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NCW - Senator Brad Hawkins 12th District virtual “listening tour” will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 14 and 15. Group meetings will take place by Zoom or as traditional conference calls. His office will schedule the meetings approximately 20 minutes apart to accommodate as many groups...

Rep. Keith Goehner
Earlier this month, the governor announced vaccination requirements for most state employees, private health care and long-term care workers. Last week, he announced further vaccination requirements for employees working in K-12, most childcare and early learning, and higher education, as well as...

Rep. Keith Goehner
Earlier this month, the governor announced vaccination requirements for most state employees, private health care and long-term care workers. Last week, he announced further vaccination requirements for employees working in K-12, most childcare and early learning, and higher education, as well as...

Rep. Mike Steele
Law enforcement reform House and Senate Republicans recently called for a special session to fix some bad police reform bills approved during the 2021 session. Unfortunately, these bills have overshadowed other good, bipartisan policing measures that were also approved. Two bills in particular...

Senator Brad Hawkins
As Washington state and the rest of the world continues to process through the COVID pandemic, governors throughout our nation – Republicans and Democrats – have utilized their offices and authorities in a variety of ways. In Washington state, the Emergency Powers Act (RCW 43.06.220) authorizes the...

Sen. Brad Hawkins
NCW - The 12th District and Washington’s 48 other legislative districts have had specific boundaries since 2012. The borders for these districts, as well as Washington’s 10 federal congressional districts, will change in 2022 after the state’s redistricting process is completed near the end of this...
The Legislature recently adjourned without addressing one of the most pressing issues before us this session. Many of us had hoped to address the governor’s emergency powers in the 105-day session, but the majority party was uninterested. A couple of weeks ago, House Republicans made a motion that...
OLYMPIA - A proposal introduced by 12th District Sen. Brad Hawkins to implement recommendations of a key electric utilities wildfire group has been signed into law last week by Gov. Jay Inslee.   The legislation, Senate Bill 5158, directs state Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz to...
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On April 30, Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Rodney Davis (R-IL), Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ron Kind (D-WI), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) introduced the Continuous Improvement and Accountability in Organic Standards Act (CIAO Act), bipartisan legislation to improve...

Rep. Keith Goehner
The Legislature recently adjourned without addressing one of the most pressing issues before us this session. Many of us had hoped to address the governor’s emergency powers in the 105-day session, but the majority party was uninterested.   A couple of weeks ago, House Republicans made a motion...

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