Legislative update on the 2023 session and how you can participate in your democracy

Dear neighbors, 

This e-newsletter is a quick look at what’s happening this session and how it might affect all of our families back home in the 49th District. 

In this issue, I’ll talk about a Legislature that looks like Washington, tell you about three important three bills I’ve introduced, and share easy ways to you can participate in your democracy. 

Representing all of Washington state 

House Democratic Members of Color Caucus, Jan. 23, 2023.

Washington residents deserve a Legislature that’s as diverse as the communities we represent.  

I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as part of the largest Members of Color Caucus our state has ever seen! I am proud to represent my Hispanic and Japanese-American family histories in Olympia.  

Working for change 

Here’s a quick look at three major pieces of legislation that I’ve introduced. I’ll give you updates on other issues as they progress through the process. 

Washington Future Fund (House Bill 1094)—Nearly half of all babies in Washington state are born into households qualifying for Medicaid, a key indicator for poverty. This legislation would help break the cycle of poverty by investing $4,000 on birth, with those funds later available for the child to pursue higher education, start a business, or buy a home. 

Independent prosecutor (House Bill 1579)—When there’s a case of deadly or excessive use of force by police, it makes sense to have an independent investigation. We passed a new law that sets that up. The missing piece is an independent prosecutor process. This legislation sets up an independent prosecutor unit in the attorney general’s office so that county prosecutors have the resources to use a more independent and transparent process to deliver justice. 

Fertility services coverage (House Bill 1151)—People having trouble conceiving a child often face incredibly expensive treatments many cannot afford. This legislation requires health plans to cover the diagnosis and treatment of infertility along with treatment and standard fertility preservation services for cancer patients who may choose to grow their family after their treatment. 

Participate in your democracy 

I always appreciate your stories, ideas, and comments. You are welcome to share those with me by email, regular mail, or the toll-free Hotline (800-562-6000). 

The good news is that there are more ways than ever to get informed and get involved. We’ve expanded the use of remote tools so there’s no need to spend the day driving to Olympia and back. You can read about issues, watch committee hearings and floor debates, and even testify remotely on a bill.