Dear Friends and Neighbors,
We have been voting on bills for the last two weeks, and on Tuesday hit what is called “House of Origin cutoff.” That means Tuesday was the last day the House and Senate could pass bills that originated in their respective chambers.
This 2021 session cutoff calendar explains the other deadlines set by the Legislature.
The 216 bills that passed off the House floor will now move to the Senate for consideration. While a bill is not technically “dead” until the final gavel ends session on April 25th, bills that did not make it through their house of origin will likely not see further action.
I voted in support of the following bills that are now awaiting action in the Senate:
House Bill 1137 would elevate road maintenance and preservation in transportation planning.
House Bill 1168 would address long-term forest health and the reduction of wildfire dangers.
House Bill 1410 would protect homeowners from property-tax related foreclosures.
House Bill 1438 would expand eligibility for property tax exemptions for disabled Veterans and senior citizens by allowing deductions for common healthcare related expenses.
I spoke out and voted against the following bills:
House Bill 1236 forces rental housing providers to renew expiring leases. It provides no relief to struggling rental property owners and tenants whose health or income has been impacted by COVID-19.
House Bill 1091 often referred to as the low-carbon fuel tax, increases the cost of gasoline without generating any new revenue for transportation projects. It will hurt our family farms and have little to no impact on air pollution levels.
House Bill 1078 restores felon voting rights before completed sentences. It continues a dangerous decriminalization trend in our state by removing consequences and accountability for an individual's unlawful actions.
House Bill 1054 takes away tools police officers rely on to de-escalate situations and avoid the need to use deadly force.
In the last half of the legislative session, the Legislature will have to pass three state budgets – operating, transportation, and capital – and decide how to allocate another large infusion of federal funding. We have plenty of money to fund our priorities, and I will continue to fight several proposed tax increases that are being discussed right now in Olympia.
As always, I welcome your emails, calls, and letters.