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Legislators from the 42nd Legislative District, Reps. Vincent Buys and Luanne Van Werven, introduced legislation Monday to protect Washingtonians from property tax increases as a result of levy reform the Legislature passed in 2017....

Jan. 8, 2018

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

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

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

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

Rep. Luanne Van Werven talks about her efforts to assist the city of Ferndale to make the Pioneer Village ADA accessible through the pathways project. 

Feb. 22, 2017

Rep. Luanne Van Werven's discusses her committee assignments and the governor's proposed budget in her video.

Jan. 25, 2017