It’s an honor to serve as your state Senator for the 31st District. I am here to work for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me anytime with your concerns about state government. If you are being personally affected by a state agency, I will be glad to help you get the assistance you need. And I’m not afraid to “bang on someone’s desk” (figuratively) if that’s what it takes to get the job done. Por favor, no dude ponerse en contacto conmigo en español y me avisan si le gustaría recibir mi boletín en español.

Want to visit me in Olympia during session? Just let me know.  Call my office 360-786-7660 to check my availability.


Senator Phil

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August 31, 2023

My plan to move people “From Homelessness to Housing”

The homeless population is exploding and housing prices are skyrocketing… a state Senator has a plan to tackle both. Tracy Ellis explains. #waleg LISTEN: https://ow.ly/aH4K50PGyIY
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July 13, 2023

Fortunato probes state climate policy amid new scientific research

Japanese researchers uncover glacial patterns unrelated to human carbon emissions Washington’s Climate Commitment Act is being felt by drivers at the pump, driving gas prices higher by nearly 50 cents per gallon. The goal is to reduce human-caused carbon emissions by imposing a “cap-and-tax” scheme for so-called polluters. State Sen. Phil Fortunato is asking the...
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May 18, 2023

Amid mismanagement, Fortunato blasts governor’s veto of housing crisis study

While the Legislature met earlier this week for a one-day special session to address the controversial drug-possession law known as the Blake fix, Gov. Jay Inslee signed the three state budgets into law. However, he quietly vetoed bipartisan provisions to look at why housing and homelessness in Washington is so bad. The ranking Republican on...
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April 23, 2023

Fortunato urges cities to adopt tougher drug laws after failed Blake drug possession fix

On the final day of the 2023 legislative session, the Democratic-led state House failed to approve a fix to the 2021 Blake drug possession decision, Senate Bill 5536, by a vote of 43 to 55. That means that the stopgap bill approved that same year, which sunsets this July, would essentially legalize drug possession in...
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April 20, 2023

Fortunato proposal to find government waste signed by governor

State employees eligible for bonuses while saving taxpayer money Legislation sponsored by state Sen. Phil Fortunato that aims to find government waste was signed today in a ceremony with the governor. Senate Bill 5015 reestablishes the state Productivity Board, which is tasked with creating financial incentives and awarding state employees who find government waste. The program...
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April 19, 2023

Fortunato stands against anti-Catholic efforts in Washington state

Revelations out of Washington D.C. are shedding light on concerning tactics by the Department of Justice targeting Catholic parishes. A leaked memorandum from the Richmond field office indicated that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was indeed working to infiltrate Catholic churches to combat extremism, conflicting with testimony from the U.S. attorney general. State Sen. Phil...
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