Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I am back home in Dayton after completing work in the 60-day legislative session in Olympia that finished last Thursday, March 13. It is the first time in five years – and the first time during my service as your state representative – in which there will be no special session. I am very pleased with the outcome of this year's session for several reasons:
- We put more money into K-12 education to help our local schools;
- College tuition rates remain frozen for students;
- We prevented tax increases and provided a supplemental budget that addresses priority needs and lives within its means;
- We approved legislation supporting the Walla Walla Veterans' Home to serve more than 50,000 veterans and their families in Southeast Washington; and
- The Legislature's business was completed on time without the need for a special session.
Below are further details of what did and didn't pass during the 2014 session. This is a short list, so if you have questions on other legislation not listed here, please call my district offices in Walla Walla or Pasco. You'll find my contact information at the bottom of the page. Go here for a preliminary summary of all legislation that passed this year.
Thank you for the honor of allowing me to serve and represent you!