Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Committee meetings and public hearings at the Legislature will continue for the next few days as we draw closer to another important deadline in the Legislative process. Wednesday, March 29, is the last day for bills without fiscal impacts to be considered by the opposite chamber and be passed out of their committees.
Watch my recent video on the results of the transportation solutions survey. Corresponding graphs of these results are below.
Helping our disabled veterans
Access to affordable, accessible housing is a critical issue for many disabled veterans. The ability to return home after incurring a life changing disability is an important aspect of the healing process. Veterans suffering from blindness, loss of limbs, severe burns, or other disabilities often need home modifications prior, or immediately following, their return home.
The Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) provides assistance with modifying a home, or building an accessible house, for veterans permanently disabled as a result of service connected injuries. Grants are available through the Department of Veteran's Affairs Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) or Special Housing Adaption (SHA) programs.
Our disabled veterans face many unique challenges. However, acquiring accessible housing shouldn't be one of them. This session, I sponsored legislation that would provide a sales tax exemption for labor and material costs associated with providing adapted housing for disabled veterans. The sales tax exemption would apply to disabled veterans eligible to receive assistance through The Department of Veteran's Affairs grant programs. House Bill 2138 is being considered by the House Finance Committee. The committee will vote on the measure next week.
Telephone Town Hall, March 29
You're invited to join Sen. Lynda Wilson, Rep. Paul Harris and I for a telephone town hall meeting, March 29. This is an opportunity for you to receive an update on the latest issues before the Legislature. The community conversation, which is similar to a call-in radio format, will begin at 7 p.m. and last an hour. To take part, community members can call in during the hour-long community conversation at (360) 209-6592.
Make your voice heard! You're encouraged to send your town hall questions in early. If you would like to send in your questions, comments or ideas prior to the event, please click here or on the picture below.
Many of you contacted my office asking if I could resend the transportation survey results in a larger font. Here are the charts:
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about bills before the Legislature, please don't hesitate to contact me directly. Thank you for allowing me to represent you in Olympia.