Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Today is the 40th day of the scheduled 60-day legislative session. Several significant deadlines have passed and a large portion of the legislation proposed this year is considered dead. For a reminder of how a bill becomes law, click here.
In my past legislative updates, you have read about several bills I sponsored this year. Unfortunately, only one of those bills has made it through the legislative process so far. This is not uncommon for Republican measures. During this session so far, 332 bills were voted out of the House, and only 79 of those bills were sponsored by Republicans.
House Bill 2405 is currently in the Senate Agriculture, Water and Rural Economic Development Committee. It is scheduled for a hearing on Feb. 24 at 10:00 a.m. This bill would require the Washington State Department of Agriculture to determine whether hemp seed should be allowed as a component of animal feed. Current research suggests that hemp seed provides benefits to animal health, animal welfare, and the resulting animal product for certain classes of animals.
Town hall – Saturday
My fellow legislators from the 42nd District – Rep. Jason Overstreet and Senator Doug Ericksen – and I, will be hosting a joint town hall on Saturday. You are invited to ask questions and make comments. We will also be briefing participants on the current events of the 2014 legislative session. I encourage you to join us.
TOWN HALL MEETING
SATURDAY, FEB. 22
10 a.m. to Noon
Blaine High School Performing Arts Center
1055 H Street, Blaine, WA 98230
Telephone town hall
Thank you to everyone who took part in my telephone town hall on Feb. 3 – which was also jointly held with my fellow 42nd District lawmakers. We had a great discussion on a wide variety of issues and more than 4,000 participants on the call!
While I am here, the needs of our communities remain at the forefront of my mind. I encourage constituents to contact me with their thoughts and opinions. I am here to serve the people and my door is always open. My phone number, office location and email address are all listed on my website at www.representativevincentbuys.com.
Please feel free to pass this e-mail along to others who may be interested. You can sign up for my e-mail updates by clicking this link: receive Rep. Buys email updates. As always, I am here to be a resource for you. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your state representative for the 42nd District.