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While the entire state is now in Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee's “Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery Plan,” many of you have contacted my office asking about Phase 3. “Rep....

Feb. 25, 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 I mentioned in last week's update, my colleagues and I in the House Republican Caucus have introduced our 2021-23 operating budget framework. It is one of the first budget proposals...

Feb. 19, 2021

Gov. Inslee announced that most of Washington will be allowed to move to Phase 2 beginning Sunday, Feb. 14. Phase 2 allows limited indoor dining and fitness facilities to open. In...

Feb. 12, 2021

The head of the state Employment Security Department (ESD), Suzi LeVine, has not been held accountable for hundreds of millions of dollars lost last summer to a Nigerian scam. She was...

Feb. 8, 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

Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, joins John Sattgast on Capitol Report to discuss the first bill passed by the majority party and the changes that come with the remote session. Wash. House...

Jan. 18, 2021

It's official. The 105-day 2021 legislative session, which is scheduled to begin January 11, will be a “remote session.” Click here to see the House plan for the legislative session. The...

Jan. 7, 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

It's been nearly two months of a statewide quarantine. And, unless you live in certain parts of King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it looks like much of the rest of the...

May 5, 2020