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Rep. Van Werven will be holding coffee chats across Whatcom County in the next couple months. Also, a reminder, legislators will be under election year restrictions.

May 9, 2018

It was a short session, but it was a whirlwind. It started by passing a Hirst fix and a capital budget in the second week. There were many late nights and...

March 13, 2018

Just a reminder, Sen. Doug Ericksen, Rep. Vincent Buys and I are holding a town hall meeting this Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Blaine Senior Center from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m....

Feb. 15, 2018

We are over halfway through the 60-day legislative session. We have reached the point where most of the bills are dead or no longer under consideration. There are a lot of...

Feb. 12, 2018

Please join Sen. Doug Ericksen, Rep. Vincent Buys and me for a telephone town hall Monday, Feb. 5, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. During the hour-long event, you will be able to ask...

Feb. 1, 2018

We are in the second week of the 2018 legislative session. The short, 60-day session is always fast and furious as it feels like we are trying to pack so much into a...

Jan. 18, 2018

Although the Legislature is not in session, I feel it important to give you an update on the Hirst ruling – the flawed state Supreme Court decision from last October. You will recall...

Oct. 3, 2017

After 193 days in session - the most in state history - the Legislature adjourned. Budget negotiators deserve kudos for all the long hours and hard work they put in to reach...

Aug. 3, 2017

Well, the Legislature started its second 30-day special session on Tuesday, May 23. It is frustrating special sessions have become normal operations in Olympia. However, I am encouraged that the K-12 education negotiators are making progress...

June 2, 2017

The Legislature began a 30-day special session last Monday. Budget negotiators in the House and Senate were unfortunately unable to reach an agreement on a final two-year operating budget. The majority parties, Senate Republicans and House Democrats,...

May 1, 2017