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The 2013 legislative session is just around the corner and while we are not in Olympia yet, my second term is already going to be very different than my first. During...

Dec. 21, 2012

The Legislature adjourned April 11, 2012 after a marathon 24-hour finish and agreement on operating and capital budgets, as well as a series of government reform bills. Bipartisanship played a role...

May 4, 2012

Last month, the state's chief economist, Dr. Arun Raha, announced we can expect another drop in tax collections over the next biennium, creating an estimated shortfall of $1.27 billion in the...

Oct. 6, 2011

I hope you are enjoying your summer. You may have seen the 2011 Legislative Session Review from Sen. Don Benton and myself in your mailbox. If not, you may link to...

June 29, 2011

I was hoping to give you an update on the good and bad of the 2011 legislative session, but we are now in a special session. The Legislature adjourned the regular...

May 9, 2011

It has been an interesting week in the Legislature. The majority party in the House finally released their operating budget proposal on Monday. We offered our own proposal, sponsored by Rep....

April 9, 2011

Only 23 days remain of the 105-day regular legislative session, and we have yet to see an operating budget proposal from the majority party. The latest news is we may finally...

April 1, 2011

I hope you are getting a chance to enjoy a little March Madness with the NCAA Basketball Tournament. In Olympia, things seem to be just as maddening. Economic revenue forecast On...

March 23, 2011

The last ten days has been hectic as we have debated, amended and passed bills. We have worked long hours, late nights, and weekends as the deadline of 5 p.m. today...

March 7, 2011

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your state representative in the 17th Legislative District. I am honored you have put your trust in me during this difficult time. This...

Feb. 25, 2011