The first vote I took during the 2021 session as your new 20th District state representative was to preserve transparency in government and access for you, my constituents, by holding that session safely in person.
That vote was in-person and safely cast with no objections from either side of the aisle.
As we know, the Democratic majority rejected that openness and approved rules that set up session operations remotely, including all committee meetings and all floor voting, with a few exceptions. Gov. Inslee had also ordered chain-link fences around the Capitol, with the National Guard keeping the public out. I fear the same again this year.
I believe these overbroad powers and restrictions are a disservice to the People of Washington and will again fight to provide as much transparency and accountability as possible.