The Current | Feb. 15, 2013

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Your citizen Legislature • Washington House Republicans • Feb. 15, 2013

Rep. Joel Kretz

Letter from Leadership

Day 33 of the 105-day session is coming to a close. In the House, we continue to fight to get committee hearings on our solutions before policy committee cutoff on Feb. 22 and fiscal committee cutoff on Feb. 28. However, one-party control is preventing progress.

The good news is that many of our solutions are getting attention in the Senate for the first time in years. We appreciate the bipartisan efforts of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus to allow long-overdue debates in Olympia.

In closing, we just want to say "thank you" to the Republican groups that came to visit this week from all over the state. We appreciate your time and dedication. 

Rep. Joel Kretz
7th District
Deputy Leader

7th District

Telephone town hall milestone reached

Sen. John Smith, R-Colville, Rep. Shelly Short, R-Addy, and Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, hosted a telephone town hall meeting with 4,887 constituents on Jan. 31.

Wednesday marked the 100th telephone town hall meeting hosted by House Republican members since 2009.

In the news

Rep. Norma Smith

Media matters

House Republican and Senate Majority Coalition Caucus leaders hold a joint media availability at the Capitol each week. This allows the leaders to discuss their legislative goals and reporters to ask questions.

Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, talks to reporters above. You can watch the last two events here: 

Rep. Brad Klippert

Honoring the National Guard 

Last Friday, the House of Representatives honored the men and women of the National Guard through House Resolution 4609.

To watch Rep. Brad Klippert's (pictured above) speech and learn more about the House Republicans who have served in the military, click here. Please consider sharing the video.

The week ahead

No love for the economy on Valentine's Day

In many households, Thursday was about candy, flowers and cards. In the Senate, it was about Democrat-sponsored tax-increase proposals that show no love for the struggling state economy. 

The Senate Ways and Means Committee heard the following bills which, if enacted, would result in job losses and $38 billion in new tax increases over 10 years:

The House Republicans, Senate Majority Coalition Caucus and governor have all said that new tax increases are not needed to balance the budget. Many Democrats disagree.

Rep. Steve O'Ban

Freshman spotlight:
Rep. Steve O'Ban

Rep. Steve O'Ban represents the 28th District. An attorney by trade, Steve has helped small-business owners, nonprofits and individuals with their legal matters. He also volunteers at a legal clinic serving the homeless.

Learn more about Steve here, including why the United States Army is so important to him and his family. 

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