Member Opinions

If hundreds of millions of gallons of untreated stormwater and raw sewage flows into Puget Sound, but politicians and environmental groups don’t make a peep, did it really happen? That’s what...

Today, House Bill 1319 unanimously passed the House floor. This is a great step forward for our education system by allowing teachers to spend more time in their classrooms innovating and...

When I first ran for state representative in 2009, I felt a better job could be done with our state’s budget, especially to ensure government lives within its means, and that we could also do...

Recently, I held a town hall meeting to discuss future transportation solutions. More than 150 citizens attended to hear about creative ideas presented by the private sector. From that outreach and dozens...

It’s often said that bad policy is the driver to bad fiscal decisions. I’m here to tell you that good policy can just as often be the backseat driver. This past...

There is another recent state Supreme Court ruling that has not garnered as much attention nor as many headlines as the education funding McCleary decision. Yet this other court action could...

How about a new holiday in Washington state? Not the kind of holiday most of us are accustomed too. This holiday would come in August and be directed towards our children...

Special to the Daily Sun (Feb. 3, 2017) Being an elected official in the Legislature means spending much of your time dealing with the law of unintended consequences. That is, dealing...

When the Public Records Act became law in 1972, Washingtonians wanted openness and transparency at all levels of state and local government. They also wanted to ensure citizens “do not give their public...

Rather than try to move the McCleary ball down the field, the majority party in the House chose to punt on first down.