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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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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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Ecology oversteps authority in proposed water restrictions for Nooksack Basin, Ericksen says Ecology oversteps authority in proposed water restrictions for Nooksack Basin, Ericksen says
Ecology took over after local planning effort reached no agreement Early draft Imposes restrictions on water use not authorized by law Ecology should follow law, respect Legislature’s decision To see letter, click here. OLYMPIA – The Department of Ecology is reaching too far in proposed new restrictions for new household...
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Legislative budgets give boost to NW Washington fair, other 42nd District projects Legislative budgets give boost to NW Washington fair, other 42nd District projects
Operating budget provides $250,000 for NW Washington Fair Capital budget provides $14 million for Bellingham waterfront cleanup Other projects include Sumas rodeo grounds, Nooksack dam removal OLYMPIA – Budgets passed by Washington lawmakers during the final hours of their 2019 legislative session provide $250,000 for the Northwest Washington Fair in...
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Ericksen industrial-hemp bill signed into law  Ericksen industrial-hemp bill signed into law 
New opportunity for Washington farmers Governor signs bill quickly, making 2019 crop possible Northwest Washington is prime growing region, no irrigation needed OLYMPIA – A bill from state Sen. Doug Ericksen that gets the state into the hemp business was signed into law Friday, raising the possibility that some Washington...
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Industrial hemp production gets boost under Ericksen bill Industrial hemp production gets boost under Ericksen bill
Once-forbidden crop presents new opportunity for Washington farmers Establishes agricultural commodity program to regulate hemp production Federal law requires state regulation before growing can commence OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature has given final approval to a bill that would permit large-scale industrial hemp production, turning a once-forbidden crop into a...
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Fallout from Seattle’s economic boom: Ericksen on Fox Business Network Fallout from Seattle’s economic boom: Ericksen on Fox Business Network
Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, appeared on the Fox Business Network’s Mornings With Maria show April 24 to discuss the economic fallout of Seattle’s business-unfriendly policies. You can see this appearance by clicking here or on the video below.
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Proposed water rule in Whatcom County imposes sharp restrictions on new household wells Proposed water rule in Whatcom County imposes sharp restrictions on new household wells
Ericksen urges Whatcom residents to offer public comment Ecology took over after local planning effort failed to reach agreement Rule imposes limits and restrictions on new household wells Public comment could help reshape proposal OLYMPIA – New water rules for Whatcom County drafted by the state Department of Ecology impose...
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Billion-dollar payroll tax a bad deal for Washington, Ericksen says Billion-dollar payroll tax a bad deal for Washington, Ericksen says
Plucks $1 billion a year out of economy, people’s pockets Provides meager long-term care benefit Democrats reject proposal for public vote OLYMPIA – A proposed billion-dollar payroll tax is a bad deal for the people of Washington, says Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale. The new tax would fund a new state-managed...
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