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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.

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Important legislation passes Senate energy, environment committee Important legislation passes Senate energy, environment committee
5G bill establishes Washington leadership in high-speed broadband. Environmental cleanup measure cuts red tape. Legislation opposes dam-breaching, promotes clean energy. OLYMPIA – The Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee passed 25 measures before a key legislative deadline Friday, on time and on track with Senate committees during the first six...
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What we’re doing to promote 5G technology What we’re doing to promote 5G technology
Imagine downloading an HD movie in seconds! This KIRO-TV story details what we’re doing to promote 5G technology in the state of Washington. Senate Bill 5711, sponsored by Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, makes Washington a leader in this exciting new development in wireless communication. Click here to see the story....
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Senate passage of two-thirds-for-taxes rule ensures taxes will be last resort, say Baumgartner, Ericksen Senate passage of two-thirds-for-taxes rule ensures taxes will be last resort, say Baumgartner, Ericksen
Endorsed six times by Washington voters, thrown out by Supreme Court. Senate rule uses different mechanism, has same effect. Requires two-thirds vote of Senate for any bill raising taxes. OLYMPIA – New rules adopted by the Senate Wednesday extend the state’s popular two-thirds-for-taxes rule, the taxpayer-protection measure requiring a two-thirds...
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Ericksen retains key committee assignments in 2017 Legislature Ericksen retains key committee assignments in 2017 Legislature
OLYMPIA – State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, retains key committee assignments as lawmakers get set for the 2017 legislative session. Ericksen remains chair of the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, the panel that oversees energy supply, consumption and conservation, energy policy, and telephone, cable, Internet and other communication technologies....
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Ericksen introduces Preventing Economic Disruption Act Ericksen introduces Preventing Economic Disruption Act
  Targets illegal acts intended to disrupt the economy Holds planners and organizers of illegal acts accountable Protects 1st Amendment rights of free speech, assembly, and petition OLYMPIA – Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, introduced the Preventing Economic Disruption Act (PEDA) Thursday for consideration during the 2017 legislative session. Senate Bill...
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Baumgartner, Ericksen to seek reinstatement of two-thirds-for-taxes rule in Senate Baumgartner, Ericksen to seek reinstatement of two-thirds-for-taxes rule in Senate
— Will require two-thirds approval of Senate to advance tax bills to final passage — Different mechanism but same effect as popular taxpayer protection measure   — Will challenge any adverse ruling from lieutenant governor OLYMPIA – Sens. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, and Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, will seek reinstatement of a two-thirds-for-taxes...
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Legal challenges to carbon-cap rule expose Inslee abuse of authority, Ericksen says Legal challenges to carbon-cap rule expose Inslee abuse of authority, Ericksen says
Utilities, industry find numerous grounds for challenge. Governor’s fellow Democrats rejected similar plan in 2009. Plan will hurt working families, Washington industry, with no measurable benefit. OLYMPIA – A new spate of legal challenges to Gov. Jay Inslee’s carbon-cap rule is not just expected but thoroughly warranted, Sen. Doug Ericksen,...
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42nd District lawmakers set town hall meeting at WWU campus May 17 42nd District lawmakers set town hall meeting at WWU campus May 17
OLYMPIA — Whatcom County lawmakers will hold a town hall meeting at Western Washington University May 17, hosted by student organizations. Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, and Reps. Luanne Van Werven and Vincent Buys, both R-Lynden, will answer questions from students and the public. The three lawmakers represent the 42nd District,...
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