Success In The Minority-WA Rep.Gina Mosbrucker Always Finds A Way
Politics is a tricky and frustrating business, especially if you are a Conservative or Republican in the Washington State legislature.
Most of their time is spent trying to stop the liberal majority's "bad bills" rather than being able to do the work to pass bills of their own.
Outnumbered And Shut Out
Recent conversations with area legislators revealed how the Republicans were totally left out of the State's Supplemental Budget process. That's not exactly how the founders thought the process was supposed to work. But Democrats hold a 28 - 21 advantage in the Senate and a 57 to 41 margin in the House of Representatives and the numbers dictate the terms of who plays and who sits and watches.
Representative Mosbrucker Finds Success
Still, legislation offered by 14th District Rep. Gina Mosbrucker of Goldendale has a way of surviving the partisan process and becoming law. And her streak of success has continued with five bills having passed the Washington State House of Representatives and the state Senate and are on their way to the governor.
It's been a team effort. I have an amazing support team of staff and legislators who have helped move these bills through the Legislature. Most of these bills came from ideas and suggestions brought to me by citizens. I was able to get sponsors from both sides of the aisle, and nearly all of these measures passed unanimously with bipartisan support," said Mosbrucker, R-Goldendale
Mosbrucker Bills Sent To The Governor Include:
- House Bill 1357 - Overseas voters: Would require county auditors to mail a statewide and local voters' pamphlet to registered Washington voters overseas, including military voters.
- House Bill 1497 - Telephone solicitors: Would prevent telephone solicitors from making calls before 8 a.m. or after 8 p.m., no selling of the called party's name and information, removal of the called party from the solicitor's list upon request
- House Bill 1571 - Missing, murdered indigenous persons and survivors of human trafficking: Also known as the "Bring them home bill," this measure would allow tribal members to pray over a deceased indigenous person without compromising the scene before an autopsy is conducted. It also creates a receiving center to provide help for trafficked victims.
- House Bill 1622 - Increasing availability of sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) in rural areas: SANE nurses play a critical role in the detailed forensic investigations necessary to prosecute sex crimes. This bill would increase the availability of these nurses in rural and underserved areas by requiring the Washington State University College of Nursing to establish a SANE online and clinical training program and a regional SANE leader pilot program.
- House Bill 1623 - Electric adequacy: Directs the Department of Commerce and the Utilities and Transportation Commission to hold yearly resource adequacy meetings through 2029 with utilities, regional planning organizations, and other stakeholders to discuss the current, short-term, and long-term adequacy of energy resources.
The 2022 legislative session is scheduled to adjourn Thursday, March 10.