Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The biggest development of the 2022 legislative session came earlier this week when the governor signed into law a bill that pauses the long-term care program and payroll tax for 18 months. I've said on many occasions how important long-term care insurance is, but the current program is deeply flawed. The pause passed by the majority and signed into law by the governor is appropriate, though passing Rep. Drew Stokesbary's repeal and replace bill would have been better. I believe you deserve the freedom to choose whether or not you want long-term care insurance, and his bill would've allowed that. As it stands, the pause button has been hit on an inadequate, insolvent, and deeply unpopular program. Perhaps we should've listened back in 2019 when nearly 63% of voters said it should be repealed.
An update on College and Workforce Development and my bills
In my second video update of the session, I discuss some of the work that's being done in the House College and Workforce Development Committee, in which I serve as the ranking Republican member. I also provide an update on some of the bills I've introduced this session. You can watch the update here or by clicking below.
One of our emergency powers reform bills is receiving a hearing on Monday
On Monday, Rep. Chris Corry's emergency powers reform bill, House Bill 1772, will receive a public hearing in the House State Government and Tribal Relations Committee. While I don't expect the majority to advance a Republican bill to end the governor's state of emergency (we're on day 700), the hearing will provide an opportunity for our members on that committee to make their voices heard. More importantly, however, it will provide an opportunity for you to make your voice heard. If you would like to comment on the bill in advance of the hearing, click here. To learn how you can participate in the hearing, click here.
It's important for as many of us as possible to let the majority know that it's time for the Legislature to restore the balance of power between the executive and legislative branches this session.
Attending the opening of the Amazon Web Services Skills Center in Seattle
Just prior to the start of session, I had an opportunity to attend the opening of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Skills Center in Seattle. The center offers free cloud computing training for those 18 years of age and older. Additionally, learning plans and digital training courses are offered for free on the AWS Skill Builder website. One other thing AWS is doing is making open-source curriculum available to OSPI so high school students are able to take advantage of their architect training, which is focused on account security, monitoring, automation, and more.
As we move into an increasingly digital future, I think it's critical that resources like these are available, especially for our high school and college graduates who are looking for high-paying jobs and the opportunity to secure their futures. Being able to learn technical skills for free could be life-changing, which is why I was so excited to attend the opening of the Skills Center. As lawmakers, we should be doing everything we can to support companies that are engaged in these types of ventures. The more pathways provided to our young people, the better, so kudos to Amazon.
Staying connected and contacting me
I encourage you to stay engaged throughout the legislative session by:
- Following House Republicans on Twitter and Facebook.
- Visiting The Ledger, our legislative news aggregator.
- Utilizing the resources listed in this document.
- Watching TVW's “Legislative Review,” which airs nightly during session.
- Bookmarking my legislative website, where you can find my latest communications.
I also encourage you to continue reaching out to me with your comments, questions and concerns. My email address is Kelly.Chambers@leg.wa.gov, and my phone number is (360) 746-3670.
It is an honor to serve you.