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Update from Olympia


As we come to the end of the first four weeks of the 2018 legislative session, I wanted to give you an update on what's going on in Olympia.

Amtrak derailment resolution

My office had the privilege of inviting first responders and others who helped rescue and aid victims of the Dec.18 Amtrak train derailment to Olympia this week to be recognized by members of the Senate for their bravery.

It was my honor to meet with these men and women and personally thank them for saving lives after this horrible accident occurred in our community. They included: DuPont Mayor Mike Courts; Chief John Batiste and members of the Washington State Patrol; Pierce County Sheriff's Department; Captain Jerry Lawrence, who led the Pierce County Incident Management Team; and Good Samaritan and civilian first responders Daniel Konzelman and Alicia Hoverson.

Also depicted below, members from the Puyallup Police Department, Joint Base Lewis McChod - Madigan Army Medical Center, Pierce County Transit, Washington State Department of Transportation, American Red Cross, CHI Franciscan Health, St. Peter's Hospital, Tumwater Fire Department, Capital Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center.

Amtrak resolution

Child sex trafficking

In my last newsletter, I talked about SB 6492, my bill aimed at holding responsible and other website operators that actually advertise minors for commercial sex purposes. Since then, this ground-breaking bill was heard in the Senate Law and Justice Committee. Click here to watch child advocates and trafficked victims testify on this important piece of legislation.

Car tab tax

Sound Transit update

Also in my last newsletter, I talked about bills I introduced aimed at holding Sound Transit accountable. Today I hosted a news conference with Rep. Harmsworth on Sound Transit legislation. The media availability focused on legislation, ignored by my friends across the aisle, that would cut car tab fees, hold Sound Transit accountable to taxpayers, and force Sound Transit to go back to taxpayers for approval if it anticipates spending more than the $54 billion it said it needed to complete the projects it promised voters to get their support for ST3. Click on the link to watch this afternoon's news conference:

Mental health and substance abuse

This week, two key bills I introduced were heard and passed out of the Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee. These bills seek to improve behavioral health care in Washington state.

SB 6491 would simplify and reduce eligibility criteria for assisted outpatient mental health treatment so seriously addicted and mentally ill patients can get structured care and broaden the scope to include substance use disorder treatment in the community.

SB 6573 would move patients out of state hospitals to long-term care facilities in the community where they live and keep state hospitals largely dedicated to patients who have committed crimes.

February 1, 2018

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Steilacoom Town Hall

Town Hall

I will be hosting a town hall on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Steilacoom Town Hall. (1717 Lafayette St., Steilacoom) at 3:30 p.m.

I will provide an update on the  2018 regular legislative session, including car tabs tax cut efforts, the capital budget and other hot topics. I also look forward to responding to your questions. 

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