Rep. Jim Walsh named to three committees in the Washington State House of Representatives

 

Rep. Jim Walsh has been named to three House committees for the upcoming legislative session. The 19th District lawmaker will sit on the House Local Government, Capital Budget, and Business and Financial Services committees.

The House Local Government Committee considers issues relating to the operations and financing of counties, cities, and some special districts. The committee also considers land use issues, such as local permitting and the subdivision of property.

“The Local Government Committee is a great platform for discussing and developing three types of reforms that are important to the people of the Nineteenth District – putting some reasonable limits on the permitting processes for buildings and businesses, supporting the ports in our district and getting unfunded mandates under control,” said Walsh, R-Aberdeen. “These reforms can make our state a better place to live and work.”

The House Capital Budget Committee considers the state capital budget which approves money for construction and repair of public buildings and for other long-term investments, such as land acquisitions and transfers. In addition, the committee considers state money that is either given or lent to local governments or nonprofit organizations for infrastructure, housing, and cultural and heritage facilities. The committee also considers bills relating to public works contracting, state buildings and land, and the authorization of state debt.

“For decades, the Nineteenth District has been on the short end of the state's capital budget priorities. My goal on this committee is simple – to get worthy, local infrastructure projects the attention they deserve,” said Walsh. “True externalities are those public projects that add value to everyone – not just a few special-interest groups. The capital budget can be a tool for supporting those sorts of projects, and I intend to use this tool for our communities.”

The House Business and Financial Services Committee considers the licensing and regulation of businesses and professions. It also considers issues relating to insurance, including the activities of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner and the Pollution Liability Insurance Agency, the solvency of insurance companies, and the rates and practices of insurance companies. Financial services issues include the safety and soundness of state banks and credit unions, the regulation of consumer credit and lending, and the regulation of securities and investments. The committee also considers consumer protection issues relating to motor vehicles, financial services and insurance.

“In Washington state, we want a financial system that works for ordinary, working people. At its best, our financial institutions can do that – including price savings, investments and loans,” said Walsh, who is a small business owner. “Capital also needs to be available at a reasonable price for buying homes and building businesses.”

Walsh was sworn in to office on Dec. 8. His email address is jim.walsh@leg.wa.gov and his phone number is (360) 786-7806. His office location is 428 John L. O'Brien Building on the Capitol Campus.

The 2017 legislative session begins Jan. 9 and ends April 23.

 

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Washington State House Republican Communications
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