Member Opinions

A question I am frequently asked is: “Where does the lottery money go? I thought it was supposed to go to schools.” Many people may be surprised to know that after...

Sept. 2, 2009

As a parent, a school resource officer, a deputy sheriff, and your state representative, the safety and well-being of our children is extremely important to me, as I know it is...

Sept. 2, 2009

If your car tabs are set to expire in September, you probably have received (or soon will) a renewal notice from the Department of Licensing. The renewal notice will appear nearly...

Aug. 26, 2009

Washington citizens are proud of our state‚Äôs tremendous natural resources, abundance of clean, renewable energy and rich history of environmental stewardship. As one of the globe’s cleanest states, emitting less than...

Aug. 20, 2009

Hundreds of new laws passed during the 2009 legislative session are now taking effect, including three major tax collection bills that the state Department of Revenue (DOR) says may impact the...

Aug. 14, 2009

It’s hard to believe it’s been more than three months since the 2009 legislative session ended April 26. I am reminded because hundreds of new laws recently became effective from the...

Aug. 6, 2009

Last week in this column, I discussed major concerns about federal “cap-and-trade” legislation that narrowly passed the U.S. House of Representatives last month and is scheduled for a vote in the...

July 29, 2009

As your state representative, I seek your input on issues in the Washington State Legislature in Olympia. Occasionally, issues are considered in Congress in Washington, D.C. that may impact the citizens...

July 22, 2009

The Obama administration is proposing a government takeover of our nation’s health care system. I recently joined with other Republican colleagues in the state House of Representatives voicing concerns to our...

July 15, 2009

Last week, American troops began the first phase of withdrawing from Iraq. They have moved out from that nation’s cities and, under a U.S.-Iraqi agreement, all troops will be out by...

July 8, 2009