Inslee makes an appearance

By: - May 16, 2023 1:06 pm

Gov. Jay Inslee dropped by the House following the Senate vote. He attributed the landslide Senate passage to the comprehensiveness of the bill and expected a similarly large margin in the House.

“Everything seems on track. I don’t think they’ll need my help,” he said. “They largely hewed to what I suggested.”

Gov. Jay Inslee speaks with state Sen. June Robinson, D-Everett, in the wings of the House during the May 16, 2023, special session. (Jerry Cornfield/Washington State Standard)

As to the final language, the governor said it provides “a stronger lifeline” to those in need of help. 

“I think we’ve come up with a solution that leads with prevention,” he said. “It is not designed to put people in jail.”

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Jerry Cornfield
Jerry Cornfield

Jerry Cornfield joined the Standard after 20 years covering Olympia statehouse news for The Everett Herald. Earlier in his career, he worked for daily and weekly papers in Santa Barbara, California.