Newsletter: Moving forward on telemedicine

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Improving your access to health care by expanding telemedicine


The military currently uses telemedicine to expand access to care for our service members.

Telemedicine continues to be a top priority of mine this session. It is essential that getting the care you need is easier, so long as it doesn’t compromise the quality of care.

Here in Washington, we do a good job making good patients, but we need to do a better job making patients well.

Right now, you have the right to participate in a consultation with your doctor via telephone or online, provided that your physician or medical care facility offers that option. You can conduct these sessions from anywhere you are comfortable, such as from your own home.

Why is this important?

The 2nd Legislative District does not have a hospital and many specialists are quite a drive away. Not only can this be inconvenient, it can prevent people from seeking the care they need.

Maybe they can’t afford the gas or they don’t have reliable transportation. Maybe they have mobility issues. Maybe they suffer from mental illness and it’s difficult for them to leave home. Maybe they can’t leave work but have the ability to consult with their doctor on their lunch break.

The future of health care, and in making health care more affordable, is to expand the use of telemedicine. The military already uses it and has seen great results in obtaining care for service members who are in areas where care they need is otherwise unavailable.

I am sponsoring four telemedicine bills this session. These bills are designed to encourage providers to provide telemedicine services. Read more about them here.

Senate Bill 5457

Senate Bill 5636

Senate Bill 6163

Senate Bill 6399

Honoring Fallen Deputy Daniel McCartney with a resolution on the Senate floor

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The Senate honored fallen Deputy Daniel McCartney this week with Senate Resolution 8684. Praise and prayers for Daniel and condolences for his family were shared from both sides of the aisle. Thank you to Daniel’s wife Cierra and his family for allowing us to share our grief with them.

Watch my floor speech in honor of Deputy McCartney.

WHEREAS, Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Alexander McCartney bravely served the people of Pierce County for three years; and

WHEREAS, Deputy McCartney passed away on January 8th from injuries sustained while responding to a call on duty; and

WHEREAS, Deputy McCartney graduated from Loyalton High School in 2002; and 

WHEREAS, Deputy McCartney then enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served as an Electronics Technician 2nd Class (E-5) aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln from 2004-2008; and

WHEREAS, During his time in the Navy, Petty Officer Second Class McCartney was awarded the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Global War on Terror Service Medal, The NATO Medal, the Joint Services Achievement Medal, and was twice awarded the Sea Services Deployment Ribbon; and 

WHEREAS, After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Deputy McCartney served with the Hoquiam Police Department for six years; 

WHEREAS, Deputy McCartney then transferred to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department in 2014; and

WHEREAS, On January 8th, our community lost a husband, son, father, coach, veteran, police officer, and hero; and 

SENATE RESOLUTION 8684 By Senators Conway, Becker, Zeiger, Kuderer, Darneille, Liias, Frockt, Miloscia, Chase, Cleveland, Mullet, Hasegawa, Nelson, Sheldon, Braun, Billig, Ranker, Takko, Dhingra, Hunt, Saldaña, Keiser, Pedersen, Rolfes, Hobbs, Wellman, McCoy, Fain, Angel, Bailey, Baumgartner, Brown, Carlyle, Ericksen, Fortunato, Hawkins, Honeyford, King, O’Ban, Padden, Palumbo, Rivers, Schoesler, Short, Van De Wege, Wagoner, Walsh, Warnick, and Wilson

WHEREAS, Deputy McCartney’s spirit of service will continue through the lives he impacted as well as those he touched throughout the community; and

 WHEREAS, Deputy McCartney is survived by his wife and three sons, with whom we now mourn;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Senate express profound appreciation and enduring gratitude to Deputy McCartney and the brave men and women that protect our state every day as law enforcement officers.

View a complete list of my bills for 2017-2018. 

Important dates

Feb. 14: Last day to pass bills in the house of origin

March 2: Last day to pass bills from the opposite house

March 8: Last day of session

Watch your Legislature in action

Did you know that you can watch the Senate’s activities on the Senate floor, our press conferences, committee hearings and other legislative proceedings on TVW?

You can watch coverage live and can also stream it on your computer or mobile device.

TVW also keeps this footage in an online archive so, if you missed the speeches on an issue you care about, you can go back and watch the debate.

Click here for the

live stream.

Other Helpful Resources

Visit me at the Capitol!


The Washington State Capitol Campus is a Pacific Northwest jewel and I am lucky to call it my workplace. I encourage you to visit the campus and my office. I would love to hear your perspective and meet you in person.

Contact me:


(360) 786-7602




P.O. Box 40402

Olympia, WA 98504

Senate Committees:

Health & Long-term Care 
Ways & Means

Needed: Senate pages!

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Do you know a teenager aged 14-16 who has an interest in public service or politics? Encourage them to apply to serve as a page in my office during our session. We have an incredible program that teaches about our state’s political system in a setting that allows the pages to be in the thick of the action.  Click here to learn more about the program!