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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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A fresh approach to clean energy, carbon reduction A fresh approach to clean energy, carbon reduction
This post originally appeared in the Majority Coalition Caucus leadership blog, Exit 105. When we in the Washington Senate passed our energy bill this week, we achieved one of the most elegant solutions to one of the most intractable problems our Legislature has ever faced. How do we fix our...
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Ericksen oil-train safety legislation clears state Senate Ericksen oil-train safety legislation clears state Senate
OLYMPIA… After more than a year in preparation, an oil-train safety bill cleared the Washington Senate Monday night, putting the state’s emphasis on emergency preparedness and planning, and leaving open the possibility of further action on state waterways. “The public has a legitimate reason to be concerned about the safety...
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Senate approves Ericksen energy bill, boosts jobs and reduces carbon emissions Senate approves Ericksen energy bill, boosts jobs and reduces carbon emissions
OLYMPIA… The Washington Senate approved energy legislation Monday evening that aims to boost jobs, prevent steep increases in electric bills — and for the first time in legislative history, launches a practical program to reduce carbon emissions statewide. “We can achieve big results, here and now, today – by making...
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Productive session so far for Energy, Environment and Telecommunications, says Chairman Ericksen Productive session so far for Energy, Environment and Telecommunications, says Chairman Ericksen
OLYMPIA… As the state Legislature passes its first important deadlines, state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, rates this as a productive session for his Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee. “We’ve done plenty to protect our state’s low-cost energy, promote manufacturing and preserve jobs,” said Ericksen, chairman of the Senate energy panel. “Among...
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Time to act on oil-train safety legislation, Ericksen says Time to act on oil-train safety legislation, Ericksen says
OLYMPIA… The case for oil-train safety legislation has been made all the stronger by derailments this week in Ontario and West Virginia, says state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, sponsor of a comprehensive oil-train bill in the Washington State Senate. “The derailments in Ontario and West Virginia ought to make it...
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Ericksen says reform measures could free $1.8 billion or more for transportation Ericksen says reform measures could free $1.8 billion or more for transportation
OLYMPIA… Washington taxpayers are getting one ferry for the price of three, says state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, and the state is paying far more for sales tax on road projects than even most lawmakers realize. More reason to change the way the state spends transportation dollars, says the Whatcom...
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Ericksen releases Senate plan to promote new energy and reduce carbon emissions
State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, describes Senate new-energy plan at a news conference Feb. 4.
Ericksen releases Senate plan to promote new energy and reduce carbon emissions
OLYMPIA… State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, outlined a comprehensive energy plan Feb. 4 that will be advanced through policy committees in the Washington Senate this year – a bold vision of new-energy promotion and innovation unleashed, aimed at creating and retaining jobs in Washington state while reducing carbon emissions. And...
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Senate panel votes out oil-train safety bill Senate panel votes out oil-train safety bill
OLYMPIA… An oil-train measure that aims to boost safety without jumping the rails was approved Jan. 27 by the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee. Senate Bill 5057, sponsored by state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale leverages funding, training and equipment for first responders. Changes adopted by the committee expand state authority to...
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