Dear Friends and Neighbors,
My name is Jeremie Dufault and I'm your new state representative. It is an honor to serve and represent you and the 15th Legislative District, which spans the eastern half of Yakima County. I was elected in November and took office on Jan. 14, the first day of this year's 105-day legislative session.
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I grew up in Yakima and now live in Selah. My family has lived and farmed in the Yakima Valley for nearly 100 years. I've been active in our local community, having served on the Selah City Council and as the chair of the Yakima County Veterans Board and the Yakima Valley Technical Skill Center General Advisory Council. I'm also a member of the American Legion Selah Post 88 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
I served our country in Kuwait and Afghanistan, and am still active as a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Professionally, I am a real estate developer and investor, specializing in senior, student and family housing.
I know and love the people of the 15th District. I will — every day — use this office to defend your values. I enjoy hearing from constituents and am always open to listen to your questions, comments, thoughts and concerns. My contact information is below. I invite you to use it.
And now, the news. . .
We have passed the halfway mark of the 2019 legislative session. I spent the last two weeks on the House floor debating good and bad bills with my colleagues on both sides on the aisle. As for myself, I have introduced five bills, two of which have made it through the House committee process. One of those measures is in the Senate. I have outlined those bills below, but you can read about all of my bills here.
Ending Veterans' homelessness in Yakima County
I requested $2.5 million from this year's capital budget to complete the conversion of the former U.S. Marine Corps Armory on 16th Avenue to permanent supportive housing for homeless Veterans and their families.
As a Veteran who has seen far too many of my sisters and brothers in arms struggle with mental health and homelessness, this is my top priority of the session. We must never turn our backs on those who have sacrificed themselves to serve and protect our great nation, our values, and our freedom.
Making utility charges fair
This concern was brought to me by a constituent serving as a soldier at the Yakima Training Center. Before he could activate his rental home's water and sewer service, he had to pay the city where he lived $250 in bills owed by the previous tenant. No one should be forced to pay someone else's bills. Under House Bill 2069, cities could still hold delinquent payers accountable, but not property owners and new tenants.
- Dufault proposes bill to protect landlords, new tenants from past tenants' unpaid utility bills (Yakima Herald-Republic)
Improving mental health care in our community
House Bill 1534 would fund a new 15-bed psychiatric care facility at Astria Toppenish Hospital. We need to improve our mental health care system in Washington state. This bill would expand access to mental health care by increasing the hospital's reimbursement rate up to the same level as other rural hospitals in our state.
For more information. . .
- Go to my website for news and information: www.representativejeremiedufault.com.
- Watch the Legislature live on www.tvw.org.
- Follow floor activity here.
- Find information on bills and committee schedules here.