Member Opinions

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

The pandemic has been harmful to many aspects of our state. One thing that has not suffered is Washington state’s revenue. Tax collections, from you the taxpayer, have remained strong... ...

Jan. 21, 2022

The 2022 legislative session kicked off Jan. 10 much like last year’s with very few legislators and staff in attendance. While the House and Senate have slightly different operating plans... ...

Jan. 17, 2022

The Washington State Legislature convened at noon on Monday, Jan. 10, starting the clock on a 60-day legislative session. For the House of Representatives, at least for the first few weeks...

Jan. 12, 2022

Our state transportation system is facing serious challenges. Old roads. Failing bridges. Unreliable ferry service. Dilapidated railways. Inefficient public transportation systems. These problems must be addressed.       So, how did we... ...

Dec. 15, 2021