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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I’m pleased to be sending you my first email update from Olympia. As a member of the Washington state House of Representatives, I have the opportunity to periodically send out legislative email updates. If you think you’ve received this message in error, or do not want to receive email updates from me, simply click the unsubscribe link below.

First bills
Since the beginning of the legislative session on Jan. 9, I’m excited to report that I’ve prime-sponsored three bills which have successfully passed off the House floor.

House Bill 1321 would create a Public Facilities District (PFD) in the city of Pasco. This small but vital piece of legislation would give Pasco residents the ability to vote to build an aquatic center in the city. Given the long, cold winters we experience, I think Pasco residents deserve the option to consider a facility like this. HB 1321 was passed off the House floor, and will move to the Senate for further consideration.

House Bill 1718 is about simplifying a complicated process and putting small wineries on an even playing field with large wineries. If signed into law, it would reduce the amount of paperwork necessary for a winery to participate in a nonprofit auction. It was unanimously passed by the House and awaits a public hearing in the Senate.

House Bill 2038 would clarify and clean up a mistake in the regulations of vapor products. In current statue, there is a reference to tobacco products. This is not appropriate as tobacco products are regulated differently than vapor products. This bill cleans up the confusion in the law as a result of the misuse of terminology. It was passed by the House and awaits a public hearing in the Senate.

My favorite aspect of my work in Olympia is the opportunity to meet with informed, passionate, and articulate visitors nearly every 15 minutes. I’d like to highlight a few of the visitors I’ve had.

Rep. Jenkin, R-Prosser, with Parent to Parent advocates

(Above) Rep. Bill Jenkin with Parent to Parent advocates on the House floor.

Rep. Bill Jenkin, R-Prosser, with WIN211 representatives

(Above) Rep. Bill Jenkin with WIN211 on the House floor.

Rep. Bill Jenkin, R-Prosser, with Early Learning Advocates

(Above) Rep. Bill Jenkin with Early Learning advocates on the House floor.


Contact me
As the legislative session continues, it is important I hear from you on the issues you care about the most. You may reach me by phone at (360) 786-7836 or email me at bill.jenkin@leg.wa.gov.

You may also visit me anytime at the Capitol in Olympia, or schedule an appointment with me on the weekends in Prosser, the Tri-Cities, or another nearby area. I travel home as often as I can and would enjoy the opportunity to sit and speak with you.


Bill Jenkin

State Representative Bill Jenkin, 16th Legislative District
470 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(360) 786-7836 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000