News Releases

Citing many complaints she heard over the past year from local businesses and farmers, Rep. Norma Smith introduced regulatory reform legislation to ensure local businesses are better protected from excessive state...

Jan. 27, 2009

House Bill 1292 is scheduled for a public hearing in the House Education Committee   Local lawmakers today outlined legislation they introduced that would allow school districts the ability to operate...

Jan. 26, 2009

Kennewick lawmaker notes Guard sacrifices ensure America’s freedom The House of Representatives today approved a resolution co-sponsored by Rep. Brad Klippert honoring the men and women of the Washington National Guard....

Jan. 26, 2009

‘This isn’t cap and trade, this is cap and tax,’ says Haler   Calling it one of the worst ideas he’s seen in his legislative career, Rep. Larry Haler, R-Richland, announced...

Jan. 22, 2009

Measure expected to relieve court backlog of cases The House Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved a measure sponsored by Rep. Brad Klippert that would provide for two additional Benton County District...

Jan. 22, 2009

‘We’re going to lose more jobs if this legislation passes,’ Schmick says   Rep. Joe Schmick, R-Colfax, stated his firm opposition today against the governor’s upcoming cap and trade proposal. “The...

Jan. 22, 2009

‘This is going to cost us jobs at a time when jobs are more scarce than ever,’ says Short   Rep. Shelly Short, R-Addy, today announced her opposition to upcoming “cap...

Jan. 22, 2009

Yakima lawmaker described as ‘a true public servant’ Described as a person with “a true servant’s heart” who “always put the interests of others above her own,” former state Rep. Mary...

Jan. 21, 2009

  Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane, testified to the  Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials today, asking it not to adopt a raise in pay for elected officials. “When Washington...

Jan. 21, 2009

In a letter to the state’s Salary Commission, House Republican Leader Richard DeBolt urged the board not to approve pay increases for state lawmakers this year. The request to forego salary...

Jan. 21, 2009