Topics included measles vaccine legislation, education funding, and spending in Olympia
WASHOUGAL — With the current legislative session now past the halfway point, lawmakers from the 18th Legislative District held their fourth town hall meeting of the session this past weekend at the Port of Camas-Washougal.
Sen. Ann Rivers, Rep. Brandon Vick, and freshman Rep. Larry Hoff answered questions about measles vaccine legislation, the education funding crisis, and much more over 90 minutes in front of a packed room.
If you were unable to attend in person, you can see what questions were asked, and the answers from the legislators in our video above. See below for a list of questions, and what time you can find them in the video.
0:00-06:28 — Introductions and legislative assignments
06:29 — Question 1: Why did you vote against legislation eliminating personal and philosophical exemptions for measles vaccines?
17:01 — Question 2: How can you address the runaway spending at the state level?
21:50 — Question 3: Do you see the trend towards larger state budgets ever being reversed?
24:40 — What about Governor Inslee spending Washington taxpayer dollars on his presidential run?
26:18 — Question 4: Why did you vote no on several bills aimed at climate change and environmental issues?
31:25 — Question 5: Do you support funding for more mental health for students, and raising the tobacco age to 21?
37:31 — Question 7: How did the McCleary school funding fix lead to bigger budget issues for schools, and how do we fix the problems?
41:34 — Question 7B: Why weren’t you out ahead of this and telling your constituents what was going on?
44:01 — Question 7C: The changes clearly have failed to fully fund basic education, so what now?
47:13 — Question 8: Do you support the Long Term Care Trust Act?
53:51 — Question 9: Which local projects do you anticipate supporting as part of the state’s Capital Budget?
56:35 — Question 10: Where does revenue from gambling, marijuana sales, and alcohol sales go?
57:51 — Question 11: With recent stories about poor student behavior, is there any conversation in Olympia with regards to reversing things like Restorative Justice in schools?
59:54 — Question 12: Did you support legislation to provide new career pathways for high school graduates?