Washington State House of Representatives 10th Legislative District
Norma understands the necessity of long-term environmental stewardship policies that recognize the responsibility we have to the generations that come after us.
~ In 2013, she successfully led the effort to secure the final $3.5 million in funds needed to complete the removal of derelict fishing nets from Puget Sound. This was a project that took over a decade to accomplish, but should never need to be done again!
~ During the 2015 legislative session, Norma introduced legislation to establish the Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth-Abundant Materials. JCDREAM passed with strong bipartisan support, putting Washington state on a path toward replacing rare earth conflict minerals with earth-abundant materials using clean technologies. This strategy will have a profound impact on the future of our national security, energy independence, sustainability and environmental responsibility.
Norma is committed to finding positive solutions to the most pressing issues facing the 10th District and the state. She has built and been involved with multiple bipartisan coalitions addressing a number of critical issues.
~ In 2017, Norma was asked to help lead the behavioral and mental health portion of the capital budget. As the assistant ranking member on the House Capital Budget Committee, working with a bipartisan team of legislators, she was able to secure record investments across the continuum of care. As the legislature pushes the administration to reconfigure behavioral and mental health services, local agencies will require funding to implement services, and thanks in large part to Norma's commitment, that funding will be available.
Norma currently serves as the ranking minority member on the House Technology and Economic Development Committee where she remains strongly committed to fostering the economic climate needed for families to prosper and job creators to grow.
~ That means passing legislation to hold agencies accountable when they are not being fair to small business, fighting to keep energy costs low for families and the production sector of our economy, supporting responsible tax policies that do not overburden taxpayers, and reducing the regulation that discourages the entrepreneurial small businesses that make up the majority of our economy.
~ During the 2018 session, Norma helped negotiate and pass the first state net neutrality law in the country, with the support of both major and small Internet Service Providers, which will preserve a fair and free internet, protect consumer choice, and ensure entrepreneurs and small business owners remain competitive globally, without the 400 pages of Obama-era Federal regulations that discouraged innovation and investment.
~ In recent years, Norma has introduced a number of bills seeking to give individuals more control of their personal data, and to demand greater accountability and transparency from those who seek to profit from monetizing it. Those efforts include the creation of the state Office of Privacy and Data Protection, a minimum data privacy standard for utilities, and a law constricting and regulating the collection and use of biometric data by state agencies. Norma is successfully fighting the slicing and dicing of our private lives for monetization by unscrupulous corporations.
Norma lives in Clinton on Whidbey Island. She is active in her church and community, and dedicates her time to mentoring young adults. She served for a time on the South Whidbey School Board, and was also honored to serve as special assistant to Congressman Jack Metcalf from 1995-2000.