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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

We are at the end of the second week of the 2019 legislative session. It's an honor to have been officially sworn in as the newest representative for the 14th Legislative District. I'm excited to get to work for the people of Central Washington.

2019 is a budget year for the Legislature. That means, for the majority of the session we will be discussing, debating and approving the state's spending plans for the next two years (2019-21). Those plans are broken down into three main budgets: the state's operating, transportation and the capital budgets.

Along with the budgets, lawmakers will be considering hundreds of legislative proposals. Although I'll be working on several key public policy concerns, my legislative priorities will remain the same: protecting our constitutional rights, job growth and economic development, amply funding our schools, and the care and protection of foster children.

Click here to watch my recent legislative update video.

I've been appointed to four standing House committees: Education, Capital Budget, Human Services and Early Learning, and Rules. As a freshman legislator, these are all big assignments. Without question, each of these committees touches on issues facing the people of our district. I'm thankful for the opportunity to roll up my sleeves and work hard advocating for our communities and our values.

Rep. Chris Corry, R-Yakima, pauses during the opening day ceremonies to acknowledge family, friends and community members viewing the proceedings from the upper House Chamber gallery.

State funding request for Yakima homeless veterans project

In 2017, with the support of Yakima community members, the Yakima Housing Authority was given approval to turn the former U.S. Marine Corps Reserve armory into housing for homeless veterans. More than $14 million of the $17 million needed for the Yakima veterans project has been secured through the City of Yakima, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, the State Housing Trust Fund, as well as other sources.

This week, my colleague, Rep. Jeremie DuFault, R-Selah, and I submitted a $2.55 million state funding request to the House Capital Budget Committee to help pay for the remainder of the project. The committee is currently hard at work putting together a 2019-21 budget for construction and repair on infrastructure projects around the state.

NEWS: Lawmakers request funds for homeless vets (The Yakima Herald)

This is a really great opportunity to help our vets. I'll do all I can to see this funding gets approved. Through their service for the cause of liberty, our veterans have made tremendous sacrifices. I'm proud to help support our veterans in Central Washington through my work on the Capital Budget Committee.

House Page Program

Did you know Washington state has one of the most successful and longest-running page programs in the nation? The House page program is a state treasure. Being a House page gives students the opportunity to work and study for one week at the state Capitol. Students are able to spend time being active participants in the processes of state government. Many of them form lifelong friendships with pages from other parts of the state. More importantly, the experience often inspires students to remain politically engaged adults.

Pages handle a variety of duties. Along with delivering amendments, bills, and notes on the House floor, pages also attend school for two hours each day. While they are working at the state Capitol, pages live with host families in Olympia-area neighborhoods. In order to participate, pages must be between the ages of 14-16 years. They also need to get permission from their parents and school. Pages are paid $35 a day. You can access the page application here. If you are interested in the program, please give my office a call!

Staying connected to your state government

My legislative website | Here you will find my contact information, bio, news releases, email updates, videos, opinion pieces, bills, and other information.
The Capitol Buzz | A weekday roundup of online news stories. Click on the link to subscribe.
The Current | An online legislative publication from the Washington House Republicans. Click on the link to subscribe.
TVW | The state's own version of C-SPAN, TVW broadcasts floor and committee action live online.
Legislature's website | You can find bill reports, committee agendas, and information about upcoming activities in the Legislature here.
Capitol Campus activities and events | Find a calendar of legislative events here.
Legislative Hotline | 1-800-562-6000.
State agencies | You can find a list of all state agencies, boards and commissions here.

Tracking a bill?

Click here to find information on specific bills. In addition, when you visit my website you can easily view the legislation I'm sponsoring or co-sponsoring by clicking “Sponsored Bills.”  

Here is a quick set of “bill tracking” instructions:

  • Go to leg.wa.gov
  • On the left-hand panel, click “Bill Information.”
  • If you know the bill number, enter it in the search field and hit enter.
  • Don't have a bill number? Under the section “Standard Reports,” you'll find alternative tracking tools. You can search based on topic, legislative digests, cross-references and or within a specific biennium.
  • If you click on the House Floor Calendar, this helpful tool gives you a detailed list of all bills scheduled to be heard on the House floor each day.

Need more information? Please feel free to reach out to me directly if you need more details on specific bills or key public policy proposals.

Thank you!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns or comments about legislation or state-government related issues. Better yet, if you are planning a visit to Olympia during the next few months, come see me. My door is always open.

It's an honor to serve you in Olympia!

Sincerely,


Chris Corry

State Representative Chris Corry, 14th Legislative District
RepresentativeChrisCorry.com
410 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
chris.corry@leg.wa.gov
360-786-7810 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000