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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I know there's a lot happening during this 105-day session, so I wanted to provide you with some links to help you stay informed and engaged. First, I would encourage you to follow the House Republican Twitter and Facebook pages, as well as subscribe to the Capitol Buzz—a weekday summary of online news stories from across the state. I would also recommend bookmarking the News and Media page on the House Republican website, which features our news releases, radio interviews, video updates, and more. Finally, I welcome you to email me with any questions you have about specific policies or headlines you're seeing.

Topics in this update include:

  • Recording my first video update
  • Policy cutoff and an update on my bills
  • Upcoming town halls in March
  • Contacting me

Video update

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to record my first video update from my desk on the House floor. In it, I discuss how my background in business helped prepare me to serve in the Legislature, what's surprised me most about session so far, what my top priorities are, and the main issues being discussed in the committees I'm serving on.

I hope you'll take a few minutes to watch:

Policy cutoff and an update on my bills

This past Friday marked the first major deadline of the 2019 session, policy committee cutoff. Any policy bills (i.e. bills that do not impact the budget) that did not advance out of their respective policy committees are now considered “dead” for the year unless deemed necessary to implement the budget.

Of the three bills I sponsored this session, two are still alive.

House Bill 1176 would assist the Department of Licensing (DOL) in eliminating inefficiencies after its rollout of a modernized licensing system late last year.

DOL regulates a large number of industries, which involves issuing licenses and ensuring compliance with professional standards and laws. To accommodate the modernization of its licensing system, my bill would prevent the need for DOL staff to enter unnecessary information into the system. It would also eliminate duplication and streamline the licensing and exam process for small business owners and other applicants in select industries.

I'm happy to report the bill received unanimous support when it came to the House floor for a vote earlier this month. Anytime we can improve the relationship between Washingtonians and the agencies created to serve them, that's a good thing. HB 1176 is now in the Senate Labor and Commerce Committee.

House Bill 1799 also survived cutoff. It would authorize the creation of a short form death certificate in order to protect the privacy of a decedent and their family. The short form would provide proof of death, but would not include the decedent's cause of death, their social security number, or the names of their parents. HB 1799 was unanimously approved by the House Health Care and Wellness Committee last week, and is now in the House Rules Committee.

The one bill that did not make it out of committee is House Bill 1506. This bill would have amended the Growth Management Act (GMA) to help small cities and towns access urban governmental services—storm, sanitary, emergency, etc.—when they are shown to be needed to protect the environment OR public health and safety. As the law is currently written, these services can only be extended into rural communities when they are shown to be needed to protect the environment AND public health and safety.

This one-word change would have been beneficial for many. Unfortunately, even the smallest changes to the GMA seem almost impossible to get through the legislative process, even when those changes would help solve problems like the affordable housing crisis, which my bill would do. Even so, I'll keep trying to move the needle on this issue, as will my colleagues in the House Republican Caucus.

Upcoming town halls in March

This Saturday, March 2, I'll be hosting two town hall meetings with my 18th District seatmates, Sen. Ann Rivers and Rep. Brandon Vick. We'll be providing an update on the 2019 session and taking your questions.

The town hall times and locations are as follows:

  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Yacolt City Hall, 202 W. Cushman Street
  • 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – La Center City Hall, 214 East 4th Street

Two weeks later, on March 16, we'll be hosting another town hall at the Port of Camas-Washougal (24 S A Street) from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.

I hope to see you at one of these town halls!

Contacting me

Please continue contacting me with your thoughts, ideas and concerns about specific bills or anything else that's on your mind. My email address is larry.hoff@leg.wa.gov, and my phone number is (360) 786-7812.

It is an honor to serve you.

Sincerely,


Larry Hoff

State Representative Larry Hoff, 18th Legislative District
RepresentativeLarryHoff.com
406 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
larry.hoff@leg.wa.gov
(360) 419-5592 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000