Member Opinions

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.

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...

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...

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...

...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...

In an op-ed, Rep. Hans Zeiger discusses the role students have in higher ed policy. Tuition, textbook costs, and efficiency measures are discussed.

The challenge is finding the courage to embrace these tools and use them to their maximum effectiveness while still providing for and serving the citizens of our state.