News Releases

Measure redrafted to address committee concerns  Rep. Brad Klippert submitted a new version of his public facilities district bill to the House Finance Committee today after its members expressed concern that...

March 2, 2009

‘This is a tool in the toolbox for small communities to deal with increasing costs and fire dangers brought on by a complete ban on outdoor burning,’ says Rep. Short  ...

Feb. 27, 2009

‘Farmers, like everyone else, are trying to find ways to tighten their belts,’ says Schmick   Legislation to create the Washington State Grain Commission passed the House of Representatives today. House...

Feb. 23, 2009

Measure would help reduce court backlog The House of Representatives today approved a measure sponsored by Rep. Brad Klippert that would provide for two additional Benton County District Court judges. “I’m...

Feb. 23, 2009

‘It is urgent we act now to ensure a stable, qualified, legal work force,’ he says   Rep. Bruce Chandler, R-Granger, expressed disappointment today that his package of bills to improve...

Feb. 23, 2009

Legislation did not ensure people from affected districts make decisions   Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane, today voted against House Bill 1079, citing his concern that the measure would allow out-of-district appointees...

Feb. 20, 2009

"Job number one for the Legislature right now is getting our fiscal house in order. First and foremost, we must address this year’s budget shortfall of more than $700 million."

Feb. 20, 2009

‘I know she’ll remember this experience for the rest of her life,’ says Schmick   Katelyn Andrews, her mother, Kim, and grandparents Clyde and Bonnie Andrews stood in hushed silence after...

Feb. 19, 2009

‘We can and must do something, not nothing, now,’ Chandler says   House Democrats have sponsored a “title-only” bill which takes concepts from Rep. Bruce Chandler’s bill to provide employers with...

Feb. 18, 2009

  House Bill 1819, the so-called “cap and trade” proposal which would ration carbon emissions, was approved Tuesday by the state House Ecology and Parks Committee. Mead Republican Matt Shea voted...

Feb. 18, 2009