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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On Thursday, March 28th, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., please join me for a town hall meeting about the 2024 legislative session.

It will be at CenterPlace Regional Event Center in Spokane Valley (2426 N Discovery Pl). I am looking forward to discussing the many issues affecting our state and answering your questions and concerns.

Attack on natural gas

Recently, we’ve seen a lot of media attention surrounding House Bill 1589. This is the bill that would phase out natural gas for Puget Sound Energy customers. Although this issue doesn’t directly affect us as much here in the eastern part of the state yet, it’s still a major concern because it shows where the majority party is headed on energy policy.

We need to ensure that our energy grid is not overloaded and that we maintain energy availability and diversification.  We also need to ensure people building in eastern Washington where it is much colder than on the west side have the option to use propane and gas to heat their homes.

Defeating a really bad bill

As a member of the House State Government and Tribal Relations Committee, I am proud to have been instrumental in defeating one of the worst bills in recent memory: House Bill 2030. Shockingly, it would have allowed convicted murderers and rapists to serve as jurors, vote, and run for elected office while in prison.

In Washington, those convicted of an “infamous crime” are not allowed to vote or serve as a juror. House Bill 2030 would redefine infamous crime to only include state crimes punishable by death; however, in 2018 the Washington Supreme Court determined that the death penalty is unconstitutional.

Legislative Democrats subsequently repealed statutes allowing for the death penalty. The effect of passing House Bill 2030 would have been to restore the voting and juror rights of every incarcerated person even if they are serving a life sentence with no possibility of parole.

We have to be vigilant and stand up against radical proposals like this in the future.

Thank you

Now that session has ended and we’re in the interim, updates will be monthly going forward until the May 6th blackout due to election year restrictions.

Don’t forget: I work for you all year round. Please contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or comments. I work for you and everyone in the 4th Legislative District.

It is an honor to serve you.

Sincerely,


Leonard Christian

State Representative Leonard Christian, 4th Legislative District
representativeleonardchristian.com
122C Legislative Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
leonard.christian@leg.wa.gov
(360) 786-7984 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000