Dear Friends and Neighbors,
On Monday, Jan. 9, the 2023 legislative session got underway. With the previous two legislative sessions being mostly virtual, it was great to see the public galleries full of friends and family, and legislators in their seats on the House floor.
Having legislators, staff and constituents back on the Capitol campus give this session a different feel than our last two virtual sessions. It already feels like the face-to-face meetings between legislators and having legitimate public hearings the session is off to a much more collaborative, bipartisan approach this year. That said, we still have about two-thirds of the legislative session left and much of the heavy lifting has yet to be done.
I will be working on important agriculture and water issues this session as the assistant ranking Republican on the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. The committee reviews issues related to agricultural production, forest practices, forest fire protection, fisheries, wildlife and water.
I will also continue to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, which I served on for a number of years, and was our lead budget writer. The committee considers the operating budget bill and related legislation, along with pension policy and compensation.
My third committee assignment is the Postsecondary Education and Workforce Committee.
The House Republican Caucus is focusing on four priority issues this session. They are:
- reducing the cost of living – such as sales or property tax relief;
- making communities safer – restore reasonable suspicion for vehicle pursuits, confront drug addiction and put more officers on the streets;
- fixing our housing crisis – expedite housing permits, expand development boundaries, increase housing options through lot splitting; and
- empowering all families – expand the Working Families Tax Credit, provide school choice, recover from learning loss.
Our efforts in these areas will continue as the session progresses. I am also working on other legislation, amendments and other ways to improve legislation.
Follow the Legislature
Please continue to contact me with any questions, concerns or comments you have. I appreciate the feedback, as it helps me represent the 15th District in the Legislature.
Here are some websites and links that may help you stay engaged, testify or comment on legislation this session.
- The Ledger – a legislative news aggregator
- Capitol Buzz – Daily news clips
- How you can be involved in the legislative process
- How to testify on a bill
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, concerns or comments.
It is an honor and privilege to represent the 15th District!