Letter from Olympia, week 4

Senator Hans Zeiger 25th District Letter from Olympia
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Legislative update from Olympia

Dear Neighbor,

Thanks for your recent emails, letters, phone calls, and visits as the 2018 legislative session unfolds. In recent days I spent time with teachers, students, adult family home owners, nurses, home care workers, a brewer, a transit worker, City of Puyallup officials, labor advocates, a pediatrician, and many others.  

On Wednesday, the Senate recognized first responders and others who were involved in the December 18 derailment of Amtrak 501—you can read more about this below. 

This week I hosted a telephone town hall. Thanks to those who participated. You can see the results of our poll questions here. If you didn't get the chance to participate, I will be hosting another telephone town hall later in the session. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly with your questions and ideas.



Are your car tabs too high?

The Senate Transportation Committee recently held a hearing on bills regarding Sound Transit, including a bill that would require the direct election of Sound Transit board members—I strongly support this bill. I have also been a strong supporter of legislation to use Kelley Blue Book, rather than Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price, for valuation of vehicle tabs.

For the past year, many constituents have contacted me to express their frustration, even anger, about the dramatic increase in vehicle tab costs since the passage of the Sound Transit 3 ballot measure in 2016. Many feel that they were misled and did not know how much their tabs would cost. Many have shared stories of the hardships they have faced because of the car tab increase.

Click here to watch my comments on Sound Transit legislation in the Senate Transportation Committee

We want to hear from you! If you are concerned about your rising car tab prices and are willing to share your story, contact my office at (360) 786-7648.

Car tabs

Amtrak derailment resolution

On Wednesday, the state Senate recognized first responders and others who took part in the coordinated response to the December 18 Amtrak train derailment at Interstate 5 in south Pierce County.

In my remarks on the Senate floor, I talked about the extraordinary people who took part in that response. Here is some of what I had to say, along with a video of my remarks:

"To me, the Amtrak derailment and its aftermath was a reminder of how we’re connected to each other as Washingtonians. It was a reminder also that there is so much good in the people around us. 

"In the minutes, hours and days following the derailment, men and women from communities throughout the South Sound, and throughout the state, proved their commitment to selfless service….

"Many of us on this floor knew people who were involved in the events of that day. We are reminded what a small corner of the world this is, indeed what a special place it is because of the extraordinary people who live here. God bless the families of those who were lost, God bless those who continue to recover from their injuries, and God bless those who responded.

Click here to watch my entire speech

Depicted in the photo below are representatives of the Puyallup Police Department, Joint Base Lewis McChord - Madigan Army Medical Center, Pierce County Transit, Washington State Department of Transportation, Washington State Patrol, Pierce County Sheriff's Department, American Red Cross, CHI Franciscan Health, St. Peter Hospital, Tumwater Fire Department, Capital Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, All Aboard Washington, and other organizations.

amtrak resolution