Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Many of you have contacted me about Gov. Jay Inslee's recent emergency declarations regarding mask mandates in schools and vaccine mandates for teachers, state employees, first responders, healthcare workers, and more.
First of all, I support medical freedom. I continue to strongly believe that healthcare decisions are personal and between an individual and their doctor. I do not believe that our state government, run by one person, has the legal or moral authority to mandate free citizens to place something in their bodies. Threatening a family's livelihood if they don't receive a vaccine is not the way to go and violates the personal liberties our country was founded upon.
The governor went one step further when he said unemployment benefits would be denied for anyone who loses their job because of refusal to go along with his edicts. This is the epitome of political vindictiveness and mean spirited. To me, it shows this is more about “politics” than it is about “health.”
But I want to know what you think. How do you feel about the many mandates coming from Olympia and what should we do about it? Click here to take my very short online survey. Your opinions help me represent you better and allow me to show my legislative colleagues what my constituents are thinking.
Governor's emergency powers
Furthermore, when the Legislature convened in January of this year, one of the VERY FIRST BILLS brought forward by the majority party was legislation to give the governor extended emergency powers until he deems the emergency over. This legislation passed with no Republican support.
We sponsored several bills during the legislative session to curb the governor's emergency powers, which you can find here.
You can click here to see our many responses to the governor's edicts as well as our repeated calls for special session.
I share many of your frustrations. But we need you – the PEOPLE – to stand with us like never before. Your voice must be loud if it is to be heard over the mountains.
I urge you to contact the governor here, and the Superintendent of Public Instructions (OSPI) here. You can contact the Washington State Speaker of the House, Rep. Laurie Jinkins, here. And Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig here.
It's not enough to just contact me, your local elected official. You need to let the majority party in Olympia know your thoughts and opinions on these critical issues. I urge you to take action.
Thank you for your time, for reading this update, and for allowing me to serve you in the state Legislature.
PS – If you haven't already, please take 60 seconds and fill out my very brief online survey here.