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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope this email finds you well! On Monday, January 8, lawmakers returned to Olympia to officially begin the 2024 legislative session.

In even-numbered years, we have 60 days to complete the people’s work, including approving the supplemental operating, transportation, and capital budgets. In the early weeks of session, our focus will be on moving priority policy bills through the committee process.

Many hot topics and issues face the Legislature this session, and I would like to know what you believe the Legislature’s priorities should be. You can record your thoughts in this brief survey. You can click on this link or scan the QR code below. Your responses will also let me know what topics and issue areas you want to hear more about. If there’s an important topic you would like more information on that is not included in this survey, please contact my office. Thank you for your participation!

Initiative 2113 | Vehicular pursuits

Ensuring public safety continues to be a paramount concern for House Republicans. Addressing and rectifying the current police pursuit law is one of the Legislature’s most crucial tasks for the 2024 session.

Our goal has been to restore law enforcement officers’ discretion by replacing the current probable cause standard with the more flexible tool of reasonable suspicion.

Why does this matter? With the surge in crime, like motor vehicle theft, it is crucial that we restore the essential tools law enforcement urgently requires to actively pursue and apprehend criminals.

The Secretary of State recently notified the Legislature that signature verification had been completed and certified Initiative 2113.  This initiative seeks to amend the state’s police pursuit law to reinstate “the authority of police officers to engage in pursuit when there is a reasonable suspicion a person has violated the law.”  I support this initiative, as it is similar to legislation I have sponsored over the past two years. 

On the House floor on Monday, January 15, my seatmate, House Republican Leader Drew Stokesbary, made a motion to instruct the House Community Safety, Justice & Reentry Committee to promptly hold a public hearing on Initiative 2113.

From his remarks: “To honor our state’s clear constitutional mandate that initiatives to the Legislature ‘shall take precedence over all other measures,’ and give a voice to the more than 430,000 Washingtonians who signed Initiative 2113, House Republicans believe the House should immediately hold a public hearing on I-2113.” You can watch his full remarks here.

Unfortunately, House Democrats unanimously rejected our motion, and Initiative 2113 was only referred to the House Community Safety, Justice & Reentry Committee.

I had the opportunity to join Lars Larson on KXL this week to speak on this critical initiative.

From my interview: “The law enforcement folks are just baffled by the fact that they’ve essentially been handcuffed by majority Democrats in Washington state and not given the opportunity to do their job. They took an oath to uphold the law, create safe communities, and safe highways.” You can listen to my full interview here or by clicking on the photo below.

I will keep you posted on I-2113 and the legislative action, if any, that is taken.

Learn more:

Please visit my newsroom for additional information on our efforts throughout the years on vehicular pursuits.

Get involved in the legislative process

I encourage you to stay involved in the legislative process this session. Here are some ways you can do so.

Stay connected

Please don’t hesitate to contact my office with any questions, concerns, or ideas regarding your state government or any topics in this e-newsletter. You can find my contact information at the bottom of this email. You can scan the QR code below, or there are some helpful links you might also find useful.

It’s an honor to serve you.

In your service,

Eric Robertson

State Representative Eric Robertson, 31st Legislative District
465 John L. O’Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7866 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000