A native Washingtonian, Lynda has served, with distinction, two years in the State House of Representatives and four years in the State Senate for the 17th District. As a mother, grandmother, and small business owner, Lynda went to Olympia in order to bring her more common-sense approach to the issues facing fellow Washingtonians and to do in it a way that brought more transparency, accountability, and effectiveness to our state government.
In her six years in the State Legislature, Lynda has achieved major successes in passing legislation protecting domestic abuse victims, promoting mental health counseling for veterans, defending small business rights, eliminating the tax on female menstrual products, enhancing rural workforce development, defending academic free speech, giving more local control to better facilitate economic development and job creation, and advocating for your right for your security for self and loved ones, in addition to much more. Additionally, she has introduced several bills pushing for more government transparency and accountability including a ban on the corrupt use of Title Only Bills and holding bureaucratic agencies responsible for explaining their deliberate misinterpretations of democratically passed legislation.
Through all her time in Olympia, Lynda has always put her community first. She has never forgotten that she works for all the citizens of her district. You can count on Lynda to continue to place the needs, and aspirations of her constituents above the many special interest groups vying for influence within our state government.
Getting Things Done
- HB 1816 Admin Rules Review Committee (JARRC)
- HB 1819 Political Committee Accounting Books
- HB 2124 Regional Transportation Planning Orgs.
- HB 2553 Firearms / State of Emergency
- HB 2554 Admin Rules Review Committee
- HB 2555 Auto Mall Directional Signs
- HB 2712 Use of Force in Self-Defense
- HB 2713 Women Helping Women Grants
- HB 2987 Feminine Hygiene Products Tax Break
- SB 5092 Women helping women grants
- SB 5093 Feminine hygiene products tx
- SB 5185 Emergency response volunteers
- SB 5203 Transit infraction/youth court
- SB 5211 Adjudicative proceedings
- ESB 5212 Land use control ordinances
- SB 5213 Legal tech. fees/DV cases
- ESB 5214 Admin rules review committee
- SB 5230 Small business Bill of Rights
- SB 5285 Rural Workforce – Agricultural Study
- SB 5314 County treasurers
- SB 5338 Registration enforcement
- SB 5405 National Guard Facility Protection
- SB 5478 Advance directives
- 3ESB 5517 GMA/rail dependent uses
- SB 5525 Mental Health for Heroes (Veterans)
- SB 5545 Public Employee Open Meetings
- ESB 5665 Alcohol purchase/credit card
- SB 5778 Resident student definition
- SB 5820 Higher ed. financial aid
- SB 5832 Academic bill of rights
- SB 5910 Private label credit accts
- SB 5967 529 college savings programs
- SB 6111 Vulnerable adults/”willful”
- SB 6118 I-5 bridge committee members
- SB 6119 Community College Security
- SB 6292 Real-time DV electronic monitoring
- SB 6293 Vehicle Licensing Fraud
- SB 6516 Sewer systems/GMA
- SB 5147 Feminine Hygiene Products Tax Break
- SB 5148 Hunting Visible Clothing – Blaze Pink
- SB 5149 Tiffany Hill Act (Domestic Violence Monitoring)
- SB 5150 Comm. college security
- SB 5151 Growth mngmt board/indexing
- SB 5152 Dwellings for elderly
- SB 5362 Vehicle Licensing Fraud
- SB 5428 Mental Health for Heroes (Veterans)
- SB 5520 Urban growth areas
- SB 6042 Title-only bills
- SB 6043 Legal defense subscriptions
- SB 6044 Administrative rules & proc.
- SB 6406 Theft of a firearm
- SB 6408 Agencies/businesses & profs.
- SB 6463 Comp. plans/environment
- SB 6464 Building code membership
- SB 6465 Occupational licensing
- SB 6538 Nursing license/survey data
- SJR 8214 Title-only bills
Getting Things Done
The Tiffany Hill Act
Sen. Lynda Wilson's SB 5149, "The Monitoring of Domestic Violence Perpetrators", passed unanimously in the Senate and goes next to the Governor to sign. The bill allows for real-time monitoring of certain criminals and provides alerts based on their proximity. The bill is named in honor of Tiffany Hill, a Marine Corps veteran, who was murdered by her estranged husband despite having a restraining order in place.
Senator Wilson sponsored SB 6041, which prohibits the use of "Title Only Bills", a deceptive practice allowing government to undermine transparency to the voters. The Walla Walla Union Bulletin noted that “Title-only bills are essentially a scam that circumvents the state constitution, which mandates all pieces of legislation must be introduced at least 10 days before the end of a legislative session so the public has time to be heard before it is approved into law.”
Small Business Bill of Rights
In 2017, Senator Wilson's first senate bill was SB 5230, known as the Small Business Bill of Rights. Last year she introduced its sequel, SB 6408, which enhances those rights. “No business owner wants to run afoul of state-agency regulations and get hit with a fine or some other punitive action following an inspection or some other interaction with government,” This bill improves relations between regulators and employers through better communication, more transparency and the use of best practices.
Sen. Lynda Wilson, R-Vancouver, introduced Senate Bill 5147 to exempt menstrual products from the state sales tax. She’s been aiming to advance this policy since she first introduced it in the House in 2015 during her tenure there. It’s wrong for the government to profit off women’s periods. Tampons and pads are essential to half the population, yet Washington is among the 31 states that still impose sales tax on these items.