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As I'm sure you've heard by now, Gov. Inslee has rolled back three counties to Phase 2: Pierce, Cowlitz, and Whitman. I continue to have concerns that one person is controlling the lives,...

April 16, 2021

After two weeks of long, late night and weekend sessions, today is the “opposite house cut off.” Bills originating in the Senate have to pass the House, and vice versa. Otherwise,...

April 11, 2021

As I mentioned in last week's update, the state Supreme Court recently ruled against our state's felony drug possession law (including drugs like heroin, meth and fentanyl). This flawed and activist...

March 26, 2021

With COVID cases and hospitalizations continuing to trend downward, and more vaccinations coming to our counties, it is time to move our economy into Phase 3. However, Gov. Inslee has repeatedly...

March 5, 2021

When the Legislature convened last year for the 2020 session, our economy was healthy and increased tax collections gave our state a surplus of about $2.3 billion.  Over objections from Republicans...

Feb. 24, 2021

As the ranking Republican on the House Health Care and Wellness Committee, I'm working hard to make health care more affordable and accessible to our citizens.  Anyone who has worked in...

Feb. 3, 2021

When Gov. Jay Inslee announced Friday that 10 Washington counties may be allowed to partially reopen amid his stay-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 9th Legislative District team of...

May 6, 2020

Democrats in the House of Representatives passed a low-carbon fuel standard on Wednesday night. Studies show it will increase the price of gas by at least 57 cents per gallon, and...

Jan. 31, 2020

The vehicle-miles-traveled tax is back, folks. It's been “re-branded” as the Road Usage Charge, or RUC. You can watch the House Transportation Committee work session on the RUC from yesterday, here....

Jan. 24, 2020

The 2020 legislative session is in full swing and the familiar issues of tax increases, $30 car tabs, gun rights, homelessness, crime and public safety are at the center of much...

Jan. 23, 2020