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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This short 60-day session is almost half over. We are getting ready to start round-the-clock floor action soon to vote on hundreds of bills. The legislation we consider covers a wide range of topics, including the most pressing issues in our state.

Update on Statewide Initiatives

Something we likely won’t be voting on are the six initiatives certified by the Secretary of State last month. Each of these initiatives received at least 325,000 signatures, which qualifies them to be on the November ballot. I support these initiatives, which are now before the Legislature and would like them to get a hearing. I believe in the democratic process, and the public should have a right to comment either way.

The Washington State House of Representatives convenes for floor debate. January 31 2024

House Republicans made separate motions on the floor for each initiative to receive a prompt public hearing in committee. House Democrats unanimously voted “no” each time. Here’s a brief description of each initiative.

  • I-2113 would restore vehicular pursuit tools to law enforcement.
  • I-2117 would repeal the state’s cap-and-trade program.
  • I-2081would establish a parents’ bill of rights.
  • I-2109 would repeal the capital gains excise tax imposed on sales and exchanges of long-term capital assets by individuals with capital gains over $250,000.
  • I-2111 would codify Washington state’s longstanding tradition of prohibiting state and local personal income taxes.
  • I-2124 enables working individuals to choose not to participate in the Washington Cares Fund, a long-term care payroll tax program.

Each of these issues is part of the House Republican’s priorities. We are working to fix Washington with real solutions. Click on the image below to watch a short video about the many crises our state is facing.

What’s Next?

Here’s what could happen moving forward:

  1. The Legislature may adopt the initiatives as proposed and they would become law without a vote of the people.
  2. The Legislature may reject or refuse to act on the proposed initiatives, and they must be placed on the ballot at the next general election.
  3. The Legislature may propose a different measure dealing with the same subject for any of the initiatives and both measures must be placed on the next general election ballot.

Update on My 2024 Legislation

House Bill 1967, which has been voted out of committee, would exclude anyone who is convicted of a hit-and-run resulting in death from being eligible for a first-time offender waiver. Seven individuals have been granted a first-time offender waiver for hit and run resulting in a death over the last three years. That’s not okay. Fleeing the scene of an accident is a serious offense, especially if the accident is fatal. Click here to learn more.

House Bill 2468 would have played a key role in increasing the number of childcare options in Washington, by allowing counties, cities, and towns to permit childcare facilities, in or near zones where there is an elementary school, in an expedited manner. We’re all aware of the childcare crisis we are facing in Washington. We simply don’t have enough childcare facilities to meet the demand. This bill would’ve been a step in the right direction. It received a public hearing and was scheduled for a vote in the Local Government Committee, but ultimately, the committee took no action. That means this legislation is dead for this biennium.

Save the Date for Our Town Hall

25th Legislative District legislators Senator Gildon and Representatives Chambers at the Washington State Capitol.

I also want to let you know I will be joining my fellow 25th District lawmakers, Rep. Kelly Chambers and Sen. Chris Gildon, for a town hall meeting in our district.

Location and time are:

  • Saturday, Feb. 17 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Pierce College, 1601 39th Ave SE, Puyallup, WA, 98374
  • AAH-100 Theater (click here for campus map)

In addition to reviewing some of the new legislation that has passed this session, we plan to answer your questions, hear your input, and address your concerns. We hope to see you there.

Please Continue to Reach Out

I’m so grateful to everyone who reaches out to me to share their input. I value your feedback and ideas, and I want to hear from you. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact me via the contact information below. I’m here to represent you, listen, and be your voice in Olympia.

It’s a privilege to serve.


Cyndy Jacobsen

State Representative Cyndy Jacobsen, 25th Legislative District
122E Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(253) 330-8466 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000