Member Opinions

House Bill 1236 advanced to the Senate over the weekend, despite bipartisan opposition in the House of Representatives. We joined every other Republican and three Democrats voting no. Unfortunately, this bill...

March 15, 2021

I have been advocating, since last spring, for a local approach to reopening our economy.  I trust my local health departments and locally elected county officials to do the right thing...

March 11, 2021

It’s been more than two months since Gov. Jay Inslee announced his “Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery” plan on January 5.  While I am grateful that all of Washington is...

March 11, 2021

Confronting the financial challenges caused by COVID-19 continues to be my primary focus during this session. Although there’s growing confidence the rapid deployment of the vaccine may end the health pandemic,...

March 11, 2021

The state has a responsibility to protect the environment for all of us and future generations. It’s a commonly agreed-upon sentiment, but like so many other issues, approaches differ widely on...

March 10, 2021

As survivors of horrific felony crimes, we are concerned the public safety pendulum, which for many years in Washington, demanded criminals be held accountable, justice be provided for victims, and laws...

March 6, 2021

I fully respect the First Amendment of the Constitution. Everyone should have the right to free speech. However, the First Amendment should never be used as a defense for exposing minors...

March 2, 2021

In a 2019 op-ed published in this newspaper, we wrote: “We need more lawmakers committed to being fiscally responsible, prioritizing the dollars you’ve provided, and keeping an eye on the future....

Feb. 28, 2021

You’ve heard about the city dweller who was asked, “Where does your meat and food come from?” His reply: “From the grocery store.” In Eastern Washington, we know better. These days,...

Feb. 26, 2021

The last year has put a strain on most people’s trust in government, and its ability to balance the severity of the pandemic while keeping our economy open and strong. Remaining...

Feb. 25, 2021