Agriculture Water and Rural Economic Development

Murder hornets beware! Honeyford bill to extend the life of the Invasive Species Council clears House in unanimous vote If they had boots, murder hornets, apple maggots and African clawed frogs would be shaking in them at today’s news from the state Legislature. In a unanimous vote, the House of Representatives approved Sen.... Read More...
Duo of Honeyford-sponsored bills signed by governor Sunnyside Sen. Sen. Jim Honeyford’s work to support Washington’s agricultural community and improve access to water was endorsed by Gov. Jay Inslee today, during two bill-signing ceremonies in Olympia. The two measures, sponsored by Honeyford, each allow state agencies to better serve rural Washington. “I have always tried to look... Read More...
Senate unanimously approves Honeyford bill to spur economic growth by providing water infrastructure loans On Monday evening the Senate unanimously passed a measure by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, that would allow money earmarked for water-pollution control to be loaned to public industrial wastewater-treatment facilities. Honeyford called the measure a win for communities that have development projects languishing due to the inability to finance sufficient... Read More...
Hard-fought Hirst compromise reached for rural Washington Capital budget approved; provides unprecedented support for education After nearly a year of negotiations, Sen. Judy Warnick, former chair of the Senate’s water-related committee and lead negotiator on the bill to fix the flawed Hirst court decision, believes the compromise deal reached this week by Senate and House negotiators will... Read More...
Honeyford bill aims to keep invasive species out of Washington’s waters They’re coming to wreak havoc on Washington’s waterways unless state officials can stop them now.That’s the message Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, conveyed to the Senate Natural Resources and Parks Committee Tuesday as he spoke in favor of Senate Bill 6040. It’s his bill to help the state Department of Fish... Read More...
Status of my bills in the House of Representatives I am pleased to report the Senate passed 11 of my bills and sent them to the House of Representatives for consideration. Currently, 10 of my 11 bills have public hearings scheduled in various House Committees. The most important bill I sponsored this year is Senate Bill 5445 that provides... Read More...
Honeyford-sponsored public health, land and water bills pass Senate Over the past several days in the Washington State Senate, Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, saw three of his bills approved and sent to the House of Representatives. The first to pass on Friday was Senate Bill 5324, which would encourage municipalities to use state Department of Ecology design guidelines when... Read More...
Honeyford bills on mosquitoes and minors pass Senate unanimously Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, said he appreciated the Senate’s unanimous passage of two of his bills today. Senate Bill 5002 proposes to update state law to allow local mosquito districts more flexibility in their operations while Senate Bill 5056 would make it easier for companies in Washington to hire minors.... Read More...