Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The Legislature is in special session. Budget negotiators continue to meet and work on finding agreements on the operating, capital and transportation budgets, as well as a transportation funding package.
When agreements are reached on either the budgets or legislation enabling passage of the budgets, legislators will be called back to the Capitol to vote in committee or on the House floor.
Public hearings are being scheduled next week for fiscal committees and floor action has been scheduled for May 20. I am hopeful key budget votes will take place in the next couple weeks.
Three more bills signed into law
Two weeks ago, the governor signed three of my bills into law. You can read my news release by clicking: Governor signs three Zeiger bills into law. I was fortunate to have the governor sign three more of my prime-sponsored bills into law this week.
House Bill 1633 adds a new preference to the state's housing fund to benefit projects featuring collaborative partnerships between local school districts and public housing authorities or non-profit housing providers. This is inspired by a successful partnership at McCarver Elementary School between the Tacoma School District and the Tacoma Housing Authority to get low-income parents more involved in their children's education. A few years ago, turnover among students at McCarver was 179 percent as low-income families moved from place to place. The Housing Authority began requiring parents of McCarver students who reside in qualifying housing to make a pledge: get involved in your child's education, improve your own career and education, and keep your child at McCarver for a sustained amount of time. Today, student turnover has decreased dramatically, and math and reading scores are up.
House Bill 1282 clarifies some ambiguity in the “Driving While License Suspended” (DWLS) laws. The law will amend the crime of DWLS in the third degree to apply to driving while a license is suspended based on failure to be in compliance with a child support order.
House Bill 2007 allows emergency medical service (EMS) providers to seek higher reimbursements for Medicaid patients. With rising ambulance costs, EMS agencies have come to the Legislature to seek relief through a program already being used by public hospitals. Several firefighters and first responders came to Olympia to show their support for this legislation.
Join us for a Coffee Chat
Rep. Melanie Stambaugh and I are hosting a coffee time with constituents this weekend. Here are the details:
Saturday, May 9
1522 54th Ave. E., Fife,
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
We hope to see you there.
Keep in touch.
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