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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope you’re doing well! I’m glad to be back home after the legislative session. Representing you in Olympia is a privilege, but there’s nothing like being in our district. It is truly one of the best places in our state to live, work and raise a family.

By this time, you should have received my 2024 end-of-session update in the mail, in which Rep. Joel McEntire and I discuss the major accomplishments from this year’s legislative session. If you haven’t received that mailing yet, it should arrive in your mailbox soon.

If you missed it or want to reference it later, you can find my end-of-session update here.

Our update includes various topics, such as budget updates, state-funded local infrastructure projects, and one of the session’s significant achievements: the approval of three citizen-driven initiatives.

  • For more details on the six initiatives sent to the Legislature by voters this year, and the three that passed, click here.
  • Watch my recent legislative update video on Initiative 2081, the Parents’ Bill of Rights
  • Watch my video about the three key initiatives approved during the 2024 session.

Additionally, many of you have expressed concerns about the increase in crime, taxes, and state spending, and have requested data on these issues. For more information:

  • Watch my video on public safety and crime solutions.
  • For more information on crime statistics in our state and how they’ve changed over the past decade, click here.
  • For more information on the nearly $80 billion in tax and fee increases imposed in the last decade by the majority party in Olympia, click here.

This will be my final legislative e-newsletter until the fall. Election-year restrictions begin Monday, May 6. From that date until the November election, state lawmakers face certain limitations on their communications with constituents.

During this period, legislators are not allowed to send legislative mailings, emails, or other forms of outreach. These rules are a good thing, designed to ensure a fair and transparent election process and prevent incumbents from using state resources for an unfair advantage.

  • Watch this video in which I break down these important election-year communication limits.

So, what does that mean for you? This will be my last email update until after the fall general election results are certified. However, please remember that you can still contact my office for help with state issues, government bureaucracy, or state agencies.

I’m your representative year-round and am here to assist and serve you! Although I won’t be sending out updates until later this fall, I still work for you! Please feel free to contact me via email, phone, or mail with any questions or concerns about state government-related matters.

If your civic group or community organization is looking for a guest speaker, I’d be happy to provide an in-person update on the 2024 legislative session, as my schedule permits.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you in Olympia!

Sincerely,


Jim Walsh

State Representative Jim Walsh, 19th Legislative District
RepresentativeJimWalsh.com
428 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
jim.walsh@leg.wa.gov
(360) 786-7806 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000