Mead continues fast start in Olympia

Apr 19, 2019

The state House of Representatives approved a measure by Rep. Jared Mead (D-Mill Creek) to allow people to testify remotely in House committees.

“I’m proud that this idea had such strong support from Democrats and Republicans in every corner of the state,” said Mead, who had a total of 58 lawmakers signed onto the bill as co-sponsors. It takes 50 votes to pass legislation off the House floor.

The state Senate is already allowing for remote testimony, which Mead says will help more constituents to be heard, especially those in rural areas along with seniors, the disabled and those who can’t easily make the drive to Olympia.

Mead introduced House Resolution 4621 earlier this session and said in his remarks on the House floor that modern technology made this idea possible.

“This is what democracy is all about: listening to the people we represent,” Mead said.

 

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