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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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Senate passes Ericksen bill allowing farmers to sell meat locally Senate passes Ericksen bill allowing farmers to sell meat locally
  Allows meat and poultry to be sold by the cut through state-inspected facilities. Eliminates cumbersome barriers for small livestock producers. New avenue for consumer sales, could be expanded. OLYMPIA – A measure giving consumers and farmers new opportunities to buy and sell locally grown meat and poultry was approved...
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Parental choice, more power for local school boards is key to fixing K-12 education Parental choice, more power for local school boards is key to fixing K-12 education
By Sen. Doug Ericksen Fixing Washington When you send your kids to school, would you rather they learn the periodic table of the elements or the 18 forms of gender? Silly question. If new mandates are approved in Olympia this year, no one will have a choice. Mandatory sex education,...
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Sen. Ericksen discusses “sanctuary” policies and U.S. Department of Justice crackdown on King County Sen. Ericksen discusses “sanctuary” policies and U.S. Department of Justice crackdown on King County
Sen. Doug Ericksen took to the airwaves Tuesday, Feb. 11, to discuss the U.S. Department of Justice’s crackdown on King County “sanctuary” policies. King County is among targets of a Justice Department effort to end local-government obstruction of immigration enforcement. King County policies bar cooperation between local agencies and federal...
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A four-point plan to reduce homelessness, make cities safer, help people A four-point plan to reduce homelessness, make cities safer, help people
By Sen. Doug Ericksen Spend less, not more. Enforce drug and vagrancy laws Secure our borders and enforce immigration laws. Get people the help they need. Second in Sen. Ericksen’s “Fixing Washington” series, a periodic series of articles about the biggest issues before the 2020 legislative session. The thinking around...
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Ericksen continues efforts to revive Ferndale renewable diesel plant; sees pathway forward Ericksen continues efforts to revive Ferndale renewable diesel plant; sees pathway forward
Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, ranking Republican member on the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee, released the following statement Thursday regarding efforts to revive the Green Apple renewable diesel project in Ferndale. Phillips 66 and Renewable Energy Group, partners in the $800M-$1B project, announced Tuesday they would abandon the plan,...
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Breach the Ballard Locks first, before Snake River dams, says Ericksen bill Breach the Ballard Locks first, before Snake River dams, says Ericksen bill
Would study lock-breaching, removal of Seattle City Light dams Skagit River would run free, mighty Ravenna Creek would see daylight Would give Seattle honor of “going first” in environmental restoration OLYMPIA – Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, has introduced legislation allowing the citizens of Seattle to lead the state in environmental...
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Statement from Sen. Doug Ericksen on state Supreme Court cap-and-trade decision Statement from Sen. Doug Ericksen on state Supreme Court cap-and-trade decision
Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, ranking Republican on the Senate Environment, Energy and Technology Committee, offered the following statement in response to the state Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday striking down the most onerous provisions of the Inslee Administration’s “Clean Air Rule.” The court ruled Thursday that state agencies cannot exceed the...
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Taxes the real issue of the 2020 legislative session Taxes the real issue of the 2020 legislative session
This is the first article in Sen. Doug Ericksen’s Fixing Washington series, a periodic series of reports from Olympia about the issues that face Washington lawmakers today. By Sen. Doug Ericksen Fixing Washington Let me make a prediction about this year’s legislative session, probably the safest prediction ever made. We’re...
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