Same-sex marriage vote disappointing I am disappointed that a majority of the Senate voted to abandon the traditional definition of marriage and concern about religious freedoms that are being threatened by the Senate’s passage tonight of Senate Bill 6239. This issue should be decided by the people of our state. I supported an amendment... 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...
Honoring our fallen soldiers Yesterday I laid a wreath in the state Capitol Rotunda in honor of veterans buried at Arlington National Cemetery as part of the “Wreaths Across America” campaign. The Monday afternoon ceremony was one of 50 being held in state capitals nationwide this week, culminating with a wreath-laying on the Tomb of... 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...
Remembering Senator Alex Deccio 1921-2011 I was saddened to learn of the passing Tuesday evening of Senator Alex Deccio. I had the honor of serving with the Senator and remained friends with him after his many years in the Legislature. He and Senator Bob McCaslin (who passed away in March) were the last of the... Read More...
Revenue forecast puts Washington in the red, special session looms The revenue forecast on September 15 put the state’s 2011-13 operating budget 1.4 billion dollars in the red. It looks like once again the state will run short in meeting its funding promises. Majority party leaders have said an all-cuts budget is unacceptable – leading to the very real prospect... Read More...
Redistricting plans released: Please voice your views Once every ten years, the United States takes an official headcount called the Census. Census workers count every man, woman and child to guarantee all people are fairly represented in the political process. In spring 2011, Washington received the 2010 Census data for redrawing legislative and congressional district boundaries. This... Read More...