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.
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.
- Initiative 2113 (concerning vehicular pursuits by peace officers)
- Statement from House Republican Leader Drew Stokesbary on I-2113
- Constitution of the State of Washington | Article II, Section 1(a): 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. (Emphasis added.)
- House Community Safety, Justice & Reentry Committee
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.
- How you can be involved in the legislative process. A House Republican webpage with all the pertinent resources and links.
- Sign-up for The Week Ahead. An email update from the Washington State House Republicans that includes a list of bills that will receive public hearings in House committees and options to take action.
- Sign-up for Text Alerts. Get text alerts from the House Republican Caucus on important issues happening at the Legislature.
- Sign-up for the Capitol Buzz. A weekday summary of online news stories from across the state, highlighting policies, politics, and other issues that affect Washingtonians.
- Sign-up for The Current. An email update from the Washington State House Republicans that includes information on the legislative session, bills, debates, and other issues.
- Understanding the process: How a bill becomes law | Overview of the legislative process | Glossary of legislative terms
- Watching and participating. TVW | TVW House of Representatives Channel | TVW Senate Channel | Participating in a committee hearing | How to comment on a bill | Americans with Disabilities Act information
- Track legislation. Bill-tracking | House floor activity calendar | Senate floor activity calendar | Committee schedules
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.
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It’s an honor to serve you.
In your service,