November 2018 Public Policy Update
Prepared by Leslie Emerick, WEAMA Lobbyist
The mid-term elections were on November 6, 2018 that determined the configuration of the state legislature for the 2019 legislative session. Democrats gained seats in both the House and Senate. There are still some races that have not been decided as they are too close to call, but at last count, Democrats picked up 7 seats in the House making the split 57/41 and 3 in the Senate with a 28/21 split. Policy and fiscal committees may be restructured by the House or the Senate, such as the health care committees, adding some new members and replacing others. There will be lots of opportunities to educate new legislators on Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine! Read more...
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The Washington East Asian Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 33 years ago. The organization helped to provide a unified legislative voice for our profession. In fact, our founders were integral in helping establish the legal practice of East Asian Medicine in Washington state. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors consists of not less than 5 democratically elected professionals in the field.