The 2018 Legislature has completed its fourth week; there are five weeks to go. On Friday we reached an important deadline for bills to pass policy (non-fiscal) committees if they are to move forward. I continue to be concerned about the new Senate majority’s focus on passing controversial bills that appear aimed at pleasing special-interest groups in Seattle. On issues ranging from abortion-insurance mandates to even a new state income tax on investments, their leadership seems determined to neglect the views of the rest of the state. That said, I have been able to gain bipartisan support for a number of my bills. You may read below about some of those measures that have survived the policy-cutoff deadline.