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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

In what may be the biggest attack on our property rights in my lifetime, the Legislature was unable to come to an agreement on a fix to allow rural landowners access...

July 21, 2017

After months of negotiations, the Legislature passed a budget last week that increases spending for education, kept state government from a partial shutdown, and includes new investments in mental health services....

July 7, 2017

As many of us feared, budget negotiators have not yet reached an agreement on our next two-year operating budget.  This is very frustrating.  I believe our constituents send us to Olympia...

April 21, 2017

Legislation designed to give more flexibility to land owners and local jurisdictions when it comes to the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on roads and highways was signed into law this week....

April 18, 2017

The House released its capital budget proposal for the 2017-19 biennium this week.  The capital budget is often called the “bricks and mortar” budget as it includes building, construction and infrastructure...

April 7, 2017