Member Opinions

There are certain days during the legislative session familiar to nearly every lawmaker. Some are fun days, like “Dairy Day” when Washington State Dairy Princesses serve ice cream at the Capitol. Or when the...

In the early morning hours of March 16, there was a reported school fire in our neighboring district. The fire started in the HVAC system in the boiler room, near the...

If you are worried, confused or angry with Sound Transit 3 (ST3), please know you are not alone! I continue to hear your concerns about the impact the ST3 taxes are...

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...

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.