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  • 2019 session bill round-up! | May 23, 2019

    The 2019 legislative session has come to a close, and I am proud to share it was an exceptionally successful one. Every year, I work directly with constituents and stakeholders… READ MORE

  • Thanks for coming to our town hall | March 21, 2019

    Thank you, Spokane, for another successful legislative town hall meeting! We had a great turnout last Saturday at the MAC, and got a lot of really excellent questions from the… READ MORE

  • Making health care more affordable | March 14, 2019

    Reminder: I am hosting a legislative town hall at the MAC this Saturday, March 16 together with Rep. Timm Ormsby and Sen. Andy Billig. Hope to see you this weekend!… READ MORE

  • First House floor vote of 2019 | January 30, 2019

    Photo credit: LSS House votes unanimously on a code of conduct My first recorded vote of the 2019 legislative session was in favor of passing a code of conduct for… READ MORE

  • Back in Olympia and making history | January 16, 2019

      The 2019 legislative session began Monday, January 14, with the swearing in of new and returning members. Among these members were a couple of notable additions: Representative Debra Lekanoff,… READ MORE

  • Town Hall Recap | April 19, 2018

    Strong turnout, productive conversation at town hall A big thank you to the over 200 people who attended last Saturday’s legislative town hall meeting hosted by Rep. Ormsby, Sen. Billig… READ MORE

  • Post-session update and town hall announcement | April 4, 2018

    Final budget fully funds education, cuts property taxes Legislators approved a supplemental budget that includes a one-time property tax cut to the tune of $391 million, thanks to a better-than-expected revenue forecast. This will… READ MORE

  • A productive 2018 session | March 19, 2018

    For the first time since 2014, the Washington State Legislature adjourned on time, without going into special session. I am honored to have worked with the new Democratic Senate Majority… READ MORE

  • Supplemental Operating and Capital Budgets | February 27, 2018

    Supplemental Operating Budget The House Democrats passed our supplemental operating budget proposal on Monday night. We prioritized K-12 education, mental health services, the State Need Grant, and Temporary Assistance for… READ MORE

  • Telephone town hall tonight | January 23, 2018

    Your 3rd Legislative District delegation (Sen. Billig, Rep. Ormsby, and myself) will hold a Telephone Town Hall TONIGHT January 23rd at 6:00 PM. This will give us an opportunity to… READ MORE

  • Washington Film Makers Win Big in State Budget | June 30, 2017

    OLYMPIA—The popular and successful Motion Picture Competitiveness Program will continue due to last minute negotiating by key lawmakers in the State House. Under the 2017-2019 budget proposal, the program that… READ MORE

  • Special Session Update | May 23, 2017

    Improving access to dental care in our community Last month, the Spokesman Review published a piece I wrote about the importance of expanding dental care access, especially for low-income adults,… READ MORE

  • Moving Spokane Forward | April 14, 2017

    Transportation and capital budgets pass House Transportation: Moving Spokane forward This week, the House voted to pass a two-year transportation budget for our state. I’m pleased to report that after… READ MORE

  • Big turnout at 3rd LD town hall | March 17, 2017

    Town Hall Debrief The 3rd Legislative District town hall meeting last Saturday was a big success. Hundreds of you showed up to spend part of your Saturday with Rep. Timm… READ MORE

  • Legislative Update – Day of Remembrance | February 17, 2017

    We Remember This week the Legislature took some time to remember a dark chapter in our nation’s history. On February 19th, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066,… READ MORE

  • Governor signs Sheena Henderson law | April 2, 2016

    OLYMPIA – Two years after the awful tragedy that resulted in the murder of Sheena Henderson at the hands of her husband, Chris Henderson, the Governor signed HB 1448, sponsored… READ MORE

  • Senate passes amended Sheena Henderson Law | March 3, 2016

    OLYMPIA – By a 48-0 vote, the state Senate passed an amended version of Sheena and Chris Henderson’s Law, HB 1448. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane), addresses… READ MORE

  • Sheena Henderson Law passes House | February 16, 2016

    Click here for audio clips from Rep. Riccelli OLYMPIA – Sheena Henderson was a loving mother and wife. Her husband, Chris, was known for his great sense of humor and… READ MORE

  • Final Legislative Update of 2015 | November 30, 2015

    Final Legislative Update of 2015   With the holidays right around the corner, I wanted to send a final note thanking all of you who reached out to my office… READ MORE