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Honeyford joins Senate in honoring retired Sen. Bob Morton

During floor action Wednesday, members of the Washington State Senate adopted Senate Resolution 8610, sponsored by 15th District Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside. The Senate resolved that all members and staff offer their best wishes for a happy and fulfilling retirement and their deepest gratitude to retired 7th District Sen. Bob Morton.

“Bob was one of my best friends here in the Senate,” Honeyford said. “I am proud to have been able to serve the people of Washington alongside him for so many years.”

Morton was elected to represent the 7th District in the state House of Representatives in 1991 and served until 1994. In 1995 he was elected to the Senate, where he served with distinction until his resignation in January. During his time in the Senate, Morton served as chairman of the Natural Resources, Energy and Water Committee as well as chairman of the Agriculture and Environment Committee, where he became affectionately known as its “Minister of Agriculture.” Continue reading

Honeyford named top Republican on Senate ag committee

Senator Jim HoneyfordSen. Jim Honeyford began the 2013 legislative session Monday by accepting the role of ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture, Water and Rural Economic Development Committee. Under the new Majority Coalition committee structure, some committees are chaired by Democrats, some by Republicans and some are co-chaired.

“The Majority Coalition Caucus could have claimed every committee-leadership position for its members,” Honeyford noted, “but we want to promote bipartisan collaboration and cooperation to get government working again. That’s why we chose to invite Senator Brian Hatfield, a 19th District Democrat, to chair the ag committee this year. He accepted, and I am looking forward to working with him and the other committee members this session.” Continue reading

Governor signs my PUD power-generating bill into law

Gov. Christine Gregoire signed Senate Bill 6044 into law this afternoon, allowing 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 by the support his bill had throughout the process.

At no point during this legislative session did my bill encounter any resistance, which is always a good sign. Both the Senate and the House of Representatives passed it unanimously and the governor had no reason to veto any part of it.

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We need to support the National Guard and Reserve

Earlier this year, members of the Washington State Senate adopted Senate Resolution 8674, honoring the Washington National Guard. Today, I’m asking for further support of Washington National Guard and Reserve members, their employers and the Department of Defense agency, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is reaching out to Washington communities this month to promote the hiring of National Guard members and Reservists and to raise awareness of the resources and services that support them and their employers. I’m proud to join ESGR in recognizing the remarkable service of our Guard and Reserve members and I encourage our area employers to hiring and support these hometown heroes. Continue reading