Dear Friends and Neighbors,
It was good to see about 125 constituents at our 25th District town hall meeting last weekend at the Puyallup Library. It was standing room only! Sen. Bruce Dammeier, Rep. Dawn Morrell and I discussed education, budgeting and taxes, transportation, senior issues, government accountability, civility, and Senate Bill 5105 to limit the state’s housing voucher for released prisoners.
Sen. Dammeier’s Senate Bill 5105 helps to keep our neighborhoods safe when offenders are transitioning back into the community. It sets up an approved list of Department of Corrections housing providers, avoids grouping of transitional housing in one neighborhood, improves notification requirements, and creates a new community impact process that considers the appropriateness of housing locations. The bill passed the Senate unanimously. The bill is the result of work by citizen activists in the Shaw Road neighborhood who have been working to prevent a possible home for sex offenders along Shaw Road. See more here: Shaw road activists experience big win. The House Public Safety Committee heard the bill this week, and we’re working hard to get this bill passed in the House and on to the governor.
As we wrap up the tenth week of the legislative session, much of the focus is turning to the budget. The revenue forecast for the next year was announced this week, giving budget writers a little more certainty about how much revenue they have as they craft a spending proposal. I expect we will see a proposed budget from the Senate and possibly one or two out of the House in the next week to ten days.
Negotiations on the budget, transportation spending and reforms, education funding and other high-priority issues will be ongoing during the remaining part of the session.
As all this takes place, I hope that you will keep in touch.
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