Environment

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...
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...
Bill to protect citizens from wildfires passes Senate I sponsored a measure that would help protect human lives and property from wildfires. It was unanimously approved by the Senate on Monday. Engrossed Senate Bill 6462 is in response to the Dry Creek fire that destroyed the landmark Silver Dollar Café, on “no man’s land” at the junction of... Read More...