Member Opinions

Eastern Washington is different from Western Washington in many ways. Each region has different priorities, different economic conditions, and different ways of life. However, too often, decisions made by the state...

Jan. 24, 2019

Special to the East Washingtonian The 2019 legislative session began Monday, Jan. 14. We are honored to serve you and bring a strong voice of our 9th District citizens to the...

Jan. 23, 2019

In a routine that’s become as predictable as the Mariners missing the playoffs or Starbucks hiking the price of a cup of coffee, Governor Jay Inslee has...

Jan. 17, 2019

For many of us on Whidbey Island, Saturdays regularly include a trip to the transfer station, where we take our garbage and sorted recyclables. It’s often a time to say ‘hello’...

May 11, 2018

The statistics are alarming, but real. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates prescription opioid misuse costs the United States $78.5 billion a year. Here in Washington state, the...

May 11, 2018

The Legislature adjourned on March 8. It is great to be back in beautiful Whatcom County. Since being home, we have had opportunities to meet with constituents and local groups about...

May 7, 2018

People have been asking me about my impressions of the recent “short” legislative session that just ended a couple of weeks ago. Here’s my recap. As I mentioned at the Greater...

April 25, 2018

As featured in the Huckleberry Press House Bill 2664, which extends telecommunications authority to all ports in Washington state passed unanimously in both the House and Senate this session. The measure,...

March 26, 2018

One thing we can always count on, in good times and bad, is there will always be pressure on the state Legislature to raise taxes, and to spend every last penny...

March 14, 2018

In this opinion article, Rep. Terry Nealey explains his vote on the Legislative Public Records Act and his views about opening legislative records to the public while protecting constituent privacy.

March 3, 2018