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Dear Friends and Neighbors, Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your 12th District State Senator. Sometimes the “going gets tough” here in Olympia as pressure is applied on legislators to take certain actions. This is the intent, I believe, of Wenatchee teachers union President Kris Cameron’s...

Officials with Douglas PUD testify before the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee on Feb. 6 in favor of Senate Bill 5588, Sen. Brad Hawkins’ proposal authorizing the production, distribution and sale of renewable hydrogen. From left to right: Douglas PUD General Manager Gary Ivory, Douglas PUD Commissioner Molly Simpson and Washington PUD Association Executive Director George Caan.
OLYMPIA…The Douglas County Public Utility District and other PUDs in Washington could soon have the authority to produce and sell a new type of clean energy under a Senate-approved bill introduced by 12th District state Sen. Brad Hawkins.   Substitute Senate Bill 5588 would authorize PUDs to...
Olympia - Some convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession may be able to apply to have the crime vacated from their records.  Individuals would qualify to apply for the vacation if they were at least 21 years old at the time of offense, were convicted under Washington state law, and the...
• Tiny homes are an affordable housing option • Difficult to zone in both urban and rural communities • Soap Lake Mayor discusses his zoning experience Olympia - Tiny houses are a trendy new housing option that are often considered affordable; however zoning requirements and other laws make them...
    Package of bills to fund airport improvements     Looks to future of aviation in the state Addressing the need for a new airport and encouraging the growth of the aviation profession was the topic of proposed legislation and public testimony, Thursday, at the House of Representatives...
    Law would establish Office of Equity in Washington state     Growing diversity in Washington warrants Office of Equity     Proposed bill aims to eliminate systemic inequities OLYMPIA―A group of 46 Democratic representatives aims to create an Office of Equity in Washington state to promote...
    Would make recommendations to Legislature this year     Seeks to make to make tax system that “better serves” Washington residents A proposal by Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Beacon Hill, would create a Washington state revenue reform task force to review the state tax system and make...
    Creation of statewide threat assessment best-practices     Adds School Resource Officer training standards  School resource officers, threat assessments, and statewide school safety best practices are all topics of proposed legislation this year, however, none of the five bills are...
    B&O rate for printers of materials other than newspapers would be lower through 2056     Preferential B&O rate for certain timber manufacturers would also be extended through 2056 A bipartisan bill introduced in the Rural Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee...
    Changes the definitions of agency and legislature in state Public Records Act     Creates new permanent exemptions for withholding records     Distinguishes legislators from other elected public officials  Legislation proposed on the last day of January would largely exempt state...

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