Dear Friends and Neighbors:
Our state has some of the strongest election-year restrictions in the country. This means the law limits the type of communications state lawmakers can send out in years they are up for re-election. One of those election-year restrictions affects legislative e-mail updates such as this one. After May 11, I will no longer be able to send out legislative e-mail updates until December 1. And after June 30, I will not be able to send out news releases, surveys, opinion pieces, and other media and constituent-outreach communications. However, I am able to respond to constituent calls, letters and e-mails.
Since this is my last legislative e-mail update for the next seven months, I have tried to pack in as much useful information as possible. I invite you to read on!
Voting record and bills supported
I was proud to not miss any votes on the floor of the Washington State House of Representatives the last two years. I take pride in providing our communities a voice on every vote – no matter how difficult that vote may be. You can read an April 24 Everett Herald story on state lawmakers’ voting records here.
If you are interested in looking at the bills I prime sponsored and co-sponsored the last two years, please click here.
‘Hits’ and ‘misses’ from 2011 and 2012
If you would like to learn more about my perspective on some of the “hits” and “misses” of the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions, please click on this link. This list is not all inclusive and I plan to refresh it in the future. I welcome your feedback.
Oak Harbor Navy League President Jim Slowik came to Olympia to share his expertise with the Joint Committee on Veterans’ and Military Affairs on May 2.
I am honored to co-chair this committee and asked Jim to come to the Capitol to discuss the economic impact of military bases, the importance of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island to the region and his past experiences with the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process. I want to thank our former Oak Harbor mayor for his time, knowledge and commitment to our community – it is much appreciated.
To watch the committee hearing on TVW, please click here.
Upcoming telephone town hall meeting on Monday, May 14
Please consider participating in my upcoming telephone town hall meeting on Monday, May 14. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and run for one hour.
It is easy to join in – just call 1-877-229-8493 and enter code 15431. From there, you can ask me a question by pressing *3 (star 3) on your telephone keypad.
This will be my sixth telephone town hall meeting since 2010. These community conversations are great forums for an exchange of ideas. I always learn so much from them and appreciate the opportunity to share my views.
Let’s talk over coffee
While telephone town hall meetings allow me to reach out to thousands of constituents at once, coffee talks offer a smaller, face-to-face setting. These events have been very successful in the past for producing meaningful two-way communication. Some of you have said that weekdays present challenges for your schedule, so three of the events will be on a Saturday. Someone once jokingly said, “I hope she drinks decaf.” It is a point well taken! Let’s talk over coffee at a location near you.
Serving the 10th District throughout the year
Whether it is listening to your views, gathering ideas from our communities or assisting someone with a state agency, my job is to serve the 10th District throughout the year. My legislative assistant Adam McCrow and I stand prepared to assist you.
It continues to be a great honor to serve the people of the 10th District. While we have many challenges ahead, we also have a lot to be thankful for today. I hope you have a great summer and I look forward to seeing you out in our beautiful communities.
Phone: (360) 786-7914
Toll-free legislative hotline: 1-800-562-6000
Web site: http://houserepublicans.wa.gov/members/barbara-bailey/
403 John L. O’Brien Building
Olympia, WA 98504-0600