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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope this email finds you well! We have completed week four of our 60-day session.

We have reached our first major deadline, known as the House of Origin policy cutoff. Any policy bill introduced this session must have undergone a public hearing and advanced out of a committee to progress in the legislative process. These bills do not have a fiscal impact on the state’s supplemental budgets.

The bills carrying a budgetary impact will face their committee deadline on Monday, February 5, referred to as the House of Origin fiscal cutoff. In my next update, I will talk about any good or bad bills that advanced out of committee and could make their way to the House floor.

Citizen initiatives before the Legislature

This session is unique. Six citizen initiatives have been certified by the Secretary of State’s Office and are now before the Legislature for action. These initiatives prove that the people of Washington are fed up with the current state of our state.

Article II Section 1(a) of our state constitution says: Such initiative measures, whether certified or provisionally certified, shall take precedence over all other measures in the legislature except appropriation bills and shall be either enacted or rejected without change or amendment by the legislature before the end of such regular session.

House Republicans have made six individual motions on the floor for each initiative to demand a prompt public hearing. Our motions have been unanimously rejected on a party-line vote every time. It is discouraging that the voices of hundreds of thousands of Washington citizens are being silenced.

Here are the six initiatives before the Legislature.

  • I-2113 would restore reasonable suspicion standards to the state’s current vehicular pursuit law.
  • I-2117 would repeal the state’s regressive carbon tax/Climate Commitment Act.
  • I-2081 would establish a Parent’s Bill of Rights for their children’s public school education.
  • I-2109 would repeal the state’s capital gains income tax.
  • I-2111 would prohibit state and local personal income taxes.
  • I-2124 would allow workers to opt out of the Washington Cares payroll tax (the state’s long-term care program).

These initiatives are not subject to the “cut-off” deadlines that I described earlier, so I will continue to advocate for public hearings on these important matters.  I will keep you posted on the progress of these initiatives – or lack thereof – as the 2024 session progresses.

House Republican priorities

As you’ll notice from your survey results (below), House Republican priorities this session are aligned with yours.

Our state faces significant crises due to the policies enacted by the majority party. House Republicans want to “Fix Washington.” You can learn more about our solutions to these crises by clicking here or on the photo below.

Survey results

I want to thank everyone who recently took the time to complete my survey. Your input is invaluable. The survey is still open if you would like to participate. Simply click here.

Here are the results to date.

Question 1: Please rank the most important issue for you right now, with 1 being the most important and 10 being the least important.

  1. Inflation and life affordability
  2. Crime and feeling safe in my community
  3. Homelessness and housing
  4. My child’s/grandchild’s education
  5. Property tax relief
  6. Health care access and affordability
  7. Mental health services
  8. Protecting the environment
  9. Finding a job where I want to live
  10. Access to broadband internet

Question 2: Have you been impacted by the rise in crime in your community?

  • Yes – 38.42%
  • No – 47.37%

Question 3: Is auto theft a problem in your community?

  • Yes – 58.20%
  • No – 41.80%

Question 4: Have you been impacted by the increase in the cost of living?

  • Yes – 73.82%
  • No – 16.75%

Question 5: In 2021, the majority party passed Senate Bill 5126, a cap-and-trade program, also known as the Climate Commitment Act (CCA). Under this program, Washington companies that emit carbon dioxide, including oil companies, must buy allowances at state auctions. The cost of complying with this new program has been passed on to consumers, causing an over 50 cent per gallon increase in the price of regular gasoline. Do you approve or disapprove of this new program?

  • Strongly approve – 16.15%
  • Approve – 10.94%
  • Neither approve nor disapprove – 6.25%
  • Disapprove – 10.94%
  • Strongly disapprove – 55.73%

Question 6: How much has/did the $5+ gallon gas affect your life?

  • Greatly – 40.10%
  • Somewhat – 39.58%
  • Not at all – 20.31%

Question 7: Would you support legislation that would replace the state’s gas tax with a ‘vehicle miles traveled’ tax?

  • Yes – 29.41%
  • No – 70.59%

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 or by scanning this QR code.

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