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Member Opinions

As a state lawmaker, I try to minimize the unintended impacts of legislation we pass at the Legislature. To prevent unintended consequences, it is critical that legislators listen to concerns... ...

March 9, 2022

If you are among the thousands of people in Washington state that use natural gas, including 1.2 million residences, 107,000 commercial buildings and 3,500 industrial buildings, this article is for... ...

Feb. 28, 2022

One of my greatest objectives as a member of the Washington State House of Representatives is to work on and pass good legislation that helps as many people as possible... ...

Feb. 23, 2022

Have you noticed all the giant windmills dotting the landscapes throughout rural areas of Washington? Does it feel like these, and other clean energy facilities, are starting to encroach on... ...

Feb. 20, 2022

Late-night sessions on the House floor are a yearly expectation.  Legislators propose and discuss the merits of amendments, debate the policy changes, and eventually vote on bills. However, nine-hour battles... ...

Feb. 18, 2022

Last week, majority party transportation leaders rolled out their vision for the future of Washington state’s transportation system through the Move Ahead Washington proposal. There are some good goals and... ...

Feb. 16, 2022

It was heartbreaking when the Nooksack River submerged Whatcom County farming communities, swept livestock away and decimated dairies, farmland and homes. Equally sad was when heavy rains overflowed the Chehalis... ...

Feb. 3, 2022

It’s no secret the salmon population in Washington is in crisis. We have 14 species that are either endangered or threatened with extinction in our state, with very little progress... ...

Feb. 1, 2022

In Olympia, large-scale bills with huge impacts for all Washingtonians are usually best conceived, perfected, and implemented when many opinions, experiences, and priorities are brought to the table. I think... ...

Jan. 28, 2022

In even-numbered years, the Legislature convenes for 60-days. Because the session is so short, the process will move rapidly. We just completed week two and already had a debate surrounding... ...

Jan. 27, 2022