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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The 2020 legislative session is underway. We're just finishing week two of this 60-day sprint. The House is busy hearing bills in our respected committees. I'm serving as ranking Republican on the House Transportation Committee again this session. I'll also serve on the House Consumer Business and Protection and Housing, Community Development and Veterans committees. There's a lot of work to do in the coming weeks and month.

Members are rolling out bills and have already voted on several policies. To say the pace of this session is fast would be an understatement.

To begin this update, please watch the latest edition of the Barkis Breakdown.  The video introduces my priorities for session by talking about transportation solutions, including I-976; a sneak peek into my housing policy; and why it's so important for YOU to be involved in your Legislature.

You can watch my video by clicking on the photo below. For more detailed information, continue reading this update.

What does transportation look like in the 2020 session?

As I mentioned, I proudly serve as the ranking Republican on the House Transportation Committee. At the start of session, my colleagues and I brought forward a transportation funding solution package that will respect the will of the voters – and your implementation of I-976 – while funding and meeting our state's transportation needs, without raising your taxes.

Our plan includes:

  • Implementing $30 car tabs (House Bill 2227)
  • Establishing a new funding source for transportation through existing means (House Bill 2323)
  • Making preservation and maintenance a priority for transportation goals (House Bill 2285)
  • Holding ourselves accountable and restricting executive discretion in adjusting transportation budgets (House Bill 2194)

For more detailed information on our transportation solutions, and other policies that have been introduced, please click here.

To watch my interview on TVW's Inside Olympia, with committee chairman Rep. Jake Fey, discussing what our views of the state of transportation moving forward look like, please click on the photo below.

Making our state more affordable | Housing policy rollout

From the first moment I walked into the Legislative building to be sworn in as one of your 2nd District representatives in 2016, to today, I've been working hard on bringing forward true solutions to our housing affordability crisis.

It takes several years to work policy to the point of getting it heard in committee, and ultimately onto the House floor for a vote. This session, I've introduced four pieces of legislation:

  • Reducing the real estate excise tax (REET) for multiple-use housing (House Bill 2452)
  • Regarding limited areas of more intensive rural development (House Bill 2672)
  • Exemptions for infill development under the state Environmental Policy Act (House Bill 2673)
  • Planning for affordable housing under the Growth Management Act (House Bill 2687)

All four of my bills have been scheduled for public hearings next week. I'm hopeful these policies will make their way through the legislative process this session and make an impact on our lack of housing in this state. Stay tuned to future email updates for the status of these important policies.

Stay up to date!

Here are some helpful links to keep you informed and updated on the activities happening throughout the Legislature.

Internal links:

  • My legislative website | Here you will find my contact information, bio, news releases, email updates, videos, opinion pieces, bills and other information.
  • The Washington State Ledger | A news aggregator featuring breaking news, current headlines, policy information, opinions, and more.
  • The Current | An online legislative publication from the Washington House Republicans. Click on the link to subscribe.
  • Facebook: @wahouserepublicans 
  • Twitter: @wahousegop
  • Instagram: @wahouserepublicans

External links:

  • TVW | The state's own version of C-SPAN. TVW broadcasts floor and committee action live, and archives all the action.
  • Legislature's website | You can find bill reports, committee agendas, and information about upcoming activities in the Legislature.
  • Capitol Campus activities and events | Come and let your voice be heard! Find a calendar of legislative events here.

Stay in touch!

Please reach out to my office to set up an appointment, to arrange a speaking opportunity, or to just sit and chat. My legislative assistant, Kendra, is happy to help with whatever you need.

It's an honor to serve you.

In Service,

Andrew Barkis

State Representative Andrew Barkis, 2nd Legislative District
122D Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 584-9846 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000