At the onset of the 2018 legislative session Monday, State Rep. Gina McCabe assumed a new role as the lead Republican on the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee.
McCabe, a business owner and formerly the assistant ranking Republican on the committee, said her experience as a businesswoman gives her an edge when it comes to considering bills that would impact employers and their employees.
“I’ve always said being a business owner provides you with a unique set of skills invaluable to lawmaking,” said McCabe, R-Goldendale. “Not only has my experience taught me the ins and outs of starting and running a business, but also how to be a good employer, leader and communicator. It’s also taught me that having a motivated workforce that feels valued is key to making any business successful. I’m looking forward to growing into this new leadership role, and working on policies that will remove impediments to job growth and help employers foster healthy and productive work environments.”
The committee considers issues relating to unemployment compensation, collective bargaining, family leave, safety and health standards, and employment standards, such as wage laws and employment discrimination.
In addition to her new role, McCabe is the assistant ranking Republican on the House Community Development, Housing and Tribal Affairs Committee, as well as serves on the House Business and Financial Services Committee.
The 2018 legislative session is scheduled to run for 60 consecutive days.