Legislative session begins this week with many new billsDistrict 44 Reps are ready to serve you The 2009 Legislative Session starts this week with a lot of hope and ambition of accomplishing some difficult tasks.
New comer, Representative Mike Hope (R) 44th District has three secondary House Bills which he will be ambitiously sponsoring for the 2009 session.
These Bills concern veterans, which he will be pushing for HB 1049 concerning veteran’s relief.
The other two are, HB 1050 which will adjust the Veteran’s scoring criteria, and HB 1051 which is intended to improve veterans access to services.
For an in depth look at these Bills, you can go to his web page: www.houserepublicans.wa.gov/hope/.
Hope acknowledges the difficulties that lie ahead with the current state of our economy, but remains hopeful that something can be done without raising taxes.
“I believe this will be a challenging year financially for our state, but I know we can balance the budget without raising your taxes. With a difficult economy and high unemployment in our state, the last thing the state should do is take more money from your family’s budget,” Hope wrote.
He is also 100 percent behind education, saying that it is an important issue to him.
“I will fight to make sure the state provides students with what they need in the classroom to succeed in the future,” he said. “Education and other key duties of the state should be the highest priorities in our state’s budget.”
Representative Hans Dunshee (D) 44th District has always been on the forefront of education, but also knows the importance of a vital environment and the importance of energy independence.
For the biennium 2009/2010, Dunshee has three secondary bills focused on residential rear property, veteran’s relief, and light pollution.
HB 1045 is intended to protect new home buyers and their subsequent purchasers for a period of six years in what is called a warranty of habitability.
Dunshee also supports HB 1049 for veteran’s relief, and HB 1069 which focuses on the increased ineffectiveness of inefficient lighting used in Washington State which amounts to wasteful energy consumption.
More information can be found by going to: www.housedemocrats.wa.gov/members/dunshee/.
Senator Steve Hobbs (D) 44th District is busy with several prime sponsored bills and numerous secondary bills ranging from education and hunting licenses, to veteran’s relief.
Two of Hobbs’ prime bills have to do with the Washington code of military justice SB 5032 which is lengthy and worth the read, and SB 5053 which creates a Washington State flag account and declares that certain moneys received by the Secretary of State may be used for the donation of Washington state flags and that the money received for that purpose will be deposited into the Washington state flag account.
For more information on the bills sponsored by Hobbs, please go to: www.senatedemocrats.wa.gov/senators/hobbs/.