Member Opinions

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

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