Legislative Update: Stay Involved in 2024, Important Resources, & Town Hall TONIGHT!

Dear friends and neighbors,

The 2024 legislative session is just mere days away. Last month, I convened with my colleagues in Olympia for Committee Assembly Days, a crucial pre-session time where legislative priorities are determined, and we receive an important opportunity to hear from stakeholders in committee hearings.

Before session starts on Monday, January 8, here’s a recap of what I’ve been up to since you last heard from me.

Visiting Eastern Washington’s Colleges

My November visit to Spokane’s colleges with the Postsecondary Education and Workforce Committee confirmed what I already knew: innovation thrives on Spokane’s campuses. Their proactive expansion of technical training in fields like HVAC, welding, and nursing is critical to addressing workforce shortages, and their commitment to removing barriers for low-income students and underserved communities is inspiring. My unwavering commitment to supporting our state’s higher education institutions remains strong, and I’m dedicated to ensuring equitable access to workforce programs, improving student outcomes, and addressing basic needs like childcare, housing, and food security.

Participate in the 2024 Session

  • WatchTVW.org broadcasts all debates and votes that happen in the House or Senate, as well as all committee meetings in both chambers.
  • TestifyGo here for an overview of the process, here for instructions on how to testify remotely, and here to sign in for hearings in the House or Senate.
  • Research —Look up any bill by number, lawmaker, or topic here. To learn about the entire legislative process, click here.
  • Stay Informed — Visit our websites and official social media pages.
  • Get in Touch — You can always reach our offices by email or phone; all our contact information is listed at the bottom of this newsletter.


988 Hotline

This dark and gloomy time of year can be a difficult time for many Washingtonians. If you or your loved one is experiencing mental or behavioral health struggles or is in crisis, there is hope through Washington’s 988 system. Don’t hesitate to call, text, or message 988 and get connected with people who can help. 988 Lifeline services are available in Spanish, along with interpretation services in over 240 languages and dialects. If you have a hearing impairment or use TTY, you can use your preferred relay service. You can also dial 711 and then 988.

Food Assistance

Winter can also be a challenging time for individuals and families facing food insecurity. If you or someone you know needs help putting food on the table, here are some resources available:

These resources can provide essential food assistance and support during difficult times. Don’t hesitate to reach out for help.

Join Us at a Town Hall TONIGHT!

Thank you for following my work during 2023. Ahead of the 2024 legislative session, I’d like to invite you to an upcoming townhall that Rep. Farivar, Senator Valdez, and I will be hosting TONIGHT. We hope to see you there! To submit your questions ahead of time, click here.

It is a sincere honor to represent you and our community. Please enjoy the festivities, and I look forward to seeing you in Olympia in 2024!

Thank you,

Representative Gerry Pollet
46th Legislative District
Pronouns: he/him/his