RE: Open letter to the members of the Washington State EV Caucus

In quick response to my open letter, I was happy to receive the following e-mail from Representative Dick Muri (28th District, Washington State).  I’m glad that these representatives appear to be open to input from the public instead of trying to base their decisions solely on their limited personal experience with EVs.  It’s not clear what kind of input they seek, though, so it’s difficult to know what information would be helpful to share with them.

What would you want to share with lawmakers on the topic of EVs?  What do you think they need to hear?

 

From: Dick.Muri@leg.wa.gov
Subject: RE: Thank you for making history by joining the first-ever Electric Vehicle (EV) Caucus– but don’t forget that electric motorcycles are EVs, too!
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:40:04 +0000

Michael

Thank you for your encouraging note. As you know, I am passionate about the economic and environmental benefits EVs bring to our state. The EV caucus had a great meeting last week with members of both parties from both the House and Senate. We were able to trade ideas, share insights and personal experiences, and find common ground as we look to advance EV friendly policies in our state. All of the ideas that you mentioned below were discussed. Please continue to share with me your ideas and experiences with EVs – there’s a good chance they may come up the next time we meet. Your insight on your experiences with your electric motorcycle was very helpful.

 

Dick Muri

28th Legislative District State Representative (Position #1)

360-786-7890 (Office JLOB 424)

253-439-9797 (personal cell/text)

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2 Responses to RE: Open letter to the members of the Washington State EV Caucus

  1. While it is encouraging that the representative is seeking input, out of respect for their time, that input should be targeted to specific topics that the caucus has scheduled time to discuss. Also, that input should be curated when necessary to make it easy for the caucus to consume. To this end, I asked Representative Muri for clarification.

    Dear Representative Muri;

    Thank you so much for your quick reply. I am glad to have been able to provide useful input. In response to your invitation to share my ideas and experiences with EVs, could you be more specific about what kinds of ideas an experiences the caucus would find timely and helpful? There are a number of EV communities and blogs that I could point you to, but I imagine that your time is too valuable to read these unstructured texts.

    In more general terms, could you recommend how interested parties may stay up to date with the schedule of topics to be discussed by the EV Caucus, how they may learn what kinds of input the EV Caucus is soliciting, and how they may most effectively submit their input to the EV Caucus? Does the EV Caucus publish its timetable, agenda, minutes, and deadlines and instructions for how the public may submit relevant materials?

    Or are you indeed looking to build unstructured/informal relationships with individual EV enthusiasts?


    Sincerely,
    Michael Johnson

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    • Here’s Representative Muri’s reply.

      From: Dick.Muri@leg.wa.gov
      Subject: RE: Thank you for making history by joining the first-ever Electric Vehicle (EV) Caucus– but don’t forget that electric motorcycles are EVs, too!
      Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:55:04 +0000

      Michael

      Any ideas as we form our legislative priorities are welcome. As you may know, the legislative process often requires some significant whittling down of ideas. The good news is that since our EV Caucus is bi-partisan and bi-cameral, that means that members of both chambers and both parties will be looking for common ground that makes good legislation more likely. We had some great discussions on all the issues you discussed in your first message and then some.

      Since our caucus is ‘informal’, we do not publish agendas or minutes. I encourage you to be on the lookout for press releases concerning the caucus.

      I do read a number of blogs and am an active member of the “Pierce County Electric Vehicle Information Exchange” on Facebook (you can even see my wrapped LEAF on the cover photo). Perhaps there is a similar group up your direction. I carry on many informal discussions in that forum.

      Just as an FYI your Senator, Senator Hill, will be a co-leader of the caucus from the Senate. Stay in touch as you follow our efforts.

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      Dick Muri
      28th Legislative District State Representative (Position #1)
      360-786-7890 (Office JLOB 424)
      253-439-9797 (personal cell/text)
      Click Here to Receive my Legislative Updates

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