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The 2024 legislative session is now in the history books. After 60 days, in which 201 House bills and 180 Senate bills passed the Legislature, we can report a mix of...

March 11, 2024

Back in February 2020, I met Puddles, Washington state’s first mussel detection dog, and her handler, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Pam Taylor. A rescue dog from a shelter...

Feb. 29, 2024

Several days ago, the Wall Street Journal issued a report about California’s “soaring electricity rates.” Average residential rates for investor-owned utility customers have surged by 72% to 127% over the past...

Feb. 8, 2024

“The possibility of a global environmental apocalypse has been dominating headlines and exercises a powerful hold on the imaginations of millions of people,” according to optimist and author Marion L. Tupy....

Jan. 19, 2024

It is a privilege and an honor to represent and serve the people of the 9th Legislative District as we begin a new year and a new legislative session in Olympia....

Jan. 8, 2024

(Note: This article was published in the Spokesman-Review on Nov, 9. View the article from the newspaper site here.) Those of us border-area residents are keenly aware of the price differences...

Nov. 9, 2023

On this 53rd anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, we as lawmakers from diverse regions in Washington state reflect on our collective accomplishments. As the new chair of the House Environment...

April 21, 2023

As you read this, House Bill 1498, approved unanimously by both the House and Senate, is on its way to the governor. This is the bill I authored that would ensure...

April 14, 2023

Washington held its first carbon allowance auction on March 7 under the new cap-and-invest law passed in 2021. Results from the first auction were announced on March 14, in which industry...

March 27, 2023

Too many Puget Sound lawmakers never look beyond their grocery stores to understand the struggle of our farmers to keep those stores supplied. It’s why Sen. Mark Schoesler, Rep. Joe Schmick,...

March 3, 2023