Update from Olympia
With just one week left in the 2018 legislative session, I wanted to update you on Sound Transit, the mass shootings task force, an upcoming telephone town hall, and public records.
Mass shootings task force
My office has received many emails and phone calls regarding gun safety. I am pleased the Senate adopted my request to create a first-ever task force to develop strategies for identifying and intervening against potential perpetrators of mass shootings. In Florida, there was more than enough evidence provided to law enforcement, mental health professionals, school officials and others that the perpetrator owned a firearm and was a grave threat, yet no action was taken. This task force will also look at ways to educate the public about the availability of extreme risk protection orders.
It is my intention that the task force pay special attention to mental health issues, which are the common link to most of the recent mass shootings, school safety, and strategies used in other states to identify and intervene in time to avert mass shootings.
Telephone town hall
On Monday, March 12, Rep. Muri and I will be hosting a telephone town hall to give you an end-of-session update. More information will be provided as we get closer to the date.