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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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As utilities warn of blackouts, Ericksen calls for reexamination of state energy strategy As utilities warn of blackouts, Ericksen calls for reexamination of state energy strategy
Legislature ignored consequences in rush to pass climate bill Utilities warn of transmission problems, power shortages, even blackouts Ericksen calls for hearings in Olympia, public airing of issues OLYMPIA – A new state law banning the use of fossil fuels for electricity by 2045 has utilities worried about supply problems...
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State should study breaching Ballard Locks, removing Seattle City Light dams, Ericksen says State should study breaching Ballard Locks, removing Seattle City Light dams, Ericksen says
Bill would launch study of restoring Seattle lakes and waterways to natural state Skagit River would run free, mighty Ravenna Creek would flow again Would return Lake Union, Lake Washington and Green Lake to historic levels OLYMPIA – A bold new proposal from state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, would launch...
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Sen. Ericksen to hold town hall meeting Thursday in Ferndale Sen. Ericksen to hold town hall meeting Thursday in Ferndale
OLYMPIA – State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, will hold a town hall meeting Thursday, June 13 in Ferndale. The event is free and open to the public. Ericksen will discuss the just-finished legislative session and its implications for the state’s future. Ericksen also will take questions from the audience. The...
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Ericksen asks Ecology to explain about-face on stringent water quality standards Ericksen asks Ecology to explain about-face on stringent water quality standards
EPA rejected state’s proposal in 2016, demanded punishing approach – now EPA may accept state’s proposal, and Ecology is crying foul In a letter to the state Department of Ecology, state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, is asking the Department of Ecology to explain its flip-flop on water quality standards. Ecology...
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Ecology oversteps authority in proposed water restrictions for Nooksack Basin, Ericksen says Ecology oversteps authority in proposed water restrictions for Nooksack Basin, Ericksen says
Ecology took over after local planning effort reached no agreement Early draft Imposes restrictions on water use not authorized by law Ecology should follow law, respect Legislature’s decision To see letter, click here. OLYMPIA – The Department of Ecology is reaching too far in proposed new restrictions for new household...
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Legislative budgets give boost to NW Washington fair, other 42nd District projects Legislative budgets give boost to NW Washington fair, other 42nd District projects
Operating budget provides $250,000 for NW Washington Fair Capital budget provides $14 million for Bellingham waterfront cleanup Other projects include Sumas rodeo grounds, Nooksack dam removal OLYMPIA – Budgets passed by Washington lawmakers during the final hours of their 2019 legislative session provide $250,000 for the Northwest Washington Fair in...
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Ericksen industrial-hemp bill signed into law  Ericksen industrial-hemp bill signed into law 
New opportunity for Washington farmers Governor signs bill quickly, making 2019 crop possible Northwest Washington is prime growing region, no irrigation needed OLYMPIA – A bill from state Sen. Doug Ericksen that gets the state into the hemp business was signed into law Friday, raising the possibility that some Washington...
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Industrial hemp production gets boost under Ericksen bill Industrial hemp production gets boost under Ericksen bill
Once-forbidden crop presents new opportunity for Washington farmers Establishes agricultural commodity program to regulate hemp production Federal law requires state regulation before growing can commence OLYMPIA – The Washington Legislature has given final approval to a bill that would permit large-scale industrial hemp production, turning a once-forbidden crop into a...
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