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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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Baumgartner, Ericksen bill would end Bertha, Seattle tunnel project Baumgartner, Ericksen bill would end Bertha, Seattle tunnel project
OLYMPIA… It’s time to pull the plug on Bertha, the tunnel boring machine that has been stuck under downtown Seattle for more than a year without budging, say Sens. Michael Baumgartner and Doug Ericksen. The Republican lawmakers introduced a bill Jan. 26 that would stop all spending on the Seattle...
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Ericksen oil-train safety bill keeps to the track Ericksen oil-train safety bill keeps to the track
Oil-train safety looms again as a major issue in the 2015 legislative session as a measure sponsored by state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, gets its first hearing Thursday. The key difference between Ericksen’s bill and competing oil-train proposals that have been heard over the last couple of sessions? This one...
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Sen. Ericksen statement on passage of 2/3 rule for new taxes in the Senate Sen. Ericksen statement on passage of 2/3 rule for new taxes in the Senate
Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, issued the following statement following passage of a new rule in the Senate requiring a two-thirds vote of the chamber on procedural motions prior to final passage of bills creating new taxes. The rule, proposed by Sens. Ericksen and Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, was approved by a vote of...
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