Member Opinions

Being a parent is a tough task in today’s world. You want to ensure they are safe, getting a good education, fitting in, and the worries of social media influence... ...

April 2, 2024

The 2024 legislative session is now in the history books. After 60 days, in which 201 House bills and 180 Senate bills passed the Legislature, we can report a mix... ...

March 11, 2024

Back in February 2020, I met Puddles, Washington state’s first mussel detection dog, and her handler, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Pam Taylor. A rescue dog from a... ...

Feb. 29, 2024

Washington state’s Climate Commitment Act (CCA) was passed in 2021 with the goal of reducing and phasing out carbon emissions. Unfortunately, there have been several problems with its passage. With... ...

Feb. 29, 2024

It’s important for elected state lawmakers to listen to the people of the state of Washington. The people have spoken. More than 400,000 Washingtonians have signed six initiatives that are... ...

Feb. 28, 2024

The question is not if we have a housing crisis in Washington, but rather how do we resolve it? Too many would-be buyers in the state have been priced out... ...

Feb. 20, 2024

It is with a mix of encouragement and disappointment that the Senate majority leader says four of the six citizen initiatives to the Legislature “might” have public hearings scheduled before... ...

Feb. 15, 2024

Several days ago, the Wall Street Journal issued a report about California’s “soaring electricity rates.” Average residential rates for investor-owned utility customers have surged by 72% to 127% over the... ...

Feb. 8, 2024

In a recent Washington State House committee hearing, an unusual scene unfolded: prisoners, clad in tan uniforms, testifying, some calling themselves victims rather than perpetrators of crimes. The convicted felons... ...

Feb. 1, 2024

When Washington’s voters adopted the state’s Public Records Act (PRA) under Initiative 276 in 1972, they wanted to make sure that state, county, and city governments operate openly and are... ...

Jan. 25, 2024