Law & Justice

January 29, 2024

E-News — People to Legislature: Consider six policy changes…this session

  Chief Rocky Eastman headed the delegation from Walla Walla Fire District #4 that came by this past week. If you expect to be anywhere near the state Capitol between now and the March 7 end of this year’s session, I hope you will contact my office and arrange to...
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July 14, 2023

E-News: Affordability crisis deepens in WA, between gas prices and new tax on workers

On Tuesday morning I had the pleasure of taking part in a memorable ceremony for the B5 Community Learning Center in Kennewick. Often the shovels are put in the hands of the elected officials and others who have had roles in getting a project to the construction stage; this time...
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April 15, 2023

E-News: Tax alert! Property-tax hike proposed as session nears end

At the edge of the Senate chamber with Sen. Nikki Torres of Pasco, foreground, and Sen. Lynda Wilson of Vancouver. Dear Neighbor, Greetings from Olympia! As if there weren’t enough important decisions left for legislators to make, with just eight days remaining in our time at the Capitol, there is...
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March 31, 2023

E-News: Yes to one budget, no to another — and the latest on public safety

April 2, 2023 On the floor of the Senate chamber this week with Sen. Matt Boehnke, R-Kennewick. This is his first session as a senator, coming over from the House; we’re neighbors, as the 8th Legislative District is primarily the Kennewick and Richland portions of Benton County adjacent to our...
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March 17, 2023

E-News: Budget proposals on the way; anti-firearm bills bring strong response

As lead Republican co-sponsor of a Senate bill about enhancing Washington’s tourism marketing efforts, and a member of the state Tourism Marketing Authority, it was my pleasure to meet with tourism leaders from throughout our state who visited the Capitol this week. We’ll know later this month if Senate Bill...
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March 04, 2023

Session passes midway point; long-awaited drug-possession bill clears Senate

March 4, 2023 This is what a “meeting” often looks like when we’re working full-time on the floor of the Senate chamber, as has been the case all this week. Between debates and votes on bills you try to grab a moment to talk, as I was doing here with...
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February 10, 2023

Legislative video: Lawmakers must fix drug possession law this year!

Welcome to my legislative video! Today I want to share an update on what lawmakers must do this year to fix our state’s drug possession law and help those struggling with substance abuse. 
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March 11, 2022

2022 Legislative session in the rear view mirror

Dear Friends and Neighbors, With the 2022 legislative session now in the rearview mirror, I wanted to update you on some of the highlights of this 60-day legislative session. It has been an honor for me to represent and serve the people of the 16th district and be your voice...
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February 12, 2022

Legislative video: update on transportation, police reform and 2nd Amendment

Welcome to my video update! Today I want to share some breaking news regarding transportation, an update on police reform and information regarding a bill that looks to further erode your 2nd Amendment right!
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