Dear Friends and Neighbors,
In July, I attended a luncheon for the Legislative Scholars Program that trains teachers about civics and the Legislature. Kelly Clark from Spanaway (pictured right – who teaches at Peninsula High School) and Jerred Erickson from Puyallup (pictured left – who teaches at Spanaway Lake High School) were two of the 15 teachers that attended the week-long training. Some people think teachers have the summer off just for vacation – but many use the time for additional training and to keep their accreditation updated.
I traveled to several newspapers around the Puget Sound to meet editorial boards with House Republican Leader Dan Kristiansen, Whip Paul Harris and freshman Assistant Floor Leader Chad Magendanz. We talked about how the bipartisan budget came together, the importance of the Senate Majority Coalition Caucus during session, education reforms, environmental proposals and much more. We make these visits to establish good relationships with newspaper reporters and editors as well as to spend some time sharing details they may have missed with their increasing workloads.
I also spent some much-needed time with my family, as I hope you have had the chance to do during this beautiful summer. My wife Kathy and I hiked some trails on Mt. Rainier – it's wonderful to have such a treasure practically in our backyard! My family and I also enjoyed the Roy Parade with many of you.
This interim I'm also looking into helping schools with building code issues and being in compliance with sprinkler requirements while also reducing class sizes with state funding provided in this biennium's budget. These are complicated issues that sometimes arise after legislation is passed, but I am confident we can work out a solution.
In the coming weeks, I'll be meeting with teachers and administrators from the Rainier School District and Rotarians in Parkland/Spanaway. If you would like me to visit your group or just set up a time to meet for coffee, please feel free to contact my office. I love meeting with constituents and hearing what's on your mind.
My legislative assistant, Sharon, is also available to take your calls and e-mails with questions or problems with state government.