The latest in a series of coffee chats with Representatives John Lovick and Jared Mead is scheduled for 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Saturday morning, February 1st, in Mill Creek.
The coffee chat will take place at Mill Creek City Hall South.
The Washington State Representatives are interested in hearing from you about public safety, protecting the environment or any other issue that’s on your mind.
Here is the legislation on which they are now working.
Representative Lovick on public safety:
He wrote, "This session, I’ve introduced two reforms that could help make all of our families safer. Having the right information like this is crucial for when we make decisions about this issue, which I know is a concern of both communities around the state and law enforcement."
House Bill 1256 increases the fines for unlawfully using a smart phone or other device while driving in a school zone, playground zone or crosswalk zone. Half of the revenue raised would fund safety improvements to school zones and school buses.
House Bill 2789 would collect statewide information on the use of deadly force by law enforcement. Under this law, every law enforcement agency would report the use of deadly force by an officer to the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, which would maintain a central repository of this data and publish an annual report.
Representative Mead on better recycling:
He wrote, "How can we prevent more items from going to the dump—especially things like batteries, which might contain hazardous chemicals? I’ve written two bills to improve recycling in Washington state."
House Bill 2496 would govern the responsible management of batteries, which are now ever-present in our smart phones, laptops and other devices. This law would set up labels so everyone would know the chemicals inside batteries and how to properly dispose of them. It would also establish collection centers for safe disposal.
House Bill 2722 is designed to bring stronger, more sustainable markets to our state for recycled material. For years, Washington and other states relied on foreign markets to accept material like plastic. This legislation would help develop our own, local recycling markets so we aren’t reliant on shipping recyclable materials overseas by requiring certain plastic products to be made up of recycled material.