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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

Forty-second District Reps. Vincent Buys and Luanne Van Werven issued the following joint statement today after the Legislature adjourned Thursday without passing legislation to address the state Supreme Court's Hirst decision that jeopardizes...

July 21, 2017

Rep. Van Werven provides an end-of-session update on budget negotiations, McCleary education funding, the Hirst decision and she gives an overview of some important projects for Whatcom County.

April 21, 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

Rep. Luanne Van Werven discusses the implications of the state Supreme Court's “Hirst decision.” The court ruled Whatcom County's comprehensive plan failed to adequately protect water resources as directed under the...

March 24, 2017