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OLYMPIA - Rep. Mike Steele, ranking member of the House Capital Budget Committee and lead Republican negotiator, announced last week that more than $10.5 million in 12th District projects was included in the recently approved 2022-23 supplemental capital budget. "As a top capital budget negotiator...

Chelan-Douglas Split: This map shows the significant split between Chelan and Douglas counties. A portion of East Wenatchee and the remainder of Douglas County will reside in the 7th Legislative District. Courtesy Sen. Brad Hawkins
OLYMPIA - As you may have heard, the Washington State Redistricting Commission approved maps to rebalance our 49 statewide legislative districts and 10 federal congressional districts in November. This is a process conducted every 10 years in our state based on the federal Census data for...
OLYMPIA - On Dec. 23, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that the Long-term care tax would be put on hold past the Jan. 1, 2022 due date. Now both House Democrats and House Republicans are introducing substitute bills that hope to mend holes within the original bill. The Long-term care tax, or what is...

Sen. Brad Hawkins
OLYMPIA - The Washington redistricting commission failed to submit revised Legislative and Congressional District maps on their Nov. 15 deadline. Ultimately, the final decision will be up to the State Supreme Court on April 30, 2022. The Bipartisan Redistricting Commission meets once every 10...
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is expanding the use of COVID-19 vaccine booster doses for certain individuals following recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on...
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...

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