In the 2017 legislative session, Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle, fought hard for passage of a capital construction budget that was blocked in the final days of session. With the new Democratic majority, Frockt will renew that effort as vice chair of the Ways & Means Committee and as lead capital construction budget writer for the majority party.

This key change stems from Democrats gaining a one-seat majority in the Senate after winning a special election earlier this month.

“Our top priority is to get the capital construction budget passed,” Frockt said. “This construction budget contains a record $1 billion in school construction funds, including over $30 million for Seattle Public Schools, and more investments in numerous other vital projects in every community around the state. Passage of this budget is critical for job growth in every sector of Washington — rural, suburban and urban.

“In addition, I am honored that my caucus selected me to serve as the vice chair for the operating budget to the new chair of the committee, Sen. Christine Rolfes. Sen. Rolfes is a great legislator, a leader on education, and a good friend.  I am looking forward to working with her to move Washington ahead.”

Another priority for Frockt in 2018 will be public safety and mental health, areas he has focused on for several years in his role on the Senate Law and Justice Committee.  Frockt will continue to serve on this committee and on the Senate Human Services Committee.

The 2018 legislative session gets underway in Olympia on Jan. 8.