Rep. Jim Walsh issues statement after regaining entry to his Olympia office

Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen, issued the following statement after regaining entry to his legislative office at the state's Capitol Campus in Olympia:

“This week, ahead of the 2022 legislative session in Olympia, I am able to get into my Capitol office. This is a small victory for equal and lawful treatment for all Washington state legislators. And a win for the people of the 19th Legislative District.

“This change in legislative operating rules results from ongoing negotiations between the House caucuses. I appreciate that Democratic House Speaker Laurie Jinkins has taken this step toward equitable and science-based operations in the parts of the Capitol Campus that she controls. And I appreciate that House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox has conveyed our principle-based positions to the speaker. Thanks to both.

“But we still have work to do. Under the current rules, the House will begin the upcoming session working under an online format similar to the one used last session. This is not optimal. And, more importantly, the public begins the session shut out from any in-person participation in — or even observing of — the state's lawmaking process. This is far from ideal.

“The legislative process should be in-person and open to the people of Washington. We need transparency and accountability in Olympia. I will continue to press for those things — from my office, on Zoom, on the House floor, and every other way.”

The 60-day legislative session begins Jan. 10.


Washington State House Republican Communications