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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

We have reached the 75th day of the 105-day legislative session and we are at the point where operating, capital and transportation budget proposals are beginning to be unveiled. As early as...

March 24, 2017

Today we are at the halfway point of the 105-day legislative session. Two important deadlines have passed in the Legislature: House policy committee cutoff (Feb. 17) and House fiscal committee cutoff...

March 1, 2017