Barkis takes oath of office, begins new leadership role

House Republican leadership recently selected Rep. Andrew Barkis to serve as the ranking Republican on the House Transportation Committee. The 2nd District lawmaker was officially sworn in today by Associate Chief Justice Charles W. Johnson for his second term, confirming his leadership appointment to the committee.

“I'm humbled and honored by the faith Republican leadership has put in my ability to help steer this committee as the ranking member. This new leadership role puts me on the front lines, helping to find commonsense solutions to the transportation problems affecting our state,” said Barkis, R-Olympia. “We are facing multiple issues, including our state's continued population growth, which puts more people and cars on our roadways; properly moving goods and services; the potentiality of a new transportation package with new taxes; and the challenges of balancing the state's projects with their associated costs. I hope to bring a voice of fiscal reform to the table. We need to keep costs down, stop forcing more taxes on drivers, and completing projects across our state.”

The Transportation Committee considers the transportation budget, revenue sources for transportation funding, and issues relating to transportation policy and transportation agencies, including the Department of Transportation and the Washington State Patrol.

In addition to Transportation, Barkis will serve on the Consumer Protection and Business, and Housing, Community Development and Veterans committees.

“It will be a fast-paced, 105-day session. We not only have the biennial budget to write – ensuring the 4-year balanced budget stays in check – but also tackling major issues such as safeguarding taxpayers from increased tax hikes, protecting and fostering economic growth of our small businesses, finding relief for our traffic-laden and congested roadways, and solving the housing affordability crisis,” noted Barkis. “It's time to roll up our sleeves and get to work. These committee assignments are in-line with my top legislative priorities and will allow me to proactively work for my constituents and the people of Washington state.”

The Consumer Protection and Business Committee considers the licensing and regulation of businesses and professions (except for health care and law-related professions). 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.

The Housing, Community Development and Veterans Committee considers issues relating to community development, veterans, and tourism. The committee also considers bills relating to community resilience and disaster management and response planning. Housing issues considered by the committee include accessibility and affordability, homelessness, state assistance to low-income housing, housing authorities, and the Housing Finance Commission.

The 2019 legislative session began today and will run 105 consecutive days.


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