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Member Opinions

Rep. Mark Hargrove, the assistant lead Republican on the House Transportation Committee, outlines several legislative proposals he will support to bring about reforms and efficiencies in transportation projects.

March 5, 2013

Rep. Walsh writes a column for her newspapers about why she originally supported House Bill 1588 and how her constituents changed her position.

March 1, 2013

The Washington State Supreme Court recently struck down a requirement for a two-thirds vote in the Legislature to increase taxes. The two-thirds majority rule had been approved five separate times... ...

March 1, 2013

State laws can impact your quality of life. So, you should have a voice in the creation of our laws. This is a fundamental tenet of how government should work. Unfortunately...

Feb. 28, 2013

For the past three days, I’ve been immersed in public hearings, discussions and voting in extended House Transportation Committee meetings. For all the hours we’ve been spending in that committee,... ...

Feb. 28, 2013

Despite being the newest member of the 5th District legislative team, Rep. Chad Magendanz is no stranger to the education reform and funding debate. As a “PTA dad,” former president of...

Feb. 26, 2013

Reps. Joel Kretz and Shelly short believe the Legislature must focus its efforts on measures that promote private-sector job creation in Washington state. The lawmakers explain a few of the House...

Feb. 26, 2013

Reps. Joel Kretz and Shelly short believe the Legislature must focus its efforts on measures that promote private-sector job creation in Washington state. The lawmakers explain a few of the House...

Feb. 26, 2013

Besides education funding, the biggest issue the Legislature will deal with this session is that of financing our transportation system, from road maintenance and preservation, to freight mobility, to transit... ...

Feb. 22, 2013

Though we share the same first name, we represent different parts of the state and different parties. We’re both sponsoring House Bill 1121, to divide our state’s legislative districts in... ...

Feb. 21, 2013