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Friends, neighbors—

Even though state legislators are still at home in the 49 districts that make up Washington – for the period of time between legislative sessions called “interim” – we’re still hard at work. Interim is a time to reground ourselves in our communities, connect with our neighbors (even if it has to be virtual these days), and rebuild our list of priorities that we will take with us to Olympia in January 2021 – a list of priorities informed by neighbors like you.  

For me, interim is one of my favorite parts of this role. When our neighbors drive our mission and shape what I elevate in Olympia, our democracy is working. And when I head to the state capitol for the legislative session, at the forefront of my mind is how I bring transparency and community values to my work. I want you to know that you are the most important part of the lawmaking process. That’s why I warmly invite you to keep guiding me – and the rest of my colleagues at the state legislature – towards the future Washington that you envision.  

You can always email me, message me on Facebook and Instagram, or call my office at any time – but you can also sign up to give remote public testimony!

Read on for some opportunities to tune in to – and to join – legislative meetings coming up this month 

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On September 17 at 1pm, the Senate Health and Long Term Care committee had a meeting to discuss three things: an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a COVID-19 modeling update, and health equity as it relates to COVID-19.  

  • If these interest you and you want to watch the conversation, head here to watch the meeting and reply to this email with your thoughts or questions 

On October 7 at 1pm, the Universal Health Care Workgroup will be meeting to continue our visioning for a future that holds accessible, affordable health care coverage for every Washingtonian. 

  • If this interests you and you want to watch the conversation, tune in here at 1pm on 10/7.
  • If this interests you and you want to participate in the conversation, click here to sign up for remote public testimony. 

On October 14 at 3pm, the Joint Legislative Executive Committee on Planning for Aging and Disability Issues is having a meeting to discuss two things: COVID-19’s impacts on individuals with development disabilities, and a budget update from the Department of Social and Health Services. 

  • If these interest you and you want to watch the conversation, tune in here at 3:00 pm on 10/14. 
  • If these interest you and you want to participate in the conversation, click here to sign up for remote public testimony. 

Upcoming community conversation – evening edition!

You’re also invited to another weekly Facebook Live Community Conversation, coming up in two weeks on October 14 at 5:30 pm PST (please note: we are not having a live community conversation on 10/7). I’ll be chatting with several community leaders from local departments of human services about housing: the crucial need so many neighbors have for stable, secure housing, and why we all have a vested interested in helping everyone in our community stay healthy and safe under a reliable roof – something this pandemic has highlighted. Click the image below to head to my Facebook page and keep an eye out! In a few days you will be able to sign up for a notification when we go live. You can also reply to this email if you’d like the information for a call-in option if you don’t have access to Facebook. 

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And a quick bit of exciting news to share: as of October 1, applications for federal and state financial aid are open! Click here for a one-tap shortcut to the application portals (and to more information about both federal aid and state aid), and click here for a comprehensive look at the different financial aid options – thanks to investments Washington state has recently made in financial support for our communities’ college students. So many options are available, doors are open, and the sky is the limit when students take advantage of this aid. Please consider sharing this as a resource!

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And as always, please feel free to reach out anytime at (360) 742-2539 or Emily.Randall@leg.wa.gov. The more we hear from you, the better our work in Olympia can reflect our shared values and goals.

All my best,

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