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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Due to election-year restrictions that begin tomorrow, this will be my last email update to you until after the November election results are certified. However, I am still able to respond to constituents who contact me throughout the year, so please feel free to email or call anytime. My email address is Kelly.Chambers@leg.wa.gov and my number is (360) 786-7948.

On Saturday, April 20, I joined Sen. Gildon and Rep. Jacobsen in hosting a post-session town hall meeting at Pierce College. More than 100 people showed up, which was great to see. If you attended, thank you!

The three of us had an opportunity to provide our thoughts on this year’s legislative session and take questions. We covered a wide range of topics, including housing affordability, crime, gas prices, a bill (HB 1589) that paves the way for a natural gas ban in Washington, and more. On the subject of crime, I made the point that skyrocketing auto thefts are resulting in higher auto insurance rates. A constituent challenged that assertion, so I wanted to follow up in this update with some additional perspective. When I reached out to my contact in the industry, I received the following reply:

The media and the industry seem to agree that the average auto premium increase in Washington in 2023-24 is 20-24 percent. Auto theft being a chief contributor to insurance losses is an important data point, but also it’s about the dramatic rise in serious/fatal crashes.

Not only does Washington rank fourth in the country for stolen vehicles, but we’ve also seen traffic deaths trend higher in recent years. These are real problems that require comprehensive solutions. Thankfully, the Legislature passed Initiative 2113 during session, which will once again allow our men and women in law enforcement to pursue fleeing suspects. My hope is this policy change will result in less criminal activity, and yes, lower auto insurance rates.

Law Day at Challenger Middle and High School

Earlier this week, Bethel School District’s Challenger Middle and High School observed Law Day, an annual commemoration held on May 1 to celebrate the rule of law and cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal system. I was thrilled to be invited and lend my perspective as a state lawmaker!

2024 Legislative Report

Last month, Sen. Gildon, Rep. Jacobsen, and I sent out a six-page mailer recapping the 2024 legislative session. I wanted to provide a link to the PDF version, which you can view by clicking on the image below.

Contacting me

Although I will not be running for reelection to the Legislature in November, please know I am here to serve you day and night until my term is complete. Don’t hesitate to contact me with your comments, questions or concerns. You can also contact my legislative assistant, Dianna Hawkins, to set up a time to meet with me in district or if you need assistance dealing with a state agency.

It is an honor to serve you.

Sincerely,


Kelly Chambers

State Representative Kelly Chambers, 25th Legislative District
RepresentativeKellyChambers.com
426 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
kelly.chambers@leg.wa.gov
(360) 786-7948 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000