House of Representatives

No support for higher gas taxes On April 19 the Senate Transportation Committee approved a bare-bones, no-new-taxes transportation budget for 2013-15. Three days later the House Transportation Committee adopted a separate bill that would impose a 10-cent hike in the state portion of the gas tax over three years, and create or increase an array of... Read More...
Sunnyside solon calls for Legislature to get back to work Upon realizing the 105-day 2013 legislative session would end without the passage of a state budget, 15th District Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, made this statement: “I believe it’s terribly shameful that the Legislature couldn’t get a budget out after nearly four months, especially since the state is receiving $2 billion... Read More...
Halfway to the finish line of the 2013 session We’ve passed the middle of the 2013 legislative session, and at this point the most significant deadline was reached on March 13. Known as “floor cutoff,” it was the last day most bills could be considered by their body of origin. In other words, all Senate bills considered not necessary... Read More...
Welcome Senator Ann Rivers On Monday, Representative Ann Rivers (R-LaCenter) was officially sworn in as the new Senator for Washington’s 18th District. I am very excited that Senator Rivers has joined the Senate Republican Caucus. Read More...
An update on the special session The 2012 regular legislative session ended March 8, but unfortunately the Legislature was not able to accomplish its primary task of passing a balanced budget. On day 54 of the 60-day session, the Senate still had not voted on a plan to fill the state’s $1.1 billion budget hole. While... Read More...
Budget negotiations continue The $2-billion-deficit budget that the House proposed on the last day of the regular session was a non-starter for the bipartisan Senate coalition committed to reform. We presented a responsible, sustainable budget from which we could have begun negotiations. The majority in the House, however, chose not to even allow... Read More...
My bill to assist power capacity in central WA will become law Members of the Washington State Senate voted unanimously Monday in favor of my bill which would – among other things – allow investors to construct water-pump storage facilities along the Columbia River to generate electricity and help balance out the power generated by area wind farms. I’m pleased to see... Read More...
An update on the status of my bills We’re past the cutoff point for both House and Senate bills not considered necessary to implement the budget to be passed out of committees. From this point on, each day will be spent debating and passing bills in either the full House or full Senate, with the exception of certain... Read More...
Only nine days left in the regular session There are now only nine days left until the end of the 2012 regular legislative session, meaning we’re in the home stretch to the finish line. This is about the time when things get very hectic and fast-paced here in the Legislature, as both parties and both chambers maneuver to... Read More...
My bill to lower port and irrigation district costs will become law On Tuesday members of the Washington State House of Representatives unanimously approved Senate Bill 5292, my bill to help clarify exemptions regarding natural versus manmade drainage areas within port and irrigation districts. The bill – which I introduced in the 2011 session – would change state law so that the drainage... Read More...