Town Hall Invite & My Bills Signed Into Law!

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Thank you so much for your engagement this legislative session. I’m excited to invite you to our 47th LD Community Town Hall on April 6, from 10-11:30am to discuss the session and answer your questions.

Hope to see you there! 


My Bills Signed Into Law

I’m thrilled to share some fantastic news with you all! Recently, Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a bundle of bills that hold immense significance for our community and tribes across Washington. Among these was my Native American Apprenticeship bill

This bill’s passage marks a significant step forward in providing support and opportunities for members of federally recognized Indian tribes in our state. Now, those enrolled in a state-registered apprenticeship program and seeking college financial aid can receive invaluable financial assistance. It’s a meaningful stride toward empowering our Native American communities and fostering economic growth and prosperity.

The legislative package also included measures aimed at combating the opioid crisis and supporting tribal initiatives. From funding tribal opioid prevention efforts to expanding language programs and enhancing tribal sovereignty, these laws reflect our commitment to addressing pressing issues facing our communities.

As we move forward, I remain dedicated to championing policies that uplift and empower all members of our community.

bill signing

I’m excited to announce that two of my other bills have also been recently signed into law!

House Bill 1471 brings essential modifications to state procurement procedures, fostering competition, accountability, and transparency, all while prioritizing fairness and efficiency. And with the passage of House Bill 2135, we’re ensuring that members of federally recognized tribes can now be part of the Emergency Worker Program, recognizing their invaluable contributions in responding to emergencies and granting them the same protections as other participants.

It’s a momentous step forward for our community, and I couldn’t be more excited about the positive impact these laws will have!

Investing in Our Community

I’m happy to share some exciting updates regarding transportation and community development projects that will significantly impact our district and beyond.

Firstly, we’ve secured funding for major transportation projects that will improve connectivity and enhance infrastructure in our area. The Highway 18 widening project and the Gateway Project (Highway 167 North & South) are substantial endeavors that will not only benefit our district but also countless others, facilitating smoother and safer travel for commuters.

Additionally, last year, we successfully secured funding for the reconstruction of the theater in Auburn. As the old structure is set to be torn down, we’re paving the way for a new and improved theater facility that will enrich our cultural landscape and provide a vibrant space for community engagement and entertainment.

Funding has also been allocated for a downtown plaza, promising to create a focal point for community gatherings, events, and recreation right in the heart of our city.

Lastly, I’m proud to announce funding for EV charging infrastructure for Muckleshoot. Despite challenges, we’ve found innovative and bipartisan solutions to support our neighbors in a different district, ensuring access to essential resources and promoting sustainability initiatives.

These initiatives underscore our commitment to driving positive change and fostering growth and prosperity in our community. As we continue to work together, I look forward to seeing these projects come to fruition and the transformative impact they will have on our district.

Supporting Local Law Enforcement


I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to vote yes on Initiative 2113, focusing on police pursuits. This initiative is crucial for restoring local decision-making authority regarding law enforcement policies, particularly in pursuit situations.

In 2021, a well-intentioned pursuit law was passed, but unfortunately, it stripped local governments of their ability to tailor policies according to the unique needs of their communities. Since then, law enforcement agencies across the state have voiced their concerns, urging us to rectify this situation. Despite attempts to amend the law, feedback suggests that it still falls short of addressing their needs.

Initiative 2113 strikes a balance by retaining many of the best practice requirements established in recent years while revising the criteria for police engagement in pursuits. This initiative acknowledges the importance of pursuing suspects while prioritizing public safety. Pursuits should always be approached with caution to minimize the risk of harm to innocent bystanders.

By supporting Initiative 2113, we affirm our commitment to empowering local authorities to implement measures that best serve their communities. Furthermore, this initiative addresses concerns about statewide policies inadvertently encouraging reckless behavior among drivers and ensuring that law enforcement agencies retain the necessary tools to maintain public safety effectively.

I’ve also been working tirelessly to bring more law enforcement resources to our community, which is why I introduced House Bill 2211. This legislation aimed to empower local counties to raise additional funds to support vital law enforcement projects. While the bill didn’t pass this year, I want you to know that I remain committed to listening to your concerns and working diligently to support our law enforcement agencies. Together, we’ll continue striving to ensure that our communities have the necessary support to stay safe and secure.

In closing, I want to express my gratitude to all who contributed to these legislative victories, from grassroots advocates to dedicated lawmakers. As we move forward, I encourage you to stay involved, stay informed, and continue advocating for the issues that matter to you.

Together, we’re building a brighter future for Washington—one that is fair, safe, and inclusive for all.


State Representative Chris Stearns
47th Legislative District