Strengthening Our Public Schools
While we made great strides toward fully funding education in the 2018 legislative session, there are still miles to go to ensuring that every student from every zip code and every income level receives a top-quality education. Our schools here in the 48th LD are strong. Yet we still find parents trapped on the endless treadmill of advocating for their kid because our schools often lack the resources, tools, and support to think proactively about every kid. I look forward to continuing to work to ensure that Washington schools are some of the best in the world.
I believe healthcare is a human right and that no person should go without medical care because they cannot afford health insurance. In one of the wealthiest countries in the world, people should not be forced to use the emergency room for primary care because healthcare is too expensive. That is simply unacceptable. I’m proud to serve as Vice Chair of the Senate Healthcare Committee and will continue to use that position to advocate for comprehensive healthcare coverage for all, women's reproductive healthcare, and reasonable drug costs.
During the 2018 session, particularly after the Parkland shooting, my legislative inbox was flooded with emails demanding action on gun safety and reform. I was proud this session, that with the majority for the first time since 2012, we were able to pass a ban on bump stocks and allow for voluntary surrender of high capacity weapons. We also added to the do not purchase gun registry those convicted of domestic violence. I am committed to identifying additional steps we can take to reduce gun violence in our communities and keep our kids safe in our schools. From strengthening background checks, to banning assault weapons, to safer storage of weapons in the home, there is still much to be done to combat the epidemic of gun violence here in our home state. I have been and remain a strong advocate for common sense gun regulations.
There are many other issues that also demand our attention - from affordable housing and homelessness, to food safety, to protecting our immigrant neighbors and friends, and others - the list is indeed long. But together we can address these complicated and often interrelated problems with creative, innovative solutions. We are, after all, one Washington.