2023 legislative session begins; here’s how to contact your legislators

Posted on January 10th, 2023 By:

The 2023 session of the Washington state Legislature opened on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. Lawmakers are expected to pass operating, transportation and capital budgets during the 105-day session, scheduled to last until April 23.

The city of Gig Harbor’s agenda for the session includes funding for its sports complex, three traffic congestion projects, a climate change study and changes to laws regarding law enforcement pursuit of suspects and drug possession.

Other big issues during the 2023 session: Housing and homelessness; mental health; reproductive rights; and education funding.

The session will be fully in-person for the first time since before COVID-19. Legislative committees will take testimony in person and online.

Gov. Jay Inslee’s State of the State address is scheduled for noon Tuesday, Jan. 10. You can watch here.

Track the progress of bills on the Legislature website.

Here’s how to contact local legislators from the 26th District, which includes Gig Harbor, the Key Peninsula, southern Kitsap County and parts of Bremerton:

Sen. Emily Randall

Party and hometown: Democrat, Bremerton

Phone: (360) 786-7650

Email: [email protected]

Physical/mailing address: 416 Sid Snyder Ave./PO Box 40426, Olympia, WA 98504

Committees: Higher Education & Workforce Development; Health & Long Term Care; Transportation

Rep. Michelle Caldier

Party and hometown: Republican, Gig Harbor

Phone: (360) 786-7802

Email: [email protected]

Mailing address: 122H Legislative Building, P.O. Box 40600, Olympia, WA 98504-0600

Rep. Spencer Hutchins

Party and hometown: Republican, Gig Harbor

Phone: (360) 786-7964

Email: [email protected]

Physical/mailing address: 122D Legislative Building/P.O. Box 40600, Olympia, WA 98504-0600

Committees: Health Care & Wellness; Housing; Transportation