Rep. Richard DeBolt returns to Olympia for 2017 session, announces committee assignments

Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis, has returned to Olympia for the 2017 legislative session. The 105-day session will be focused on approving the 2017-19 operating, capital and transportation budgets. Leaders for the House Republican Caucus have asked DeBolt to continue as the lead Republican on the House Capital Budget Committee for the 2017 session.

The 20th District legislator will be responsible for negotiating with the chair of the House Capital Budget Committee on a final capital budget for the 2017-19 biennium. Sometimes called the “bricks and mortar” budget, the capital budget provides funding and bonds for long-term infrastructure needs throughout the state, including schools, hospitals, prisons and other buildings.

“The nature of the work for this committee is pivotal to long-term investments for our communities,” said DeBolt. “The bulk of our discussions this year will be centered on mental health care and school construction. Members who serve on this committee typically work well together and are bipartisan. I’m glad to help provide direction as we carefully consider the best use of our tax-dollars.”

The 20th District lawmaker was also asked to continue as the assistant ranking member on the Technology & Economic Development Committee.

“We need technology and innovation that bring more jobs and long-term employment,” said DeBolt. “With so many people struggling creating jobs has to be a priority. Our communities should be benefiting from technology industry gains. Families need more opportunities to earn a better than ‘just barely getting by’ income.”

DeBolt will also continue as a member of the Health Care & Wellness Committee, which considers a broad range of issues relating to the provision of physical and behavioral health care services for both children and adults, long-term care, and strategies to promote better health.

“The voice of our rural district is unique, but our need for good health care is not,” said DeBolt. “I’m glad to speak on behalf of families in our communities as we look at ways to ensure they get easy access to quality healthcare.”

DeBolt’s office location is 425A in the Legislative Building on the Capitol Campus. His email address is and office number is (360) 786-7896. Letters can be sent to: P.O. Box 40600 Olympia, WA 98504-0600.

The 105-day legislative session began today and is scheduled to end April 23.

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