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 It is an honor to serve the people of Washington state and Whatcom County as your state senator. This is where great ideas are born. In Whatcom County, we are leaders in education, leaders in health care, leaders in environmental protection and leaders in energy production. I look forward to the great things we can accomplish together. Every day, I go to work in Olympia inspired by the people of our corner of the state. I grew up in Whatcom County and I call it my home – for me, my kids, my family. Like you, I worry about my children’s schools and I worry about the sort of world they will live in. Working together we can create a better future for your kids and my kids and for generations to come. Doug signature

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Breach the Ballard Locks first, before Snake River dams, says Ericksen bill Breach the Ballard Locks first, before Snake River dams, says Ericksen bill
Would study lock-breaching, removal of Seattle City Light dams Skagit River would run free, mighty Ravenna Creek would see daylight Would give Seattle honor of “going first” in environmental restoration OLYMPIA – Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, has introduced legislation allowing the citizens of Seattle to lead the state in environmental...
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Statement from Sen. Doug Ericksen on state Supreme Court cap-and-trade decision Statement from Sen. Doug Ericksen on state Supreme Court cap-and-trade decision
Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, ranking Republican on the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee, offered the following statement in response to the state Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday striking down the most onerous provisions of the Inslee Administration’s “Clean Air Rule.” The court ruled Thursday that state agencies cannot exceed the...
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Taxes the real issue of the 2020 legislative session Taxes the real issue of the 2020 legislative session
This is the first article in Sen. Doug Ericksen’s Fixing Washington series, a periodic series of reports from Olympia about the issues that face Washington lawmakers today. By Sen. Doug Ericksen Fixing Washington Let me make a prediction about this year’s legislative session, probably the safest prediction ever made. We’re...
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Meaty Ericksen bill makes it easier to ‘buy local,’ gives farmers new market Meaty Ericksen bill makes it easier to ‘buy local,’ gives farmers new market
Bill allows “custom slaughterhouses” to sell meat by the cut Presents new opportunities for farmers, consumers State inspection program would be expanded OLYMPIA – Consumers and farmers would have new opportunities to buy and sell locally-raised beef, pork, lamb and other meat products under a bill that will be prefiled...
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As utilities warn of blackouts, Ericksen calls for reexamination of state energy strategy As utilities warn of blackouts, Ericksen calls for reexamination of state energy strategy
Legislature ignored consequences in rush to pass climate bill Utilities warn of transmission problems, power shortages, even blackouts Ericksen calls for hearings in Olympia, public airing of issues OLYMPIA – A new state law banning the use of fossil fuels for electricity by 2045 has utilities worried about supply problems...
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State should study breaching Ballard Locks, removing Seattle City Light dams, Ericksen says State should study breaching Ballard Locks, removing Seattle City Light dams, Ericksen says
Bill would launch study of restoring Seattle lakes and waterways to natural state Skagit River would run free, mighty Ravenna Creek would flow again Would return Lake Union, Lake Washington and Green Lake to historic levels OLYMPIA – A bold new proposal from state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, would launch...
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Sen. Ericksen to hold town hall meeting Thursday in Ferndale Sen. Ericksen to hold town hall meeting Thursday in Ferndale
OLYMPIA – State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, will hold a town hall meeting Thursday, June 13 in Ferndale. The event is free and open to the public. Ericksen will discuss the just-finished legislative session and its implications for the state’s future. Ericksen also will take questions from the audience. The...
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Ericksen asks Ecology to explain about-face on stringent water quality standards Ericksen asks Ecology to explain about-face on stringent water quality standards
EPA rejected state’s proposal in 2016, demanded punishing approach – now EPA may accept state’s proposal, and Ecology is crying foul In a letter to the state Department of Ecology, state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, is asking the Department of Ecology to explain its flip-flop on water quality standards. Ecology...
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