Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Welcome to the 2020 legislative session. I'm excited to be back in state capital working hard for the people of the 26th District. A lot has happened in Washington since we last met in Olympia. This year's session is just a few days old, but we're already tackling some major issues. State lawmakers have been very busy during the interim, pre-filing more than 200 bills before the session began.
But before we get into the major issues, I want to say thank you for your input leading up to session. I've heard from countless constituents who want me to honor the will of the people. I know you care about our district and state. And I know you want our lawmakers to work for your good.
It's my goal to represent the people of the 26th District in Olympia, and I'll continue to keep my promises. I hope you'll keep reaching out to me and make your voices heard.
And speaking of making your voice heard, it was my honor and privilege to give a speech on the House floor this week, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., whose voice still rings strong. Click on the image below to view my speech.
Now, let's talk about the issues. Here are some of the headlines so far, and where I stand on each one.
Government accountability and transparency are some of my top priorities in this year's session. I believe state government needs to be open and honest, which means no more title-only bills, or “ghost bills.” House Bill 2190 seeks to end this practice, which is why I'm the number two sponsor on this bill.
The $30 car-tab battle continues to be a major issue. You can rest assured that as your elected representative I take this matter very seriously. My position on this issue is very clear. We need to listen to the voice of the people and honor their will, despite what any lawmaker or judge might think differently. House Bill 2227 is my answer to lawsuits seeking to overturn I-976. This bill would limit state and local taxes, fees, and other charges relating to vehicles, and establish $30 car tabs.
I also oppose any bill that would allow GPS tracking to record vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) in order to implement a new VMT tax. The government should not be allowed to track where people drive, and they should not be able to implement a VMT tax in addition to the gas tax.
There are also several bills aimed at invading our 2nd Amendment rights. I strongly oppose any legislative action or attempt by the state attorney general or the House majority party that would label any current gun owner a criminal, or that would ban or eliminate firearms or accessories that are currently legal.
So, to recap, I strongly support:
- Ending the practice of “ghost bills”;
- Respecting voter rights and getting $30 car-tabs;
- Defending Medicare and Medicaid affected households;
- Supporting low-income housing growth;
- Tax exempt school construction; and
- Positive impact transportation-related efforts.
And I strongly oppose:
- GPS tracking of cars and implementing a vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) tax or road-usage-charge tax, which invades privacy and would be a form of double taxation;
- Any legislation that seeks to overturn or change our 2nd Amendment rights;
- Low carbon fuel standard – +$.57/gallon;
- Corporate give-away;
- Job reduction;
- Capital gains income tax;
- Expansion of the Sound Transit RTA; and
- New or additional gas tax.
As your elected representative, I will continue to work for these causes to see that the people of the 26th District are heard. My goal in Olympia is to push for a better overall Washington. I've kept my promises to you, and I'll continue to stand by those promises, no matter the issue.
Keep up with All of the “Buzz” in Olympia
I'd also like to tell you about the many valuable resources there are to keep up with everything going on during session, which started Jan. 13 and is scheduled to end March 12.
- Visit my website: You can also keep up with me at RepresentativeJesseYoung.com. Check in regularly for my email updates, news releases, and bills I have sponsored.
- Legislature's website: You can also track legislation, get bill reports, view committee agendas and information about upcoming activities in the Legislature. Click here: www.leg.wa.gov.
- The Ledger: This daily informative and comprehensive news aggregator is the House Republican Caucus's latest tool to keep you in tune with everything going on in Olympia and throughout the entire state. Click here: The Washington State Ledger.
- Capitol Buzz: This daily electronic clip service offers headlines and stories from media outlets throughout the state, including newspaper, radio, television. Click here to subscribe for free.
- TVW: Tune into TVW, Washington's own version of C-Span. You can catch floor and committee action live at: www.tvw.org
Please Stay in Touch
It's truly my honor to serve you in Olympia. As your elected state representative, it's important to hear from you. Please feel free to reach out to me. I need your input to be the most effective voice in Olympia I can be. You can reach my office at (360) 786-7964 or email me at Jesse.Young@leg.wa.gov. If you'd like to share your thoughts and ideas with me in person, please contact my office to set up an appointment. I look forward to hearing from you!
In strength and honor,