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We are now in the third week of the 2012 regular session. Since there is not much happening with balancing the $1.5 billion shortfall, I wanted to provide some information to...

Jan. 23, 2012

This week the Washington State Redistricting Commission adopted a plan to redraw lines for legislative and congressional districts. Here is the final legislative map unanimously adopted by the bipartisan commission after...

Jan. 3, 2012

In the first week of the special session, we held several hearings on the governor's budget proposal in the House Ways and Means Committee. Many have said it does not adequately...

Dec. 5, 2011

Today, the governor introduced her proposal for a supplemental budget and various tax and fee increases. You can read more about those here. As many of you know, the governor has...

Nov. 21, 2011

I hope you are enjoying the summer. I just returned from a memorable trip with my children to Louisiana, where I grew up. The 2011 legislative session ended May 25, after...

July 11, 2011

We are now in the 23rd day of the special session. The purpose of this special session is to adopt a budget for the coming biennium. If the Legislature fails to...

May 18, 2011

The regular legislative session adjourned Friday, April 22, however the governor called a special session April 26. The Constitution allows a special session to last 30 days. Budget writers in the...

May 2, 2011

I want to thank all of you who participated in the telephone town hall with me and Rep. David Taylor last Monday. We had involvement from people around the district and...

March 22, 2011

I want to invite you to join me and Rep. David Taylor for a telephone town hall conversation next week. This is an opportunity for you to ask us questions, share...

March 10, 2011

Now that the Legislature is past the committee cutoff, the House is spending the majority of its time on the floor of the House, debating and voting on various proposals. Monday,...

March 3, 2011