Agriculture Water and Rural Economic Development

My bills that survived cutoff Four of my bill proposals have moved over to the House of Representatives to be considered by their committees. Three of them are bills I introduced this session, and one is a bill that carried over from the 2011 session. Since all bills are viable during the biennium (two-year budget... Read More...
Senate unanimously approves my bill to help Sunnyside treatment facility With a unanimous vote Friday, members of the Washington State Senate approved Senate Bill 6027 to help the City of Sunnyside return clean, cool water to the Yakima River. My bill would provide access to low-interest loans for a project vital to the community’s continuing economic growth. Agriculture and food processing... Read More...
An ‘attack on Washington agriculture’ The Senate Labor, Commerce and Consumer Protection Committee held a hearing Thursday on Senate Bill 6397, a measure that would harm Washington’s agricultural community by restricting the use of pesticides. I am opposed to the legislation since our district has large agricultural regions. I am greatly concerned about what this bill... Read More...
A new bill which would impact ag, exports 14th District Senator Curtis King, R-Yakima, and I share our concerns about Senate Bill 6397, a measure that could have a negative impact on Washington’s agricultural community and exports. Watch the video here: [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_crbnrS7adw?rel=0&w=480&h=360]   Read More...
A new ranking Republican on the Senate ag committee When the 2012 legislative session begins Jan. 9, what is now the Senate Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Committee will add “water” to its title and list of policy duties. I will also be the new Republican leader. I’m currently the leader of what is now the Senate Environment, Water... Read More...
An “Outstanding Protector of Agriculture” At the Washington State Farm Bureau’s recent board of directors meeting, I was named an Outstanding Protector of Agriculture and recognized for my voting record and actions to help strengthen family farms. I am honored to have received this type of recognition from a group that represents so many people... Read More...
Pacific Northwest Economic Region This past July I had the opportunity to attend the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) Annual Summit in Portland, Oregon. This organization was established by statute in 1991 with Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon Territory. It is a partnership that works collaboratively in both... Read More...
My oath of office and Senate committee assignments I took the oath of office for a fourth four-year Senate term today as the Legislature convened for its 2011 regular session at the Capitol. The session is scheduled for 105 days. I will continue as Republican leader on the Senate Environment, Water and Energy Committee. Even though state government’s... Read More...
About Legislative Leadership: Republican Deputy Floor Leader 2009-10, 2011-12; Republican Caucus Chair, 2005-06; Majority Caucus Chair, 2004; Republican Whip, 2001-02. Elective Office: House of Representatives 1994, 1996; Senate 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, current term expires January 2015. Standing Committees (2011-13): Ranking Republican Member, Environment Water & Energy; Member, Agriculture & Rural... Read More...
My bill to speed up water rights applications signed into law Land owners, cities, irrigators and other public water entities trying to access water for development will no longer spend years waiting for the Department of Ecology to process their water right applications because of a bill signed into law today. Senate Bill 6267was co-sponsored by me and has a House... Read More...