Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Since session adjourned March 29, I've been back home, meeting with community members throughout the 30th District. I've received a number of questions about what was accomplished this year. Here are some of 2016's legislative highlights:
- Established a framework for K-12 education funding solutions as a part of our efforts to fulfill our constitutional, public-education funding obligations.
- Took steps to address the teacher shortage.
- Saved public charter schools.
- Empowered individuals with developmental disabilities by creating the statewide Parent to Parent program as well as the state version of the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act.
- Passed the Washington Cybercrime Act.
- Invested more than $40 million into the mental-health system.
- Provided critical funding for wildfire suppression.
You can also check out my last email update for more information about the final days of the 2016 legislative session.
I hope these emails have been a resource to you during legislative sessions. Due to provisions of a law passed in 1991 and given this is an election year, my communication with you via these updates is limited. After this e-newsletter, the soonest I can send another will not be until late December. That said, I am allowed to respond to your direct questions. I encourage you to continue contacting my with your questions, ideas and concerns. When you do, please be sure to indicate that you'd like to receive a response from me and my office.
In addition, I encourage you to join me for coffee every Friday, from 11 a.m. to noon at my district office. The address is below and is also on my website at RepresentativeLindaKochmar.com. These coffee talks serve as a great way to get involved in state government and discuss the issues affecting our communities. I look forward to seeing you there!
Thank you for allowing me to serve you.
122F Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
360-786-7898 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000