Member Opinions

Transparency is an often-used buzzword in government, but what does transparency look like? What are the actions required to meet the standard of transparency? How can we, as government officials, improve...

Jan. 23, 2014

A legislative update to the Prosser Record-Bulletin from 16th District legislators.

Jan. 17, 2014

A legislative update to the Prosser Record-Bulletin from 16th District legislators.

Jan. 17, 2014

The 12th Legislative District is one of the largest and most beautiful districts in our state. Its boundaries include Chelan County, Douglas County, and portions of Grant and Okanogan counties. When...

Jan. 8, 2014

It is truly an honor to represent the 12th District in Olympia. It is one of the largest geographic districts in the state. Its boundaries include Chelan County, Douglas County, and...

Jan. 3, 2014

When a Democratic state insurance commissioner and a Democratic president can’t agree on the proper implementation of arguably one of the nation’s most expensive, most impactful and most passionately debated programs...

Dec. 13, 2013

Next year's legislative session begins January 13 and the state constitution provides 60 days for a supplemental budget year. Earlier this year, the Legislature adopted a two-year budget. In 2014, we'll...

Dec. 10, 2013

In this opinion editorial, Rep. Dave Hayes says state legislators should no longer be exempt from receiving traffic tickets when the Legislature is in session.

Dec. 2, 2013

"These ideas should be front and center on the first day of the 2014 legislative session..."

Nov. 27, 2013

Here we go again – talk of yet another special legislative session this year to pass a proposed $12.3 billion transportation tax package. I will not support a tax proposal,... ...

Nov. 20, 2013