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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
This morning I attended the memorial service for Charlie and Braden Powell at Life Center Church in Tacoma. The tragic murder of little Charlie and Braden in Graham last weekend was a shock to our entire community. I pray for the comfort of their family and friends, including the teachers and students at Carson Elementary School. We must resolve now to do all that we can to protect and affirm the children of our community.
Now it's Saturday afternoon on the House floor, where I have voted on more bills in the past week than I can count. We were here until almost midnight on Friday. Four of my bills were voted off the floor this week.
Two of my bills that passed are reforms to our colleges and universities:
House Bill 2259 would eliminate a higher education reporting requirement that duplicates federal reporting requirements. There is no need for our colleges and universities to file the same report twice in two formats.
House Bill 2313 would require Washington's college and university boards of trustees and regents to follow procedures for open public meetings. The bill would ensure that higher education boards allow time for public comment at their meetings.
Finally, I enjoyed visiting with constituents who came to visit Olympia in recent days. I met with Puyallup business leaders, local non-profit advocates, firefighters and the deputy police chief of Puyallup, along with students from Collins Elementary School and Zeiger Elementary School. I was also proud to sponsor two House pages from the 25th District last week: Emily Darms and Sydney Paulson.
I hope that you'll feel free to visit the Capitol anytime. Also, I hope that you will join me for a town hall meeting next Saturday at the Puyallup Public Library, 324 S. Meridian, from noon to 1 p.m. I will be joined by my seatmate, Rep. Bruce Dammeier.
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