Friends and Neighbors,
Earlier this week, I sent you a brief explanation of why the Legislature is going into a special legislative session to finish the budget. If you missed that message, please click here to read it. If you are interested in learning more about the Senate’s education funding plan that is at the center of the debate, please click here.
As we go into this next phase of this year’s legislative session, I’ll also be moving into a new phase in my office. My long-serving Legislative Assistant and good friend Debbie Austin has retired and handed over the reins of the office to a familiar face, my previous intern and session aide, Holly Cocci.
If you need any help connecting with me or working with our state government, Holly is more than ready to take charge. Debbie taught her well!
Say Hello to the New Face of the Office: Holly Cocci
Holly was born and raised in Gig Harbor and has deep roots in the community where she graduated from Peninsula High School in 2013. She got involved with the community during school, working at Chapel Hill and being a part of mission trips. At Peninsula, she ran track, participated in cheer and sang in choir. She still enjoys singing with her sister in a popular local band featured throughout the area.
Holly went on to Washington State University where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and graduated with a Political Science degree. Those of you who visited my office last year will remember her as my legislative intern during the 2016 legislative session.
After she did a great job as an intern, I was very glad to bring her back as my Session Aide this year where she could get prepared to take over as Legislative Assistant. I am very confident in moving forward with Holly in the office – she is very smart, cares a lot about our citizens and has been trained well.
If you’re dropping by or giving the office a call, please make sure to introduce yourself and welcome Holly to her new role as Legislative Assistant.
A note from Holly:
I’m looking forward to working on the Angel team to serve the people of the 26th District! Debbie has been an amazing mentor to me, not just in teaching me what to do, but giving me the confidence to do it. I hope to continue providing the high standard of service she maintained for Sen. Angel’s office. -Holly
BILL UPDATE: More bills signed into law
By the end of the regular legislative session last Sunday, I had 8 bills that passed the Legislature and are now either already signed by the governor or waiting to be signed. Many of these bills came from ideas brought to me from people or groups in the community looking to make their government work better.
These bills have already been signed by the governor:
SSB 5031: Uniform Money Services Act
ESB 5042: Insurance/Funeral Benefits
SB 5144 : WA State Credit Union Act
SB 5187: County Auditors
These are on the governor’s desk and ready to be signed into law:
SSB 5077: Housing Assistance/Washington Corrections Center for Women – Purdy
SSB 5327: Court Clerk Duties
SB 5581: Self-Insurance Risk Pools
SB 5849: Veteran’s Services
My Senate Page for the Week: Isabella Mastras
My page for the last week of legislative session was Isabella Mastras, an 8th-grader at Charles Wright Academy who lives in Gig Harbor. Isabella is interested in government, but is also very active in cross-country, lacrosse, soccer, and learning history. She’s a very bright young woman and I hope she continues to stay involved with government.
Happy Retirement, Debbie!
Thank you for 14 years of service to the citizens of our district and our state!