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Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I am April Connors, your new state representative serving the 8th District! The district covers the heart of the Tri-Cities. If you are not sure which legislative district you live in, you can find out by entering your address into the Legislature's District Finder tool here.
I am a lifelong Tri-Citian and a mom to four amazing kids. I am also a residential real estate agent with a passion for helping people achieve their American dream of home ownership.
In my free time, I've served on a local parent-teacher organization, volunteered with the Academy of Children's Theatre, and I am a board member for the Kadlec Foundation.
2023 legislative session
We officially gaveled in for the 2023 legislative session on Jan. 9, when I had the honor of taking the oath of office.
Along with the rest of the 'mighty 8th' legislative team, I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and across the rotunda to achieve the best outcome for our communities and state.
You can watch a video of the opening day ceremony here.
On Monday, I delivered my maiden speech on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of House Resolution 4603, which honors the life and legacy of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. King's legacy is about recognizing the dignity and rights of every human being and ensuring that all Americans have equal justice under the law.
To view my full speech, click here.
Bills I am sponsoring
- House Bill 1173 is all about preserving the beauty of our night sky. The bill would limit light pollution on wind turbines by only allowing lights to be on when airplanes are nearby.
- It would also require the state to adopt light mitigation rules by 2025.
- House Bill 1070 would exempt the sale and leaseback of property by a seller from the Residential Landlord-Tenant Act when the seller agrees to a written lease at closing.
House Bill 1173 had its first public hearing on Monday in the House Environment and Energy Committee and is scheduled for executive session in that committee on Jan. 26. Executive session is when members of the committee can amend the bill, vote on it, and move it through the process.
TVW will broadcast the committee live at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday here.
If you would like to comment on the bill directly, you can do that here.
The bill has garnered a lot of media attention. Here are a few recent stories:
- Eastern WA lawmaker proposes law to limit 'eyesore' of blinking red wind turbine lights (Tri-City Herald)
- Tri-Cities lawmaker wants wind turbines to turn the lights off — sometimes (KUOW/NPR)
- New legislation takes aim at blinking lights on Washington wind turbines (Northwest Public Broadcasting)
Committees I am on
- Housing (Assistant Ranking Member)
- Consumer Protection and Business
- Labor and Workplace Standards
Upcoming town hall meeting
You are invited to join me, Rep. Stephanie Barnard, and Sen. Matt Boehnke for a Zoom-hosted town hall meeting. You can register by clicking here. Please also consider submitting a question when registering. I look forward to seeing you there!
How you can get involved
- My legislative website | Find my contact information, bio, news releases, email updates, videos, opinion pieces, bills, and other information.
- The Capitol Buzz | A weekday roundup of online news stories.
- The Current | An online legislative publication from the Washington House Republicans.
- TVW | TVW broadcasts floor and committee action live online.
- The Ledger | A legislative news aggregator.
- Legislature's website | Bill reports, committee agendas, and information about upcoming activities in the Legislature here.
- State agencies | Lists of all state agencies, boards, and commissions here.
- Participating in the process | Information about how you can participate in the legislative process.
It's truly a privilege and an honor to serve you. Please, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, comments, or suggestions.
I will do my best to answer messages from constituents first, so please be sure to include your home address and phone number in your correspondence.
It's an honor to serve you!
434 John L. O'Brien Building | P.O. Box 40600 | Olympia, WA 98504-0600
(509) 505-6755 | Toll-free: (800) 562-6000