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April 28, 2020

These are tough, heartbreaking times. COVID-19 has completely upended our daily lives for over a month now. Many of you have lost your jobs or know someone who has. You’ve stayed...

April 22, 2020

Legislation that will keep drunk drivers off the road and let community and technical college students know whether “low cost” materials are available for their college courses were signed into law...

March 25, 2020

The Legislature adjourned the 60-day legislative session Thursday. This email update will cover my legislation that passed, troubling legislation that made it through the Legislature, the budget and how your tax...

March 12, 2020

On Tuesday, the Washington State House of Representatives unanimously passed a measure to keep drunk drivers off the road by preventing them from accessing their cars shortly after they have been...

Feb. 19, 2020

On Saturday, Feb. 8, I along with local elected leaders and emergency management officials held a meeting at Nooksack High School to provide information and assistance for those impacted by the...

Feb. 19, 2020

One of the legislative priorities of House Republicans is safety. The legislation “Hailey’s Law 2.0” comes from a horrific car crash in Whatcom County in which the drunk driver had been...

Feb. 14, 2020

The House Public Safety Committee has passed legislation that would help keep drunk drivers from accessing their cars shortly after they have been cited for DUI. House Bill 2483, or Hailey’s...

Feb. 11, 2020

Rep. Van Werven has introduced House Bill 2483, or “Hailey’s Law,” that would allow a law enforcement officer to direct a 12-hour impoundment of a vehicle driven by a drunk driver...

Jan. 22, 2020

The short, 60-day session is underway, with that fast-paced sprint feeling. I want to provide you an update on some of the bills I am working on this session, including some coming...

Jan. 20, 2020