Update from Olympia – week 9

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I want to thank you so much for the honor and privilege of serving you in the legislature.  I have appreciated all the phone calls, notes, email messages, and hotline messages you sent me sharing your comments and concerns.

This session had many successes for patient access to care and to preserving the critical doctor-patient relationship.  I am proud of partnering or leading the effort on several of those bills and the bipartisan efforts that ensued to bring them to fruition.  The relationships we build based upon trust and the ability to have tough conversations are the things that ultimately allow good policy to move forward.

There were also tremendous disappointments this session on $30 car tabs, mandatory sexual health education and others that show the democratic majority isn’t listening to the people and parents of Washington state.  I am proud of the Senate Republican attempts to restore $30 car tabs, prevent felons from voting before restitution is fully paid to victims and I’m incredibly proud of fighting against mandated sexual health education curriculum at every point in the process.  I was proud to lead the effort as floor leader to restore debate against the bill and for parents, when the majority party tried to end debate.

I am looking forward to traveling back home to district and catching up with so many of you.  As always, please feel free to contact me anytime to discuss issues of importance to you or if there are events, tours and/or meetings you would like me to attend.  Thanks again for allowing me to represent you in the Legislature.


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