Tough on crime? Not this legislature Dear Neighbor, Greetings! This week marked the house of origin cutoff for this session, where any bill must pass out of the body in which it was introduced to still be considered alive this session. The exceptions are bills necessary to implement our state’s capital, operating and transportation budgets. We... Read More...
Policy cutoff: the good, the bad and the ugly Dear Neighbor, Greetings! Today marks the fiscal committee cutoff for this session, when any bill that has a fiscal impact must pass out of committee to still be considered “alive” this session. The exceptions are bills necessary to implement our state’s capital, transportation and operating budgets. Last Friday marked the... Read More...
Local lawmakers to host two town halls Saturday, March 16 Sen. Keith Wagoner and Reps. Carolyn Eslick and Robert J. Sutherland are inviting community members to their town hall meetings on Saturday, March 16, to hear a 2019 legislative session update and provide constituents the opportunity to share their opinions and ideas. “Being a good leader means being a good... Read More...
Is the role of our state government pushing its limits? Dear Neighbor, Greetings! This week, Olympia and most of Western Washington saw snow blanket most of the region, causing the Legislature to take a “Snow Day” on Monday.  Hearings resumed on Tuesday and I have been busy reading bills, visiting with constituents and hearing from stakeholders during this 105-day session. I... Read More...
Beginning of the 2019 Legislative Session Dear Neighbor, Greetings! Thank you for taking time to read my newsletter about the start of the 2019 legislative session. As your state senator, it is important to me that I am representing you well in Olympia. For those who do not know me, my family and I have lived... Read More...
Wagoner appointed Senate Republican leader on Behavioral Health Subcommittee Sen. Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley, has been appointed as the Republican lead on the Behavioral Health Subcommittee for the 2019 and 2020 legislative sessions. The newly formed Behavioral Health Subcommittee will take a closer look at mental health issues and substance use disorders affecting individuals throughout Washington state. “I look forward... Read More...
Local lawmakers to host three town halls Saturday, April 14 Sen. Keith Wagoner and Rep. Carolyn Eslick are inviting community members to their town hall meetings on Saturday, April 14, to hear a 2018 legislative session wrap-up and provide constituents the opportunity to share opinions and ideas. The town hall meetings will take place in Monroe, Granite Falls and Sedro-Woolley.... Read More...
2018 Legislative Update Thank you for taking time to read my newsletter about the 2018 legislative session. As your state Senator, it is important to me that I am representing you well in Olympia. For those who do not know me, I have lived in the 39th Legislative District for nearly all of... Read More...