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Dear Friends,

On Monday, day 50 of the 60-day legislative session, the majority party has scheduled the first hearing on one of the six initiatives submitted to the Legislature by the people this year.

If possible, citizens should weigh in on these important issues. Your voice matters, and now you have the opportunity to share it. Below are the details on the hearings and how to sign up to testify and/or comment.

For information on how to testify in person or online, click here. Keep in mind, the hearings will only be one hour, so testimony will be limited.

While public hearings are being held, we still do not know what action, if any, will be taken. There are three options when initiatives are submitted to the Legislature. It can pass them, reject the initiatives and allow them to proceed to the ballot, or vote to place alternative measures on the ballot. The other three initiatives are likely headed to the ballot:

  • I-2117 would repeal the Climate Commitment Act and its cap-and-trade program.
  • I-2109 would repeal the income tax on capital gains.
  • I-2124 would allow Washington workers to opt-out of a mandatory and deeply flawed long-term care insurance program and the payroll tax that goes with it.

I believe House Republicans pushing for your voice to be heard on these policies has made a difference. Although, I am disappointed and a little frustrated that there will only be hearings for three of the measures.

House operating budget

The House of Representatives is expected to pass its proposed operating budget this weekend. As you can see below, I do not anticipate voting for it as it continues a trend of historic, unsustainable spending.

Stay engaged

I hope you will continue to follow the Legislature the last couple of weeks of session. There are a lot of interesting issues that are still undecided. You can also follow our caucus social media on Twitter (now X), FacebookInstagram and YouTube.

Please contact me with any questions, concerns or comments you have about this email update or what is happening in the Legislature. 

Your Humble Servant,

Joel McEntire

State Representative Joel McEntire, 19th Legislative District
409 John L. O’Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7870 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000