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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.

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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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Town hall meeting set for Saturday in Nooksack Town hall meeting set for Saturday in Nooksack
The following newsletter was sent to Sen. Doug Ericksen’s subscribers March 11. To subscribe to Sen. Ericksen’s newsletters, click here. Town hall meeting set for Saturday, March 16 Public meeting to be held at Nooksack Middle School On Saturday, I will be joining with Rep. Luanne Van Werven, R-Lynden, for...
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Sen. Ericksen and Rep. Van Werven to host town hall March 16 Sen. Ericksen and Rep. Van Werven to host town hall March 16
Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, and Rep. Luanne Van Werven, R-Lynden, are holding a town hall meeting Saturday, March 16 at the Nooksack Valley Middle School, in the gymnasium. At the community meeting, attendees can ask questions, and the lawmakers will offer an update on the legislative session. Here are the details: Nooksack Valley Middle...
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The five worst bills for Whatcom County The five worst bills for Whatcom County
The following newsletter was sent to Sen. Doug Ericksen’s subscribers March 7. To subscribe to Sen. Ericksen’s newsletters, click here. The five worst bills for Whatcom County Liberal agenda in Olympia threatens local economy, working families, taxpayers Bills would raise taxes, drive up energy costs, damage local employment Ideology drives...
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Crude-by-rail bill won’t improve safety, will kill jobs, raise fuel prices, Ericksen says Crude-by-rail bill won’t improve safety, will kill jobs, raise fuel prices, Ericksen says
 — Aims to block oil shipments from Midwestern fields — Litigation inevitable, also puts jobs at risk — Could increase shipments by boat, put more tankers on Puget Sound OLYMPIA – A measure setting an arbitrary new vapor-pressure regulation for railroad tank cars is an assault on the thousands of...
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Podcast: Sen. Ericksen on the urban agenda Podcast: Sen. Ericksen on the urban agenda
In this podcast, Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, comments on agriculture, energy and immigration legislation being pushed through the Senate this year as the Legislature’s urban Democratic majority attempts to impose Seattle values on the state. To hear this podcast, click on audio below.    
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‘Net metering’ bill forces low-income Washingtonians to subsidize solar panels for the wealthy, senators say ‘Net metering’ bill forces low-income Washingtonians to subsidize solar panels for the wealthy, senators say
OLYMPIA – A ‘net metering’ bill passed by the Senate Monday forces low-income Washington residents to subsidize rooftop solar panels for the well-to-do, senators complained. Senate Bill 5223 requires utilities to dramatically expand their purchases of power from customers with rooftop solar panels, to at least 4 percent of their...
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Senate passes bill to raise electricity prices, make statement about climate Senate passes bill to raise electricity prices, make statement about climate
75 percent of Washington power already carbon free 100 percent goal would drive up electric bills, end state’s low-cost advantage No effect on world climate, local conditions Ericksen offers more-practical REAL Energy Act proposal OLYMPIA – The Washington Senate Friday passed a measure that would dramatically drive up electric bills...
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A climate bill with no impact on climate: The governor’s energy bill explained A climate bill with no impact on climate: The governor’s energy bill explained
In this interview on the John Carlson show March 1, state Sen. Doug Ericksen describes the real effect of Gov. Jay Inslee’s bill requiring 100 percent zero-carbon electricity by 2045. Contrary to what the governor and other advocates have claimed, it won’t increase snowpacks, reduce droughts, prevent forest fires or...
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