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By Sen. Kirk Pearson
Contributing Writer 

My first week in the state senate

 

January 28, 2013

Senator Kirk Pearson being sworn in as the 39th District in the State Senate. - Contributed Photo

My first week serving the 39th District in the state Senate is over and the second just begun. I believe that first week set the tone for what will be an exciting, productive Session.

The biggest news was the exchange of power from the Democrats, who have run the Senate as the majority party for eight years, to the newly-formed Majority Coalition Caucus. The Majority Coalition is made up of 23 Republicans and two Democrats working toward fiscal responsibility and sustainable budgets, in addition to ensuring that the Washington education system is second to none.

Committee assignments

I’m proud to say that I’ve been named the chairman of the Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee, which fits well in serving our beautiful district. My work on natural resource committees in the House has prepared me to lead in protecting and investing in our incredible environment.

I’ve been named Vice Chair of the Senate Human Services and Corrections Committee and have also been assigned to the Law and Justice Committee. In these important committees, I will continue to stand strong in the fight against crime, and I will stand for all the needs of all the employees of Washington’s largest prison, the Monroe Correctional Complex.

Sex offenders in schools

In the first week of session, I introduced Senate Bill 5094, which would notify parents when a high-level juvenile Sex Offender is enrolled in class with their children. This is an important bill which would arm parents with the power of information. Knowledge is a powerful tool, and when parents have it, their children are better protected.

This bill has already gotten plenty of attention. You can watch the clip Q13 ran in this video. I’ll continue to update you as this bill makes its way through the legislative process.

Thank you to my Page, Phoenix Roe

Phoenix Roe of Sedro-Woolley High School worked as my Page for the first week of Session. Phoenix did a great job and learned a great deal about the legislative process in her week here.

Visitors from the district

Senator Kirk Pearson being sworn in as the 39th District in the State Senate. - Contributed Photo

I was pleased to meet with so many people from the 39th District last week, including correctional and police officers, Skagit County business leaders, the Sedro-Woolley Chamber of Commerce, students from Snohomish High School, and many more. Meeting with these folks helps clarify the priorities for the district and reminds me that what’s important are my friends and neighbors back home.

In Focus this Week: Jobs

This coming week, the Senate is going to focus on an issue that is important to myself and everyone back home: jobs. With unemployment rates still high and our neighbors out of work, it’s important that we seek reforms that will ease the burdens on job creators to encourage job growth.

My goal is to make sure that we create an environment that will bring good jobs to the 39th district. It’s an honor to serve my friends and neighbors here in Olympia, and I’ll continue fighting for them.

 

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