Update from Olympia – week 3

Join your 7th district lawmakers for a telephone town hall next week

Save the date! Representatives Maycumber and Kretz and I will host a telephone town hall from 6 to 7 p.m. next Wednesday, February 5. This is a convenient way for us to communicate directly with you about what lawmakers are discussing in Olympia and learn more about your thoughts on issues important to you. Automated phone calls will go out throughout the region, inviting people to participate, but constituents who don’t receive an invitation by phone may simply call (509) 253-8574 to join in.

Friend of physical therapists

This week I received the Joseph Black Friend of Physical Therapists award from the Physical Therapy Association of Washington for my work on SB 5887. This legislation would free physical therapists and other therapeutic professions from the burdensome preauthorization process previously required by insurance carriers. The full Senate passed this bill almost unanimously on day 3 of this year’s session. We did that because late in the 2019 session the Senate and House hit a stalemate on the bill – so our vote earlier this month sent it to the House again, where it’s waiting for a committee hearing. It was such an honor to receive this award for supporting this great profession.


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