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Rep. Haigh doing telephone town hall today; Reykdal, MacEwen follow next week

OlympianJanuary 30, 2014 

Democratic state Rep. Kathy Haigh of Shelton plans a one-hour telephone town hall this evening (Thursday) starting at 6:15 p.m. for 35th district voters. Many voters will be reached directly by calls to their homes inviting them to participate.

Those who don't get calls but want to join the call can dial 1-877-229-8493 and enter the code 19530 when prompted. 

The Legislature is in its third week of a 60-day session. Major issues include funding for schools, teacher pay and transportation.

The 35th district takes in Mason County and stretches north to include parts of Bremerton and to the south east to include parts of west Thurston County and areas just south of Olympia.

Other lawmakers also plan town halls in the next week. 

First up is Rep. Chris Reykdal, D-Tumwater, who represents the 22nd district that includes Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and north Thurston County.  Reykdal’s one-hour event starts at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.  Those who do not get a direct invitation by phone can dial in directly at 1-877-229-8493 and entering the code 18646. To ask a question, callers can punch in star-3 on dial pads.

Next up is Rep. Drew MacEwen, R-Union, who represents the 35th district. His one-hour event is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. To participate, residents may call 1-800-761-5294. To ask a question, callers can press the star key on their phones.

MacEwen plans to talk about a transportation tax proposal, a low-carbon fuel standard, school funding, cost of living raises for teachers and reforming the state’s business-occupations tax.

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