Happy New Year!
As you know, the 2019 Legislative Session begins next Monday. I am excited to be back in Olympia, and I look forward to continuing to advocate for policies that will make a difference in our district and around the state.
Come to our town hall meeting this weekend
Your legislators for the 49th Legislative District: Sen. Annette Cleveland, Rep. Monica Stonier and I will be holding a pre-session town hall meeting this coming Saturday, January 12, from 10 to noon and we hope you’ll be there.
We’ll share our legislative priorities, answer your questions, and listen to your concerns and your ideas.
So please join us this Saturday morning at the Educational Service District 112, located at 2500 NE 65th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98661
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Follow the signs once inside ESD 112 to find our room.
The structure of the House committees goes through some adjustments every biennium and this year is not the exception. While there were minor tweaks to some committee names and their organization, I am glad to keep my four committee assignments on Finance, Innovation, Technology and Economic Development, Rules and Transportation.
On the Transportation Committee I will be serving as 1st vice-chair this session. In this capacity, I can ensure that the unique transportation needs of our area, including the Columbia River bridge challenge, are brought to the table and addressed.
Taking part in the page program is a great opportunity for young people to gain a unique perspective of the legislative process.
Every year, students ages 14 to 16 come from all over the state to serve as legislative pages at the House of Representatives. Pages perform a wide variety of responsibilities, from presenting the flags to distributing amendments on the House floor. In addition to contributing to the efficient operation of the Legislature, pages receive daily civics instruction, draft their own bills, and participate in mock committee hearings.
The future of our representative democracy depends on preparing our youth to be informed and effective citizens today. Sometimes paging is the spark that lights the path to a life of public service, I know at least one of our current legislators served as a page back in the 1990s.
Pages are sponsored by members of the Legislature, usually from the district in which they live. So if you have a teen who could benefit from this program, I encourage you to consider sending him or her to Olympia for a week.
For more information and to fill out an application, please visit the House Page Program website.
Keeping you updated
As in previous years, I will do my best to keep you informed on what goes on in Olympia through my e-newsletters and video updates. But please feel free to contact me any time on specific legislative issues, if you need more information on a particular bill, or to share your concerns.
Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!