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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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Senate vote reflects need for new leadership at DOT, Ericksen says Senate vote reflects need for new leadership at DOT, Ericksen says
State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, offered the following reaction following the Senate’s vote Feb. 5 not to confirm the appointment of Lynn Peterson as secretary of transportation: “Back in 2003 we changed the law so that the governor would appoint the secretary of transportation and the Senate would confirm. We...
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Ericksen bill makes toxic-waste cleanup Washington’s top priority Ericksen bill makes toxic-waste cleanup Washington’s top priority
— Bill redirects millions to environmental cleanups — Reduces pressure for tax increases — More than $1 billion has been diverted to other purposes OLYMPIA – A bill that makes environmental cleanup the state’s top priority – the way Washington voters always intended – cleared its first major hurdle this...
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Inslee rule incentivizes manufacturers to leave Washington, Ericksen says Inslee rule incentivizes manufacturers to leave Washington, Ericksen says
— Could have huge impact on blue-collar jobs — Gives manufacturers an incentive to move to other states — Will introduce legislation to block program OLYMPIA — State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, chair of the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, released the following statement Wednesday following the Department of...
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State rule allowing boys in the girls’ locker room and men in the women’s bathroom must be repealed, Ericksen says State rule allowing boys in the girls’ locker room and men in the women’s bathroom must be repealed, Ericksen says
— Private businesses would be impacted as well as public facilities — State commission offered little notice to public, Legislature — Legislature to act in coming session OLYMPIA — State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, issued the following statement in response to the decision by the state Human Rights Commission to...
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Ericksen proposes initiative truth-in-labeling law Ericksen proposes initiative truth-in-labeling law
— When initiatives raise taxes, ballot titles must say so — Applies to initiatives to the people — Measure to be pre-filed for 2016 session OLYMPIA – State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, will propose a law to answer one of the biggest questions people have about initiatives. Do they mean...
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Gates’ clean-energy plan is on right track, Republican senators say Gates’ clean-energy plan is on right track, Republican senators say
— Offers contrast with heavy-handed government mandates — Similarities to Senate bill — Has potential to increase job creation, rather than hamper it OLYMPIA… Two Republican state senators say Bill Gates has a powerful idea with his plan to spur private-sector development of clean-energy technologies – and they say it...
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Ericksen not giving up on local jobs Ericksen not giving up on local jobs
Urges public to contact governor, labor unions Proposed taxes, regulations put Washington manufacturing under siege FERNDALE… State Sen. Doug Ericksen said Nov. 25 that he is fighting to bring back manufacturing jobs that have been lost in Whatcom County in recent months. “On this day before Thanksgiving and the beginning...
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Ericksen, Baumgartner to introduce two-thirds-for-taxes constitutional amendment Ericksen, Baumgartner to introduce two-thirds-for-taxes constitutional amendment
Move follows passage of I-1366, which cuts sales taxes if Legislature fails to act OLYMPIA… Responding to the Nov. 3 passage of Initiative 1366, state Sens. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, and Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, say they will propose a constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds vote of the Legislature for any tax...
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