Dear Friends and Neighbors,
First, I want to remind you Sen. Ericksen, Rep. Van Werven and I are hosting a town hall meeting in Lynden this Friday from 1-3 p.m. Details are below, and you can also click here to see the press release we recently sent for the event. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone, and hearing your thoughts and concerns.
This week, the House has been on the floor passing legislation over to the Senate. House of origin cutoff was yesterday, so bills that did not pass out of their respective chambers are likely “dead” for the year. Three of my bills unanimously passed the House this week.
House Bill 2384, provides a technical fix to the revenge-porn legislation I passed last year (House Bill 1272), and defines exempt mobile phone providers from criminal liability in revenge-porn-related cases.
House Bill 2503 would prevent water-sewer districts from prohibiting the use of multipurpose fire sprinkler systems for single-family homes or townhouses. Use of these sprinklers is an efficient means to connect to potable water, and reduces costs for home-builders and developers.
House Bill 2634 would allow the Dairy Products Commission to conduct research related to dairy nutrients as commercial products.
In addition, your Whatcom County legislative team continues to work on solutions to keep Alcoa operational and save jobs for the hundreds employed at the Ferndale plant. Last week, I shared with you the bipartisan letter Sen. Ericksen, Rep. Van Werven and I sent to Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) to collaborate on a solution to save Alcoa. You can read that letter here. We will keep you apprised as more progress is made.
Each year, legislators have the opportunity to host teens between the ages of 14 and 16 for a week at the state Capitol to serve as pages. Pages are responsible for delivering important documents and notes to legislators during session, and also attend Page School to learn more about their state government.
This week, I am privileged to host Annika Soderberg of Blaine. I actually met Annika through her mom, who I've been working with on legislation regarding industrial hemp and hemp products.
I'm thankful for Annika's service this week, and hope she enjoyed her experience.
All of the page slots are filled for the session but if you know of someone who may want to serve during the 2017 session, visit this page for more information.
As always, if you have questions, suggestions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact my office. It's an honor serving you.