Member Opinions

Both the House and Senate have approved their versions of the state’s two-year capital, transportation, and operating budgets. Now, budget writers will go line-by-line to make any final adjustments to these...

April 21, 2021

Since first taking office in 2013, Gov. Jay Inslee has had little success pushing his carbon reduction schemes. Conservatives have been able to fend off the legislation, citing the extreme expense...

April 9, 2021

What started out as an effort to prevent lawsuits over retroactive overtime pay for farmworkers has turned into a policy that would hurt both farmers and farmworkers, alike. Senate Bill 5172,...

April 6, 2021

Asking a large urban center like Seattle to care about the traffic problems of their rural neighbors seems like a stretch. But they really should. In Washington state, U.S. Highway 2...

April 6, 2021

The state House of Representatives recently passed Senate Bill 5038, which would ban the open carry of firearms near permitted rallies, on the Capitol Campus grounds, and in other state legislative...

April 5, 2021

Over a decade ago, in November of 2007, Washington voters proved their intelligence, foresight, and practicality by approving the state’s constitutional “rainy-day fund.”  Here is an excerpt from the Voters’ Guide:...

April 2, 2021

Voters approved the Death with Dignity Act in 2008 with support from 30 of 39 counties, including my home county of Walla Walla. When voters approved this law by initiative, we...

March 31, 2021

It was March 23, 2020 that Gov. Jay Inslee first issued his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. For one year, Washington’s governor has single-handedly ruled the citizens of the state under emergency...

March 26, 2021

We’ve seen a lengthy list of very contentious and unnecessary bills this session that would make it more expensive to work, live and raise a family in Washington state. The one...

March 19, 2021

One of the biggest issues coming into the 2021 legislative session was the battle over police reform. This is a very serious issue and there’s no question we need to find...

March 17, 2021