Concerns pileup as the first Washington State remote legislative session approaches. Numerous groups expressed concerns and shared recommendations to legislative leaders in a letter dated January 6, 2021. The legislative session is schedule to begin on Monday, January 11, 2021.
Open and transparent government is the hallmark of democracy. While virtual sessions and committee meetings may increase viewership, concerns remain over the decrease in “active” participation during floor debate and committee testimony.
The best form of government is one where ideas can be debated and discussed openly by the public and among elected officials. The new virtual format provides for too many situations where technology, and majority rules, can stifle constructive discussion. This should raise concerns for all Washington, it certainly does for me.Peter Abbarno, representative-elect in the 20th legislative district.
I continue to advocate for transparency, better legislative processes for participation, and remain committed to providing information on access.Peter Abbarno, representative-elect in the 20th legislative district