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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends! I wanted to send out a quick email update before election-year restrictions go into effect tomorrow. Unfortunately, these restrictions mean I won't be able to send another email update until session starts on Jan. 13. However, I'll still be able to respond to your emails and phone calls, so please continue contacting me with your comments, questions, concerns, and ideas for legislation.
Also, please be on the lookout for a mailer Sen. Zeiger, Rep. Gildon and I just sent out. It includes a tear-away survey with questions about your legislative priorities. We invite you to fill it out and send it back to us.
Our top priority during the upcoming session will be protecting you and your family from new and higher taxes, unnecessary regulations that make it harder to start a business or buy a home, and a state government that continues to grow larger and more intrusive. We'll also be looking to advance policies that make our communities safer and more affordable, while working to solve the housing affordability and homelessness crises in our region and state.
Additionally, we'll be focused on transportation solutions in the wake of the vote on I-976 (more on that below), as well as the many other issues you've brought to us in sit-down meetings around the 25th District.
I discussed this and much more in a video update I recorded last week from my desk on the House floor. Take a look:
A word on I-976
As many of you have probably heard by now, a King County judge recently issued an injunction in the court challenge against I-976. What that means is the Department of Licensing will continue collecting all vehicle fees and taxes until directed by the court to fully implement the provisions of I-976. I'm deeply disappointed by this delay, as I know many of you are. More than 65 percent of Pierce County voters cast their ballot in favor of I-976, and the measure was approved by a majority of voters throughout the state. This injunction is a slap in the face to them.
If and when I-976 does go into effect, here's a DOL fact sheet on what you can expect to see:
Please give me a call or send me an email if you have any questions about this fact sheet or anything else related to I-976. I'll make sure to get back to you as soon as I can.
Town hall meeting on Thursday, Dec. 19
Sen. Zeiger, Rep. Gildon and I will be hosting a pre-session town hall meeting on Thursday, Dec. 19 at the Dacca Barn in Fife (2820 54th Ave E). The town hall will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will adjourn after we've answered everyone's questions. We hope to see you there!
Please continue contacting me with your comments, questions, concerns, and ideas for legislation. I also welcome you to contact my legislative assistant, Dianna Hawkins, if you'd like to schedule a time to meet with me in district.
It is an honor to serve you.
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