Member Opinions

Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, argues in this opinion editorial, that a decision by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission to break a two-state agreement and allow permanent commercial non-tribal...

Jan. 26, 2017

Much of the work in the upcoming 2017 legislative session will be focused on changing how the state funds education and addressing the state Supreme Court’s “McCleary Decision.” This effort will...

Jan. 24, 2017

Earlier this week, a vote was taken in the House on a bill, House Bill 1059, to extend current state levy policy for one calendar year. The bill, which passed, would...

Jan. 23, 2017

A recent article in the Daily Sun (“Gun measure should be a no-go,” Dec. 16) took me to task for sponsoring legislation that, from an outsider’s point of view, appears to...

Jan. 19, 2017

Rep. Terry Nealey, Sen. Maureen Walsh and Rep. Bill Jenkin, all R-16th District, discuss expectations and priorities of the 2017 legislative session in this article to their home district.

Jan. 13, 2017

In this opinion editorial, Rep. Matt Shea, who serves as ranking member of the House Environment Committee, expresses concerns about Gov. Jay Inslee's new Clean Air Rule proposal, and says there...

June 26, 2016

Op-ed by Rep. Luanne Van Werven: Whatcom County Values in Olympia

April 18, 2016

16th District lawmakers provide an overview of the 2016 regular session.

March 11, 2016

In this opinion-editorial, Rep. Matt Shea discusses the economic and environmental benefits of legalizing the growth of industrial hemp in Washington state.

March 10, 2016

...budget analysts, lawyers and a host of policy makers are looking into the ramifications of no supplemental budget for 2016. Is it the preferred outcome? Not really. Will...

March 8, 2016