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Smith takes first week of Legislature in stride
BY RECORD STAFF
Newly minted lawmaker Norma Smith spent a busy first week as a state representative for the 10th District.
Smith learned about the status of issues around the state and connected with colleagues and staff. She also took her first two votes as a state representative.
It was rewarding that the first two votes I took were in support of our veterans and members of the military, said Smith, R-Clinton. Honoring those who serve our country is something I am proud to do.
Smith was appointed after Chris Strow resigned to spend more time with his family. She is now playing catchup as she studies the bills from the previous session. New legislation has also kept her busy.
Its clear we have a lot of work to do, but my colleagues in both parties have been very helpful with getting me up to speed on where bills are in the process and what ideas are being considered, Smith said.
I am particularly impressed with the non-partisan staff. They are incredibly professional and knowledgeable. Their advice has been invaluable, she said.
Smith, along with her House seatmate Rep. Barbara Bailey, also met with Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond and local chamber members during the first week of the session. The discussion centered around finding solutions to the ferry crisis on the Keystone-Port Townsend route.
I needed to get a handle on the reality of the situation from those negatively impacted, the transportation agency perspective and hear from local businesses on their needs and expectations, Smith said.
We cant discuss solutions without a full picture. This will help me advocate on behalf of the district in a way that stresses our needs and priorities, she said. Were going to get there, but the talk must turn to action this session.