Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The 2011 Legislature's first cutoff date of Feb. 17 is history. And so are hundreds of bills now considered dead because they failed to win committee approval before the deadline. Fiscal committees that deal with budgets and legislation to implement budgets have until Friday, Feb. 25, to complete their work – except on bills needed to cut spending, or unfortunately, add fees.
Hundreds of other bills did pass from committee during the busy days leading up to the cutoff. That means our focus now shifts from committee work to floor sessions, where all 98 House members have an opportunity to amend, accept, or reject the proposals that have cleared the committee process.
Between now and March 7, when House bills must be passed by the full House or wait for another year, we will be in marathon day and evening sessions to meet that deadline. It promises to be a hectic time, but my fellow House Republicans and I are looking forward to the challenge.
Although we are disappointed with the demise of many good Republican bills, our focus remains unwavered: Getting Washington working again!
Sen. Delvin and Reps. Haler and Klippert with WSU Tri-Cities students.
Third Annual Clean Energy Independence Day
We once again had a fantastic turnout for our Third Annual Clean Energy Independence Day. In case you missed it, here's the article that appeared in the Tri-City Herald and the Tacoma News Tribune. You can also click here to visit my web page to view a video of the event. Just look for the video on the right side of my Web site. Thanks to all who participated!
Also, we had a great turnout last weekend for my district coffee. It was a standing room only crowd! It was wonderful to see so many of you.
And again, here is the schedule for our 8th District Town Hall Meetings on Saturday, March 12:
8:00 – 9:30 AM (Prosser)
Prosser Town Hall
Prosser City Hall Council Chambers
601 7th Street in Prosser
10:30 – Noon (Benton City)
Benton City Town Hall
Kiona-Benton High School, Performing Arts Center
1107 Grace in Benton City
1:30-3:00 PM (Richland)
Richland Town Hall
Richland City Hall Council Chambers
505 Swift Blvd. in Richland
4:00-5:30 PM (Kennewick)
Kennewick Town Hall
Kennewick City Hall Council Chambers
210 W 6th Ave. in Kennewick