Member Opinions

The final gavel has dropped, and it’s been a long and often difficult process because of such an unusual year created by COVID 19. We have enjoyed representing and serving... ...

May 3, 2021

The 2021 legislative session concluded on Sunday. There were several bipartisan successes that will greatly benefit Washingtonians and communities across our state, and there were a few outcomes in which... ...

April 27, 2021

The 2021 legislative session is now in the history books, finishing on Sunday evening, April 25. It was truly a session like no other in the history of the state,... ...

April 26, 2021

Both the House and Senate have approved their versions of the state’s two-year capital, transportation, and operating budgets. Now, budget writers will go line-by-line to make any final adjustments to... ...

April 21, 2021

Since first taking office in 2013, Gov. Jay Inslee has had little success pushing his carbon reduction schemes. Conservatives have been able to fend off the legislation, citing the extreme... ...

April 9, 2021

What started out as an effort to prevent lawsuits over retroactive overtime pay for farmworkers has turned into a policy that would hurt both farmers and farmworkers, alike. Senate Bill... ...

April 6, 2021

Asking a large urban center like Seattle to care about the traffic problems of their rural neighbors seems like a stretch. But they really should. In Washington state, U.S. Highway 2...

April 6, 2021

The state House of Representatives recently passed Senate Bill 5038, which would ban the open carry of firearms near permitted rallies, on the Capitol Campus grounds, and in other state... ...

April 5, 2021

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’... ...

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,... ...

March 31, 2021