Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I hope this update finds you well! I am Spencer Hutchins, your state representative for the 26th Legislative District. It is an incredible honor to be here in Olympia serving you — my neighbors on the Kitsap Peninsula.
In the days and weeks ahead, I will be sharing regular updates like this to keep you informed on the priorities we are working on, where things stand, and what comes next.
We are over a quarter of the way through the 105-day legislative session and I have been busy.
Last week, I got my first bill voted out of committee. I also delivered my first House floor speech on a bill I co-sponsored to close a critical gap which will help protect us all when buying a vehicle, and I am just getting started.
I serve on three House committees:
- Housing Committee
- Health Care and Wellness — Assistant Ranking Member
- Transportation — Assistant Ranking Member
Being selected to serve in leadership on two of my committees is an honor, and I am humbled by the opportunity.
In the Housing committee, this week I hold a hearing on a bill I am co-sponsoring to help people get into homes. The Homes for Heroes program would create a down payment and closing cost assistance program for people in certain critical professions – such as first responders, healthcare and behavioral health workers, 911 dispatchers, military members, veterans, and others.
On Monday, I testified in the Transportation Committee on House Bill 1540 — a bill I sponsored that will help make our roads safer as we face some of the highest numbers of traffic fatalities in Washington history.
As a husband, father of three, and co-owner of a small business, I understand the real-world impact the policies we decide here in Olympia have on families.
That’s why I am also focused on increasing safety in our community, keeping our cost of living under control, expanding housing options and affordability, safeguarding a high-quality education for our kids, expanding our workforce and career opportunities, and improving our transportation system to support a vibrant economy.
Get Informed and Involved
The more you get involved in the legislative process, the better it will be for our community. Find out how to get started here.
Watch Legislative Proceedings
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Click here to track the status of a bill. After entering a bill number, you can read the text of a bill, see the sponsors, the bill’s history, and its status in both legislative chambers.
You can sign up to testify remotely if you cannot attend a committee hearing on a bill in Olympia. You may also submit written testimony to a committee and get your position on a bill noted for the legislative record. Click here to learn more about participating in the process.
Be in the Know
- My legislative website | Find my contact information, bio, news releases, email updates, videos, opinion pieces, bills, and other information.
- The Capitol Buzz| A weekday roundup of online news stories.
- The Current| An online legislative publication from the Washington House Republicans.
- The Ledger | A legislative news aggregator.
The key to my success in Olympia is you!
I truly want to hear from you about your ideas, issues, and suggestions to improve our community. Click here to learn how to get in touch.
I can’t wait to hear from you!