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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We hit an important date this week. Tuesday, Feb. 13, was house of origin cutoff, meaning that was the last chance for bills to gain approval in the chamber where they originated. We debated and voted on dozens of bills.

We’ll spend the next week and a half in our respective committees considering bills that passed out of the Senate chamber. The deadline to get those bills to the House floor is Wednesday, Feb. 21, except bills in fiscal committees, which have until Monday, Feb. 26.

Bad Bills That We Still Hope to Stop

All bills passed by the House must still pass the Senate and be signed by the governor before they become law. I’m hopeful that some will not advance any further.

Natural Gas Ban: For instance, the House recently passed a bill that will negatively affect our entire state if it becomes law, especially people who rely on natural gas to heat their homes. House Bill 1589 would prohibit any large gas company that serves more than 500,000 retail natural gas customers in Washington from providing natural gas service to any new commercial or residential location starting this year. This policy allows Puget Sound Energy to choose not to serve natural gas customers.

Washington’s grid needs natural gas and consumers deserve affordable, reliable energy choices. Banning natural gas in new residential and commercial buildings will increase the costs of housing, and many goods and services at a time when Washington is in an affordability crisis. We will continue fighting against the bill and hopefully stop it in the Senate.

Sentence Reduction: The House also passed a bill allowing offenders to re-negotiate their sentences and get out early. We already have a public safety crisis with Washington ranking #1 for retail theft, #2 for property crime and #3 for auto theft. Additionally, homicide is up 96% since 2019 (WASPC) and 61% of violent crimes go unsolved. Obviously, this policy is not the direction we need to go. You can watch my speech opposing House Bill 2001 by clicking here.

Rent Control: Another controversial policy is the rent stabilization legislation, House Bill 2114. While I would favor any policies that would make housing cheaper, such as deregulation or vouchers, I think this policy would actually have the opposite of the desired effect. The 7% allowable increase might become the norm for most landlords, burdening renters further. And there is good evidence that such laws discourage development of more housing. Republicans will do whatever we can to prevent these bad bills from progressing.

Statewide Initiatives

Unfortunately, there hasn’t been any movement on the six statewide initiatives certified by the Secretary of State and introduced into the Legislature last month. On Wednesday, Democratic leaders said they won’t hold hearings on two of the initiatives, one to repeal the state’s new capital gains tax and the other to repeal the new carbon tax.

The announcement means the two initiatives will almost surely head to the November ballot as is. As for the other four initiatives, we are still waiting to see if they receive hearings this session. I will keep you posted on any updates. For now, please click here for some in-depth background and explanation of these initiatives.

Update on My Bill: The First-Time Offender Waiver for Fatal Felony Hit-and-Run

Among the many bills approved by the House in the last couple of weeks was House Bill 1967, which received overwhelming support from both sides. It passed by a vote of 96-1. This legislation 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. You can also click on the image below to watch my floor speech.

You can watch my comments after the vote on Facebook or Twitter.

More Floor Speeches and Videos

I have also shared my thoughts and feelings on the House floor about several other bills covering many issues, including public safety, housing, local government, and helping small businesses. Click below to watch my speeches about some of the good and bad bills recently passed by the House and learn how they could affect you.

House Bill 1104 – a bill that would defer prosecutions for driving under the influence.

House Bill 1943 – a bill that would provide education assistance to family of National Guard members.

House Bill 2266 – a well-intended bill that would create more burdens for businesses.

House Bill 2099 – a bill to issue ID cards for people who have completed a prison sentence.

House Bill 2118 – a bill that would put further restrictions on gun dealers.

To see more floor speech videos and other legislative news, please visit my website News and Media page.

Please Join Us This Saturday for Our Town Hall Meeting

I’d like to extend a warm invitation to our upcoming 25th District Town Hall on Saturday, Feb. 17th, hosted by Sen. Chris GildonRep. Kelly Chambers, and myself.

Town halls are an invaluable opportunity for us to connect directly with the people and district we represent to hear your thoughts, concerns, and ideas. We want to ensure that your voices are heard as we work together to address the important issues facing our communities and our state.

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)

During this town hall, we will provide updates on various legislation and initiatives, and we’ll be available to answer your questions and listen to your feedback. Your input is incredibly valuable to us, and we want to ensure that we are representing your interests to the best of our abilities. Please join us this Saturday in Puyallup.

Thank You and Please Stay in Touch

Thank you for your continued support as I serve you in Olympia. If you have any questions or need further information, please don’t hesitate to contact my office.

It is an honor to serve.

Sincerely,


Cyndy Jacobsen

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