Before you and the rest of the Washington State Legislature think about raising taxes and cutting services, you need to pass HR2044. I know how much money this HR would bring into the state coffers and your action or inaction on this Bill will prove to your constituency whether you are serious about reducing the deficit, or just punishing your constituents with your shortsightedness on this issue by raising taxes and cutting essential services. If you do not act to get this Bill passed, you will not have my support during your next election cycle.
REPLY FROM REPRESENTATIVE TIM PROBST:
Thank you for taking the time to send me this note.
HB 2044 was introduced in the 2011 session, and would allow electronic scratch ticket machines in nontribal gambling establishments. It was introduced very late in the legislative session, and did not move out of the State Government & Tribal Affairs Committee.
I do not have a problem with this bill — I think that it would be perfectly fine to allow these machines in nontribal gambling establishments. However, I do not sit on any of the committees that this bill will go through, and so I will not have a hand in the process unless and until the bill reaches the House floor. In the event that the bill does reach the floor in 2012, I will keep your thoughts in mind as I vote.
You can track the bill’s progress here: http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=2044&year=2011.
Thanks again for your note; please keep in touch. As you know, our nation is in its worst economic emergency since the Great Depression. We all need to look out for one another during these tough economic times. Please do whatever you can to look out for your neighbors, and please feel free to contact me anytime.
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