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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The 105-day 2023 legislative session is in full swing. The Legislature is addressing housing and homeless issues, public safety, transportation, potential tax relief, and so much more. Please keep an eye out for periodic updates as I work on your behalf in Olympia. As one of two new state Representatives from the 18th District, I am working with my legislative colleagues on both sides of the aisle to find solutions to the challenges our state and communities face.

However, your input is critical. I want to know which issues are most important to you. Please take a moment to fill out our very short 18th Legislative District survey. You can do that here.

The NEW 18th Legislative District
Every 10 years, after the federal government publishes updated census information, Washington redraws the boundaries of each congressional and state legislative district. This is to ensure an equal number of residents as populations shift.

To learn more about redistricting, you can visit the Washington State Redistricting Commission here.

The map below shows the NEW 18th Legislative District.

My priorities
Much of what I do during this 105-day legislative session will focus on three key areas:

Olympia’s policies have made it more difficult to build a house, run a business, and attract high-paying jobs to our region. We need to reduce regulations, taxes, and fees that increase the cost of housing, fuel, food, and childcare. Reducing property taxes would help families and put money back into our local economy.

Public safety
Police reform efforts have put our communities and families at greater risk for theft and violent crime. We need to crack down on auto theft, allow police to pursue criminals, and attract more law enforcement personnel (WA currently ranks lowest in the nation per capita). With our state seeing a 66% increase in overdose deaths from 2019 to 2021, a nuanced, thoughtful approach to the Blake decision, which decriminalized drug possession, is necessary.

Mental health
Much of our homelessness problem can be linked to drug abuse and mental health issues. We need targeted investments in mental health services so people can access the quality care that will help bring them out of poverty and despair.

I will also work on transportation issues, holding state government accountable, and making sure the state lives within its means by adopting sustainable budgets.

State tax increases? The people should have the final say
I am cosponsoring a constitutional amendment that would require a referendum (vote of the people) on any tax increases passed by the Legislature. For too long, lawmakers in Olympia have passed tax increases despite voters rejecting them via the tax advisory votes. It’s time to add weight to the voice of the people and let them have the final say on state tax increases.

You can read my press release on House Joint Resolution 4202 here.

Staying involved this legislative session
You can sign up for our daily e-news clipping service, The Capitol Buzz, with articles of interest from media sources around the state. You can visit TVW to watch committees, floor debates, weekly legislative programs, and more. You can visit my website for more information on me, the bills I’m sponsoring, and for contact information.

You can visit the Washington State Legislature website to find bills, committee reports and schedules, information about floor action and so much more. You can comment on any bill here, and you can sign in for remote committee testimony here. And of course, you can always call my office in Olympia at (360) 786-7812 or email me at Greg.Cheney@leg.wa.gov

Thank you for the privilege of serving you in the state House of Representatives. Please feel free to contact my office with any questions or concerns about state government or legislative matters.

Greg Cheney

State Representative Greg Cheney, 18th Legislative District
406 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7812 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000