 27th District Telephone Town Hall

On February 5th, Reps Jinkins & Fey along with Sen. Jeannie Darnielle hosted a telephone town hall. Under the format, thousands of constituents received phone calls and were invited to... READ MORE

Jinkins & Frockt introduce legislation to help law enforcement and protect families

Legislation to help families and law enforcement when someone is at extreme risk for committing violence against themselves or others was introduced today by Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle. Companion legislation... READ MORE

Minimum wage, paid sick and safe leave bills introduced in Legislature

OLYMPIA – A group of lawmakers in Olympia introduced bills that would work toward ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed by raising the state’s minimum wage and requiring... READ MORE

Rep. Jinkins reappointed as chair of House Judiciary Committee

Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, an attorney and Public Health expert, was reappointed yesterday by her colleagues to Chair the House Judiciary Committee. Last session was Rep. Jinkins first year chairing... READ MORE

See you around!

Thank you for visiting my website. Beginning July 1, election-year restrictions are in place and I must limit outreach and external communications. Those restrictions include posting new content on our... READ MORE

Legislators voice support for equal healthcare coverage for transgender Washingtonians

The lesbian and gay members of the Washington State Legislature applaud Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler’s announcement that, in accordance with both the Affordable Care Act and Washington’s 2006 anti-discrimination law,... READ MORE

Rep. Jinkins participates in White House Working Families Summit

Yesterday, President Obama, in conjunction with the Center for American Progress, the Department of Labor, and the White House Council on Women and Girls, met with business, labor and policy... READ MORE

We want to hear from you!

The legislative session has now concluded and legislators have returned to their home districts. Rep. Jinkins, Rep. Fey and Sen. Darneille are back and they want to hear from you!... READ MORE

Rep. Jinkins’ bill allows physical therapists to perform spinal manipulation

Today, Governor Inslee signed HB 2160 into law.  This compromise, finally brokered by Rep. Laurie Jinkins between physical therapists and chiropractors, was in the making for many years. Rep. Jinkins... READ MORE

Rep. Jinkins appointed to Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee

Last week, Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, was appointed by House Speaker Frank Chopp to the Civil Legal Aid Oversight Committee. Rep. Jinkins replaces former State Rep. Jamie Pedersen on the... READ MORE

Reps. Jinkins and Fey Hosting February 22nd Town Hall

27th District Legislators Senator Jeannie Darneille, Representative Laurie Jinkins and Representative Jake Fey will give a mid-legislative session update and answer questions from constituents on issues important to them. Here... READ MORE

Listen up!

This has been a very busy week for State Rep. Laurie Jinkins. On Tuesday, as Chair of the House Judiciary Committee she presided over one of the most hotly contested... READ MORE

House passes first paid sick and safe leave for Washington state

Today, in a 52-45 vote, the House passed HB 1313, allowing for some paid sick leave for all workers. The prime sponsor of the bill, Rep. Jinkins spoke in favor... READ MORE

Rep. Jinkins – diabetes prevention extraordinaire!

Rep. Laurie Jinkins has lived with diabetes almost her entire life. When she was diagnosed with “childhood onset diabetes,” now known as Type 1 Diabetes, insulin pumps were huge, weighing... READ MORE

Jinkins named Chair of House Judiciary Committee

Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, elected to the House in 2010, was appointed by her colleagues as Chair of the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Jinkins noted, “The jurisdiction of the Judiciary... READ MORE

Rep. Jinkins on World Diabetes Day

Right here in Washington state, the disease effects 1.3 million people. That figure includes our very own Representative Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma). Rep. Jinkins offered some thoughts on the disease that... READ MORE

Affordable, high-quality health care now available

Despite the federal government shutdown, open enrollment in our state’s health insurance exchange officially got underway this morning. Washington Healthplanfinder is an online marketplace for individuals, families and small businesses... READ MORE

War on middle class families continues in Senate budget proposal

Throughout the fall we heard about the Republican “War on Women” and the middle class. On Wednesday that battle continued with the roll out of the Republican Senate’s proposed $33.2... READ MORE

27th Legislative District Telephone Town Hall

Sen. Jeannie Darneille, Rep. Laurie Jinkins & Rep. Jake Fey Request the honor of your attendance  Please join us Wednesday night, April 10, for a telephone-conversation on issues we’re tackling... READ MORE

Bills to improve long-term care clear House of Representatives

Currently there are 830,000 people over the age of 65 in Washington state. That evens out to about fourteen percent of the population. Over the last few days, the House... READ MORE

27th District Town Hall

Please join your 27th Legislative District Delegation   Senator Jeannie Darneille Representative Laurie Jinkins Representative Jake Fey   for the 2013 Town Hall Meeting   get an update on the... READ MORE

House passes legislation to improve health care access, efficiency

In coming years, Washington state’s health care providers will see an influx of new patients through both the expansion of the Medicaid program and the establishment of Washington Healthplanfinder –... READ MORE

Washington’s flawed revenue system

An interesting look at structural problems in our state’s revenue system Washington’s Flawed Revenue System from Remy Trupin

House approves Reproductive Parity Act

As state legislatures across the country are taking steps to limit reproductive freedoms, lawmakers in Olympia are fighting to protect the choices that already exist in Washington state. This morning,... READ MORE

Strong support for Reproductive Parity Act in public hearing

On Thursday morning members of the House Health Care and Wellness Committee heard testimony from medical professionals, clergy and citizen-activists alike in favor of the Reproductive Parity Act. The Reproductive... READ MORE

Freshmen push for long-term solutions and tax reform

OLYMPIA — They may be the new kids in town, but these lawmakers haven’t wasted any time getting down to business. Beginning early last session the freshmen House Democrats have... READ MORE

Equal protection advanced in marriage-equality legislation

OLYMPIA — Four state lawmakers — flanked by supporters young and not-so-young, military veterans and civilians, religious and lay, Democrats and Republicans — joined in a noontime press conference today... READ MORE

Video: Clips from public hearing on Jinkins’ education funding bill

The House Ways and Means Committee on April 21 held a public hearing on Rep. Laurie Jinkins’ HB 2078, which would repeal two tax breaks to generate $170 million for... READ MORE

Freshman Democrats propose ending tax breaks to fund education

OLYMPIA – With support from 48 Democratic sponsors, the 11 newest members of the House Democratic Caucus today introduced a bill that would end more than $170 million worth of... READ MORE

Video: Jinkins on clean water, public health

On April 7, 2011, Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, spoke on the House floor in support of Senate Bill 5364, dealing with public water systems to ensure safe drinking water. Jinkins... READ MORE

Several Jinkins bills survive latest legislative deadline

Health care the focus of her legislative efforts OLYMPIA – As an incoming freshman legislator, Rep. Laurie Jinkins figured her first legislative session would be filled mostly with issue briefings... READ MORE