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With the 2018 legislative session behind us, it has been great to be back home and visiting with so many of you at the various parades, community days and civic celebrations...

May 10, 2018

We recently celebrated Beef Day in Olympia.  Cattlemen from around the state served some of the best beef I've ever tasted!  Even though there was snow on the ground, the lines stretched down...

March 3, 2018

The Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released its quarterly state revenue forecast this week.  Because of lower caseloads (entitlement programs and services) and a strong economy in much of...

Feb. 16, 2018

Despite increased opposition from citizens, the Democrat-controlled Senate Energy, Environment and Technology Committee passed a version of Gov. Inslee's energy tax.

Feb. 9, 2018

We are nearing the halfway point of the 60-day legislative session and today is the policy committee cutoff.  Any bills not out of their original policy committees – like Education, Environment...

Feb. 2, 2018

We are currently spending more time in committee as we rapidly approach committee cutoff on Feb. 2.  Policy bills need to be approved by policy committees and moved along through the...

Jan. 26, 2018

After more than a year of tough negotiations, we were finally able to provide a bipartisan solution to Hirst.  Senate Bill 6091 will allow for permanent, legal, reliable water to rural property...

Jan. 19, 2018

The 60-day 2018 legislation session began this week.  Gov. Jay Inslee delivered his state-of-the state address on Tuesday.  While he is once again calling for additional as well as increased taxes, he also spent much...

Jan. 12, 2018

I hope you are able to enjoy a wonderful Christmas and holiday season with family and friends.  It's hard to believe that another legislative session is just around the corner.  With...

Dec. 19, 2017

This year's fair season has wrapped up.  It was great to see many of you out and about in our communities.  Our rural fairs, parades and community days make for a...

Oct. 27, 2017