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In the News: Crusading to save fish runs from sea lions Published in the Columbia Basin Herald, Moses Lake; click here to link directly to the newspaper website Moses Lake man crusading to save fish runs from sea lions June 12, 2018 at 5:00 am | By Richard Byrd MOSES LAKE — With 55 years of experience fishing the Columbia River... Read More...
E-NEWSLETTER: Students, salmon, and support for state constitution Dear Friends and Neighbors, Let me start by thanking the dozens of people who attended our town-hall meeting earlier this spring. We covered a broad range of issues, and the questions and comments from constituents were very informative. Considering the level of partisanship I’d seen at the Capitol during this... Read More...
Wilson legislation to support domestic-violence victims is signed at Capitol     OLYMPIA…Sen. Lynda Wilson’s legislation to help domestic-violence victims who need legal assistance was signed today by Gov. Jay Inslee. Under Washington’s constitution, the law created by Senate Bill 5213 will become effective June 7. “I had looked forward to seeing both of my bills to support domestic-violence victims... Read More...
E-NEWSLETTER: A session like I’ve never seen March 10, 2018 Dear Friends and Neighbors, This year’s legislative session ended late Thursday night, and I was glad to head home to the 17th District yesterday afternoon. On the way I finally had time to reflect on our 60 days at the Capitol, and the story line is pretty... Read More...
E-NEWSLETTER: All schools should matter when it comes to security Dear Friends and Neighbors, Today we reached another important milestone in the 2018 session – the final day for action on bills from the “opposite house.” That means we have finished voting on bills passed by the House of Representatives, and the House is through voting on Senate bills for... Read More...
E-NEWSLETTER: Still advocating for lower property taxes Dear Friends and Neighbors, A recent visitor asked me about my top legislative priority. That was an easy one: jobs. Good things happen when more people are employed, and the Legislature can do much through tax policy and regulations to preserve jobs and encourage job creation. As a member of... Read More...
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E-NEWSLETTER: Let’s lower your property taxes! Dear Friends and Neighbors, A debate is under way here at the Capitol about reducing your property taxes. I am hopeful that it will lead to what amounts to a tax rollback. This discussion will probably continue until the closing days of the legislative session. Here is some background to... Read More...
E-NEWSLETTER: Two down, seven to go… Dear Friends and Neighbors, We are now wrapping up the second week of this short session.  We started the week with packed hearings in the Law and Justice Committee on several firearms related bills that have generated quite a bit of controversy.  I’ve received and responded to nearly 3,000 e-mails... Read More...
17th District lawmakers to hold town hall meeting Dec. 9 Residents of the 17th Legislative District will have a chance to learn more about the upcoming 2018 legislative session in Olympia and talk with their legislators by attending a district town hall meeting on Saturday, Dec. 9. The meeting, open to the public, will be held from 11 a.m. to... Read More...
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