The end of week 6 and a visit from Jermaine Kearse
February 18, 2016 | By Rep. Kevin Van De Wege
Hello from Olympia and the end of our sixth week in the nine week session. This past Wednesday was the “House of Origin cutoff,” when the House of Representatives had to pass all of their bills so we can move on to debating bills the Senate sent over.
Music licensing agency bill passes House
The legislation I introduced last year, and have been working on again this year, to protect small businesses and regulate music licensing agencies passed the House with strong bipartisan support. The bill has an uphill battle in the state Senate, where it stalled last year. Now is the time to call your state senator and tell them you support passing HB 1763! The toll-free number is 1-800-562-6000.
Seahawks star visits the legislature for a very special reason
It’s always fun when superstars like Jermaine Kearse visit us in the legislature, but this visit was particularly special. Kearse did not come to us today as a Seahawk but as a supporter of Gold Star families through his 15 to 1: Jermaine Kearse Foundation. His foundation supports youths in military families partly because Kearse himself comes from a military family, even living at Joint Base Lewis-McChord as a child. He brought the Gold Star family members, who are survivors of fallen American service members, to the Capitol for tours and meetings with lawmakers. I was very proud to join Kearse and the Gold Star families on their visit.
Every year I encourage constituents to reach out to me if they have children who are interested in serving as a page for a week at the legislature and this year, my daughter Allison and her friend Ashley signed up. It’s been great having them both here.
Keep in touch
It’s important to me to hear from constituents about how they feel the legislature is doing on these issues. Give my office a call, or drop me an email. My contact info is to the right and I’m always happy to hear from you.
Until next time,