2020 Legislative Session off and running

Legislative update from Olympia

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Dear Neighbor,


It is good to be back in Olympia working for you as the 2020 legislative session convened earlier this week. While this is a short 60-day session, there is still much to be done. Some of my priorities this session include, continuing to serve as the Republican leader on the Behavioral Health Subcommittee, making important reforms to the Department of Corrections and fighting for car-tab relief since the courts have put a hold on enacting initiative 976.  Learn more about these important issues below.

I recently sent out a mailer that included a survey asking what you thought the Legislature should focus on in 2020. You can click here to view the results.


Behavioral Health

One of the biggest struggles in our state is trying to ensure that individuals with mental and behavioral health issues receive the treatment they need. I have sent a letter to the chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee asking for additional funding for the University of Washington’s Washington State Mental Health Referral Service for Children and Teens. Currently, this helpline is a resource for parents who have children with mental health disorders and are struggling to find a provider who may be accepting new patients. This referral program has provided help to hundreds of parents and it is my hope that it continues to be a vital resource.


Initiative 976

Washingtonians approved I-976 last November by 53 percent statewide, sending a strong message that they are tired of paying too much in car-tab fees.

Several government agencies and transit organizations have filed a lawsuit, arguing I-976 violates a rule in the state constitution that initiatives must deal with a single subject. The courts have placed a hold on the initiative, prolonging relief.

Now that lawmakers have convened in Olympia, it is time for us to ensure that you, the taxpayer, get the relief you approved in November. This is not without precedent; in 2000, the Legislature approved car-tab relief after a court struck down the original $30 car-tab initiative. We need to listen to the voters and enact I-976.


DOC Reform

Watch my video below in which I talk about two bills I have introduced this year to improve the safety and health of our prison staff and inmates.


As always, it is a privilege to serve as your state senator. If you need anything, my office is here for you. I can be reached by email at Keith.Wagoner@leg.wa.gov, by phone at (360) 786-7676. Or, if you are in Olympia, stop by my office, located in Room 203 of the Irv Newhouse Building on the Capitol Campus.




Fun fact…

Each legislative update will highlight a fun fact about your 39th Legislative District State Senator!

Senator Keith Wagoner….

Knows how to milk a goat!

January 17, 2020

Town Hall

Come listen to your 39th LD representatives as we give you an update on the 2020 Legislative Session.

When: February 22nd 10-11:30

Where: Putnam Hall at Arlington Municipal Airport 18204 59th Ave NE

Who: Sen. Wagoner, Rep. Eslick and Rep. Sutherland 



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Hearing Alert!

On Monday, my bill (SB 6347) to extend the expiration date for a concealed pistol license will be heard at 10 a.m. in the Senate Law and Justice Committee.

On Tuesday, at 1:30 p.m., The Human Services, Reentry and Rehabilitation Committee will hear two of my bills:

  • SB 6063 would improve the DOC health care administration
  • SB 6064 would require body scanners at each DOC institute

Learn more about these two bills in my Video update!

On Wednesday, SB 6225, my bill to create special license plates for law enforcement officer health and wellness license plates will be heard in the Senate Transportation Committee at 3:30 p.m.

Do you want to come to Olympia and testify on a bill? Learn more here.

Did you know you can watch hearings in Olympia from home? Click here to stream live