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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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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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Ericksen blasts government-funded campaign attacking Washington farmers Ericksen blasts government-funded campaign attacking Washington farmers
 Billboards, bus ads in Olympia and Bellingham blame farmers for water pollution  Lobbying campaign aimed at Legislature is run through third-party organizations  Funding comes from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency OLYMPIA – Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, is raising big objections to a lobbying campaign that blames Washington farmers...
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Ericksen: Partial veto of Colstrip bill demonstrates Inslee doesn’t care about working families, jobs or the economy Ericksen: Partial veto of Colstrip bill demonstrates Inslee doesn’t care about working families, jobs or the economy
— SB 6248 was a solid compromise protecting Washington ratepayers, Montana workers — Inslee veto demonstrates governor’s lack of concern for working families — Nothing in bill forces shutdown of coal-fired energy facilities or sets timeline for closure OLYMPIA—Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Friday vetoed a key section of a bill...
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