Rep. Luanne Van Werven's Email Updates


We are in the second week of the 2018 legislative session. The short, 60-day session is always fast and furious as it feels like we are trying to pack so much into a...

Jan. 18, 2018

Although the Legislature is not in session, I feel it important to give you an update on the Hirst ruling – the flawed state Supreme Court decision from last October. You will recall...

Oct. 3, 2017

After 193 days in session - the most in state history - the Legislature adjourned. Budget negotiators deserve kudos for all the long hours and hard work they put in to reach...

Aug. 3, 2017

Well, the Legislature started its second 30-day special session on Tuesday, May 23. It is frustrating special sessions have become normal operations in Olympia. However, I am encouraged that the K-12 education negotiators are making progress...

June 2, 2017

The Legislature began a 30-day special session last Monday. Budget negotiators in the House and Senate were unfortunately unable to reach an agreement on a final two-year operating budget. The majority parties, Senate Republicans and House Democrats,...

May 1, 2017

We have reached the 75th day of the 105-day legislative session and we are at the point where operating, capital and transportation budget proposals are beginning to be unveiled. As early as...

March 24, 2017

Today we are at the halfway point of the 105-day legislative session. Two important deadlines have passed in the Legislature: House policy committee cutoff (Feb. 17) and House fiscal committee cutoff...

March 1, 2017

Senate Republicans and House Democrats have unveiled their K-12 education funding plans to comply with the state Supreme Court McCleary order. Senate Republicans voted to pass their plan over to the House on Feb. 1. The...

Feb. 8, 2017

Last week I was sworn in to office to begin serving my second term representing you in the 42nd District. Even though this was the second time I have had the opportunity...

Jan. 18, 2017

After a 20-day special session, the Legislature adjourned on March 29. It was disappointing we couldn't reach an agreement in the 60-day regular session, but I am mostly pleased with the final supplemental operating, capital...

April 6, 2016