Rep. Ed Orcutt's Email Updates


As I mentioned in my last email update, House Democrats met on July 31 to choose the next Speaker of the House. They chose Rep. Laurie Jinkins of Tacoma. She will...

Sept. 13, 2019

While our state has a part-time Legislature, I conduct my job as state representative much closer to full-time. I have been very busy this interim (the time between legislative sessions), including...

July 23, 2019

The Legislature finished its work minutes before midnight on April 28, narrowly averting a special session. That's the good news. The bad news: There were several policies passed this year that...

May 13, 2019

This week began with tragic news of the death of Cowlitz County Sheriff's Deputy Justin DeRosier, who was shot and killed late on Saturday night in Kalama. Law enforcement acted quickly...

April 19, 2019

We are nearing the homestretch of the 2019 legislative session, with just 23 days left for state lawmakers to complete their work. The Legislature can – and should – finish on...

April 5, 2019

We have reached a point in the legislative session when the Legislature's attention turns to the three state budgets: operating, transportation and capital. In odd-numbered years, which coincide with 105-day legislative...

March 22, 2019

We just passed the midway point of the 105-day legislative session. With policy and fiscal committee cutoff deadlines behind us, the House and Senate spent most of this week voting bills...

March 8, 2019

The House reached its first legislative deadline today: policy committee cutoff. This means that all policy-only bills needed to pass out of their respective House policy committees or they are no...

Feb. 22, 2019

Hundreds of hair stylists, cosmetologists and barbers from across our state came to Olympia on Jan. 28 to express their concerns with bills that would adversely affect how they operate as...

Feb. 8, 2019

With the ceremonies and addresses behind us, the work of the Legislature is underway. This year is a 105-day “long session,” when state lawmakers write the state's two-year operating, capital and...

Jan. 25, 2019